A ship down and a challenge of leadership. Originally broadcast on January 5, 1967, this is Galileo Seven.
Captain’s Log Stardate 2821.5
An away team lead by Spock departs Enterprise on the Galileo shuttlecraft while Enterprise continues on to assist with a plague on the New Paris Colony. The Galileo shuttlecraft is blown off course by a spatial phenomenon and crash lands on the surface of Tarus II. There they must find a way to survive and escape the planet while facing giant spear wielding enemies who manage to kill one of the away team crew. Despite the teams frustrations, Spock remains logical and stoic, determined to find a way off planet without harming the natural inhabitants. After another fight with the creatures, Spock and team manage to repair the ship but will not get very far with only enough fuel to remain in orbit for 45 minutes. Spock, finally out of options, takes a chance and jettisons their remaining fuel to use as a flair and it somehow pays off. Enterprise rescues the remaining away team members and continues on toward their destination, after Kirk gives Spock a ribbing for his brief ‘human’ emotional response that saved the team.
Is this a ‘Good’ Episode:
This is the first episode to really get a chance to explore Spock’s natural tendency toward logic and how his fellow crew members respond to this demeaner. You have to remember, at this point in the series, we havent learned a lot about Spock or Vulcans in general for that matter. So, with that in mind, this episode makes it seem as if Spock is a heartless logical robot, as opposed to the deeply caring and mindful person that he truly is.
The episode itself is a fairly strong one but, I do have a few issues with it. Spock is the second in command of the Enterprise and, in that position should command a fair amount of respect. However, on the planets surface, his away team almost immediately begin questioning his responses to things because he is being ‘too logical’. This makes very little sense to me as the crew should be trained to follow orders and, while they are free to question them, you would expect them to do so with a little more tact. To add to that frustration, McCoy himself pushes back with only Scotty being the diligent one of the bunch which only adds to the issue. Then when they get back to the ship Kirk himself uses Spock as the butt of a joke making it clear to the bridge crew that it is okay to make fun of the first officer of the ship. Honestly, I get they wanted to end on a moment of levity but, that? ugh.
Overall, decent episode with high stakes and a nice solution, however it is a little problematic in the respect department. Thankfully this is still rather early in the series.
Gleanings and Cool Bits:
- We learn that Enterprise has at least two named shuttle crafts, Galileo and Columbus.
- Kirk refuses to leave his people behind, no matter the costs.
- Two crew members are buried on a pre-warp planet violating the prime directive. Unless Enterprise beamed their bodies back to the ship…those stone age creatures are in for a serious surprise one day.
- We never learn more about the stone age inhabitants of this planet.
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