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Star Trek - Assignment: Earth

episode 2.26
Raumschiff Enterprise - Ein Planet, genannt Erde

USA 1968
produced by
Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Marc Daniels
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Robert Lansing, Teri Garr, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Don Keefer, Morgan Jones, Bruce Mars, Ted Gehring, Paul Baxley, April Tatro
story by Gene Roddenberry, Art Wallace, screenplay by Art Wallace, created by Gene Roddenberry

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

review by
Mike Haberfelner




The Enterprise has travelled back in time to 1968 when they somehow intercept a tractor beam from a far away planet - something unheard of in the 1960s - and ultimately a weird man in a 1960s business suit, Gary Seven (Robert Lansing), and his cat Isis are beamed aboard. Seven insists on being beamed down to earth immediately, as he has to stop a nuclear war, but Kirk (William Shatner) refuses, as he doesn't know if Seven wants to stop or actually start a war. Seven manages to escape to earth where he's looking for agents of his organisation, but only finds their clueless secretary Roberta (Teri Garr). He then has himself beamed over to McKinley Rocket Base to sabotage the launch of an orbital nuclear platform, just when Kirk and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) arrive to apprehend him. At the base, he's quick to rewire the launch rocket's wiring, but then Scotty (James Doohan) beams him aboard the Enterprise, but only a second later Roberta beams him back to his earth headquarters rather by accident. From here, Seven takes control of the nuclear platform and has it launch a warhead. Again, Kirk and Spock arrive to apprehend him, and they pay little heed to his explanations that he comes from another planet of do-gooders and only tries to avoid the destruction of earth. But of course now that he has launched a warhead, that might cause World War III and total destruction - unless the warhead is blown up in the air, which only he can do. Needless to say, it all ends happily.

 

A rather weird Star Trek episode, this one actually was to serve as a launch pad for a new series centered on Gary Seven, probably a sort of intergalactic James Bond sort of thing (7 in the name is a bit of a blunt giveaway here), and even Kirk tells Seven that he and Roberta will have many adventures together, as he has read about in history tapes - but the series never materialized, and furthermore the character of Gary Seven has never again (at least to my knowledge) shown up in any of the various Star Trek shows. The latter is a bit of a shame almost, as it would be fun to see more takes on the character, but for a series of his own, the character seems to weak, really. And that's the problem about the episode as a whole, despite much going on, the whole thing's a bit empty, as it's basically Seven being able to handle with ease everything that's thrown at him, and Kirk and Spock pretty much just running after him, to all reconcile in the finale. Still fun, but by no means very good.

 

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