Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 1

Spock's Brain (20 Sep. 1968)

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The crew of the Enterprise pursues a mysterious woman who has abducted Spock's brain.

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The Enterpise is approached by an ion-propelled craft (much to Eng. Scott's liking); from it enters a female who renders everyone unconscious. When the crew wakes up, McCoy finds Spock alive in sick bay but with his brain surgically removed. McCoy urges its quick restoration if he's to survive at all. Desperately Kirk follows an ion-trail to a system where he gambles on an icy planet populated by a simple-minded all-male race of large cavemen who attack them. The landing party captures one, who says Kirk and crew are small like 'The Others' - bringers of pain and delight - whom they fear. McCoy brings down Spock's body, mobilized with a mechanical brain-substitute installed. They enter the acclimatized, underground dwelling of 'The Others' - a similarly simple-minded all-female race of enslavers - and overpower female Luma by surprise. Kirk makes communicator contact with Spock, who knows not where he is but is aware of autonomic functions. As they finally find Kara, the female ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Gene Roddenberry was fascinated by the idea of a matriarchal society, and revisited the idea in Genesis II (1973) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Angel One (1988). See more »

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When the landing party reaches The Controller's room, Kara inflicts pain with the belts that had been placed on them earlier. McCoy drops the device that controls Spock's body, and Kirk painfully reaches for it. When the camera angle changes, Spock's body is not wearing a pain belt. When the angle changes again, Spock is once again wearing a belt. See more »

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Scott: Captain, that power we picked up above - we're gettin' closer.
Captain James T. Kirk: A lot of it?
Scott: Enough to push this planet out of orbit.
Captain James T. Kirk: What source?
Scott: Either a nuclear pile a hundred miles across or...
Captain James T. Kirk: Or what?
Scott: Ion power.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Magnificent Ferengi (1998) See more »

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My brain hurt's...........
13 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK, so it's not the greatest of the original trek's, & for what it's worth i don't think that "City on the edge of forever" is either, but it's not as bad as some would have you believe! Synopsis: female organ-snatchers filch yer fave science officer's cranial organ. Crewmates, well Kirk & McCoy really, go on "great quest" to re-unite said missing mind with original owner.

Ummm, thats about it...

Bearing in mind this is a 3rd season episode, AKA Fred Freiberger's death-knell, it could have been worse. Yes there is some eye candy. Yes, there is something for De Kelly to do other than pronounce another death.

Deep meaning: No, not really.

Deus Ex machina: not so much..........

Cheerful resolution: for Spock, yes. For Fred, go watch The way to Eden...

Mindless fun(sorry, i'm so, so sorry): well, yeah.

It's camp, Technicolour & entertaining. Not every hole can be a goal. But at least it's not too insulting. That's to follow in later episodes!


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