But before they arrive at Deneva a one-man spaceship is spotted heading straight for the Denevan sun.
The City on the Edge of Forever, there's a new planet model that was used for the special effects. That's two new ones in the last two episodes. It almost makes up for using the old ones over and over and over. This one looks pretty good too.
Anyway, they beam down to the surface (where the location shots were filmed at the TRW Space and Defense Park) and are attacked by some people who are shouting things like, "Go away! We don't want to hurt you!"
|McCoy, Kirk, YU no phaser?|
Blaster Beam, a musical instrument that was featured in Jerry Goldsmith's magnificent musical score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Things don't go well for Aurelan Kirk. She goes through a lot of pain and then suddenly dies.
Spock is forced to endure huge amounts of pain. At one point he flees sick bay, heads for the bridge and tries to take control of the ship. He is subdued and restrained back in sick bay where he attempts to control the pain.
In a Frankenstein moment he later breaks free from his restraints and heads for the transporter room so that he can retrieve one of the creatures for them to study.
Kirk replies by saying that, "This may be one cell in a larger organism. An incredibly huge organism, in fact." Spock then adds, "And although it is not physically connected to the other cells, it is nevertheless part of the whole creature, guided by the whole, drawing its strength from the whole, which probably accounts for its unusual resistance to our phaser weapons" and that, in a big leap of logic, that it may have come, "From a place where our physical laws do not apply. We may therefore find it difficult to destroy, Captain."
So if they can't kill the creatures the infesting Deneva, Kirk reasons that he'll have to stop the insanity from spreading by killing everyone on the planet - over a million people. In Conscience of the King Kodos was alleged to have killed 4,000 people in order to save 4,000 more. That's what earned him the nickname "the Executioner." How would Kirk be remembered if he killed everyone on Deneva?
Needless to say, Kirk isn't thrilled about that option. Which brings us back to the beginning of the story when the Denevan flew his ship into the sun and announced that he was free.
In an attempt to figure out what will kill the creature they try using the stuff that suns are know for: heat and radiation. Eventually figure out that they should also try light.
Spock points out that they need to do a test on someone who is infected. McCoy hedges but Kirk pushes that they have to do the test now.
There was no new music written for this episode but, don't worry, there's some great stuff coming up in Season Two.
You can watch the full episode here from StarTrek.com.
More Star Trek is coming up. I may post a Season One retrospective before I launch into Season Two.