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Our favorite Starfleet trio, Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) beam down to Capella IV to convince the resident warrior race to sign up with the Federation. Unfortunately, a Klingon agent named Kras (Tige Andrews) has preceded them and set enough doubt into play that the take-no-prisoners Capellans decide to give Kirk and company a hostile reception. Written by story editor D.C. (Dorothy) Fontana, "Friday's Child" has the broad outlines of a Western, with the good guys getting rebuffed by hostile Indians and a final showdown with crude weapons set up in the barren hills. Julie Newmar's guest role as Eleen, wife of a former ruler and a pawn in the barbed politics between Kirk, Kras, and the Capellans, even has something of the frightened native princess about it. Viewers hoping to catch Newmar in a Capellan catsuit, however (an extension of her iconic, sleek presence as Catwoman in the old Batman television series), will be sorely disappointed: Eleen is quite pregnant, fit to burst, and placed in McCoy's capable hands. Trek stalwart Joseph Pevney directed this action-adventure piece, which contains one of the good doctor's most memorable utterances, spoken when Eleen expects McCoy to carry her up a steep hill: "I'm a doctor, not an escalator!" --Tom Keogh
There is great DVD quality with these two restored episodes.
Then there's Kirk & Spocks' on-the-fly production of bows & arrows, as well as their unbelievably accurate marksmanship with the weapons!
The print quality on the second season episodes seems, so far, to be marginally superior than those from the first season.
It's too bad they started selling the original series individually and then switch over to boxed sets in the middle of collecting them.Published on March 28, 2013 by Gregory Foster
REVIEWED ITEM: Star Trek® Original Series DVD Volume 16: Metamorphosis© / Friday's Child©
METAMORPHOSIS© PRELIMINARY BRIEFS:
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