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Star Trek

Season 1 Episode 9

Dagger of the Mind

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Aired Unknown Nov 03, 1966 on NBC
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  • In "Dagger of the Mind" the "Star Trek" crew explores the problems of penal systems and the moral questions they raise. A perfect facility by reputation comes under question as it crosses paths with the "Star Trek" Enterprise crew.

    7.8
    In "Dagger of the Mind" the "Star Trek" crew explores the problems of penal systems and the moral questions they raise. A perfect facility by reputation comes under question as it crosses paths with the "Star Trek" Enterprise crew.

    At the time this episode aired, there was a reexamination of what prisons systems should be. Punishment versus rehabilitation was a issue. Psychology experiments were indicating a desensitization of guards to prisoner suffering. along with these issues was a expansion of sciences view of the mind.

    The latter was partly an off shoot of the drug culture, meditation, and other movements.

    This episode examines what would happen if a prison system goes off mission. What if those in control could impose their thoughts on others? Captain Kirk once again find himself with the girl and a problem of planetary proportions. "Dagger of the Mind" is a fair episode that is an example of how "Star Trek" deals with social issues.
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