History Recap / StarTrekS3E10PlatosStepchildren

27th Jul '17 11:01:36 AM ClintEastwood
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This episode was [[BizarroEpisode absolutely crazy]], packed with zany antics and veering from [[MoodWhiplash serious to silly]] in a heartbeat. It is second only to "Spock's Brain" as a perfect example of the SeasonalRot ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' started to show in the third season.

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This episode was [[BizarroEpisode absolutely crazy]], packed with zany antics and veering from [[MoodWhiplash serious to silly]] in a heartbeat. It is second only to "Spock's Brain" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain}} Spock's Brain]]" as a perfect example of the SeasonalRot ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' started to show in the third season.


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* SocietyMarchesOn: The episode is credited as having the very first (obvious, anyway) interracial kiss on US television. According to some accounts, it very, very nearly fell prey to those meddlesome executives, and was finally only allowed through when it was demonstrated that neither party involved really ''wanted'' to do it, but were being forced by alien mind control. The studio was horribly afraid they were going to be inundated with hate mail, that the entire country would be in an uproar over such an act and simply couldn't accept it; they got a ton of letters alright, with a distinct ''majority'' praising the scene. Creator/NichelleNichols even recounts reading a letter from a Southern man, who was "totally against the mixing of the races. However, any time a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms that looks like Uhura, he ain't gonna fight it." Now THAT'S progress.
** Plus, Creator/WilliamShatner and Nichols were adamant about keeping the kiss (which if you've read either of their autobiographies seems to be the only thing they ever agreed on), and deliberately screwed up every take of Kirk and Uhura not kissing, so the editors were forced to use a shot where they did.
23rd Feb '17 11:11:00 AM Statzkeen
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It's also a landmark episode, being the first time on network television a black woman and white man were shown kissing. Even though AliensMadeThemDoIt.

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It's also a landmark episode, being (arguably) the first time on network television a black woman and white man were shown kissing. Even though AliensMadeThemDoIt.
13th Dec '16 9:01:49 AM BrendanRizzo
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* CruelMercy: The Platonians' fate, in a way. With Alexander gone they can't torture people anymore, and that was the only thing which gave their lives meaning. Meanwhile, the rest of the Galaxy now knows where they live and what they have done, does ''not'' approve, and is capable of turning their own powers against them.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Platonians are nothing more than schoolyard bullies with psychic powers. Alexander's epiphany speech really sells it.



* TheFairFolk: The Platonians fit this to a T. They are convinced that they are a SuperiorSpecies and make everyone they interact with act like it, too, but in fact are ruled entirely by caprice, and take delight in torturing others, and punish all who dare call them on it.



* ForgottenPhlebotinum: Telekinesis seems pretty handy; you might think people would start taking Kironide supplements on a regular basis. Yet somehow we never see it again.

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* ForgottenPhlebotinum: Telekinesis seems pretty handy; you might think people would start taking Kironide supplements on a regular basis. Yet somehow we never see it again. It's implied that WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.



* MindRape: Used by the Platoians, with the most blatant example being Parmen forcing Spock to laugh and cry.

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* MindRape: Used by the Platoians, Platonians, with the most blatant example being Parmen forcing Spock to laugh and cry.


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* SacredHospitality: Ironically for a species which idolizes Plato, the Platonians seem to avert this trope. Unless, of course, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality their view of treating guests well]] ''[[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad is]]'' [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad to enslave them]].


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* WeaksauceWeakness: The Platonians have no immune system, so even the slightest cut can kill them. [[CulturalPosturing So much for being a superior species, eh?]]
27th Sep '16 11:33:24 PM CaptEquinox
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** In his biography ''[[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Shatner:_Where_No_Man Shatner: Where No Man]]'', Shat spoke about the effort he put into making his performance serious.
10th Sep '16 12:00:03 AM CaptEquinox
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original script had Christine kissing with Spock, Kirk with an attractive yeoman, and Dr. McCoy with Uhura, then everybody changing around. NBC objected to this as "too sexual", so they reworked it various ways. In a 2013 interview with the Vancouver ''Sun'', Nichelle Nichols [[http://www.blastr.com/2013-4-19/little-known-sci-fi-fact-uhuras-famed-trek-kiss-wasnt-meant-be-kirk revealed]] that for a while, the plan was to have Uhura and Spock go into a clinch. Nichols and Nimoy practiced assiduously until Shat caught them at it and declared if anyone was going to kiss Nichols, it would have to be ''him''. This makes sense with previous hints and attempts on the part of Nichols and Nimoy, going back to [[Recap/StarTrekS1E1TheManTrap the very first episode]], to suggest that Spock and Uhura would eventually get together.
9th Sep '16 11:59:32 PM CaptEquinox
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original script had Christine kissing with Spock, Kirk with an attractive yeoman, and Dr. McCoy with Uhura, then everybody changing around. NBC objected to this as "too sexual", so they reworked it various ways. In a 2013 interview with the Vancouver ''Sun'', Nichelle Nichols [[http://www.blastr.com/2013-4-19/little-known-sci-fi-fact-uhuras-famed-trek-kiss-wasnt-meant-be-kirk revealed]] that for a while, the plan was to have Uhura and Spock go into a clinch. Nichols and Nimoy practiced assiduously until Shat caught them at it and declared if anyone was going to kiss Nichols, it would have to be ''him''. This makes sense with previous hints and attempts on the part of Nichols and Nimoy, going back to [[Recap/StarTrekS1E1TheManTrap the very first episode]], to suggest that Spock and Uhura would eventually get together.
20th Feb '16 11:10:15 PM PaulA
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* BigShadowLittleCreature: When Kirk and co. first arrive, they're greeted by a booming voice and an enormous looming shadow (and a dramatic musical sting). Then Alexander steps forward and reveals his actual size.
2nd Jan '16 7:15:23 AM StarTropes
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* UngratefulBastard: So this is what Parmen and his friends do to our heroes after Bones saves his life?
24th Nov '15 4:07:56 PM katrinahood
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* TheissTitillationTheory: Gender flipped. The peplos worn by the women display the shoulders and arms, but are still modest compared to the scanty tunics Spock and Kirk are forced into.
24th Nov '15 4:07:08 PM katrinahood
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Look out, Kirk! He may be short but he's the evil [[Series/TheWildWildWest Dr. Lovelace!]] Oh, wait, he's the only decent person on the planet.
** Philana bears resemblance to both Grace from ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' and a younger, blonder version of Dorothy from DrQuinnMedicineWoman. Not to mention Mea 3 from "A Taste of Armageddon." She also sounds like Trelane's mother.
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