Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 1

Spock's Brain

Aired Unknown Sep 20, 1968 on NBC

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  • Even the worst episode in TOS was better than the best episode in many others Sci-fi TV shows.

    I never really gave any Star Trek shows "1's" or "2's" because Star Trek at it's worst is better than any "best" episode of Lost in Space. Of course, Spock's Brain is teetering on Cat Women of the Moon stuff here with beautiful brainless women who capture neanderthal men and give them pleasure and pain. Plus, the ridiculous scene of Spock clearing his throat and guiding McCoy through the brain operation also teeters on making Star Trek more like TV sci-fi from the fifties. What so painful about this episode is that it's a hint how bad Star Trek may have gotten if it went on to a fourth season. Thus, the 3rd season is not as truly bad as some of have mentioned. But it does reveal a terrible direction that the series was headed. Like all Star Trek episodes, there are some diamonds in the rough here. I liked the scene with Sulu, Uhura, and Chevok all consolidating their scientific knowledge together (in Spock's absense) to determine where the alien ship may have left with Spock's Brain. I would say that Spock's strict mentoring has paid off. After all, the Federation has many starships and they just can't expect Spock to be the best science officer in the whole fleet.
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