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The Devil in the Dark TOS Season 1 Episode 25 Air Date: March 9th, 1967 Star Trek: Deep Space 9. Production episode: 1×26 Directed By: Joseph Pevney. Spock uselessly phones in to let Kirk know that the life form is very near him, but Kirk of course already know this. The Trek BBS. Everyone kept telling me that this is one of the “famous” episodes, but aside from the “No Kill I” (which I vaguely remember from…something) I don’t recall ever learning anything about it, not even through parody. SPOCK: I have already given Dr. McCoy sufficient cause for amusement. The chamber of the ages. Finding that the creature, known as a Horta, lives in a newly opened part of the underground mining complex, Spock uses the Vulcan mind meld to determine why it is killing the miners. Without the pump, it will “go supercritical,” poisoning the whole area with radiation. KIRK: She really liked those ears? I watched this for the first time in a while last night and was once again taken with how fantastic and fearless an actor Nimoy is when the material is good. Apr 18, 2019. - Kirk 3 stars (out of 4) The spice must flow. Suddenly McCoy walks in, to see Kirk voyeuristically observing this intimate connection. Kirk wonders if there’s a way to draw out the monster, but before he can choose the appropriate virgin sacrifice an alarm goes off in Vanderberg’s office—the nuclear reactor! Episode Preview: The Devil in the Dark. In a moment of unprecedented callousness, Kirk reminds him that “our mission is to protect the colony, to get the pergium moving again. The motives feel all wrong to me, and while I’m pleased that they came to an understanding by the end, I didn’t feel that it was for the right reasons. Yes, I would like to receive updates, special offers and other information from Star Trek.com. Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark was an adaptation of stills taken from the Star Trek: The Original Series first season episode "The Devil in the Dark" into a photonovel, and the ninth release in the series.Aside from an episode cast list, the book also included excerpts from reader's letters, a … It felt as tense to me as parts of “Balance of Terror.” The way that Kirk and Spock explore the tunnels, walking in and out of pools of light, with dramatic music playing in the background felt almost like a Twilight Zone episode. Star date: 3196.1. “What does that mean?” Kirk asks stupidly. The Viewscreen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. With Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn. Burnt to a crisp.”. For some reason, this time around a lot of flaws in the episode stood out, nearly eclipsing the good moments like McCoy’s bricklaying and Spock’s comments on the Horta liking his ears. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to the planet where Chief Engineer Vanderberg tells of a creature loose in the mine tunnels killing some of his men. Other Notes: Janos Prohaska created the Horta here. I was disappointed that Spock didn’t stick up more for the Horta, immediately choosing Kirk’s life over the Horta’s, though the creature was the last of its race. Death by asphyxiation, or death by radiation poisoning. That need outweighs new life, even when discovering new life is the ship’s prime mission. Doesn’t it have more right to live in those caves than the humans? As a kid, Devil in the Dark was always one of my favorite episodes because it’s just about the closest thing Star Trek has ever done to a bona fide monster movie. The tension between them builds when Kirk gives orders to the redshirts to disperse and find the creature, and Spock tells them to attempt to capture it. The Vulcan explains that the creature is not at all acting like an animal—it doesn’t lash out at them in pain, but asks their mercy. This post originally appeared on Tor.com. Just…talk it over?” The creature spins around to show Kirk its rear (well now…), and the poor thing is oozing; it’s been seriously hurt. watching the remastered edition No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. He goes on to speculate that though they have only ever encountered carbon-based life, this life here could be made of silicon. A deeply nervous guard, Schmitter, tells us that phaser fire is useless against it—but that the Enterprise is on its way. In fact, I believe his exact words are “the creature must die.” Why isn’t that enough of a reason? There’s also the revelation that humanity must harvest minerals from other planets to meet the needs of thousands of planets in the Federation. Directed by Joseph Pevney. They tunnel; you collect and process, and your process operation would be a thousand times more profitable. But anyway, they must find it, or the whole mining operation could be destroyed. Spock has reconfigured their phasers against silicon life should they find the creature, and Kirk instructs them to shoot on sight. Irritated by this insubordination, Kirk tries to reassign Spock to Scotty’s detail—but Spock out-logics him into allowing himself to come along anyway. It felt to me like a direct analogy for a lot of environmental dilemmas, in which something valuable (say, oil) is only reachable by destroying certain habitats and the life within in them. