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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Played with. The people of Vaal are immortal, but in turn for stagnation and lack of choice. They do not create, or think or feel. The PowerTrio debate on whether this is a borderline-FateWorseThanDeath or not.
* WritersCannotDoMath: Or perhaps "Special Effects People Cannot Do Math. When the ''Enterprise'' phasers attack Vaal, an exterior shot of the ship clearly shows two red beams diverging at a significant angle. At that distance, for one of the beams to hit the planet, the other almost certainly has to miss it entirely. However, the phaser beams which hit the [[CargoCult "god"]] do so no farther than perhaps a meter from one another.

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Played with. The people of Vaal are immortal, but in turn return for stagnation and lack of choice. They do not create, or think or feel. The PowerTrio debate on whether this is a borderline-FateWorseThanDeath or not.
* WritersCannotDoMath: Or perhaps "Special Effects People Cannot Do Math.Math". When the ''Enterprise'' phasers attack Vaal, an exterior shot of the ship clearly shows two red beams diverging at a significant angle. At that distance, for one of the beams to hit the planet, the other almost certainly has to miss it entirely. However, the phaser beams which hit the [[CargoCult "god"]] do so no farther than perhaps a meter from one another.

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* AntiVillain: Akuta, when he's told to kill Kirk and his officers. He has no understanding of the immorality of murder; to him, it's simply "a thing to do, like feeding Vaal".


* DUmbassHasAPoint: Akuta, while not necessarily dumb - just naive and a product of extreme isolation, points out that Kirk's promise not to harm him ring hollow if you just ''struck in the face'' mere seconds before. So Kirk instead promises not to do it again.

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* DUmbassHasAPoint: DumbassHasAPoint: Akuta, while not necessarily dumb - just naive and a product of extreme isolation, points out that Kirk's promise not to harm him ring hollow if you just ''struck in the face'' mere seconds before. So Kirk instead promises not to do it again.



* TakingTheBullet: Spock shouts out a [[HoYay rather impassioned]] "Jim!" as he jumps between him and a spine slinging plant.

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* TakingTheBullet: Spock shouts out a [[HoYay rather impassioned]] "Jim!" as he jumps between him and a spine slinging spine-slinging plant.


* HalfwayPlotSwitch: It starts with a dangerous forest that the crew are trapped in, where Kirk quickly loses multiple crew members to. Then they find the people of Vaal, and the episode takes a sharp left turn into a discussion of the PrimeDirective.

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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: It starts with a dangerous forest that the crew are trapped in, where which Kirk quickly loses multiple crew members to. Then they find the people of Vaal, and the episode takes a sharp left turn into a discussion of the PrimeDirective.



* NotMyLuckyDay: It's just not Spock's day as he's shot by a poisonous plant, laughed at by natives, bounced off of a force field he didn't notice, pulled into a very... [[TheTalk awkward conversation]], struck by lightning, and in the end called Satan by Kirk and Bones.

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* NotMyLuckyDay: It's just not Spock's day day, as he's shot by a poisonous plant, [[TheComicallySerious laughed at by natives, natives,]] bounced off of a force field he didn't notice, pulled into a very... [[TheTalk awkward conversation]], struck by lightning, and in the end called Satan by Kirk and Bones.



* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The aliens are immortal, but in turn for stagnation and lack of choice. They do not create, or think or feel.

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Played with. The aliens people of Vaal are immortal, but in turn for stagnation and lack of choice. They do not create, or think or feel. The PowerTrio debate on whether this is a borderline-FateWorseThanDeath or not.

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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: It starts with a dangerous forest that the crew are trapped in, where Kirk quickly loses multiple crew members to. Then they find the people of Vaal, and the episode takes a sharp left turn into a discussion of the PrimeDirective.

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* CrisisCatchAndCarry: Kirk picks up Spock after he's been struck by lightning and carries him on his shoulders until he finds Dr. [=McCoy=] to take a look at the second-degree burns Spock received.


Another Redshirt bites the dust when a lightning bolt seems to strike at random. Yet another has the bad fortune to trip over an exploding rock. They have the feeling they're being watched and discover Akula, the local priest, who seems shocked that anyone would react violently towards him. Akula takes the remaining crew to his village, which seems to be a perfect Utopia, were it not for the social stagnation and sex being forbidden. All this is due to their worship of a strange god they cal "Vaal".

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Another Redshirt bites the dust when a lightning bolt seems to strike at random. Yet another has the bad fortune to trip over an exploding rock. They have the feeling they're being watched and discover Akula, Akuta, the local priest, who seems shocked that anyone would react violently towards him. Akula Akuta takes the remaining crew to his village, which seems to be a perfect Utopia, were it not for the social stagnation and sex being forbidden. All this is due to their worship of a strange god they cal call "Vaal".



* ActionGirl: Yeoman Martha Landon knows judo and is the only redshirt on the planet to get out of this episode alive.

