Spock commands a stranded away team when their shuttlecraft is marooned on a planet with hostile natives.
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High Commissioner Ferris
Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy
Lt. Hikaru Sulu
In the remastered version, we see a view from the rear of the Galileo shuttle as the clam shell doors are opening, the Columbus shuttle is shown to the right rear of the shuttle bay. When the Galileo exits the rear of the Enterprise, the view in to the shuttle bay shows it empty.
When Spock tells Mears and McCoy to return to the shuttlecraft when the aliens are first nearby he says, "Doctor McCoy, you and Yeoman Mears return to the ship. Assist, uh, Mr Scott in any way possible." Such a speech disfluency, called a linguistic filler (uh, er, and um in English; there is a variety of them for each language), seems out of place for Spock, even under the stress of the situation. Furthermore, he would be much more likely to employ such a filler from his native tongue.
For some reason, Yeoman Mears doesn't attend the burial.
Trivia: The shuttlecraft is 24 feet long.
Lt. Latimer was killed when a huge spear was thrown into his back. But when his crewmates picked up his body, no blood dripped from the wound.
The door of the Galileo shuttlecraft is shown to open and close mechanically by itself but when Boma enters to have Spock officiate at the first victim's service, a hand can just barely be seen opening the lower door panel in one or two frames. When Boma exits the shuttle later in the same scene, the hand can clearly be seen closing the bottom door (on the left side).
When Spock's leg is trapped by a large rock, the rock moves noticeably whenever Spock moves his arm, making it apparent that Nimoy is, in fact, holding the fake boulder in place. Then, when McCoy and Boma "struggle" to move the rock, McCoy's arm deforms the foam rubber that the rock is made from.
When the aliens start pounding on the shuttle an order is called out to shutter the windows. A few moments later a shot shows the windows still wide open and the shuttle shaking from continued attack.
Spock takes Boma and Gitano on a risky mission to "scare" the creatures rather than kill them, then shoots some rocks to frighten them off for awhile. Why not simply put the phasers on stun and knock them all out for the final couple hours on the planet? This would have saved Gaetano's life.
The shuttlecraft Columbus read "NCC-1701/7", same thing as the Galileo. When it redocks with the Enterprise, Columbus (while slightly blurred) reads Galileo on its front. (This is fixed in the remastered version.)
Just before Kirk talks to Spock inside the shuttle, he walks across the bridge, you can see Spock at his station on the bridge, then Kirk talks to him in the shuttle!
When the Galileo jettisons its fuel and blasts away from the camera, you can see the stars through its hull. (This is fixed in the remastered version.)
The size of the giants also varies considerably. They are described by a search team as 10-12' tall. When one attacks Gaetano its about 8' tall. And when another one attacks the shuttle, the top of the shuttle is as high as his waist, making them 20'+ tall.
As Spock hauls Gaetano's body, a spear hits nearby and you can see the Styrofoam chips lightly fly everywhere.
The shields the giants use change size considerably between when one of them hefts a shield and a moment later when we see it slam down.
Despite the supposedly urgency of the mission to Makus III, at the end when they've recovered the shuttle, Kirk says to head out at warp 1. Aren't they supposed to be in a hurry?
At the end Uhura says they've recovered five survivors and Kirk immediately ends them to proceed for Makus III. He doesn't stop to ask anybody what happened to the other two - what if they're still on the planet? Sure, we know Gaetano and Latimer are dead, but he doesn't.
Why are Scotty and McCoy on a mission to study a quasar phenomena?
Spock: Gentlemen, I suggest we move outside to examine the hull in the event we've overlooked any minor damage.
Boma: (after Spock exits the shuttlecraft) If any minor damage was overlooked, it was when they put his head together.
McCoy: Not his head, Mr. Boma, his heart. His heart.
Boma: You mean a burn up?
Spock: That is the usual end of a decaying orbit.
Yeoman Mears: I don't want to die here!
Spock: Infinitely preferable to the kind of death we would be granted on the planet's surface.
Boma: (sarcastically) I admire your ability to make so measured a choice.
McCoy: Respect is a rational process. Didn't it ever occur to you that they might react emotionally...with anger?
Spock: Doctor, I am not responsible for their unpredictability.
McCoy: They were perfectly predictable, to anyone with feeling.
Spock: I'm frequently appalled by the low regard you Earthmen have for life.
Kirk: Uh, Mr. Spock, there's really something I don't understand about all of this. And maybe you can explain it to me. Logically, of course. When you jettisoned the fuel and ignited it, you knew there was virtually no chance of it being seen, yet you did it anyhow. That would seem to be an act of desperation.
Spock: Quite correct.
Kirk: We all know, and I'm sure the doctor agrees, that desperation is a highly emotional state of mind. How does your well-known logic explain that?
Spock: Quite simply, Captain. I examined the problem from all angles, and it was plainly hopeless. Logic informed me that, under the circumstances, the only possible action would have to be one of desperation. Logical decision, logically arrived at.
Kirk: Aha, ha ha. I see. You mean you reasoned that it was time for an emotional outburst.
Spock: Well, I... wouldn't put it in exactly those terms, Captain, but...
those are essentially the facts.
Kirk: You're not going to admit that for the first time in your life, you committed a purely human, emotional act?
Spock: No, sir.
Kirk: Mr. Spock, you're a stubborn man.
Spock: Yes, sir.
Spock: I realize that command does have its fascination, even under circumstances such as these, but I neither enjoy the idea of command nor am I frightened of it. It simply exists, and I will do whatever logically needs to be done.
McCoy: Respect is a rational process.
McCoy: It may be the last action you'll ever take, Mr. Spock, but it was all human.
Spock: Totally illogical. There was no chance.
McCoy: That's exactly what I mean.
Scotty: Mr. Spock, you said a while ago that there were always alternatives.
Spock: Did I? I may have been mistaken.
McCoy: Well, at least I lived long enough to hear that.
Spock: The logical thing for you to have done was to have left me behind.
McCoy: Mr. Spock, remind me to tell you that I'm sick and tired of your logic.
Spock: That is a most illogical attitude.
Ferris: What do you intend to do?
Kirk: Do? I intend to continue the search, inch by inch, by candlelight, if necessary, until the last possible moment. If you'd keep your nose off my bridge, I'd be thankful.
Spock: It is more rational to sacrifice one life than six.
McCoy: I'm not talking about rationality.
Spock: You might be wise to start.
McCoy: Mr. Spock, life and death are seldom logical.
Spock: But attaining a desired goal always is.
McCoy: Traces of argon, neon, krypton. All in acceptable quantities. However, I wouldn't recommend this place as a summer resort.
Spock: Thank you for your opinion, it will be duly noted.
Scotty: What a mess.
Spock: Picturesque descriptions will not mend broken circuits, Mr. Scott.
Spock: Your tone is increasingly hostile.
Boma: My tone isn't the only thing that's hostile, Mr. Spock!
The shuttlecraft was built by workers at AMT corporation with the work supervised by automotive designer George Winfield, who would later go on to construct the full-sized vehicles featured in the film Blade Runner. AMT built the shuttle craft in exchange for the rights to sell the model kits of it.
Writer Shimon Wincelberg is credited as S. Bar-David.
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