Monday, August 30, 2010

The Original Series, Season 3: Turnabout Intruder

The Original Series, Season 3
"Turnabout Intruder"
Airdate: June 3, 1969
80 of 80 produced
79 of 80 aired
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After three seasons and 79 episodes, the Original Series is coming a to a close. For their last televised adventure, Captain Kirk finds an old flame of his, Dr. Janice Lester, on a distant world, exploring archaeological ruins. She is apparently dying of radiation poisoning and needs Kirk's help. However, her cry for help was a ruse designed to lure the captain into a trap. Using the ancient technology she discovered, she transplants her mind into Kirk's body and vice versa. Her plan is to pretend to be Kirk and take command of the Enterprise. Will Kirk, now trapped in Dr. Lester's body, be able to stop her?

Or will he just go with it?


The Original Series has a habit of putting its odder episodes at its season finales. "Operation: Annihilate!", "Assignment: Earth" and now this one. There's certainly some very interesting things going on in this episode. Some top notch acting by both Kirk and Lester keep the episode from tripping into farcical territory. Some bizarre and anomalously misogynistic remarks pull this episode down. As a series finale, it lacks a certain sense of conclusion, but it doesn't hamstring the show for future movie endeavors. Also, almost every character gets a nice scene or two where you get a sense of how hard the actors were working and how the characters felt about their ship and crew. Overall, this got a three from the both of us, for a total of 6.

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