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to the planet where Chief Engineer Vanderberg tells of a creature loose in the mine tunnels killing some of his men. "The Devil in the Dark" is a first-season episode of the original science fiction television series Star Trek, first airing on March 9, 1967 and repeating on June 15, 1967. What kind of alien biology requires all but one member of a species to die out every 50,000 years? The Devil in the Dark By Michelle Erica Green Posted at November 11, 2005 - 8:44 PM GMT. SPOCK: Where, Captain? lol.7/10. We don’t begin on the Enterprise but rather in the deep mines of Moria Janus VI, where an unknown “monster” has been taking out guards left and right. Search for "The Devil in the Dark" on Amazon.com, Title: Waves and waves of searing pain. The little standoff that they had is a bit giggle-worthy at this point (the rug! Sure enough, as soon as the other men are out of sight, a huge plasticine creature-thing attacks. The show is about a 23rd century starship that explores space, and the show's futuristic vision and moral ethos became famous in late 20th century pop-culture. 2. Treat it. Baby it. While this sounds fairly enlightened, I’m a little annoyed that no one cared about the Horta until they found out it was a mom. Spock explains that the Horta have been on the planet for hundreds of thousands of years. Season 1, Episode 25 Production episode: 1×26 Original air date: March 9, 1967 Star date: 3196.1. Your email address will not be published. Real helpful, pal. The Enterprise must investigate what devilry hunts the miners of Janus VI. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Ken Lynch. Soon enough the Enterprise arrives and the holy trinity of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to speak with Chief Engineer Vanderberg, administrative head of the mining operation and the jerk who told the last guy he’d be juuuuuust fine. KIRK: Help it. SPOCK: Captain, I see no reason to stand here and be insulted. But Kirk begins to doubt his plan. They trick the redshirts guarding them and in proper mob fashion make their way to the chamber with the horta. It looks like whatever did this took the main circulator pump for the nuclear reactor. Kind words. They rush to the scene and find the guard a mere stain upon the floor, and a huge hole burned through the door. Desilu Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA. The Enterprise arrives, and Kirk, Spock and security officers from the ship begin a hunt for whoever or whatever is responsible for the growing body count. The answer is the pergium, which seems to be some kind of valuable fuel source. Vanderberg looks like he just drowned a puppy, and in a way he kind of did. Meanwhile, McCoy is covered in concrete. My review of "The Devil in the Dark"...hey look a Hamburger Helper monster! Whatever pergium is, they don’t have enough of it, and it must be impossible or at least prohibitively difficult to create the element artificially to fuel their reactors. Tender, loving care. KIRK: Speculate. Sure, *Aliens* and *Avatar* were filled with lots of old tropes, many much older than *Star Trek*, but there’s something oddly familiar about this episode. Spock believes that the creature is intelligent—the PXK is the one piece that the entire machine depended on. SPOCK: Jim, your life is in danger. The creature has made “no threatening moves” towards him. This is not a zoological expedition. Next Episode: Season 1, Episode 25 – “Errand of Mercy.” US residents can watch it for free at the CBS website. They’re supposed to leave each other alone, but Kirk implies that the mother Horta is going to tell her kids to look for “gold and platinum and rare earths” for the miners, which sounds suspiciously like the beginnings of slavery. Enterprise arrives to investigate reports of an unknown monster deep in the mining tunnels of Janus VI. Kirk and Spock find the creature hurt and Spock conducts a Vulcan mind-meld with it to learn more about it - it is called a Horta. As Kirk approaches with the phaser the creature retreats, and as the creature approaches Kirk points the phaser at it. KIRK: It seems to be waiting. twitch.tv/kazargwj. “The Devil in the Dark” Written by Gene L. Coon Directed by Joseph Pevney. Like the salt vampire, it’s the last of its kind, and the deaths it has caused have been purely incidental to the creature’s need for survival. You can’t take the risk. Kirk reminds Spock that they’ve got things to do, and again asks for information about the reactor pump. Very tense, very tight, and at times even suspenseful. Sunday, January 19, 2014. He wore it into Gene Coon’s office and Coon was so impressed that he banged out a story about it in just a few days. Strike back! Was this review helpful to you? You can see where his stand-in is because his arms are positioned differently. Chief processing engineer Appel enters, and tells Kirk that he’s seen the monster: KIRK: Describe it. Kirk and Spock search for the creature while McCoy beams back up to the ship. Gentlemen, the Horta moves through rock the way we move through air, and it leaves tunnels. Murderers! SPOCK: Captain, the Horta is a remarkably intelligent and sensitive creature, with impeccable taste. