History Recap / StarTrekS3E10PlatosStepchildren

12th Feb '18 7:45:55 PM nombretomado
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The ep starts with our PowerTrio beaming down to Platonius to answer a distress call. They are greeted by a giant shadow, but before you can say [[WhatsOperaDoc "Be vewy quiet"]], they find the owner of the shadow is a dwarf called Alexander. It seems Parmen, the leader of the Platonians, has suffered a severe infection from a simple paper cut and is near death. Bones treats him. It is soon learned that the Platonians have many abilities. Their gift of telekinesis, extending as far as the orbiting ''Enterprise'' is the most obvious. They also have incredible longevity and mental capacity. Unfortunately, they have very weak immune systems, small wounds becoming infectious very quickly. They tell Bones that they would like him to stay. Bones respectfully declines, only to learn that [[ThatWasntARequest this was not an invitation]]. The Platonians are going to keep Bones with them and will make a puppet show with his friends until he agrees to stay.

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The ep starts with our PowerTrio beaming down to Platonius to answer a distress call. They are greeted by a giant shadow, but before you can say [[WhatsOperaDoc [[WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc "Be vewy quiet"]], they find the owner of the shadow is a dwarf called Alexander. It seems Parmen, the leader of the Platonians, has suffered a severe infection from a simple paper cut and is near death. Bones treats him. It is soon learned that the Platonians have many abilities. Their gift of telekinesis, extending as far as the orbiting ''Enterprise'' is the most obvious. They also have incredible longevity and mental capacity. Unfortunately, they have very weak immune systems, small wounds becoming infectious very quickly. They tell Bones that they would like him to stay. Bones respectfully declines, only to learn that [[ThatWasntARequest this was not an invitation]]. The Platonians are going to keep Bones with them and will make a puppet show with his friends until he agrees to stay.
3rd Feb '18 7:23:27 AM StarTropes
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[[caption-width-right:320:Philana (Barbara Babcock) and Alexander (Michael Dunn).]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:Philana (Barbara Babcock) and Alexander (Michael Dunn).either not noticing or not caring about the "I hate you all" look on Alexander's face.]]


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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: {{Inverted}}. The HumanAliens are sadistic sociopaths, while their dwarfish servant proves himself a man of honor.
12th Jan '18 5:29:07 PM ultimomant
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* AGlassInTheHand: While trying to claim he's in control and not angry about being humiliated by the Platonians, Spock crushes a goblet into powder.
20th Dec '17 4:33:26 AM SpaceDrake
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''And yet'', it is also a landmark episode, not just of ''Star Trek'' but of '''''American television''''', as it is one of the very first times (and, depending on how you tally it, ''the'' first time) a black woman and white man were shown kissing on broadcast network television. Even though AliensMadeThemDoIt.

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''And yet'', it is also a landmark episode, not just of ''Star Trek'' but of '''''American television''''', as it is one of the very first times (and, depending on how you tally it, possibly ''the'' first time) a black woman and white man were shown kissing on broadcast network television. Even though AliensMadeThemDoIt.
20th Dec '17 4:33:04 AM SpaceDrake
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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.

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It's ''And yet'', it is also a landmark episode, being (arguably) not just of ''Star Trek'' but of '''''American television''''', as it is one of the very first time times (and, depending on network television how you tally it, ''the'' first time) a black woman and white man were shown kissing.kissing on broadcast network television. Even though AliensMadeThemDoIt.
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.
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