Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Devil in the Dark

TOS Season 1 Episode 25
Air Date: March 9th, 1967

This episode I was expecting a large number of red shirts to die and bring the red shirts into the lead as they are expected to be. But surprisingly only one died.

The episode is about a mining colony that is suddenly being attacked by a being that is immune to phaser fire deep in the mines. The Enterprise is called to the colony to investigate and help hunt this creature. Kirk brings six security guards (red shirts) to hunt this creature and when he loses one, he brings down three more.

When they find this creature called the Horta, it turns out to be a silicon based life form who is protecting its eggs, which are these spherical balls of silicon. The miners didn't know that they were eggs and the Horta was killing to protect, not out of malice. Kirk convinces the minors to let the Horta(s) live and they could help them get to hard to reach mineral deposits since they are natural tunnelers.

The episode was fun to watch as it had Spock mind melding with the creature and Doctor McCoy trying to heal the creature after Kirk and Spock wounded it with their more powerful phasers. The Horta is a highly intelligent creature. Eventually they all die off leaving just one to care for the eggs and the young before it passes and the next generation of Horta take over.

"I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer" - Doctor McCoy before curing the Horta
"It won't die. By golly, Jim, I'm beginning to think I can cure a rainy day." - Doctor McCoy after curing the Horta

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