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Easily one of the best episodes from the original Star Trek series, "Amok Time" was written by the novelist Theodore Sturgeon, who came up with a story about a Vulcan mating cycle that occurs every seven years and drives the normally stolid, logical, pointy-eared humanoids wild. When Spock (Leonard Nimoy) is suddenly caught in the grip of pon farr, a crazy-making urge to mate, he sets a course for his home planet despite orders to the contrary from Captain Kirk (William Shatner). Kirk comes around, however, and accompanies Spock and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) to Vulcan, where Spock is to wed T'Pring (Arlene Martel) in an arranged marriage. But T'Pring formally rejects Spock, forcing a duel in which the captain must participate or let Spock die. There's high drama galore in this one, beginning with Spock's feverish savagery and extending to the fascinating complexity of Vulcan rituals, set against the eerie emptiness of the planet's landscape. For good measure, there's also the startling sight of Kirk and Spock fighting it out to the death. Supporting performances are terrific, including that of Celia Lovsky (the real-life wife of Peter Lorre) as the matriarch T'Pau. This is also the episode that gave birth to the split-fingered Vulcan salute (inspired by Nimoy's memories of the kohanin blessing at Jewish temples) and the phrase "live long and prosper." One of Trek's more highly charged episodes, you can feel a certain spontaneous energy here--indeed, some of the more inspired actors even made up their own lines. --Tom Keogh
Celia Lovsky was the right actress to play T'Pau.
For those that have seen these two episodes on VHS or when they originally aired, you will be very impressed with the picture quality and sound on this DVD edition.
The climax finds Kirk fighting for his dear life against a blood thristy tranced Spock with deadly Vulcan weapons.
My boss told me that Amok Time was his favorite episode so I got it for him and he loved it!!!!Published 4 months ago by Ashleigh
I like all of the original Star Trek . There is something about "old" that new material can't match. Thank youPublished 18 months ago by Analog
Two very intriguing and exciting episodes:"Who Mourns for Adonais?" and "Amok Time"; co-starring Michael Forrest and Arlene Martel, both of whom had been in the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gery H. Bedard
I purchased this DVD as a replacement. The first episode of Who Mourns For Adonais? is one of the finest Star Trek episodes
of the second season.
I Loved these 2 episodes, color and definition Great!!! I can't wait to order more Star Trek:Original Series DVDs!!
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!!!!
This by far the best Star Trek episode.Celia Lovsky was the right actress to play T'Pau.As an aspiring sci-fi writer I wished I had written this episode.Published on September 7, 2007 by Willie Montgomery
If you are picking and choosing which volumes to keep this is definitely one of them. There's no denying that the second season of Classic Trek is the best one with many seminal... Read morePublished on October 15, 2006 by Frederick Baptist
In Amok Time, we get a first hand view of the power and influence of Spock's family. In the book, "Spocks World" the author describes Spock's family possessing vast amounts of... Read morePublished on November 16, 2005 by D. Nishimoto