"Cold Hands, Warm Heart" is a nice story about a man saved by the love of his wife (it may also have something to do with a blood transfusion he receives). The entertainment is mostly provided by William Shatner, who grins and grimaces his way through this episode about an astronaut who travels to Venus and returns to Earth with more than the common cold. Shatner plays the part of Brig. Gen. Jefferson Barton, who heads up Project Vulcan, a program to colonize Mars. However the first step Barton takes is to Venus. Here he loses track of about 8 minutes, which we find out later in his dreams, was spent having a close encounter with a Venusian. Barton first sees the Venusian through a "porthole" on his ship, the alien floating eerily into view through the fog. If you are spoiled by 21st Century special effects, the Venusian will be a major disappointment as it is easily recognizable as a puppet on strings (yes, the strings can be seen on occasion). If you are able to excuse this, the Venusian plays a credible threat to Barton. Once Barton returns to Earth, he is unable to keep warm and experiences a number of sickly fits, finally escalating to a moment when he knocks his wife unconscious and breaks into the space agency offices where he is captured. Once controlled, Barton confronts the Venusian in his dreams while sedated. The ending is satisfying and ends on a optimistic note for Barton and his dedicated wife. "Cold Hands, Warm Heart" is a long way from a heady story, but its all textbook Shatner, which means it should be a treat for Star Trek fans and lovers of '50s science fiction.
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