Star Trek

Season 1 Episode 8


Aired Unknown Oct 27, 1966 on NBC

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  • Kirk and company become stranded on a planet where a medical experiment went very wrong.

    "Eternal childhood, filled with play, no responsibilities. It's almost like a Yeoman Rand

    Star Trek kills three birds with one stone with its first medical drama, its first episode with kids, and its first "faux-earth" story in this well-crafted science fiction tale about the discovery of a life-prolongation vaccine gone wrong. It's sort of like a cross between Peter Pan and The Walking Dead.

    This time, with the entire story taking place on a planet, we have Kirk, Spock, and (of course) McCoy together, giving the big three their first televised lengthy "away" mission together. The planet itself is "another earth", a concept used as the hook for the teaser... but the discovery itself doesn't really amount to anything and merely serves as the setting for the story. (Future Star Trek episodes would improve on the concept by ditching the unsustainable "duplicate planet" idea and instead using "Earth-like" planets that are alien yet have settings and cultures similar to our world). Standing in for the planet's town is Mayberry, with Star Trek borrowing the Desilu Culver from The Andy Griffith Show. (In fact, the building Kirk enters to find Miri is recognizable as the Mayberry Hotel). Used in a few future episodes as well, the back lot gives new viewers a more familiar visual than the usual sets, with the contrast of Kirk and Spock on 20th Century streets with realistic looking buildings giving the science fiction story a surreal feel. (In fact, it's notable that the story itself gets rather close to the post-apocolyptic Zombi thing, something ahead of its time when the episode aired in 1966. Night of the Living Dead wasn't released until 1968).

    What really sets "Miri" apart from the episodes that precede it, however, is the direction and editing. Like Citizen Kane, it features some beautiful cinematography with some unconventional shots and some inventive character compositions within the frame. (In fact for one shot, the filmmakers had a set built on a platform so the camera could shoot level with a character.. McCoy.. who has fallen on the Meanwhile, the cuts have a seamless feel, with their timing so perfect, you don't know they're there. With all these elements working hand in hand with the performances of Star Trek's big three (Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley), it gives the viewer confidence from the beginning that he or she is in good hands and carries right through to the end.

    Unfortunately, Spies's script itself isn't as strong as his story, with his teleplay having some needless issues (such as the unresolved duplicate earth mystery) and some mistakes (such as a misunderstanding over what a vaccine is, mistaking it for an antidote).

    As such, "Miri" isn't likely to crack the top ten on a list of best TOS episodes, but if there's a television station doing a top twenty five weekend countdown, expect a bit of "bonk bonk" and "no more bla bla bla!" in the fifteen to twenty five range.

    Remastered: As one of the first remastered episodes, CBS [whatever] keeps it basic, though having an Earth in the episode gives them enough of a challenge. (It's always hardest to fake things that people are very familiar with, because anything that's off sticks out like a soar thumb. In the original episode, for example, the Earth looks completely phony because it has no clouds and no While CBS Digital would improve its Earth for its remastered version of "Tomorrow is Yesterday", they do a fine job for "Miri". Just as it's exciting seeing Kirk and Spock on seemingly real streets, it's fun to also see the Enterprise seemingly orbiting our planet.