Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 12

The Empath

8
Aired Unknown Dec 06, 1968 on NBC
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7.0
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  • A pair of aliens capture Kirk, Spock, and McCoy and involve them in a series of experiments with a mute woman with empathic abilities.

    5.0
    Usually, putting Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley in a room together is enough to save any Star Trek episode, even if the episode is all talk and there's no money for sets or special effects. Not this time. It's not their fault; they put on an acting clinic (and guest star Kathryn Hays is fabulous as the mute empath); there's simply no getting around the fact that the episode doesn't have much of a plot. The writer tries to cover this fault by including a couple of aliens to do whatever she wants done at any point in time, but who these aliens are is never explained, and why they do what they do makes no sense. Still, it's interesting to see an exploration of the friendship and bond between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. And George Duning's sensitive score is wonderful.
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