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The Devil in the Dark 

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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The clubs used by some of the Janus VI colonists during their hunt for the Horta appear to be of the same design used by Kirk during his fight with Spock in the transporter room in Star Trek: This Side of Paradise (1967). See more »

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After Spock's initial mind-meld with the Horta, Kirk and Spock discuss asking the Horta where the 'Retardation mechanism' (for the main reactor) is. There is never any indication that they knew the mechanism was cut out and not simply dissolved away by the Horta. Nor is there any logical reason why the Horta would keep and not just destroy the reactor pump, if it wished to drive them off the planet. See more »

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Mr. Spock: Captain, we are being watched.
Captain James T. Kirk: Are you sure? Intuition?
Mr. Spock: No, sir. We're being watched.
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Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »

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True Roddenberry
12 October 2006 | by (Henderson, Nv. USA) – See all my reviews

Of all the episodes of all series, this one holds the closest to Roddenberry's original tenet. According to the book THE MAKING OF STAR TREK, in Roddenberry's writer's guide to his story writers, he states that any alien creature, no matter how hideously ugly, impossible to believe, benign or malicious, MUST hold some semblance of humanity that the TV viewing public can empathize with and/or relate to. Devil In The Dark's HORTA, which resembles nothing more or less than a large blob of cow dung, is a mother protecting her babies, those ball-shaped silicon nodules the miners keep finding throughout the mine passages and destroying, because they have no idea what they are! This is one of my absolute favorite episodes if only for that!


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