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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In his book, William Shatner referred to this episode as "one of the worst." Leonard Nimoy has stated that he was embarrassed during the entire shooting of this episode. See more »

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The "star date" starts on 5431.4 but in mid-show the date is inexplicably given as 4351.5. See more »

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Dr. McCoy: His body lives, the autonomic functions continue. But there is no mind.
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A great start to the third series !
30 January 2008 | by (Ukraine) – See all my reviews

Spock's Brain is an incredible episode.

This episode has all the beautiful traits that make Original Series Star Trek so popular. The actors perform with charm and enthusiasm, the story is engaging despite the low budget sets and props, and we also catch a glimpse of Mccoy's compassionate feelings for Spock, which is something we don't often see.

This particular episode has a good balance of cheap gags, classic hammy acting from shatner (which we can't get enough of) and suspense.

The only flaw with this episode is that the back story to the scenario could have been elaborated on a little more. The situation the crew find themselves in seems rather vague at times but this doesn't ruin the show.

If you love Original Series, don't skip on this one.


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