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Best Line: KIRK (on the makeshift reactor pump): Scotty, ride hard on it. With no known volcanic activity on the planet, Vanderberg assumes that it’s the act of the monster. When an episode of Star Trek begins, you can be sure of a few things.Captain Kirk will punch or have sex with someone.Sometimes both, but in which order, no one can say. KIRK: Mr. Spock, it seems we’ve been given a choice. Kirk wants to win the creature’s confidence, so he phones Dr. McCoy to come down with his medical kit. The greatest natural miners in the universe. Torie’s Rating: Warp Factor 4 (on a scale of 1-6). Star Trek: The Original Series – The Devil in the Dark. "Star Trek: The Original Series" The Devil in the Dark (TV Episode 1967) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. [5.7/10] Do you think that James Cameron watched “The Devil in the Dark”? Spock returns to batting his favorite yarn ball, the silicon sphere, and Kirk asks him what his fascination is with the object. The monster seems to appear out nowhere then disappears just as quickly. Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by TiberiusK, Jul 12, 2007. *dramatic music cue*. Star Trek Season 1 Episode 25: The Devil in the Dark Summary: The Enterprise goes to a mining colony where 50 workers have been killed by a creature that can move through solid rock. It throbs and pulses in their hands, and Spock confirms that it’s like asbestos—a creature made from minerals. It gets freakier when Kirk orders him to find a way to help the creature. This parallels contemporary concerns about exhausting our own natural resources, but I had pretty much assumed that dilithium and matter-antimatter reactors would solve all of our energy problems in the future. In many ways this added to my dissatisfaction with this episode. Spock believes there may be some connection between the sphere, which Vanderberg had said was one of millions that they discovered right before the first monster attack, and the creature itself. The creature seemed to have understood something of Spock during the mind meld, and it shuffles to a rock face. He apparently found Nimoy’s mind meld scenes hilarious, and they made him laugh and cheered him up. Spock joins them, and Kirk instructs him not to shoot. Syndication Edits: Small section of the exchange between Vanderberg and Schmitter; Kirk ordering the first search teams to start on the 23rd level and then instructing Vanderberg to stay on the top level; parts of the first search; Spock informing Kirk that the search team is gathering in the main tunnel, and Kirk’s pep talk before Spock gives the men the last known location of the creature (when he tells them the creature is wounded and dangerous); pieces of the second search and his discovery of the Horta; Kirk calling McCoy to heal the Horta (in the syndicated version he just shows up!). They don’t ultimately coexist because of mutual respect for each other’s species and way of life—they coexist because the men realize they can insanely profit off of the creature’s presence there. “Like the rest of them. That’s all I got, Captain. Mission summary APPEL: I can’t. Updates Mondays. But the creature is still there—and just as they let their guard down it emerges from a tunnel! Almost 50 years later, the episode’s message is still captivating and relevant today. Meanwhile, the miners are getting antsy in their orange jumpsuits. 1:09m EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Casting Picard's Alison Pill ... FULL EPISODES. Use the HTML below. By combining intelligent dialogue with suspenseful atmosphere to convey a resonating morality lesson, “The Devil in the Dark” earns its status as one of the greatest Star Trek episodes ever produced. Add the first question. On Janus VI, a miner named Schmitter replaces Sam at his guard post. While answering a distress call, Picard finds himself not sure of exactly who he is dealing with, but he's sure he's not dealing with the planet's version of the Devil, as she claims to be. Moments after Chief Vanderberg and the other guards move on, they hear a scream and return to find Schmitter reduced to a pile of as… Read the recap of Star Trek: The Original Series Season 1, Episode 25 - The Devil in the Dark. Spock postulates fairly early on that it’s the last of its kind, and Kirk tosses that out the window as a reason to save it. It’s unique, and it’s desperate for life. Teleplay By: Gene L. Coon. Story By: Gene L. Coon. The Devil In The Dark Stardate: 3196.1 Original Airdate: 9 Mar, 1967 You’d think it’d be large and round like the tunnels it creates, but, uh, don’t worry about that. