Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 16

The Mark of Gideon

7
Aired Unknown Jan 17, 1969 on NBC
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6.8
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  • Captain Kirk attempts to beam down to the overpopulated planet of Gideon but is shocked to find himself back on the Enterprise - with the crew gone.

    6.5
    This is a "mystery" story with some interesting ideas and a few chilling visuals, but the payoff is anticlimactic due to plot holes and gigantic believability issues. (Interestingly, this episode was co written by one of Star Trek's more memorable guest stars. Stanley Adams. He played Cyrano Jones in the episode "The Trouble with Tribbles".) I wish "The Mark of Gideon" would have turned out better, because I love a good mystery, and the problems of overpopulation and the issues of how to handle them make for excellent sources of drama for a science fiction show. As for vanishing crewman, Star Trek: The Next Generation would recycle the plot idea, and thankfully their version ("Remember Me") is a suspenseful mystery with a great payoff. As for "Gideon", it misses the mark.
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