Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Is There in Truth No Beauty?

TOS Season 3 Episode 5
Air Date: October 18th, 1968


The Enterprise is to escort an Madusan ambassador Kallos to a Madusan vessel. The Madusans are described as a creature that is formless but also so hideous it drives any human that sees it insane. Yes, sounds very much like the story of the Madusa.

A psychologist Miranda Jones is also being transported with the Kallos. A doctor in psychology, she does go by the title Dr. Jones no relation to Indiana. The actress playing Dr. Jones is Diana Muldaur
 who played Dr Ann Mulhall in the episode Return to Tomorrow.

Spock recognizes that Dr. Jones is a telepath. He helps her bring Kallos to her quarters. For a moment we see Kallos from Spock's point of view, which appears like green flashing lights.

That evening Kirk holds a dinner with the senior staff and Dr. Jones where they discuss the Madusans and beauty. It ends with Dr. Jones sensing someone who has intention of murder on the ship, but it passes. When Dr. Jones gets back to her quarters, her associate Marvick shows up and begs her to not go and kisses her. She realizes that Marvick is the one with murder in his mind. He leaves but decides to go back to kill Kallos, but when his box is opened he sees Kallos and is driven insane by what he sees.

Dr. Jones comes back to her room and finds a phaser on the ground. She looks right at Kallos, but it has no effect on her. Marvick makes his way to Engineering and directs the Enterprise beyond the edge of the galaxy before he passes out and dies.

Out past the Galaxy's edge with no way back, Spock convinces Kirk that he can mind meld with Kallos who has superior navigational capabilities. When Dr. Jones realizes what is happening she rushes to Kallos where Spock tells her that he is the only one who can do the meld. This is when McCoy reveals that Dr. Jones is blind and that she can't do the meld as she can't fly a star ship.

Spock completes the meld and suddenly seems to show emotions but the emotions are from Kallos who is inside Spock, at least in part. Kallos takes the helm and brings the Enterprise back into the milky way galaxy. But when Kallos returns to his body, he forgets to bring the visor and Spock sees the Madusan and starts fighting everyone on the bridge until Kirk stuns him.

Miranda does a mind meld with Spock helping him get back his sanity.


The fight scenes in this episodes were choreographed differently then other episodes. They used a fish eye lens from a first person perspective as Marvick performs punches and kicks.


"Yes, very interesting. I might even say fascinating" - Kirk

"I see, Doctor McCoy, you still subscribe to the outmoded notion, promulgated by your ancient Greeks, that what is good must also be beautiful." - Spock

" Yes, I think most of us are attracted by beauty and repelled by ugliness. One of the last of our prejudices. At the risk of sounding prejudiced, gentlemen, here's to beauty. To Miranda Jones, the loveliest human ever to grace a starship." - Kirk
"How can one so beautiful condemn herself to look upon ugliness the rest of her life? Will we allow it, gentlemen?" - McCoy
"How can one so full of joy and the love of life as you, Doctor, condemn yourself to look upon disease and suffering for the rest of your life?" - Dr. Jones

"Now wait a minute. I realize that you can do almost anything a sighted person can do, but you can't pilot a star ship." - McCoy
"What?" - Kirk

"How compact your bodies are. And what a variety of senses you have. This thing you call language though, most remarkable. You depend on it for so very much. But is any one of you really its master? But most of all, the aloneness. You are so alone. You live out your lives in this shell of flesh. Self-contained, separate. How lonely you are. How terribly lonely." - Kallos in Spock's body

"Unless Miranda can look down into his mind and turn it outward to us, we will lose Spock." - McCoy

"No doubt you think I can wake him with a kiss." - Dr. Jones

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