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.


Robert Gist


Oliver Crawford (teleplay by), Shimon Wincelberg (teleplay by) (as S. Bar-David) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Don Marshall ... Boma
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
John Crawford ... Commissioner Ferris
Peter Marko Peter Marko ... Gaetano
Phyllis Douglas Phyllis Douglas ... Yeoman Mears
Rees Vaughn Rees Vaughn ... Latimer
Grant Woods ... Kelowitz
Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei ... Creature (as Buck Maffei)
David L. Ross ... Transporter Chief (as David Ross)


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) See more »

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Did You Know?


The episode was partly drawn from Spock's break out popularity that had already occurred early on in the show's run. According to Leonard Nimoy, as a result one writer simplify suggested a story in which Spock was seen commanding a vessel. See more »


When Scotty is putting electricity on the hull of the shuttle, there is no need to avoid contact for the people in the shuttle with the hull (Faraday cage). See more »


Capt. Kirk: You're not going to admit that for the first time in your life you committed a purely human, emotional act?
Spock: No, sir.
Capt. Kirk: Mr. Spock, you're a stubborn man.
Spock: Yes, sir.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits of the show, the title for Script Supervisor, George A. Rutter, is misspelled "SCPIPT SUPERVISOR". See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in Star Trek: Starship Creator (1998) See more »


Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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14 April 2012 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

I can't add too many things to what others have already said regarding this installment of Trek. The primary theme here is what do men respond to? Are mere decisions based on the right evidence at the time all that it takes to lead? Can you merely delegate authority and expect men to obey you? What does it take to make men operate and bow to your commands?

The episode is pretty melodramatic in the theme department, but is otherwise spot on with the exaggerations of character portrayed in this episode. Spock uses the best (and I'll add humane) reasoning, as he possibly can for what should (by all convention) provide the most promising outcome. But things don't go as planned. The outcomes gravely effect the crew, and Spock's ability to lead comes into question.

Technical notes; I've seen makeup tests for the creatures inhabiting the world that is part of the setting, and I think Roddenberry and crew were right to not give us the full frontal view of said creatures. My only real critique of this episode is that it was shot on a stage, and we have egg crate lights hanging above trying to act as a faux sun for the actors. The result is like many an exterior location that was shot in doors; it looks fake. Adding to that are the cliffs and rock formations, which look twice as fake on a stage as they otherwise might have on the back lot. In addition we have some spear throwing by the natives that just looks pathetic at best. For all of the work that went into revamping the space-shots for the new release of the episodes, I'm pretty disappointed that no one tackled the issue of revamping some of the live SFX. Just me.

As noted in other reviews, Nimoy is still feeling his character out, and therefore we're not presented with the utterly cool in all conditions Mister Spock, but one that still has traces of emotion running in his veins. I think what other reviewers fail to realize is that this is essentially a heightened scenario examining how even the best decisions can be seen as wrong by those who must carry out the orders unless some effort is made to inject belief and passion into the leader's instruction. As such the actors (and I'll even add the writer) are giving us an exaggeration of a leadership crisis. But Nimoy, Kelley and the rest deliver their lines and give us drama that we can sink our teeth into.

There's a little more science in this episode than in others. Not much, but it's there. Take it for what it is, a first season episode with a visually mediocre setting, a relatively good story and acting, but some minor technical difficulties.


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