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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Country:

USA

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English | Latin

Release Date:

9 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In his book Star Trek Memories, William Shatner identified this as his favourite episode, because his father died during filming and Leonard Nimoy's delivery of the mind meld lines made him laugh. He thought it was "exciting, thought-provoking and intelligent, it contained all of the ingredients that made up our very best Star Treks." See more »

Goofs

When deciding which of two tunnels to investigate, Kirk tells Spock to take the one on the left, and he'll take the one on the right. But he gestures with his phaser to the exact opposite tunnels. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Spock: Jim, I remind you that this is a silicon-based form of life. Dr. McCoy's medical knowledge will be totally useless.
Capt. Kirk: He is a healer, let him heal.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

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Featured in Bring Back... Star Trek (2009) See more »

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Star Trek Theme
Written by Alexander Courage
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A meeting (melding) of the minds
4 August 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Enter the Horta, possibly the show's ugliest prop, but still manages to convey an alien presence. Or in this case, a monster, one who's terrorizing the grunts in a mining colony. It's an extermination mission and that episode-long buildup is how the creature takes on a life of its own, no matter the level of production values. And it's a story of hard-won tolerance, thanks to that twist ending.

But it's also a good showcase for the Kirk-Spock-McCoy relationship. Isolated from the rest of the crew, this mystery is left to them to solve. All kidding aside, it's a great episode all around.

8/10


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