Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 9

The Tholian Web

Aired Unknown Nov 15, 1968 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (8)

out of 10
163 votes
  • Spock and McCoy nearly come to blows

    From Star Trek III:
    Kirk- You're suffering from a Vulcan Mind-Meld doctor.
    McCoy- That green-blooded sonofab****! It's his revenge for all those arguments he lost.

    Kirk and Spock's friendship is legendary and well defined. But when it comes to Spock and McCoy, things aren't always as crystal clear. This episode helps to define it a bit.

    Spock and McCoy go from friends (as much as a friendship can exist between a human and Vulcan) to rivals to nearly enemies and back to friends.

    At issue is the safety of the Enterprise and the choices Spock makes while in command. McCoy becomes almost belligerent as he berates Spock, accusing him of wanting Kirk dead so he could command the Enterprise. Spock reminds the doctor that he has no desire for a command of his own and that Kirk's safety and that of the crew are his primary concern.

    Toward the end of the episode, one of the most poignant moments of the series occurs as McCoy apologies to the stoic, unfeeling Vulcan. Spock, obviously feeling a great deal, paraphrases his captain by saying "Forget it, Bones."

    Great character study, great story. A few plot holes. Moments of really awful acting. But overall, more than worth a look.
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