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* ActionGirl: Yeoman Martha Landon knows judo and is the only redshirt on the planet to get out of this episode alive.[[note]]In David Gerrold's ''The World of Star Trek'', Nichelle Nichols spoke about confronting Roddenberry with portrayals of herself and other female crewmembers as clinging and helpless; that they would know all kinds of self-defense techniques and be able to take care of themselves.[[/note]]



* CargoCult: A misplaced AI has found its way on this planet and now the natives believe it's a god.

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* CargoCult: A misplaced AI has found its way on this planet and now the natives believe it's a god. Either that, or it's the remnant of an older, much more advanced civilization that has crumbled leaving the natives we see as the only survivors.

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* AbsenteeActor: Sulu and Uhura don't appear in this episode.


* AdHominem: By the episode's end with Vaal destroyed and the ''Enterprise'' free to depart, Spock points out that with their interference, everything that the plant's natives had (the environment, immortality, their cultural practices, and even their hospitality - basically everything that made it a "paradise") may not be sustained for very long by using the analogy of the [[Literature/TheBible Garden of Eden]]. Kirk asks Spock if he's suggesting that he played the role of Satan, and the latter insists that he isn't. Bones walks up and Kirk (jokingly) asks the two if there's anyone on board who bears a resemblance to Satan, with the two looking at Spock. Spock (perhaps obliviously or brushing off Kirk's ribbing) replies that there isn't. This doesn't address anything that Spock said, and was a blatant dig at Spock's looks.

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* AdHominem: By the episode's end with Vaal destroyed and the ''Enterprise'' free to depart, Spock points out that with their interference, everything that the plant's natives had (the environment, immortality, their cultural practices, and even their hospitality - basically everything that made it a "paradise") "paradise" may not be sustained for very long by using the analogy of the [[Literature/TheBible Garden of Eden]]. Kirk asks Spock if he's suggesting that he played the role of Satan, and the latter insists that he isn't. Bones walks up and Kirk (jokingly) asks the two if there's anyone on board who bears a resemblance to Satan, with the two looking at Spock. Spock (perhaps obliviously or brushing off Kirk's ribbing) replies that there isn't. This doesn't address anything that Spock said, and was a blatant dig at Spock's looks.

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* AdHominem: By the episode's end with Vaal destroyed and the ''Enterprise'' free to depart, Spock points out that with their interference, everything that the plant's natives had (the environment, immortality, their cultural practices, and even their hospitality - basically everything that made it a "paradise") may not be sustained for very long by using the analogy of the [[Literature/TheBible Garden of Eden]]. Kirk asks Spock if he's suggesting that he played the role of Satan, and the latter insists that he isn't. Bones walks up and Kirk (jokingly) asks the two if there's anyone on board who bears a resemblance to Satan, with the two looking at Spock. Spock (perhaps obliviously or brushing off Kirk's ribbing) replies that there isn't. This doesn't address anything that Spock said, and was a blatant dig at Spock's looks.


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* DUmbassHasAPoint: Akuta, while not necessarily dumb - just naive and a product of extreme isolation, points out that Kirk's promise not to harm him ring hollow if you just ''struck in the face'' mere seconds before. So Kirk instead promises not to do it again.

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** Kirk punches Akuta in the face, after the latter sneaks up on the Enterprise crew. He then right after tries to persuade him that he means him no harm. Even Akuta, as simple as he is, points out that Kirk had ''just struck him'' ten seconds before using that line.


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* PerfectPacifistPeople: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] with the aliens: They have lived for millenia, a simple yet sustainable diet, yet live in bamboo huts, and are (at least initially) very friendly. However, they are completely dependent on Vaal - the AI that they believe to be a god, have no idea how to express attraction to another (it's implied that they haven't even so much as ''shook hands'' with one another) because Vaal forbade it, and produce no children - partly because they don't need to...again because of Vaal. It's eventually subverted when Vaal teaches them how to kill - introducing (well, apart from Kirk punching Akuta) violence into the society.

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** This is all brought out in a 1987 Mike Carlin comic book, "[[https://www.cbr.com/1987-and-all-that-star-trek-43-45/ Return of the Serpent]]".

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* ContrivedCoincidence: The crew know nothing of Vaal, the computer that runs the world, yet despite the entire planet having a virtually constant climate they beam down within walking distance of Vaal.
** They can detect humanoid life with their sensors, so probably just picked the spot near the largest concentration.


* EverythingTryingToKillYou

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* EverythingTryingToKillYouEverythingTryingToKillYou: Scratch four {{Red Shirt}}s.



* ItsAllMyFault: Kirk blames himself for the RedShirt deaths.

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* ItsAllMyFault: Kirk blames himself for the RedShirt deaths.deaths because he was JustFollowingOrders.

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* ContinuityNod: [[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Spock is still very uncomfortable when it comes to]] TheTalk.

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