YMMV / Star Trek S2 E1 "Amok Time"

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • T'Pring — nasty, manipulative villainess or justifiably angry Woman Scorned? Spock has been ignoring her and their marriage for roughly twenty standard years, basically humiliating her in front the entire planet. In the meantime she's found a man who loves her and treats her right and doesn't want to risk his life.note 
    • When Spock tells T'Pau that he will "do neither [live long or prosper]", did he mean he was suicidal or did he expect to suffer Death by Despair over Kirk's murder?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Kirk and Spock are both awfully calm after their reunion considering that Spock almost killed Kirk.
  • Ear Worm: The infamous fight scene music, which became so well known that Eddie Murphy referenced it in one of his stand-up routines, and also featured in The Simpsons, The Cable Guy and Futurama.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Fanfics have been penned on how young Spock and T'Pring felt about the Arranged Marriage and how Kirk and Spock coped with the aftermath of the kal-i-fee.
    • When Stonn says "The woman is —" is he about to say mine, or pregnant? Some fans decided it was "pregnant", by Stonn himself. Years later Arlene Martel revealed that she had been playing T'Pring as trying to conceal a pregnancy (see Throw It In, below).
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Oh, yes. This is practically a Crowning Episode of Heartwarming.
    • Kirk deciding to sacrifice his command to save Spock.
    • After a well meaning attempt by Nurse Chapel to give Spock Vulcan soup turns ugly, Spock later softly requests her to make her some soup, which is clearly his way of apologizing sincerely for hurting her feelings.
    • Spock inviting both Kirk and McCoy to come with him to the ceremony, explaining that it's the place for the groom's best friends.
    • Spock putting up with T'Pau's verbal abuse to try and keep his Captain out of the fight.
    • Spock's reaction when he realizes that Kirk is still alive.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: T'Pring's Xanatos Gambit comes off as worse than before once you've read Spock's World.
  • HoYay: Kirk and Spock's infamous fight scene, and the obvious affection. To the point where The Ship's Closet host Brittany needed a two-part special to cover all the gayness.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • The episode tries to wring tension from two main characters possible deaths (and the supposed death of one). Given that the show is from the era of strict Status Quo Is God, the ending is never in doubt.
    • Also, Kirk sacrifices his career to save Spock. Yeah, that'll stick.
  • Magnificent Bastard: T'Pring. Spock is quite right in saying her logic is flawless. No matter which way the combat went, she would end up with everything she wanted. And the fact that she ends up as a Karma Houdini (so far as the episode goes) makes her victory that much sweeter.
  • Narm: This exchange:
    Spock: It's about biology. Vulcan biology.
  • Tearjerker: Spock's reaction when he wakes from the plak tow and realizes that he's murdered his best friend. The episode has its own section on the tearjerker page.