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Star Trek - Catspaw

episode 2.7
Raumschiff Enterprise - Das Spukschloss im Weltall

USA 1967
produced by
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Joseph Pevney
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Antoinette Bower, Theodore Marcuse, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Michael Barrier, John Winston, Rhodie Cogan, Gail Bonney, Maryesther Denver, Jay D. Jones
written by Robert Bloch, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Gerald Fried

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

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Scottie (James Doohan), Sulu (George Takei) and crewman Jackson (Jay D. Jones) have beamed down to what's supposed to be a barren planet, then failed to maintain radio communications - until Jackson asks to be beamed up ... to topple over dead on arrival. So Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Doc McCoy (DeForest Kelley) beam down to investigate ... and run into a trio of witches (Rhodie Cogan, Gail Bonney, Maryesther Denver), then stumble upon a creepy medieval castle, and when they enter fall through a trap door, and come through chained up in the dungeon, with obviously mind-controlled Scottie and Sulu serving as their guards. They soon meet their hosts, Korob (Theodore Marcuse) and Sylvia (Antoinette Bower), alien shapeshifters with almost limitless power who have created this illusion to ... well, I'm not sure, but they want to get some information out of Kirk and company, and first try McCoy - but don't amount to more than mind-controlling him. Next, it's Kirk's turn, but Kirk, always the ladies' man, tries to seduce Sylvia instead - and somehow in the process, he gets his hands on her (apparently magic) wand, destroys it, and the whole illusion with it. And the aliens that were Sylvia and Korob turn out pitiful pint-sized beings who can't even survive on the planet's surface without the help of the wand.


In case you were wondering, this was indeed the Halloween episode of Star Trek, originally airing October 27th, 1967, hence the very earth-like spooks and many allusions to trick-or-treating. And writer Peter Bloch, not a stranger to horror, seems to be a good choice writing it, too ... seems to be, as actually this is one of the weaker and campier episodes of the series, as the plot is really just a mess, not helped by a rather weak structure, and the spooky castle is just a little too contrived on one hand, on the other not much is made of it, as the plot and resolution seem to follow the series' formula a bit too closely.

That all said, the episode is still fun for its campiness, just not much above that.


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