this is, i think i can confidently say, the single most famous, widely-shown and widely-loved star trek
episode. the script was written by the brilliant but reputedly assholish harlan ellison, and of course, it takes place not in space, but in the great depression. (even sf fans seem to be more interested in going back to earth--that is, to the subject matter that's covered by non
-science fiction--than in space opera--that is, futuristic and speculative fiction.) there's no denying that the script is good and hilarious. it's an excellent episode, one of my favourites.
it isn't very slashy at all, though; it's set in a universe in which spock is pretty clearly kirk's loving, supportive, loyal and completely platonic best friend. ( Read more... )
of course, it poses a problem to the adherent of the kirk-and-spock-are-boyfriends theory in a way that, in my opinion, no single other episode does. personally, i reconcile it by setting it early in the timeline (you can pretty much imagine the tos episodes in almost any order you like--they didn't follow any actual system with the star dates until tng came along. people have tied themselves in very elaborate knots trying to make sense out of it all and still failed), say between the naked time (1x07)
and charlie x (1x08)
. definitely i place it before shore leave (1x17)
and most of the ones after that.
anyway, here are one and a half annotated scenes, ( the policeman )
and ( lil' ol' us? )
sequence: ( spock tucking in his stolen shirt. )
bonus: ( +11 )