Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 34, Episodes 67 & 68: Plato's Stepchildren/ Wink Of An Eye
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"Wink" is an episode that makes little sense, but is thoroughly enjoyable. The entire race of the planet Scalos seems to have disappeared, without explanation. All that remains there is an occasional odd insect buzzing - which follows the landing party back to the Enterprise, after which Captain Kirk suddenly disappears from the bridge, in full view of the crew. What's really happened to him is the same thing that happened to the Scalosians, several of whom are now on board - he's speeded-up a thousand times, now moving too fast to be detected by anyone not accelerated at the same rate. Alien leader Kathie Brown, like all alien women, has taken a fancy to the charismatic Kirk, and intends to keep him with her after freezing the entire Enterprise crew and stealing his starship to move on to greener pastures. Forgetting the built-in logic problem of how matter accelerated to such an impossible speed keeps from falling apart by intense friction, this is still a pretty good little story, fascinating to watch, and Kathie Brown is a knockout, in addition to being a decent actress.
"Plato's Stepchildren" is a great episode, written by one of Outer Limits' best contributors, Meyer Dolinsky.Read more ›
Wink of an Eye...We know Kirk likes fast women. This time he gets one in hyperacceleration.
In the second episode, we get another example of a powerful race rationalising that superior power makes it alright to impose your designs on the less superior. Here, in order to perpetuate the species at all costs, the Scalosians decide that it's okay to kidnap, use and discard the unsuspecting for their greater "good". Like the first episode in this volume, while not great this episode still ranks among the better ones of the season.
Overall we get two episodes which highlight how power can easily corrupt and can even be "rationalised" as a perfectly good reason to abuse, exploit and manipulate the less powerful.
Two of the more interesting episodes make this volume come under the "nice to have but not essential" category if you picking which volumes to collect and keep.
Then there's `Wink of an Eye', where ol' Jimmers catches the eye of Deela, the comely leader of a race of hyperaccelerated beings. It's not too bad as far as third-season `Trek goes, but it does have its silly moments. The over-done `Jim-gets-romantic-with-the-babe-of-the-week' plot element is given yet another showing here. In fact, there's more than kissing going on in this instance- there's a moment where Kirk & Deela are in his quarters, and he's putting one of his boots on! Does that mean...? Hmmm.
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Star trek great series. Buy the complete set unless you are like me filling in a partial set.Published 2 months ago by Michael D Yust
Both "Plato's Stepchildren" and "The Wink of an Eye" are good Star Trek episodes. Both deal with morality - who's view is the righteous one! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael N. Washington
Season three episodes were not the best, but needed to complete my collection of 40 DVDs for my favorite show of all time.Published 7 months ago by Chris A. Hadley
This was purchased for my son - he has all the episodes, but has to replace "worn out" ones periodically. ThanksPublished on November 25, 2012 by Brendan
Volume 34 of the Star Trek DVD series contains two episodes that have been considered good cause they were supposedly very risqué during the time they aired. Read morePublished on February 14, 2003 by Jared Insell
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