Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 12

The Empath

Aired Unknown Dec 06, 1968 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (8)

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  • Stuck in the center of a doomed planet, Captain Kirk, Bones, and Spock come to reallize they are nothing more than lab rats for a mysterious race of aliens. A mute women must learn compassion in order to save the day.

    The worst episode in the entire series. It's nothing more than a mixture of "The World is Hollow and I Have Touched The Sky" and "The Cage". Only it lacks the things that made those episodes so engaging. The episode takes place in a boring, black void. There's just not much going on and doesn't feel "real". Almost all episodes in the series feel authentic or realistic. In this episode, you simply don't wan't to believe it, it's not imaginitive enough. In general, it lacks the Star Trek "flair" that I have come to love so dearly. If there was a single episode that represented the drop off between seasons 2 and 3, this was the episode. This is an episode I pray a first time viewer wouldn't watch. It's also the only episode I can't watch 20 times over.