Star Trek - Operation - Annihilate!
Raumschiff Enterprise - Spock ausser Kontrolle
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Herschel Daugherty
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Joan Swift, Maurishka, Majel Barrett, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Craig Hundley, Fred Carson, Jerry Catron, David Armstrong, Eddie Paskey, Bill Blackburn
written by Steven W. Carabatsos, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Alexander Courage
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Amoeba-like creatures - that are supposed to be flying braincells or
something - have attacked an earth colony and, once they have attached
themselves to humans, contract them with a virus that gives the humans
incredible pain that first drives them literally insane then kills them.
When a survey team of the Starship Enterprise investigates, one creature
attacks first officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who back at the ship goes
completely bonkers ...
However, Spock is part Vulcan and can therefore better control pain and
everything, and soon he, Doctor McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and Captain Kirk
(William Shatner) - whose brother and sister-in-law (Joan Swift) were
already killed by the creatures and whose nephew (Craig Hundley) is in a
critical state ...
Eventually, Kirk, Spock and McCoy find out that extreme exposure to the
light of the sun will kill both the amoeba and the virus they are
spreading - but when they test it on Spock, not only is the virus killed,
he also goes blind from too intense light. It's only then that Kirk and
McCoy find out the virus is actually killed by the harmless UV-ray
and Spock didn't have to be exposed to all that light in the first place -
but alas too late.
In the end though not only are the colonists healed and the amoeba
killed, Spock also can see again, because Vulcans have a secret second
eyelid he had just forgotten about (what ?).
From today's point of view it of course sounds weird to call UV-rays
harmless - but that's about the funniest thing about the episode, the rest
is pretty much routine hampered by too much cheesy dialogue but somehow
saved by silly looking amoeba like creatures and some cool if underused
sets of the planet's surface. In all though, a so-so episode at best.