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Plato's Stepchildren 

After Dr. McCoy helps the leader of a planet populated by people with powerful psionic abilities, they decide to force him to stay by torturing his comrades until he submits.

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On an urgent medical emergency, Kirk, Spock and McCoy encounter an alien society that had once flourished on earth during the time of Plato. Since reaching their current planet, they've developed psychokinetic powers while also losing their bodies' ability to combat even the simplest infection, making the need for a physician newly apparent. When Dr. McCoy declines their invitation to stay, they begin to make sport with Kirk, Spock, Nurse Chapel and Lieutenant Uhura using their psychokinetic powers. Written by laird-3

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22 November 1968 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2268. See more »

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The platonians mention repeatedly Utopia, it is impossible for them to know the term coined by Thomas More in 1518 as they left Greece centuries before he was born. See more »

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Alexander: You think that's what I want, become one of them, become my own enemy, just lie around like a big blob of nothing and have things done for me? I want to move around for myself! If I'm going to laugh or cry, I want to do it for myself! You can keep your precious power! All I ask is one thing. If you do make it out of here, take me with you!
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Star Trek Roman Around
6 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Silly science fiction, certainly. The only strength of this episode is to see those self- centered toga wearers get theirs and for the little guy to come out on top. Of course, like so many advanced civilizations in the original series, here we go again with their shortsightedness and their need to do evil instead of something positive with their powers. Kirk and the gang land on a planet that was every stereotype of ancient Roman culture we can come up with. The people have mastered telekinesis and use it to make the Enterprise crew look like fools, making them dance and do things utterly embarrassing to them. The whole coliseum full are smarmy, useless creatures who get their jollies from watching pain. Alexander is the gofer for them, ridiculed because he is a little person. He feels a total lack of importance. The problem here is that it is downright ridiculous, another earth culture that has revived itself in outer space. Man, the imagination was truly lacking.


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