Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Galileo Seven 

The Galileo, under Spock's command, crash-lands on a hostile planet. As the Enterprise races against time to find the shuttlecraft, Spock's strictly logical leadership clashes with the fear and resentment of his crew.



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Rees Vaughn ...
Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei ...
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A shuttle craft under Mr. Spock's command is forced to land on a hostile planet. His emotionless approach to command does not sit well with some crew members, particularly Mr. Boma who challenges Spock at every opportunity. The Enterprise and Captain Kirk meanwhile have only a short time to find the lost shuttle craft as they must deliver urgent medical supplies to Markus III in only a few days. Written by garykmcd

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5 January 1967 (USA)  »

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The observation deck model was designed to match up with the set seen in Star Trek: The Conscience of the King (1966). See more »


When the copilot of the shuttle Galileo complains that the instruments are going into chaos, Lt Boma notes that it is to be expected given the effects of the quasar. If the collapse of the avionics on board are to be expected, why is everyone so surprised when it crashes on the alien planet? In fact, why was it even launched when it clearly would be unable to cope with these effects? See more »


Spock: Consider the alternatives, Mr. Scott.
Scott: We have no fuel! What alternatives?
Spock: Mr. Scott, there are always alternatives.
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"You are a very stubborn man, Mr. Spock"
29 May 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

In dire need of a more serious tone after the humorous but somewhat inconsistent Shore Leave, Star Trek returns to its tradition of tackling deeper themes from a sci-fi point of view, focusing in particular on Spock's interactions with the rest of the Enterprise crew.

This time, Kirk's mission is to bring medical supplies to the inhabitants of Markus III as quickly as possible, and his superiors keep reminding him of that priority. However, his priorities change when the smaller vessel Galileo, containing Spock and six other men (hence the episode's title), lands on a hostile planet and requires immediate assistance. With Kirk torn between duties, it's up to Spock to come up with a solution, but his adherence to logic doesn't sit well with some, most notably Boma (Don Marshall), whose behavior comes close to bigotry.

Racism and the implications of being in charge: those are the two key topics of this suspenseful Trek tale, and both are handled admirably thanks to the writers' focus on the tense relationship between the half-alien Spock and the entirely "human" crew under his command, while William Shatner is elegantly sidelined as far as the drama is concerned. Then again, Spock has always been the more interesting of the two leads, and Nimoy relishes every opportunity he gets to show a little of the Vulcan scientist's complex, enthralling (and, a rarity for science-fiction shows, Emmy-nominated) personality. In addition, no need to worry about excessive darkness: the deft humor returns in the final scene, which contains one of the absolute best exchanges between Kirk and Spock. Sci-fi doesn't get much more fun than this.

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