AKA "The One With The Giant Space Amoeba" and the episode that Mayberry Melonpool
Kirk and the Enterprise
are due to go on shore leave soon, but are interrupted when they get a hail from Starfleet asking them to investigate the disappearance of solar system Gamma 7A
. They also get a garbled message from the Vulcan science vessel the Intrepid
consisting only of the ship's name and co-ordinates. After they loose contact with the Intrepid
, Spock feels as if 400 Vulcans screamed out in pain, then were suddenly silenced.
It is soon revealed that the Intrepid
and the missing solar system were all devoured by a giant space amoeba. This amoeba is likened to an infection upon the universe and the Enterprise
are the anti-bodies to take it out. Just one question: Who's going to fly a shuttle straight into the maw of an energy devouring mass?
Tropes for this episode include:
- Anti Matter: When you absolutely, positively have to kill every mother-fucking space wedgie in the universe, accept no substitutes.
- Bottled Heroic Resolve: Bones gives stim shots to any one who's had their energy sapped. He warns Kirk that he's going to pop if he takes any more.
- Bottle Episode: Almost all of the action is on board the star ship Enterprise with a few scenes of Spock in a shuttle craft.
- Crowning Moment of Funny:
Bones: Shut up, Spock, we're rescuing you!
Spock: Thank you Captain McCoy
- Department of Redundancy Department: "'Insufficient' data is not sufficient".
- To be fair, he was chewing out Chekov when he returned Spock's request with "Insufficient data."
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Scotty apologizes to the captain after letting loose a "What the devil...?"
- Hell Is That Noise: Bad enough the amoeba has to steal your energy, it has to subject you to skull numbing noise while it's doing it!
- Hilarious in Hindsight: It's hard to watch this episode without thinking of the lyric from the Novelty Song "Star Trekkin'" that goes "Boldly going forward cuz we can't find reverse!"
- Martyr Without a Cause: Spock accuses Bones of having a martyr complex, perhaps being a bit hypocritical while he's at it as he is also volunteering for a Suicide Mission.
- Mega Microbes: The space amoeba
- A Million is a Statistic: Spock cannot fathom why humans are more upset over one death than several deaths.
- Negative Space Wedgie: The space amoeba
- No OSHA Compliance: Why aren't there any seat belts on the Enterprise? No less than 3 incidents on this episode alone (plus a near Panty Shot from Uhura) proves that they are very needed.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Spock finally gives one to Bones, calling him out on A Million is a Statistic.
- Rousing Speech: The amoeba has been sapping personal energy as well as the ship's energy. Kirk has to give the tired and disoriented crew a pep talk.
- Sadistic Choice: Kirk has to decide which of his two best friends have to go into a situation that could very well kill them.
- Science Marches On: Spock measures the amoeba in miles. Most scientists prefer the accuracy of the metric system and would use kilometers instead.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Bones and Spock are at it again!
- The Stars Are Going Out: A sign that this thing is living destruction is that stars start going out.
- Suicide Mission: Whoever flies a shuttle into the amoeba to find its weak points might not come back alive.
- Time Bomb: The Enterprise fires a photon torpedo into the ameoba's nucleus. It's fitted with an Anti Matter bomb equipped with a delayed detonation feature, giving the ship time to get away before it goes off (they hope).