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Star trek: The original series 1.06a - Dagger of the mind

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While the Enterprise is delivering supplies to the Tantalus V penal colony, an inmate, Doctor Simon Van Gelder (Morgan Woodword) manages to smuggle himself aboard. Seemingly deranged, he demands asylum, pleading with Kirk (William Shatner) not to send him back, hinting at horrors committed by the director, Doctor Adams (James Gregory). To investigate the cause of the man's distress, the Captain beams down...

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
  • James Gregory .... Doctor Adams
  • Morgan Woodword .... Doctor Simon Van Gelder
  • Marianna Hill .... Doctor Helen Noel
  • S Bar-David .... Screenwriter
  • Vincent McEveety .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

A nicely moralistic and mysterious tale about what is means to be Human, and what it means to have that humanity taken away. There's a little bit of technobabble, too, but it's completely understandable.

The "dagger" is a mind altering device, the mystery is what it really does. But the best part, from my point of view, is a 23rd century woman with spunk. I love a chick who fights back, especially when you least expect it. There's also a through-running social interaction between Kirk and an ex-bonk which is rather entertaining, and some UFP protocols which prove to be a good thing. Love that pre-planning.

You also get to see Spock perform a mind meld (the first) on Doctor Van Gelder.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 9 September2004

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