Star Trek - The Devil in the Dark
Raumschiff Enterprise - Horta rettet ihre Kinder
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Joseph Pevney
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Ken Lynch, James Doohan, Brad Weston, Biff Elliot, George Allen, Jon Cavett, Barry Russo, Bill Blackburn, Frank da Vinci, Dick Dial, Eddie Paskey, Davis Roberts
written by Gene L. Coon, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Alexander Courage
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On a mining planet, more and more miners are killed by some monster
that can apparently eat its way through stone and is incredibly quick too.
So it's not long before the mine's chief engineer Vanderberg (Ken Lynch)
calls in the Enterprise for help. Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and his
First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy) beam down to investigate, and before
long they have figured out that the monster has to be a silicon-based
lifeform - and they figure out a way to kill it.
Eventually, the creature attacks Kirk, but he shoots and injures it,
upon which the creature makes a retreat. Later, Kirk and the creature meet
again, but this time the creature - which looks like a cross between a
blob and a rug - refrains from attacking when it sees Kirk is armed. Spock
joins minds with the creature and soon learns it's a Horta, the last of
its race that just waits for thousands and thousands of new Hortas to
hatch, which are currently inside silicon balls - their eggs - that can be
found pretty much everywhere on the planet. By and large, the Horta are
peaceful beings, but the miners have destroyed a few hundred Horta eggs -
which is when this Horta started to attack.
Kirk tells Doctor McCoy (DeForest Kelley) to heal the creature - in
which he really succeeds - then brokers a deal for peaceful co-existence
between the Horta and the miners - which seems to be perfect, since the
Horta can dig faster than any device created by humans ...
Despite a ridiculously looking monster and utterly unconvincing
mine-sets, this is a rather good episode, mainly because quite some effort
was put into creating a convincingly creepy atmosphere in the
unconvincing mines, which also makes up for the episodes relative lack of
action. Only the ending is a bit too sugar-coated ...