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? He learns that the Horta is actually a mother and the silicon balls they keep finding are her eggs. This FAQ is empty. I always remind my Star Trek-hating friends that this is not a perfect universe. Score: 9/10 – One of my favourite episode of the original series, “The Devil in the Dark” gives us a fantastic story that gives us a few surprises and deviations from the typical “monster-of-the-week” episode. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Stranded on a planet of alien Native Americans (you make do with the costumes you have) for almost three months, an amnesiac Kirk is taken in by the natives and falls in love with Miramanee, who soon becomes pregnant. By the time the men run back it’s too late. Written by SPOCK: I remind you it’s a proven killer. Star Trek: the devil in the dark, vfx reel - video dailymotion Why not leave it alone? Uh, that’s a no brainer. How could the Horta etch a message so meticulously in the rock? (09 Mar 1967). Aside from the goofy costume (and that is a costume, with a man crawling around under it), which still reminds me of Pizza the Hut from Spaceballs, I think it engages with some interesting questions of first contact with new races and not judging others solely on appearance. Don’t egg him on… Even outside of all this fascinating stuff, The Devil in the Dark is really just a superb example of a typical Star Trek episode. Unfortunately the device is so antiquated that no replacement exists either in the colony or onboard the Enterprise. It seems to me we could make an agreement, reach a modus vivendi. “What in the name of…” he wonders. McCoy is called back down later to help this unusual patient while the miners are ready to destroy it.An episode that is hard to forget. But there’s much more to the conflict than just a simple misunderstanding or instinctual dislike for the unfamiliar: the Horta only attacked the miners after they invaded her caverns and destroyed her eggs, and the miners understandably were upset when the Horta began frying them to protect her children. Kill it. He goes on to say that the Horta found his ears especially appealing, but he “didn’t have the heart to tell her that only I have them.”. Luckily they can travel both, so they decide to separate. They split up, but Spock appears almost uneasy. It was written by Gene L. Coon and directed by Joseph Pevney. The Devil in the Dark At least now they know they’re looking for a Jim Henson creature. Upon arrival they met with Chief Engineer Vanderberg who tells them what has been going on in more detail. Thursday, January 24, 2019. Monsters! 13. Vanderberg tells him that it’s some kind of silicon nodule, and that there are millions in the caves and tunnels below, but no matter: they have no commercial value. SPOCK: You don’t dare the chance, Captain. Star Trek is a registered trademark of CBS Studios Inc. KIRK: Mr. Spock, I suspect you’re becoming more and more human all the time. The monster seems to appear out nowhere then disappears just as quickly. MCCOY: You’re creating fantasies, Mr. Spock! Apply. “I haven’t seen a PXK in twenty years!” He agrees to rig something up with odds and ends, but it won’t last more than 48 hours. Later, onboard the Enterprise, Kirk speaks to Vanderberg, who sounds thrilled at their new coexistence. Devil in the Dark, The The U.S.S. The Enterprise is called to Janus 6, a mining colony there are being attacked and killed by a mysterious creature. KIRK: I thought you were the one who wanted it kept alive, captured if possible. Mission summary We don’t begin on the Enterprise but rather in the deep mines of Moria Janus VI, where an unknown “monster” has been taking out guards left and right. To kill it would be a crime against science. Vanderberg is worried about having thousands of these creatures running around, but the captain, as always, has a solution: KIRK: You’ve complained this planet is a mineralogical treasure house if you had the equipment to get at it. Spock takes readings of the area within 100 miles in all directions, and he can only find one creature. Kirk tells the redshirts to be on alert: “There’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal.”. No one but Spock seems to blink an eye at this—the pergium is necessary, at all costs, end of conversation. “You know, they’re really not so bad once you’re used to their appearance,” he says. Warp Speed to Nonsense. Required fields are marked *. Pulling back, it left an imprint seared on the stone: “NO KILL I.” Poor little rug. The Enterprise is sent to a mining colony that is being terrorized by a mysterious monster, only to find that the situation is not that simple. The Enterprise travels to the planet Janus 6 to assist the mining colony there. 1:05 > Editor's Picks. I prefer to cogitate the possibilities for a time. The crew learn that the miners have found seemly useless silicon nodules and the creature is a silicone based lifeform. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to the planet's surface with a small away crew to investigate. He awkwardly addresses the creature: “So what do we do now? Kill! 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