History Headscratchers / StarTrektheOriginalSeries

30th Nov '16 1:04:20 PM Bense
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** The Salt Vampire is compared to the buffalo in its episode (once covered the plains of its world, now nearly extinct). So it could be an in-joke stand-in for a buffalo.
30th Nov '16 1:01:13 PM Bense
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** It's possible it was just a mental transfer.
30th Nov '16 12:58:27 PM Bense
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** Maybe Kirk didn't realize it was ''that'' Sarek. Maybe Sarek is actually a fairly common name among Vulcans.
30th Nov '16 12:56:24 PM Bense
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* After Edith Keeler's death, how did Kirk, Spock and McCoy get back to the 23nd Century? Did the Guardian of Forever transport them back after the last 30s scene. And if they Guardian could just pull people back, since there's no way they could have made it to the planet it was on in the 1930s, why didn't the Guardian just bring McCoy back before he changed anything?
** I'm going into WMG territory here, but maybe the Guardian either marked them somehow or gave them some kind of tracking device (that we were not told about) before they entered the gate. So the Guardian knew where they were, and could pull them back any time, but needed them to find McCoy, who got lost.

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* After Edith Keeler's death, how did Kirk, Spock and McCoy [=McCoy=] get back to the 23nd Century? Did the Guardian of Forever transport them back after the last 30s scene. And if they Guardian could just pull people back, since there's no way they could have made it to the planet it was on in the 1930s, why didn't the Guardian just bring McCoy [=McCoy=] back before he changed anything?
** I'm going into WMG territory here, but maybe the Guardian either marked them somehow or gave them some kind of tracking device (that we were not told about) before they entered the gate. So the Guardian knew where they were, and could pull them back any time, but needed them to find McCoy, [=McCoy=], who got lost.lost.
** It seems likely that the Guardian can only pull back someone who is willing and ready to come back, and knows that the Guardian is waiting to bring them back. [=McCoy=] wasn't coherent enough to even understand what the Guardian was before he went through, and so he couldn't be willing to go back until Kirk and Spock met him in the past and told him what was up.
30th Nov '16 12:53:06 PM Bense
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** The model of the ''Enterprise'' had shuttle bay doors on the back from the first pilot, but the shuttle itself hadn't been designed or the props or models built at the time of "The Enemy Within."
28th Nov '16 9:46:40 AM isolato
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* Spock and [=McCoy=] are VitriolicBestBuds - we should note that Spock in the first place does not seem to be really offended by [=McCoy=]'s jibes, while reacting to slurs (by other characters, e.g,. Evil!Kirk in The Enemy Within) which are really ''meant'' as such. Also - [=McCoy=] scores quite a lot of {{Insult Backfire}}s, as [[TheSpock Spock]] is actually ''glad'' to hear that he's "utterly emotionless and governed by logic alone".

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* Spock and [=McCoy=] are VitriolicBestBuds - we should note that Spock in the first place does not seem to be really offended by [=McCoy=]'s jibes, while reacting to slurs (by other characters, e.g,.g. Evil!Kirk in The Enemy Within) which are really ''meant'' as such. Also - [=McCoy=] scores quite a lot of {{Insult Backfire}}s, as [[TheSpock Spock]] is actually ''glad'' to hear that he's "utterly emotionless and governed by logic alone".
25th Nov '16 8:27:29 AM HeroGal2347
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* Spock and [=McCoy=] are VitriolicBestBuds - we should note that Spock in the first place does not seem to be really offended by [=McCoy=]'s jibes, while reacting to slurs (by other characters, e.g,. Evil!Kirk in The Enemy Within) which are really ''meant'' as such. Also - [=McCoy=] scores quite a lot of {{InsultBackfire}}s, as [[TheSpock Spock]] is actually ''glad'' to hear that he's "utterly emotionless and governed by logic alone".

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* Spock and [=McCoy=] are VitriolicBestBuds - we should note that Spock in the first place does not seem to be really offended by [=McCoy=]'s jibes, while reacting to slurs (by other characters, e.g,. Evil!Kirk in The Enemy Within) which are really ''meant'' as such. Also - [=McCoy=] scores quite a lot of {{InsultBackfire}}s, {{Insult Backfire}}s, as [[TheSpock Spock]] is actually ''glad'' to hear that he's "utterly emotionless and governed by logic alone".
25th Nov '16 8:04:33 AM isolato
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*Spock and [=McCoy=] are VitriolicBestBuds - we should note that Spock in the first place does not seem to be really offended by [=McCoy=]'s jibes, while reacting to slurs (by other characters, e.g,. Evil!Kirk in The Enemy Within) which are really ''meant'' as such. Also - [=McCoy=] scores quite a lot of {{InsultBackfire}}s, as [[TheSpock Spock]] is actually ''glad'' to hear that he's "utterly emotionless and governed by logic alone".
18th Nov '16 5:55:48 PM inspibrain101
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** In the context of this production era, yes, the episode definitely had those sexist undertones. On the other hand, if we're to look at the episode as if it were actually taking place in the enlightened far future, it makes a bit more sense that there were definite reasons that Janice Lester did not receive a command of her own, and that she's looking for any excuse other than ''she would not be a good fit for command''- not because she's a woman, but because she's bonkers. Definitely a sexist episode, of course, (what do you expect? It's the 60's!) but this is how I, as a modern viewer, look at it in order to enjoy it without cringing.
18th Nov '16 5:35:23 PM thatsnumberwang
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** By the dialogue in the episode, and if the rumours about the sexism and harassment that many of the women endured backstage on both this show and TNG are true, this whole episode was meant to prove exactly ''why'' women shouldn't be in command. Even in the body of a strong and healthy man with a state of the art starship at his command, granted all of his friends, all of his privileges, all of his power; she couldn't even stop filing her nails and screaming long enough to achieve anything of any value to her cause whatsoever. I can guarantee that ''women are not allowed to be starship captains'' is as black and white as that sounds.
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