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G Mike
Tue, Jun 23, 2015, 5:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

To get to the dynamic of the interplay between the characters, it is necessary to ignore a lot of holes in the plot. For example, why is the chief medical officer on board? The phenomenon they are studying has nothing to do with medicine. Doesn't have much to do with engineering, either, except maybe the effect on a ships engine.

Spock makes a big deal about respecting these ape-like creatures, and that's fine. But did they somehow only bring phasers that kill? What about the "stun" setting? Those creatures would have been slow to return after having been stunned once. And Spock's order to fire to scare the creatures? How does THAT make any sense? These creatures had no prior experience with phasers. They would have no reason to suppose that beam of light and whirring sound was something to be feared. Spock claims to have made the "correct logical decision, yet two men have died". But I think it would have been more logical for these men to have stayed closer to the shuttlecraft, and kept the creatures away with painful but non-lethal blasts of phasers on stun, until repairs could be effected. And, knowing that even if the enterprise had to leave to complete its mission, it would eventually return, someone should have asked: how are our provisions for food and water? How long can we last if we just sat tight and waited for the storm to clear, each one of us taking a turn outside with a phaser (on stun) to keep the creatures away?

Lastly, when Uhura reports that five people just beamed aboard, alive and well, everyone seems to have relaxed. Three of the original seven were close friends of Kirk, and the high ranking officers on the ship. Wouldn't Kirk have asked - who did we lose?
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G Mike
Sun, Jun 21, 2015, 11:49am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Friday's Child

So many unanswered questions. First, why would they beam down armed with phasers? They were there to negotiate, not fight. And just how many people did the Tier rule? How big was his territory? Was it the only territory on the planet with access to the minerals? If Maab was one of the Tier's highest ranking subordinates, wouldn't he be off somewhere else in what must have been a huge domain, acting as a kind of governor? And what did McCoy do on that planet for three months - spend the entire time trying to change their minds about medicine and hospitals? And though he knew the culture, how come McCoy didn't seem to actually know any individuals on the planet? Scotty was lured away by a false distress signal, only later realizing that the enterprise was mentioned by name, when there was no reason a freighter would have known the enterprise was in that sector. So basically, Scotty screwed up. And when they reached the place the ship was supposed to be, there was absolutely no physical evidence to support that a vessel had been there, much less been under attack. And STILL, Uhura wondered if the distress call could have been legit. By the way, it was never explained why, when a federation freighter would not have known that the enterprise was in the area, how the Klingons got this information. The Klingon ship was so far away, checkov couldn't even be sure they WERE Klingon ships, much less read the name on the ship!

But the most inexplicable aspects of this episode came near the end. Why didn't the Klingon have any backup? His ship was nearby. And why did Maab commit suicide? He acted as though the only way to defeat the Klingon was to lure him into the open so that one of the warriors could get him with that thrown weapon. But the Klingon was barely under any cover at all, and was already wounded. And he wasn't even that far away. And he was just one guy. And when the Klingon was killed, everyone seemed to relax, as if there was no reason to fight anymore. The natives seem to have forgotten that Kirk and Spock shot, and presumably killed, a couple of the natives by then. Now, recall at the beginning of the episode, a redshirt who drew his weapon was instantly executed. So how come when Scotty shows up with a weapon drawn, he is not similarly killed? And why did Scotty beam down in the first place? Wouldn't it have been easier to simply beam the landing party up?
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