Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 25

The Devil in the Dark (9 Mar. 1967)

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The Enterprise is sent to a mining colony that is being terrorized by a mysterious monster.

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The Enterprise travels to the planet Janus 6 to assist the mining colony there. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to the planet where Chief Engineer Vanderberg tells of a creature loose in the mine tunnels killing some of his men. The monster seems to appear out nowhere then disappears just as quickly. Finding that the creature, known as a Horta, lives in a newly opened part of the underground mining complex, Spock uses the Vulcan mind meld to determine why it is killing the miners. Written by garykmcd

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In a book about Star Trek, it was reported that after William Shatner returned from the funeral, to put everyone at ease, as he was trying to do his lines following Mr. Spock's mind meld with the Horta and his cry of "AHH! PAIN! PAIN! PAIN!" Leonard Nimoy just spoke the words so Shatner told him to do it again with feeling. When "Spock" again said "AHH! PAIN! PAIN! PAIN! " Shatner yelled out, "WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE GET THIS VULCAN AN ASPRIN!" See more »

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When deciding which of two tunnels to investigate, Kirk tells Spock to take the one on the left, and he'll take the one on the right. But he gestures with his phaser to the exact opposite tunnels. See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: [Facing the Horta] Well, what do we do, just... talk it over?
[the Horta turns to show her phaser wound]
Captain James T. Kirk: Well, you can be hurt, can't you?
[the Horta turns back]
Captain James T. Kirk: We just sit here? It's your move.
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Fine plot, bad monster even for a TV show...
7 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd rate this as a good Star Trek thanks to the typically literate plot, and of course great cast as always, but the execution of the monster is really sub-par even for TV shows from this time. It was great watching as a kid when first televised, but then we thought every episode of Lost in Space was great too.

In fact the monster here is just too reminiscent of that other show, and really too much like the infamous creature in The Creeping Terror. I really think someone like Stan Winston would have done a much better job even with the same basic creature design. And those silicon eggs!? At least they could have had a textured surface, not perfectly smooth and shiny like a kid's play-ball or balloon. Well, even Star Trek has blunders. Other than this, a fine episode.


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