Saturday, February 2, 2019

Friday's Child

Episode: TOS Season 2 Episode 11
Air Date: December 1st, 1967

Is it Friday yet?

The second episode to involve Klingons. The Enterprise is tasked to sign a mining treaty with a planet that is rich in a rock needed for creating life support systems for planets that don't have a Nitrogen Oxygen atmosphere. The indigenous population, the capellans, are a warrior race that values peace, but is easy to provoke. McCoy had dealt with them in the past and knows how to interact without provoking.

Unfortunately when they beam down they find a klingon has already made contact and has been convincing the cappellans that the humans were weak and not deserving of any trade. Kirk and McCoy used their previous knowledge of the cappellans to convince the leader that the klingons are liars and not to trust them. But it is too late. The klingon already had a following which resulted in the cappellan leader, known as a Teer, is assassinated leaving his rival Maab as the new Teer.

Kirk, McCoy, Spock and the old Teer's pregnant wife end up escaping to the mountains where she has her baby. Since her husband is dead her life is forfeited and she escapes without her baby to face her fate. In a final showdown the cappellans finally realize that the Klingon is not honourable (which is funny based on what we know of Klingons in the future) and kill him, but not before Maab sacrifices his life. This leaves the old Teer's wife as regent of the new Teer, the child they named Leonard James Akaar.

While this was happening on the planet, the Enterprise had it's own mini story. Scotty was left in command and they were detecting a ship at the edge of their sensor range. It eventually moved away, but then they started getting a distress call. Reluctantly Scotty leaves orbit to assist the freighter that is being attacked. This is why the away team wasn't able to just beam out when things got violent. When they arrive there is no freighter, no debris and no sign of an attack. When they head back they encounter a Klingon warship. It is assumed that whatever happened, the Enterprise won since the next time you see Scotty he is beaming down with three security guards at the end of the episode.

"There's an old, old saying on earth, Mr. Sulu: 'Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.'" - Scotty
"I know this saying. It was invented in Russia." - Chekov

"Look! I'm a doctor, not an escalator. Spock, gimme a hand!" - McCoy

"Oochy-woochy kootchie-koo, Captain?" - Spock
"An obscure Earth dialect, Mr. Spock. Oochy-woochy kootchie-koo. If you're curious, consult linguistics." - Kirk

"Representing the High Teer, Leonard James Akaar!" - McCoy
"The child was named Leonard James Akaar?" - Spock
"Has a kind of a ring to it, don't you think, James?" - McCoy
"Yes, I think it's a name destined to go down in galactic history, Leonard. What do you think, Spock?" - Kirk
"I think you're both gonna be insufferably pleased with yourselves for at least a month... sir." - Spock

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