TOS Season 1, Episode 3 (Netflix: S1 E4): Where No Man Has Gone Before
Throughout all of Star Trek there are episodes dealing with god-like entities, and a few that deal with a regular person gaining
god-like powers (I’m looking at you Hide and Q
). It’s an interesting way to tease out human nature by putting a character in this type of extraordinary circumstance, and I think Where No Man Has Gone Before does a good job exploring these ideas. This episode has its slow bits, but Mitchell and his relationship to Kirk are pretty compelling, lending a more organic set of stakes to what becomes a fantastical story; you both fear him and
don’t want him to die.
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It becomes obvious fairly quickly that this episode was filmed before the others. Their bland, cheap looking uniforms are one of the giveaways.
The female uniforms are a lot more dignified. Also Sulu in Blue!
They’re leaving the galaxy! Exciting.
Awww, No Bones
After we know Mitchell is becoming godlike it’s a little slow going plot-wise.
It has its silly moments, but the overall showdown is pretty cool.
File under: Keep your shirt on Kirk
Some people have a huge problem with this episode’s lack of explanation for why Gary starts to get his powers, treating this like a plot hole. It’s not really a plot hole, it’s just something that wasn’t explained. There’s a big difference. I don’t care that much about how this giant energy barrier works, and I’m much more interested in the situation it created. After all, a large part of science fiction is exploring situations (like the study of human nature under these circumstances) that would be impossible in a strictly realistic story. A mysterious explanation for creating a situation can even be more compelling. Even when the science behind what’s going on isn’t clear, the stakes are, and to me that is much more important.
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