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Jessie
Wed, Dec 5, 2018, 8:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Plato's Stepchildren

Studying Ancient Greek myself, I was quite surprised Alexander quoted the Greek frog ribbit sounds (brekek-koax) of Aristophanes’ classic comedy “Frogs”. This is a quite specific nod to people who have actually read Ancient Greek literature.

Unfortunately, I disliked great parts of this episode, because it did not catch at all the spirit of the Ancient Greek culture or of Platos thoughts or philosophy. Parmen acts like a simpleminded sadistic tyrant, without honor or ethical values. The Platonians are flatly depicted as vile and sadistic because the episode just needed antagonists Kirk and his crew had to fight against.

I dont see a serious critique of Greek culture, and Platons philosopher-kings would have surely not acted in such a silly immature way. The problem is, the episode suggests exacty that to the audience and the Greek culture is shown in a very distorted way. They acted more like Romans than Greeks and looked like Americans dressed up on a Greek themed party. ;-)

2 of 4 stars because of some positive aspects (which mostly involve Spock)
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