When the Enterprise attempts to penetrate a space barrier, it is damaged and creates a potentially worse problem. Two crew members, including Kirk's best friend, gain psionic powers that are growing exponentially. This leaves Captain Kirk with the difficult choice; either marooning them or killing before they get so powerful they lose their humanity and become truly dangerous.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While the bridge of the Enterprise appears similar, the main viewing screen is very different, having a larger border, rounded corners and a narrower aspect ratio more like television at the time of shooting. See more »
(at around 40 minutes) you can see hands pushing the boulder towards Kirk as he inches atop the bouncing rock. See more »
Sayeth Captain James T. (R.) Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise as he confronts one time friend Gary Mitchell now turned into a telekinetic monster with mastery over matter and energy thanks to the great galactic barrier.
Exceptionally well acted this episode sets the stage for what is to come in the three year run of this magnificent TV series. The authors of the episode look at a thematic problem through a medical lens. In essence Gary Mitchell is suffering the effects of a brain chemistry alteration. His "symptoms" of being able to know what others are thinking or are about to say is a kind of psychiatric torture technique used on patients in wards to get to the bottom of their issues; presumably issues they are hiding.
So it is that Mitchell sees himself as being god-like in his insightful abilities. It isn't until he receives that which put him on this course in the first place that he is briefly brought down from mount Olympus. Ultimately it is Captain Kirk he feels responsible for his friend's plight, and vows to bring the plight of the Enterprise's rogue crewman to book.
The theme here is that megalomania may be the result of a medical condition, and that there is a cure for it, but it is not a psychological one, but, in fact, a medical one. It will be a recurring theme injected into most of Trek's offerings as the Enterprise continues her five year mission.
The things I like about this episode are the set designs, the acting, and overall production values. We've a very sleek looking Enterprise interior, as it should have stayed, and a very strong story. It is 1960's TV, so it has that strong light and low definition film look to it, but it is quality TV.
Do yourself a favor, and have a look.
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