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Zita Carno
Thu, Jan 4, 2018, 5:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Dagger of the Mind

A further comment: As I was watching this episode I was reminded of something I had read in a Sherlock Holmes story; he had observed that "When a doctor goes wrong, he is the first of criminals." I also remembered an expression I have run into a number of times: "Hoist by his own petard"---and I thought that this was wxactly what happened to Dr, Tristan Adams. He had fallen victim to his own nefarious machinations. Again, a very good Trek story on many levels.
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Zita Carno
Fri, Dec 22, 2017, 10:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: Dagger of the Mind

This was a very good, suspenseful psychological thriller on all counts. Morgan Woodward did a fantastic job as the former assistant who escaped and demanded asylum,and it was wrenching to see how he was fighting the pain as he tried to tell Kirk and McCoy about what had happened. And much credit must go to McCoy---even as he called himself an old country doctor, he actually pushed Spock to try the Vulcan mind meld; as we all know, Vulcans are a telepathic species and Spock was one of the most powerful. What we saw here in that scene was actually a type of telepathic hypnosis; he recognized that strong suggestions of well-being and relaxation and a sense of weightlessness, of zero gravity, were needed to get van Gelder calm enough to tell Spock what had happened to him. This, I believe, was the turning point of the whole episode. I have seen this procedure, with and without physical contact, be a lifesaver in a variety of Star Trek episodes.
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