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Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 31 - Episodes 61 & 62: Spock's Brain/ Is There In Truth No Beauty? (1966)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy  |  DVD
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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M2CZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 31 - Episodes 61 & 62: Spock's Brain/ Is There In Truth No Beauty?" on IMDb

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"Spock's Brain," Ep. 61 - A mysterious woman appears suddenly on the Enterprise, renders the crew unconscious and then disappears with Spock's brain. "Is There in Truth No Beauty," Ep. 62 - Kirk must deal with a possessive female telepath, a jealous engineer and an alien ambassador whose appearance drives men insane.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Brain and Brain! What is Brain? September 10, 2001
Two very different episodes, which underscore the uneven quality of Star Trek's third season, are contained in Volume 31 of Paramount's complete Trek reissue.
Spock's Brain is generally acknowledged as the worst episode of Classic Trek ever. Viewing it again confirms this. The concept is inane, the plot medically and scientifically ridiculous, and the dialogue laughably bad. About the only positive aspect of this episode was the installation of a rear projection screen on the bridge set, which allowed for new camera angles. Parts of this episode were brilliantly lampooned on TV's The Wonder Years. As with the episode And The Children Shall Lead, this story is best ignored or saved for gag viewing during a party.
Is There in Truth No Beauty? is the antithesis of Spock's Brain. The story is intellectually engaging, and the dialogue at times borders on the poetic. The plot deals with several interesting themes: how non-corporeal and corporeal life would "relate" to each other; love and rejection; beauty/ugliness; and the role of the handicapped in 23rd Century society. The acting is some of the best ever seen on Trek. Leonard Nimoy, in particular, shines during his mind-meld scene with the Medusan Kollos. Diana Muldaur, who has a radiant yet wounded quality, is perfectly cast as Miranda Jones. Some new visuals were created for this episode, and a rarely seen shot of the Enterprise from Trek's 1964 pilot The Cage is used briefly.
The sound restoration is excellent. The picture is mostly fine, except for a few instances of wear visible in Is There in Truth No Beauty. This episode also contains a "flipped" shot of William Shatner, which has never been corrected.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic trek November 21, 2001
Two wonderful classic episodes from the original Star Trek series. McCoy delivers the unforgettable line "he's worse than dead -- his BRAIN is missing." I can really relate to this episode as my brain has also been stolen not once but twice (neither time by aliens but by Trekkies pretending to be aliens, but that is another story). Some really marvelous acting here, especially by the ever-wooden Nimoy on remote control through much of the episode. All kidding aside, some of the best SF on American television. The second episode is wonderful as well, with many twists and originality.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yummy pipin'-hot Trek-cheese! August 29, 2001
If ever there was a choice slice from the cheese wheel that was the third season of 'Star Trek', the episode 'Spock's Brain' is it! Along with the Space Hippie eppie 'The Way To Eden', this particular (mis)adventure to recover our beloved half-Vulcan's grey matter is proof positive that even during its worst moments, classic 'Trek could still be pretty freakin' entertaining. McCoy's exaggerated expressions of uncertainty and trepidation whilst attempting the brain-restoration surgery is worth at least a rental to see!

Then of course there's 'Is There In Truth No Beauty?', featuring Mr. Spock goin' nutso after gazing on the hideously ugly Medusan Ambassador Kollos without the proper eye protection (you should've listened to the shop teacher, Spock)! It just figures, don't it? You just get your brain re-installed, and alla sudden you do something to get it thrown out of whack. Fortunately, the green-blooded logician makes a full recovery. Another testament to Spock's reputation as the Timex of 'Star Trek': he takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'!

