History Recap / StarTrekS3E16TheMarkOfGideon

3rd Jul '16 5:00:07 PM alanh
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* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Instead of using the negociations with the Federation to prepare a colonization plan, the government of Gideon decide to use the negociator's deadly germs.

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* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Instead of using the negociations negotiations with the Federation to prepare a colonization plan, the government of Gideon decide to use the negociator's negotiator's deadly germs.
21st Apr '16 6:21:56 AM butterflygrrl
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** Kirk does try to convince them to use birth control instead, but contraception is apparently against their religion.


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** As part of the religious parallels being drawn with the culture, they refuse to consider contraception or to ''directly'' take another's life. But manipulating events to cause people to become ill and die "naturally", that's just fine!
7th Apr '16 7:20:54 AM PaulA
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* DepopulationBomb: Kirk is kidnapped by a vastly overpopulated planet who wants to use germs in his blood to drop a Depopulation Bomb on ''themselves''. This scheme involves a large amount of FridgeLogic, when one wonders where they found the space to construct a full-scale replica of the interior of the ''Enterprise''. And how they got the specs for the ''Enterprise''. And why they bothered to build it at all when they could have just knocked Kirk out and taken some of his blood right after he beamed down without bothering to trick him. And...

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* DepopulationBomb: Kirk is kidnapped by a vastly overpopulated planet who wants to use germs in his blood to drop a Depopulation Bomb on ''themselves''. This scheme involves a large amount of FridgeLogic, when one wonders where they found the space to construct a full-scale replica of the interior of the ''Enterprise''. And how they got the specs for the ''Enterprise''. And why they bothered to build it at all when they could have just knocked Kirk out and taken some of his blood right after he beamed down without bothering to trick him. And...
7th Apr '16 7:19:43 AM PaulA
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The planet of Gideon has refused anything to do with the United Federation of Planets until recently. The council has agreed to allow a delegation of one...one Captain James T. Kirk. Kirk has himself beamed down to the planet only to find himself beamed aboard his own starship, sans crew. Where is everybody? Kirk searches everywhere, hails everyone he can think of. His voice over the intercom reverberates off the walls of empty rooms. Kirk searches until he finds a rather dippy blonde in sparkly blue and purple PJ's dancing by herself in the corridors. Oh, Donna! No, actually [[GirlOfTheWeek her name is Odona.]] She's not sure where she's from, just that it was so crowded it made a [[TheWho Who]] concert look tranquil. It isn't long before Kirk is BoldlyComing. (You can bet they didn't go into that room to play Parcheesi!) Spock, meanwhile, is playing bureaucratic ping-pong for permission to search for the missing captain.

!!!Tropes for this episode include:

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The planet of Gideon has refused anything to do with the United Federation of Planets until recently. The council has agreed to allow a delegation of one...one Captain James T. Kirk. Kirk has himself beamed down to the planet only to find himself beamed aboard his own starship, sans crew. Where is everybody? Kirk searches everywhere, hails everyone he can think of. His voice over the intercom reverberates off the walls of empty rooms. Kirk searches until he finds a rather dippy blonde in sparkly blue and purple PJ's dancing by herself in the corridors. Oh, Donna! No, actually [[GirlOfTheWeek her name is Odona.]] She's not sure where she's from, just that it was so crowded it made a [[TheWho [[Music/TheWho Who]] concert look tranquil. It isn't long before Kirk is BoldlyComing. (You can bet they didn't go into that room to play Parcheesi!) Spock, meanwhile, is playing bureaucratic ping-pong for permission to search for the missing captain.

!!!Tropes !!Tropes for this episode include:



* PopulationControl: the planet's failure to deal with this led to ridiculously extreme overcrowding (though no problems with health or resources, apparently).
* PrinciplesZealot: People of Gideons are against contraception because love and life is sacred, so bringin death and sickness is the only acceptable solution.
* RidiculouslyLongPhoneNumber: Are the proper co-ordinates 875020709 or 875020079?
* SendInTheSearchTeam: Spock wants to do this to find Kirk, but [[ObstructiveBureaucrat neither Gideon or the Federation]] will give permission to do so. He decides ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight and beams down to go InSearchOf Captain Kirk himself.
* TemptingFate: When Spock decides he will look for Kirk by himself (asking another crew member to accompany him would just get him in further trouble with Starfleet) he announces "I will not be long." Scotty points out that Kirk said the same thing. Wonder if he's seen ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}?
* WellIntentionedExtremist : Gideons are ready to use [[UtopiaJustifiestheMeans lethal and painful methods to restore their paradise]].
* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: An extremely overpopulated world is trying to set up a voluntary suicide system, starting by infecting the leader's daughter with a disease.
** You'd think they find a better way to euthanize people than some painful, (relatively) drawn out disease. Maybe they're all masochists? Odona certainly seems to have a fascination for pain...
* [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove What Is This Thing You Call Pain?]]: Odona is morbidly curious about pain and sickness, having never felt it before. Apparently they not only have perfect health, despite the overcrowding they never run into each other, or trip and stub a toe, etc...

