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Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 5, Episodes 10 & 11: What Are Little Girls Made Of?/ Dagger of the Mind
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Also on this DVD is "Dagger of the Mind," another mad-doctor drama. This time, Kirk delivers supplies to a penal colony on Tantalus V, where he meets the renowned Dr. Tristan Adams. Adams has been working on the development of a neural neutralizer to control and manipulate dangerous patients. When Kirk threatens to expose him as a dangerous megalomaniac, Adams uses the technology on the unfortunate captain. This tense piece set in a madhouse atmosphere makes for a riveting episode, with a few unhinged performances adding to the fun.--Tom Keogh
- Volume 5 Contains 2 Episodes: Episode #10 What Are Little Girls Made Of? (Airdate: October 20, 1966) & Episode #11 Dagger Of The Mind (Airdate: November 3, 1966)
- Digitally Enhanced and Remastered
- Special Added Bonus: Original Broadcast Preview Trailers
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As for What Are Little Girls Made Of?, it's always been a personal favorite of mine--and not just for Sherri Jackson's costume. It features one of the earliest examples of Kirk vs. machines and just how Kirk is able to outwit them. It contains one of the most chilling lines in all of Trek with the famous line, "Androids don't eat, Ms. Chapel." Shatner is given a lot to do here and does some double duty--and he does it well.
Again, another Trek well worth taking.
"Dagger of the Mind" is pretty deep and reveals some of the stranger thinking of the writers - who would of thought that a man can die from having his brain emptied? Far-out. This eposode illustrates the "Live by the sword, die by the sword" addage that is basic to all classic literature.
The writers never cease to amaze me - even in the lesser episodes - with their thought-provoking story lines and deep character development. Who cares if the special EFX are hokey? Shakespeare never used much more than a prop-less set, and his plays are timeless. I see a similar future for our beloved classic Star Trek series.
In the second ep, we get another mad doctor story which explores a similar thesis to the first ep with a slight twist, asking the question of where does healing stop and playing God begin? How much do we impose our will and ideas on others and how much should we respect free will? We also get the first Vulcan mind-meld in this ep. Great acting by James Gregory as the long-suffering whistle-blowing assistant to the evil Dr. Adams as well.
Overall, 2 strong eps that stand out from the first season.
"What Are Little Girls Made Of?:" Kirk meet's nurse Chapel's long lost fiance, Dr. Korby, who has learned to create android duplicates of people and madly schemes to populate the galaxy with them. The "little girl" of the title turns out to be a comely full-grown female android, Andrea (played by Sherry Jackson), but that doesn't stop Kirk from makin' the moves. The episode is perhaps best known for Andrea's non-existent costume (compliments to costumer William Ware Theiss). Ted Cassidy from "The Addams Family" guest stars as a quite intimidating android. Bottom Line: Excellent and eerie sci-fi that nicely explores the dehuminization of mechanization theme. It's dead serious and tragic though, so if you're looking for humor look elsewhere. GRADE: A
"Dagger of the Mind:" Kirk investigates a questionable space penal colony that uses a manipulative brainwashing device to control its prisoners. Episode is notable for showcasing the most beautiful woman to ever appear on Star Trek, Dr. Helen Noel, played by Marianna Hill. You can catch Ms. Hill in "High Plains Drifter" (1973) as the curly blond (...)Bottom Line: The final act sort of just fizzles out with an air of uncertainty, the creators either didn't have time or didn't know how to properly finish the story. No matter, the episode is well worth watching, if for no other reson than to behold the awe-inspiring beauty of Marianna Hill (Helen Noel). GRADE: C+
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I remember seeing these episodes when they first came out. The original Star Trek series has been and will always be one of my all-time favorite TV series.Published on October 13, 2010 by Wesley W. Byas
"It was the... Neu... ral... neut-ralizer!" In 'Dagger of the Mind' the Enterprise picks up a deranged lab assistant, Dr Van Gelder, formerly assigned to a prison for the insane. Read morePublished on February 6, 2007 by MagicSinglez
The crew of the Enterprise faces off against a couple of mad scientists in this pair of middling episodes from the classic 60s SF series. Read morePublished on September 23, 2005 by David Bonesteel
Dagger of the Mind
After exchanging cargo with the penal colony on planet Tantalus Five the Enterprise unknowingly takes onboard an inmate who was hiding inside one of... Read more
Both episodes were pretty good. Both cases, they really shined due to the choice of female cast...the characters of Andrea in episode 10 and Helen in Episode 11. Read morePublished on February 6, 2004 by Kristopher Vincent
THE GREEN LADY episode.
While watching the end credits, you see clips from banned episodes. Like the Green Lady. This was so scary they had to ban it. Read more
"What Are Little Girls..." Nurse Chapel encounters her old flame Dr. Korby...but the question is...is it really him? Read morePublished on June 15, 2003 by McHenry John