History Recap / StarTrekS3E12TheEmpath

10th May '17 9:00:13 PM GrammarNavi
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* MakingTheChoiceForYou: The Vians give Captain Kirk a Sadistic Choice: which of his officers will be subjected to torture. If Dr. McCoy is chosen there's an 87% chance he will die, but if Mr. Spock is chosen there's a 93% chance he will suffer permanent insanity. Dr. McCoy makes the decision for Kirk by injecting him with a sedative, then injects Spock with a sedative when he decides to sacrifice himself and go.

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* MakingTheChoiceForYou: The Vians give Captain Kirk a Sadistic Choice: which of his officers will be subjected to torture. If Dr. McCoy [=McCoy=] is chosen there's an 87% chance he will die, but if Mr. Spock is chosen there's a 93% chance he will suffer permanent insanity. Dr. McCoy [=McCoy=] makes the decision for Kirk by injecting him with a sedative, then injects Spock with a sedative when he decides to sacrifice himself and go.
13th Apr '17 11:55:03 AM jellymouse15
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* MoralMyopia: Gem [[spoiler: has to ''die'']] to prove she's [[spoiler: worthy of life]]?!
13th Apr '17 9:21:30 AM jellymouse15
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** Everything is [[FanService fanservice]] to ''somebody.''


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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: After the [[PowerTrio power trio's]] escape to the surface, [=McCoy=] refers to the captain as "Kirk," a rare deviation from the usual.
8th Apr '17 9:17:52 PM wyattte
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* RecklessGunUsage: Kirk, telling someone you're not going to hurt them would be a lot more convincing if you weren't pointing a phaser at them. He does this ''twice.''
8th Apr '17 9:16:50 PM wyattte
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[[caption-width-right:350:It doesn't get much more {{Moe}} than this.]]



[[YouWakeUpInARoom Fade from black]]. Spock's reading indicates that they are either on the set of a minimalist avant-garde play, or they're several miles below the planet's crust. They find a lovely brunette with a pixie cut and a diaphanous gown taking a nap. They wake her up to find that she is mute. Bones decides to call her Gem. (No relation to a [[{{WesternAnimation/Jem}} truly outrageous pop star]] or a young character from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' or a [[Series/PowerRangersRPM hyper active and immature power ranger]]). Soon after, they are introduced to their hosts, a pair of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens named Thann and Lal. (No relation to [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E16TheOffspring a certain android who learned to feel]])

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[[YouWakeUpInARoom Fade from black]]. Spock's reading indicates that they are either on the set of a minimalist avant-garde play, or they're several miles below the planet's crust. They find a lovely brunette with a pixie cut and a diaphanous gown taking a nap. They wake her up to find that she is mute. Bones decides to call her Gem. (No relation to a [[{{WesternAnimation/Jem}} truly outrageous pop star]] star]], or a young character from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird,'' or a [[Series/PowerRangersRPM hyper active and immature power ranger]]). Soon after, they are introduced to their hosts, a pair of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens named Thann and Lal. (No relation to [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E16TheOffspring a certain android who learned to feel]])
7th Feb '17 9:21:27 PM HeroGal2347
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* MakingTheChoiceForYou: The Vians give Captain Kirk a Sadistic Choice: which of his officers will be subjected to torture. If Dr. McCoy is chosen there's an 87% chance he will die, but if Mr. Spock is chosen there's a 93% chance he will suffer permanent insanity. Dr. McCoy makes the decision for Kirk by injecting him with a sedative, then injects Spock with a sedative when he decides to sacrifice himself and go.
6th Jan '17 6:45:25 PM tropeicalbreeze
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* TaremeEyes: Gem is a rare live-action example.
1st Dec '16 3:05:59 PM fruitstripegum
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Vians can only save one planet when the sun goes supernova and wanted to see if Gem's people were worth saving, all based on her decision to save another's life.



* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Vians can only save one planet when the sun goes supernova and wanted to see if Gem's people were worth saving, all based on her decision to save another's life.
15th Oct '16 1:01:03 PM CaptEquinox
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** Discussed in the episode. Kirk actually suggests to the Vians that Gem could heal Bones just enough to keep the injuries from being fatal, and that would be sufficient. They reply back that it's not enough to just heal him—she must be willing to sacrifice her life to do so, to reveal the depth of her (and her species') capacity for compassion. The Vians just ain't gonna be happy unless SOMEONE dies in the process... They do finally take Kirk's point that she's already shown herself more than ''willing'' to do it, and they heal [=McCoy=], pick her up and leave.

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** Discussed in the episode. Kirk actually suggests to the Vians that Gem could heal Bones just enough to keep the injuries from being fatal, and that would be sufficient. They reply back that it's not enough to just heal him—she must be willing to sacrifice her life to do so, to reveal the depth of her (and her species') capacity for compassion. The Vians just ain't gonna be happy unless SOMEONE dies in the process... They do finally take Kirk's point Spock's point[[note]]"It ''is'' complete. Gem has earned the right of survival for her planet. She offered her life."[[/note]] that she's already shown herself more than ''willing'' to do it, and they heal [=McCoy=], pick her up and leave.
8th Oct '16 9:24:19 PM CaptEquinox
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* CobwebOfDisuse: The research station has dust and cobwebs everywhere to show how long it's been since the scientists disappeared. One of the away team does the traditional pick-up-an-object-and-blow-dust-off-it to emphasize the point.

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* CobwebOfDisuse: The research station has dust and cobwebs everywhere everywhere[[note]]so we know the planet has spiders -- [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse will the Vians transport them]] and other life forms as well?[[/note]] to show how long it's been since the scientists disappeared. One of the away team does the traditional pick-up-an-object-and-blow-dust-off-it to emphasize the point.
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