Star Trek (1966–1969)
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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, only to find that the situation is not that simple.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Ken Lynch ... Vanderberg
James Doohan ... Scott
Brad Weston Brad Weston ... Appel
Biff Elliot ... Schmitter
George Allen George Allen ... Engineer #1 (as George E. Allen)
Jon Cavett Jon Cavett ... Guard
Barry Russo ... Giotto
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Storyline

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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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

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English | Latin

Release Date:

9 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

McCoy specifies that he had the Enterprise beam down about a hundred pounds of thermal concrete. In James Blish's novelization of the episode in Star Trek 4, which was generally based more so on early draft scripts than final drafts, states that McCoy only used ten pounds of concrete. See more »

Goofs

Early on, Kirk asks the head miner if he placed any sentries, but he pronounces it "centuries." See more »

Quotes

Mr. Spock: Curious. What Chief Vanderberg said about the horta is exactly what the mother horta said to me. She found humanoid appearance revolting... but she thought she could get used to it.
Dr. McCoy: Oh, she did, did she? Now, tell me, did she happen to make any comment about those ears?
Mr. Spock: Not specifically, but I did get the distinct impression she found them the most attractive human characteristic of all. I didn't have the heart to tell her that only I have...
Captain James T. Kirk: [interrupts Spock] She really liked those ears?
Mr. Spock: ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Outer Limits: Hearts and Minds (1998) See more »

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Star Trek Theme
Written by Alexander Courage
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20 March 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Star Trek

The Devil In The Dark

A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it.

Unlike any other hit series, it only has 3 seasons so luckily it means that they will be covering up all their ideas within it until they are satisfied. As it often happens, the first season is always promising and has potential (or else it won't lift up for further more seasons) in it and is utilized with fine detailed work like focusing on different new breeds and characters bonding through this journey.

The Devil In The Dark has a good old tale of the protagonist v the monster retold in an updater future version so how can it not work especially if there is "spock" drama in it; the whole mind reading sequence was a nice touch in this.


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