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Star trek: The original series 1.05b - Miri

Stardate 2713.5
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Episode propaganda

Investigating an antiquated SOS signal, the crew of the Enterprise are astonished to discover an exact duplicate of the planet Earth, in an unknown star system. Beaming down to the surface, the landing party discover the planet is populated by immensely old children, including Miri (Kim Darby), their only hope for survival when they all contract the still virulent plague...

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
  • Kim Darby .... Miri
  • Jim Goodwin .... Lieutenant John Farrell
  • David L Ross .... Lieutenant Galloway
  • Michael J Pollard .... Jahn
  • Lizabeth Shatner .... blonde child
  • Melanie Shatner .... brunette child
  • Dawn Roddenberry .... little blonde child
  • Darleen Roddenberry .... dirty-faced child
  • Steven McEveety .... redheaded child
  • Written by Adrian Spies .... Screenwriter
  • Vincent McEveety .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

What amazes me as i watch all these old episodes, all of which I have seen before, but few of which I can remember, is that they are consistently good. Intelligent, thought provoking, philosophical, questioning and replete with the UFP ethics Trekkies have come to know and love.

What delights me is that despite the 60s mentality and imagery the shows hold up to my cynical gaze 30 years on.

Anyhoo, this is an emotional, suspenseful episode, full of fear and compassion. Like the previous episodes in the first season, it's a drama with a moral undertone: What is your place in the world? How much of yourselves can you change before you are no longer Human? Should you change it even if you could?

The only question that isn't given an explanation is why the planet is a duplicate of Earth. Perhaps you'll find out in a future episode. Or perhaps someone ix-nayed the subtlety factor because they thought no-one would get it (I am talking about USAmerican audiences, here, remember).

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 9 September2004

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