- H4 2012
Star Trek - The Alternative Factor
Raumschiff Enterprise - Auf Messers Schneide
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Gerd Oswald
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Brown, DeForest Kelley, Janet MacLachlan, Nichelle Nichols, Richard Derr, Arch Whiting, Christian Patrick, Eddie Paskey
written by Don Ingalls, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Alexander Courage
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While the Enterprise is exploring an uncharted planet, the universe as
a whole starts shaking - because of something emmanating from the planet
the Enterprise is exploring, incidently. Soon enough, Captain Kirk
(William Shatner) and crew pick up Lazarzus (Robert Brown), who claims he
has crashlanded on the planet, but who soon enough starts to act weird, at
times being totally rational and at times being a mad megalomanic, and who
desperately wants to steal the dilithium crystals of the Enterprise,
pretty much the heart of the ship, and he even announces he will do so (!).
And despite his announcement and everything, he ultimately succeeds to
steal the crystals and teleport back to the planet and his crashed ship.
Kirk manages to track Lazarus down on the planet, but wouldn't you know
it, suddenly he is transported to another, parallel universe, where he
meets the sane version of Lazarus - there are actually two manifestations
of Lazarus, one good and one evil, who somehow switch places in the
universes every now and again. Lazarus tells Kirk his spaceship is
actually a means to travel between dimensions, but should both the good
and the evil Lazarus meet in any one dimension, it will mean the end of
both of them for good. So the only thing to save the universe is to have
both good and evil Lazarus meet in the corridor between dimensions to
fight it out and destroy the entrances on both sides ... so Kirk travels
back to our universe, dukes it out with evil Lazarus and pushes him into
the corridor, where good Lazarus already waits, then he destroys Lazarus'
And once more the universe is saved by a simple fistfight ...
Very weak episode: The plot does not make any sense at all and features
some of the worst pseudo-scientific gobbledegook ever to be featured in an
episode of Star Trek. And above of all that, it seems less
than fitting to resolve a story about parallel universes and all that with
a simple fistfight. Lack of ideas, perhaps ?