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.
    • 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.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Kirk gets ridiculed for jumping from "biology" to "reproduction", but Spock is obviously embarrassed and what part of biology is half so embarrassing to talk about as reproduction?
    • Also, T'Pau says that T'Pring will become "property" of the victor. Presumably, Spock could have treated her much worse than he did and been within his rights... just like T'Pring was in pitting Spock against Kirk. She's lucky he didn't decide to go Beware the Nice Ones on her.
    • At first the "marriage party" that arrives on Spock's land looks nothing like what you would expect from Vulcans. There appear to be armed guards escorting the party and one big tough masked guy who looks like an executioner. Spock mentioned before that Vulcans were a warlike people before they found logic, so why would they still stick to those bellicose traditions when getting married? Also, during the ceremony, just before the fight, the big masked guy seems awfully eager to use his weapon to enforce T'Pau's intentions. Why would a supposedly pacifist logical people behave this way? Listen to Spock talk about the Pon Farr and their behavior makes sense. Vulcan weddings involve one and probably more people undergoing a "blood fever" that literally rips their logic away from them. Those logical people behave like mindless animals until they either Mate or Die. The big burly armed guard is there to make sure that these crazed Vulcans don't step out of line and hurt people.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • In Spock's final exchange with T'Pau, he responds to the traditional "Live Long and Prosper" with "I shall do neither." Did Spock mean that the civilian courts would execute him, was he contemplating suicide, or did he mean he would die of grief and guilt?
    • Also, T'Pring explains that she could do whatever she liked because Spock would be "gone". Did she mean "away on a mission" or "dead"?
    • Also, the end. Yes, Spock won't kill himself or die of grief now that he knows Kirk is alive, but he'll have the guilt of having attempted to kill his best friend for weeks, maybe the rest of his life.
    • Also, the fact that the most logical, (theoretically) sensible and smart people in the Federation only allow people to back out of arranged marriages via fights to the death, and that the woman in such cases becomes the property of the victor - What the Hell, Hero? barely covers this!
  • 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.
    • For the record, D.C. Fontana hotly denies that any of the gay "subtext" seen by viewers yearning for canon slash was ever intended or written in deliberately by the dozen or so writers who worked on this episode. She said the conflict was meant to be between Spock's Vulcan and Terran sides, as he struggled to maintain a facade of normality while being torn apart from the inside by forces he could not control. Nimoy was not portraying Spock as battling an instinct to rape Kirk; he was making an effort not to kill him, seize control of the ship, or go into convulsions and die.
  • 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.
  • The Woobie: Spock. He's already going through the nasty pon farr symptoms. Then he's forced to fight his best friend and believes he has murdered him.

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