Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 24

Turnabout Intruder

14
Aired Unknown Jun 03, 1969 on NBC
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7.3
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  • Dr. Janice Lester lures Captain Kirk to a planet where she has invented a device capable of transferring herself into his body.

    7.0
    This episode is so famous for being the last episode of the original incarnation of Star Trek, its quality is often overlooked. Because of the episode's premise, where Dr. Janice Lester switches bodies with Kirk, someone other than William Shatner actually gets to play the captain for much of the episode (Sandra Smith) while Shatner gets to play the woman. Smith and Shatner (the latter of whom had the flu during this shoot) are so magnificent and convincing, the viewer never doubts who's really Captain Kirk and who's really Dr. Lester. (And the real praise goes to Smith, because whereas Shatner is playing a new, guest character, she has to convince us she's the same Captain James T. Kirk we've seen in seventy eight prior episodes.) Sadly, the show is a bit sexist, and its main message seems to be that females are irrational, and it's dangerous for a woman to command a starship. For most television shows of the 60s, this wouldn't be a surprising attitude, but Star Trek is a show that should know – and in the future would know – better. It's also sad that the original series – now a classic television show - didn't know its final episode would be its finale episode, so no "finale" script was written, and no "finale" touches were put on "Turnabout Intruder" when it was chosen to end the third season. Thankfully there would be future chapters in the story of Star Trek, and this episode would prove not to be the end, but just the end of the beginning.
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