'... No Beauty?' also features actress Diana Muldaur's second guest appearance in Gene Roddenberry's little 23rd-century epic. She's one of only a handful of 'Trek thespian alums to play at least three different characters in this realm of cult TV sci-fi. Aside from this outing, there was her previous appearance as Dr. Ann Mulhall in 'Return to Tomorrow', and her subsequent one-year stint as Dr. Crusher's replacement aboard the NextGen Enterprise. Talk about rackin' up the frequent-flier miles!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If the writers only had a brain.... December 9, 2001
"Spock's Brain" focuses too much on special effects and not on the story...it's very weak. See the premiere of the "rear projection" viewscreen.
"Is There In Truth..." A great I.D.I.C. story about a non-corporeal lifeform that is so dazzling, no one can look at it without going insane!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brain and Brain, What is Brain? February 20, 2003
Maybe you'll all think I'm an idiot, but I loved this episode. For 35 years, I would recall one of my favorite phrases coined for my own amusement. After all, Star Trek is supposed to be amusing! I will admit it's hard to think what the moral to this story would be, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment. Also, I never get tired of hearing, "I never should have re-connected his vocal chords" (or was it mouth?) Guess it takes all kinds of Trekkers, or is it Trekkies? I can't keep up. ;D
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spock's Brain is not good, Beauty is good! July 21, 2001
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Lots of Star Trek Original DVDs to buy-but be forewarned! Spock's Brain is a dud--even though it has a classic guest star question--"Brain, brain, what is brain?" Answer: It is what you stole from Spock after stunning the Enterpise crew!!!! Speaking of Spock, he turns into a remote control TV and manages to guide Dr McCoy through Brain Surgery--and Spock has no brain!!!!!! This episode insults Spock's character. As Trekkies say, "Bad Star Trek is still pretty good." Maybe--it is, at least, slightly campy. Luckily, you have another episode on the DVD, "Beauty" is a good examination of prejudice based on looks-- a subject that is still taboo in our society. If you are one of the few Dr. Pulaski (Next Gen, season 2) fans, she does a good acting job in this episode. The Medusa is an interesting character. My other gripe is that Star Trek Originals do NOT give any extras-commentary from an actor would help these DVDs sell. You get 2 episodes and that is all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars STAR TREK VOL.31
STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES IS MY FAVORITE SHOW.
WILLIAM SHATNER IS THE BEST.
I HAVE NO MORE WORDS TO SAY
Published 11 months ago by JEFF STANFIELD
4.0 out of 5 stars All the men on the planet are imprisoned by 'pain belts' as a means to...
Is There No Truth in Beauty: Gazing on the truth causes men to go insane?

In 'Spocks Brain' an alien, Kara (Marj Dusay), beams aboard the Enterprise, knocks out the... Read more
Published on February 6, 2007 by MagicSinglez
2.0 out of 5 stars One Episode Not Worth Mentioning and Another Average One!
If you are deciding which volumes to keep, you can safely consign this one to the dustbin and not miss a thing. Read more
Published on January 16, 2007 by Frederick Baptist
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek DVD
I had purchased this as a gift for a friend who enjoyed it

very much. Thank you for your help in tracking it down.
Published on August 18, 2006 by Rosemary Fitzgerald
3.0 out of 5 stars One corny episode, one complex episode
Why does Checkov take the foreground on the cover? He only had bit parts in these episodes.

OK, on to business.

Spock's Brain. Read more
Published on September 14, 2004 by Neil
1.0 out of 5 stars One good One Bad
While I agree that Spock's Brain is not the best effort of the third season, I would rather sit through this episode than "Plato's Stepchildren" or "The Way to... Read more
Published on March 30, 2003 by Mario Rosario
4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING SET OF EPISODES!!!
Volume 31 of The Star Trek DVD Series includes two decent episodes from the haphazard third and final season of the show. Read more
Published on December 24, 2002 by Jared Insell
3.0 out of 5 stars i like Spock's Brain
I like Spock's Brain. i dont care what others say! As for 2 shows on the DVD... thats almost 2 hours. At best you could put 4 shows ... maybe with out losing image quality. Read more
Published on August 9, 2001 by David
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