Nurse Chapel is reunited with her fiancé; but his new obsession leads him to make an android duplicate of Captain Kirk.Nurse Chapel is reunited with her fiancé; but his new obsession leads him to make an android duplicate of Captain Kirk.Nurse Chapel is reunited with her fiancé; but his new obsession leads him to make an android duplicate of Captain Kirk.
Korby, who happens to be engaged to Nurse Chapel has been busy during his time on ice planet Exo-III, is delighted to see her and keen to show Captain Kirk his achievements. Let's just say it doesn't go well and Kirk has to improvise in a difficult situation.
This is a great Kirk episode that feels wonderfully 1960s, but it also has a compelling plot that stands the test of time. Themes regarding sentience, artificial intelligence and the advancement of technology run through it as it does in many episodes that follow.
William Shatner is forceful and cunning as Kirk with his back to the wall against a formidable antagonist. In true style, he strips, does a bit of fighting and kissing along the way.
Majel Barrett is prominent throughout and convincingly portrays a long, lost, rekindled love with Michael Strong who is mostly good but overacts in some scenes. Ted Cassidy (in the most ridiculous costume) has a tremendous presence as Ruk and physically dominates Shatner during their confrontation. I first saw this episode on BBC2 when reruns of Star Trek were broadcast along with The Addams Family, giving us a Cassidy double bill on that particular night. Sherry Jackson is particularly memorable in a risqué part as Korby's android concubine Andrea in an unbelievably revealing costume.
I loved the sets and the 60s vision of advanced future technology. As naff as it might seem now it is simple, effective and oozes charm.
- Oct 30, 2020