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Star Trek - And the Children Shall Lead

episode 3.4
Raumschiff Enterprise - Kurs auf Markus 12

USA 1968
produced by
Fred Freiberger, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Norway Corporation, Paramount/NBC
directed by Marvin J. Chomsky
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Craig Huxley, James Wellman, Melvin Belli, James Doohan, Majel Barrett, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Pamelyn Ferdin, Melvin Caesar Belli, Mark Robert Brown, Brian Tochi, Louie Elias
written by Edward J. Lakso, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by George Duning

TV series
Star Trek, Classic Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew)

review by
Mike Haberfelner



The Enterprise arrives at a planet that was to investigated for colonialization by Professor Starnes (James Wellman) and his science team - to find all the scientists dead, but their kids (Craig Huxley, Pamelyn Ferdin, Melvin Caesar Belli, Mark Robert Brown, Brian Tochi) playing happily among their parents' corpses. The kids are taken aboard the Enterprise, where they continue to act weirdly, and soon they manage to take over control of the ship via mind control that's based on fear. Only Kirk (William Shatner) can somehow overcome his fear and put up resistance - and of course, Spock (Leonard Nimoy) doesn't feel fear. Kirk soon figures if the children have the power to control minds, they're probably just tools of a mind-controlling entity themselves - and he tricks them into calling upon their master, Gorgan (Melvin Belli), who claims to be an angel but is actually a violent alien bent on war. Kirk then shows the children home movies of them playing with their parents, which breaks Gorgan's control, and while the children come to their senses and finally start to mourn the loss of their parents, Gorgan slowly vanishes into thin air.

 

William Shatner gloriously overacts in the scene where he's fighting his own fears in a way only Shatner can (get away with), but other than that, this episode is rather mundane, as its alien just looks silly, its basic threat - death by the hand of children - isn't really milked for full effect but really reduced to a simple gesture of the children boxing the air, and the death-by-home-movie solution is really a bit of a letdown. Sure, for fans there's still plenty to like or at least laugh at, but as a whole this isn't even half as good as it could have been.

 

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