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 ...
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In informal surveys taken at science fiction conventions, this episode is promptly and almost universally named as the worst of the original series. See more
The "male-female schism" explained in the story line simply does not make sense from a biological point of view. Men are shown to have no knowledge of women, yet somehow the species is able to reproduce and it is implied that the women kidnap men to be mates in their world under the planet's surface. This fails to explain how the male population on the surface sustains itself, given that males would have to be born from a mother, raised to a certain age, and then "released" back to the surface, which seems to defeat the purpose of capturing men in the first place and bringing them below to the women. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
Spock, you're in a black box tied in with light rays into a complex control panel.
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