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* JustFollowingOrders: Averted; Kirk is angsting over his dead men, but Spock points out he's following Starfleet orders to investigate the planet. Kirk however points out that Starfleet allows him the discretion to modify those orders according to circumstances. This forshadows his later decision to break the PrimeDirective on [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight his own initiative]].

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* JustFollowingOrders: Averted; Kirk is angsting over his dead men, but Spock points out he's following Starfleet orders to investigate the planet. Kirk however points out that Starfleet allows him the discretion to modify those orders according to circumstances. This forshadows foreshadows his later decision to break the PrimeDirective on [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight his own initiative]].



** Averted with Chekov and Landon, who are seen HoldingHands and smooching whenever they have a private moment.


* {{Adorkable}}: Spock has a rare moment of it when asked his opinion on how the aliens breed when the need arises. He ''really'' doesn't want to talk about it.


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* NotSoAboveItAll: Spock has a rare moment of it when asked his opinion on how the aliens breed when the need arises. He ''really'' doesn't want to talk about it.


* ActionGirl: Yeoman Martha Landon knows judo (though this is likely to demonstrate [[IWasBeatenByAGirl how inept the Vaalians are at fighting]]) 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]]

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* ActionGirl: Yeoman Martha Landon knows judo (though this is likely to demonstrate [[IWasBeatenByAGirl how inept the Vaalians are at fighting]]) 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; helpless, thinking 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. 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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* 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 crumbled, leaving the natives we see as the only survivors.



* DawnAttack: Akuta tells the villagers to kill Strangers when the sun returns in the morning. However they're already awake by then, having gone to investigate when Spock realises the villagers have gone missing. Maples is the only one taken by surprise.

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* DawnAttack: Akuta tells the villagers to kill Strangers when the sun returns in the morning. However However, they're already awake by then, having gone to investigate when Spock realises the villagers have gone missing. Maples is the only one taken by surprise.



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



* FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow: Never interfere...unless the celibate natives run around in loinskins worshiping a papier-mache dinosaur head.

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* FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow: Never interfere... unless the celibate natives run around in loinskins worshiping a papier-mache dinosaur head.



* 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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* PerfectPacifistPeople: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] with the aliens: They have lived for millenia, eat a simple yet sustainable diet, yet live in bamboo huts, and are (at least initially) very friendly. However, they are completely dependent on Vaal - 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...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.


* FlowerInHerHair: The women of this planet wear lots of flowers in their hair. [[RealMenWearPink The men wear wrist corsages.]]

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* GallowsHumor: Kirk threatens to fire Scotty if he can't save the ship, and does so when his attempt to break out of orbit fails. In both cases, they're clearly making a grim joke to hide their horror at the situation.


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* KickChick: Landon does a high judo kick that verifies she's wearing [[PantyFighter regulation matching panties]] to go with her RedShirt.



* PantyFighter: Landon does a high judo kick that verifies she's wearing regulation matching panties to go with her RedShirt.


* TheTalk: When Landon asks how the aliens could figure out reproduction, Kirk foist the question on Spock who appears reluctant to discuss a basic biological process. Later when the natives ask Kirk directly, he just says they'll figure it out themselves.

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* TheTalk: When Landon asks how the aliens could figure out reproduction, Kirk foist foists the question on Spock who appears [[NotSoAboveItAll reluctant to discuss a basic biological process.process]]. Later when the natives ask Kirk directly, he just says they'll figure it out themselves.

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* AFatherToHisMen: Kirk angsts over his dead redshirts, and the decision to break the PrimeDirective is made a lot easier by Vaal trying to destroy the Enterprise as well.


* AttackAtDawn: Akuta tells the villagers to kill Strangers when the sun returns in the morning. However they're already awake by then, having gone to investigate when Spock realises the villagers have gone missing. Maples is the only one taken by surprise.


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* DawnAttack: Akuta tells the villagers to kill Strangers when the sun returns in the morning. However they're already awake by then, having gone to investigate when Spock realises the villagers have gone missing. Maples is the only one taken by surprise.

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* AttackAtDawn: Akuta tells the villagers to kill Strangers when the sun returns in the morning. However they're already awake by then, having gone to investigate when Spock realises the villagers have gone missing. Maples is the only one taken by surprise.


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* CutTheJuice: Enterprise fires on Vaal's forcefield with its phasers, while the others stop the Feeders of Vaal from bringing it more fuel. Having already used up a lot of power for its TractorBeam, Vaal is quickly drained.


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* DivertingPower: Scotty diverts everything except life support to the impulse engines, through he warns that it's [[ExplosiveOverclocking dangerous to do so]]. Unlike other examples in Trek where this is done with a push of the button, it takes eight hours to make the necessary modifications.


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* EyeLightsOut: How we know Vaal has been 'killed'. Justified as their attack involves draining its power.


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* JustFollowingOrders: Averted; Kirk is angsting over his dead men, but Spock points out he's following Starfleet orders to investigate the planet. Kirk however points out that Starfleet allows him the discretion to modify those orders according to circumstances. This forshadows his later decision to break the PrimeDirective on [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight his own initiative]].


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* ScottyTime: Averted when Scotty says it will take eight hours to divert power to the impulse engines. When the captain says that's cutting it a bit fine, Scotty points out that if they do fail to escape orbit [[GetItOverWith he'd rather it be over quickly]].


* IComeInPeace: Kirk is [[AFatherToHisMen angry because three of his men have been killed]], so when he sees a GiantMook lurking in the bushes spying on them he sneaks up and throws a mighty punch, only to be surprised when [[PerfectPacifistPeople Akuta bursts into tears]]. Kirk then changes tactics to this trope, promising not to strike Akuta again. He uses the line later on Vaal, who is not impressed.

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* IComeInPeace: Kirk is [[AFatherToHisMen angry because three of his men have been killed]], so when he sees a GiantMook lurking in the bushes spying on them he sneaks up and throws a mighty punch, only to be surprised when [[PerfectPacifistPeople Akuta bursts into tears]]. Kirk then changes tactics to this trope, promising not to strike Akuta again. He uses the line later on Vaal, who is not impressed.tries to assure Vaal of his peaceful intentions too, to no avail.


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* ItCanThink: DramaticThunder rumbles the moment Kirk and Spock try to slip past the forcefield while Vaal is being 'fed'. They quickly back off.
-->'''Spock:''' This is no ordinary machine, Captain. It may well possess a rudimentary intelligence.

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* InformedAttribute: Spock is impressed with the "very high order of workmanship" involved in the giant paper Mache CaveMouth.

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* HesDeadJim: Played straight with Hendorff, which makes it incongruous when Bones injects Spock with a massive dose of antitoxin after he receives the same injury.


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* TheSquadette: Landon is the only female member to beam down.


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* WeatherManipulation: Vaal can instantly create storms out of sunny skies and direct bolts of lightning.

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** Averted with Chekov and Landon, who are seen HoldingHands and smooching whenever they have a private moment.

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