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  • The Enterprise crew are in fine form in "One of Our Planets is Missing."
    • With systems on the verge of failure thanks to lack of fuel for the matter/antimatter engines, Scotty comes up with an idea to use part of the creature's antimatter villi and a piece of the planet it consumed to repower the engines. Kirk himself praises his chief engineer for giving the ship and Mantilles a chance to live.
    • Spock and Uhura manage to MacGyver a way to communicate with the space cloud, despite the difficulties imposed by the cloud's antimatter composition and huge size. This ends up saving the day without bloodshed when Spock tells the creature that it is about to consume a planet of living beings.
  • In "The Lorelei Signal", Uhura gets to command the ship, and does a great job. Sure, it's only because all the men are incapacitated, but it's still a big step up after the NBC execs refused a script from the original series where it happened because "no one will believe her in command."
  • "Yesteryear": Young Spock prematurely does the kahs-wan ordeal, and I-Chaya follows him despite his orders. The thing is, I-Chaya is very old for a sehlat, and not really conditioned to deal with long periods of work... yet despite this, he follows Young!Spock into the desert anyway. And when his master is being threatened by a le-matya, he runs up and bowls it over, snarling fiercely as he battles the younger, stronger predator without fear. He goes down rather quick and sustains a grievous wound, but this effort allowed the time travelling Adult!Spock to get close and instantly nerve-pinch the le-matya's neck.
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    • And in addition, he doesn't show how affected he was by said wound until he had no other choice but to collapse. Talk about determination.
    • In a meta moment of awesome, "Yesteryear" is considered the best animated episode and the only one Roddenberry considered making canon.
  • "Albatross": Spock comes to break McCoy out of prison. Most people would take that and run, but the good doctor insists on staying until he finds out if he was responsible for a devastating plague on the planet, even if inadvertently. It doesn't last once Spock informs him that the crew are dying of that same plague and need a cure, but it really proves how good the doctor is.
  • The ending of "The Pirates of Orion." The Enterprise has chased down an Orion ship which stole the medicine that they need for Spock and attacked the freighter crew who were carrying it. The Orions know they're caught, and the captain plans to blow his own ship and the Enterprise to pieces to protect the Orion image of "neutrality." But Kirk has no intention of letting it happen. Yelling to Scotty to activate the transporter, he pins the other captain and holds him until they are beamed up. The Orion captain tries to commit suicide, but two random redshirts grab him and prevent it. The Enterprise crew not only saves Spock, but also blows the Orions' cover. Not a bad day for a single starship.
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