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* PopulationControl: the The planet's failure to deal with this led to ridiculously extreme overcrowding (though no problems with health or resources, apparently).
apparently).
* PrinciplesZealot: People of Gideons are against contraception because love and life is sacred, so bringin bringing death and sickness is the only acceptable solution.
* RidiculouslyLongPhoneNumber: Are the proper co-ordinates 875020709 or 875020079?
* SendInTheSearchTeam: Spock wants to do this to find Kirk, but [[ObstructiveBureaucrat neither Gideon or the Federation]] will give permission to do so. He decides ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight and beams down to go InSearchOf in search of Captain Kirk himself.
* TemptingFate: When Spock decides he will look for Kirk by himself (asking another crew member to accompany him would just get him in further trouble with Starfleet) he announces "I will not be long." Scotty points out that Kirk said the same thing. Wonder if he's seen ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}?
thing.
* WellIntentionedExtremist : WellIntentionedExtremist: Gideons are ready to use [[UtopiaJustifiestheMeans lethal and painful methods to restore their paradise]].
* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: An extremely overpopulated world is trying to set up a voluntary suicide system, starting by infecting the leader's daughter with a disease. \n** You'd think they find a better way to euthanize people than some painful, (relatively) drawn out disease. Maybe they're all masochists? Odona certainly seems to have a fascination for pain...
* [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove What Is This Thing You Call Pain?]]: Odona is morbidly curious about pain and sickness, having never felt it before. Apparently they not only have perfect health, despite the overcrowding they never run into each other, or trip and stub a toe, etc...
pain...
16th Aug '15 8:31:10 PM wyattte
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* FridgeLogic: Why don't the overcrowded people just colonize some other planets?
* HeyItsThatGuy: This episode was written by Stanley Adams, better known Cyrano Jones, dealer of the one species that multiply quicker than Gideons...tribbles.



* InferredHolocaust: They barely try to hide this. Odona returns to Gideon, carrying the disease she is now immune to, ready to start a massive pandemic, fully sponsored by the government. And condoned by Captain Kirk, no less. Let's hope they keep control of it while they still have it...



* NightmareFuel: First, Kirk must cope with the AdultFear that the people he is responsible seem to have disappeared without a trace. And then those mysterious green faces out in space accompanied by a creepy ScareChord. So many of them scraping up against the hull of the ''Enterprise'', and in the vacuum of space no less! Captain Kirk hasn't had this many people rush a vehicle he was in since Shatner drove to Comic Con!



* RecycledSet: Apparently a world that is overpopulated with wall-to-wall people has the space and resources to build an entire fake Enterprise just to get Kirk's blood.
16th Aug '15 8:26:59 PM wyattte
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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[Music/CelineDion "Alllllll byyyyyyy myyyyyyyseeeeeeelf..."]]'']]
18th Mar '15 8:16:27 AM ultimomant
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* MakeanExampleOfThem: Partly inverted, since the message isnít about punishment, but about salvation.

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* MakeanExampleOfThem: MakeAnExampleOfThem: Partly inverted, since the message isnít about punishment, but about salvation.
3rd Feb '15 1:50:23 AM Statzkeen
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* [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove What Is This Thing You Call Pain?]]: Odona is morbidly curious about pain and sickness, having never felt it before.

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* [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove What Is This Thing You Call Pain?]]: Odona is morbidly curious about pain and sickness, having never felt it before. Apparently they not only have perfect health, despite the overcrowding they never run into each other, or trip and stub a toe, etc...



* TheXOfY: The Mark Of Gideon

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* TheXOfY: The Mark Of Gideon
Gideon
3rd Feb '15 1:47:48 AM Statzkeen
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* AMillionIsAStatistic: Kirk refuses the let dying the person he contamined himself, but he lets this person spreading the disease to deliberately killing a lot of people.
3rd Feb '15 1:46:12 AM Statzkeen
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