10 March 2012

Trek Review: All Our Yesterdays & Turnabout Intruder

The time has finally come, the last two episodes of Star Trek's Original Series. Will Season Three end on a high or continue the lacklustre course we've been on for most of its run?

All Our Yesterdays
ZarabethThe Enterprise arrives at planet Sarpeidon to warn its inhabitants that their sun is about to go supernova. On the planet surface, Kirk, Spock and McCoy find themselves in a nearly deserted library. Meeting only a man named Mr Atoz. Exploring further, they find he is responsible for sending the Sarpeidon inhabitants back into the planet's past for their safety - where each of the landing party members also accidentally find themselves as well.

Kirk hears a woman's scream and runs to assist. Finding himself in an era resembling old England. Kirk winds up in jail when the woman he 'rescued' was actually a thief and is further implicated when the voices of Spock and McCoy communicate with him from 'beyond'. Meanwhile, Spock and McCoy are transported to Sarpeidon's ice age and find a lone woman who has been exiled there.

Eventually the trio are able to find their way back to present day Sarpeidon and leave the planet before the sun goes supernova. Mr Atoz is also able to escape a fiery death.

Quite an interesting episode with a unique idea on how to escape impending doom at the hands of a supernova for this planets inhabitants. My only gripe is with the handling of Spock's character, who degenerates into a more barbaric Vulcan, simply because they are 5000 years in our past - when the inhabitants of Vulcan hadn't suppressed their emotions with logic. This didn't sit well with me as Spock's training would remain - just because he exists 5000 years ago doesn't automatically mean he would revert?

Nevertheless it provides another break from Spock's logical character and a love interest for him while McCoy watches on. Kirk doesn't get the girl in this episode, I don't think he'd want the one he ended up trying to help.

Most notable from the remastered episode were some cool effects shots for the star about to go supernova, including the final scene were Sarpeidon is engulfed by the supernova shockwave. Nicely done.

Overall Rating: 7/10

Turnabout Intruder
Kirk and Janice Lester undergo a life energy transferA crazed and vengeful scientist from Kirk's past transfers bodies with the Captain in order to assume a command of her own.

The Enterprise arrives at Camus II, answering a distress call from an expedition on the surface. They find Janice Lester, gravely ill from radiation sickness and someone Kirk knows from the academy. They reminisce and Janice reveals her resent that she was never able to be a Captain. Kirk examines a nearby device where she is able to trap him and put into effect a life energy transfer. She now occupies Kirk's body and Kirk is stuck in Janice's ailing body.

Janice has been studying the Enterprise for years and puts her plan into action to take over. Feeling confident that the transfer is flawless, she enacts a plan to leave Kirk at Benecia Colony, a hospital inadequately equipped to treat radiation sickness. To the crew, the captain begins acting strangely and they begin to monitor and attempt to find out what's wrong.

Eventually she is uncovered as the transfer weakens and her actions become more and more irrational - to the point of ordering the death penalty for actions that don't warrant it under Starfleet regulations. Eventually the transfer reverses.

Not a bad episode, particularly as it's the one to end the live action Original Series adventures on the small screen. A bitter woman after revenge on Kirk, almost gets it...

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

So there wraps up Season Three and the series. I'll follow this post up with a review of the 24 episodes shortly.

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