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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Tholian Web


TOS Season 3 Episode 9
Air Date: November 15th, 1968

Plot


The Enterprise approaches the last known position of the USS Defiant in unknown space. Spock says the sensor is seeing space time fall apart and Scotty says there is an energy drain. Chekov can see the Defiant on the view screen, but the sensors do not pick it up. And the ship is glowing green, it almost looks like a ghost ship. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Chekov beam over to investigate to find the crew dead, at each others throats... literally.

Chekov heads to engineering, McCoy to sick bay. It is all the same, all dead. Chekov starts to feel uneasy and McCoy notices that the ship and people start losing cohesion. Spock discovers that whatever is happening to the Defiant might be happening to the Enterprise too. Scotty is only able to beam three at at time to get the away team back and Kirk is left behind. The silence on the bridge of the Defiant as Kirk stands there alone is almost too unsettling.

Meanwhile back on the Enterprise Chekov has a nervous breakdown, the first signs of insanity that may have affected the crew of the Defiant. The Enterprise must stay where it is in case Kirk re-appears. The Tholians then show up and demand the Enterprise leave but Spock convinces the Tholians to wait just under two hours until the Defiant re-appears.

At the scheduled time, they can't find the Defiant when it appears due to the Tholians showing up and they will have to wait until the next appearance. The Tholian attacks the Enterprise since it is overstaying it's welcome. The Enterprise returns fire and disables the Tholian ship. Another Tholian ship shows up and starts creating an energy web around the Enterprise.

As more people start getting affected Uhura sees Kirk in her mirror and later Scotty also sees Kirk, in engineering. Spock believes it to an hallucination until he sees it himself on the bridge. Spock recalculates where Kirk will be next so he can be transported. McCoy figures out a cure to the insanity that they are experiencing. They are able to get out of the Tholian web by the interphase that destroyed the Defiant. They recalculate and beam Kirk back.

Commentary

This is probably one of the first episodes where Kirk isn't in most of the episode. He is there for the first 10 minutes and last 5. Watching the dynamic between Spock and McCoy while under the influence of something causing them to go mad without Kirk. They are almost at each others throat, until they hear Kirk's final tape telling the two to work together and there is nothing they both cannot due.

Quotes

"Bones, can you tell me what they all died of?" - Kirk
"I'd say these people killed each other." - McCoy
"They what?" - Kirk
"You heard correctly, Jim, these people killed each other" - McCoy

"You should've known what could've happened and done everything in your power to safeguard your crew. That is the mark of a starship Captain, like Jim." - McCoy
"Doctor, I hardly believe this is the time for comparisons." - Spock

"Bones, Spock. Since you are playing this tape, we will assume that I am dead, that the tactical situation is critical, and both of you are locked in mortal combat. It means, Spock, that you have control of the ship and are probably making the most difficult decisions of your career. I can offer only one small piece of advice, for whatever it's worth: use every scrap of knowledge and logic you have" - Kirk

"I had a whole universe to myself after the Defiant was thrown out. There was absolutely no one else in it. I must say I prefer a crowded universe much better." - Kirk

"I hope my last orders were helpful in solving any problems that you don't feel worth reporting." - Kirk
"Orders, Captain?" - Spock
"What orders are you referring to, Jim?" - McCoy
"My last orders. The last orders that I left for both of you. The last taped orders." - Kirk
"Oh, those orders. Well, there wasn't time. We never had a chance to listen to them." - McCoy
No. You see, the crisis was upon us, and then passed so quickly..." - Spock

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