Star trek: The original series 1.03b - The enemy within
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The Enterprise crew are engaged in a specimen gathering expedition on planet Alpha 177. When a crewmember is injured he beams back to the ship but the strange metallic ore covering his suit causes a transporter malfunction. When Kirk beams back to the ship, the transporter duplicates him, forming an evil alter ego and trapping the rest of the landing party on the planet...
Persons of interest
- William Shatner .... Captain James Tiberius Kirk
- Leonard Nimoy .... Commander Spock
- Deforest Kelley .... Doctor Leonard H McCoy
- James Doohan .... Lieutenant Montgomery Scott
- Nichelle Nichols .... Lieutenant Uhura
- George Takei .... Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
- Walter Koenig .... Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov
- Majel Barrett .... Nurse Christine Chapel
- Grace Lee Whitney .... Yeoman Janice Rand
- Jim Goodwin .... Lieutenant John Farrell
- Edward Madden .... Technician Fisher
- Richard Matheson .... Screenwriter
- Leo Penn .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
Intelligence reportTransporter malfunctions! Where would we be without them?
But seriously, folks, this is a good examination of the essence of human strife: the dichotomy of our conflicting desires. Finding the balance between the dark and the light is an interesting and worthy issue for a Star trek episode. Evil Jim is somewhat over the top, but I will assume that this is 60s directing, not Shat's acting: he's darned effective as the wimpy good Jim.
This episode forms the beginnings of Kirk's rejection of Sybok in the really, really bad Star trek movie, The final frontier because here Kirk has already found and embraced the divergent sides of his personality and found the reason for keeping them exactly the way they are. There's an interesting hint of Kirk's auto-eroticism when good Jim embraces evil Jim near the end of the episode, too.
The enemy within is especially significant because we get to see a lot of stuff from Sulu, freezing to death down on the planet, and it's the first time bones says "He's dead, Jim". It's also the first time you'll see the Vulcan neck pinch.
Security censorship classification
PG (Low level violence)
Not for public release in Australia before date
DVD retail: 9 September2004