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Recap / Star Trek S1 E16 "The Galileo Seven"

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Don't be fooled, the ones wearing red shirts aren't going to die.
The Enterprise is on their way to Makus III with medical supplies when they come across Murasaki 312, a quasar-like formation. Much to the objection of Galactic High Commissioner Ferris, Kirk sends a party to investigate. After all, there might be a planet of space babes out there! (There is, Jim, but you'd probably get lost inside one!)

The electrical interference started getting rough. The tiny shuttle was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew the Galileo would be lost. The Galileo would be lost. The ship set ground on the shore of this lone planet Taurus II. With Mr. Spock! The Doctor too! The Engineer! And Boma! The Yeoman! And the rest! Are here on Taurus II!

Now, how are they gonna get off?

The Galileo Tropes:

  • All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: Giant alien cavemen threatening a shuttlecraft.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: Galactic High Commissioner Ferris is fond of nagging Kirk, reminding him that they may have to abandon search for the Galileo. In fairness, he was worried about people dying of a plague on Makus III, but that still didn't stop him from being a total Jerkass and even seeming to relish news of the shuttle and all hands being lost.
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  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted! Lt. Boma makes it out of here alive! Which means he gets to keep being a jerk the whole episode!
  • Blunt "Yes": Kirk tells Spock he is a stubborn man. Spock replies "Yes, sir."
  • Bothering by the Book: When Ferris orders Kirk to leave orbit and set course for Makus III, he does... at "space-normal speed" rather than warp, while continuing to scan the planet as the ship slowly pulls away from it.
  • Boulder Bludgeon: While the crew of the shuttle craft is trapped on a primitive planet, they are attacked by giant cavemen-like humanoids.
    • One of the cavemen uses a boulder to pound on the shuttlecraft.
    • During a funeral ceremony, one of the cavemen throws a boulder at Spock, pinning him to the ground.
  • Broken Aesop: See Straw Vulcan. Spock's method for getting the Enterprise's attention is mocked for being an emotional response, despite being completely logical as the only ghost of a chance they had.
  • Captain Obvious: Mears' only purpose seems to be pointing out the obvious like "It's getting hot in here!" when the shuttle starts smoking.
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  • Cold Equation: When the shuttlecraft Galileo crash lands on a planet, it loses so much fuel that it can't even reach stable orbit unless they lighten their load by 500 lbs. It's immediately pointed out that 500 lbs. is the weight of three men. Two of the crew die while on the planet, and they eventually take off and achieve orbit. Unfortunately they had to use the boosters to do so, so they're guaranteed to burn up on re-entry.
  • Due to the Dead: Spock sees no logic in this. He concerns himself more with repairing the Galileo than attending the service for Latimer and orders that no more than 8 minutes be spent on burying Gaetano. That's barely enough time to hold hands and sing "One Sweet Day"!
  • Emotions vs. Stoicism: A major theme of this episode.
    Bones: Mister Spock, life and death are seldom logical.
    Spock: But attaining a desired goal always is, doctor.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: They carry it on fairly long, seeming to wind down and then start up again after a point, as if they only just realized it was taking longer than normal.
  • The Great Repair: An Enterprise shuttlecraft is pulled off course and crashes on an unknown planet. The crew is repeatedly attacked by primitive humanoids and there's dissent over Commander Spock's decisions while Scotty attempts to repair the shuttle.
  • Ironic Name: In both the original and remastered versions, Murasaki 312 is portrayed as bright green. "Murasaki" happens to be Japanese for "purple".
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Spock tries to deny his rescue for this reason.
  • MacGyvering: Scotty gets a shuttle to run on the energy from phaser weapons because he's that awesome.
  • Mildly Military: It's been noted that the shuttlecraft characters were being grossly insubordinate to Spock and the one of the few moves done that was in the spirit of a proper military mindset is his fuel igniting stunt at the end, considering it was a worthwhile option given the situation.
    • In a follow-up novel (non-canon though), Boma was court-martialed for his insubordination. The charges were brought by McCoy and Scotty, not Spock.
    • Charges may not have been necessary if McCoy had reprimanded Lt. Boma after his derisive comment about Spock's brain (no not that one), instead of condoning and/or supporting it.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Kirk! A shuttlecraft carrying seven crewmen including your first officer, chief medical officer and head engineer has just disappeared into a quasar-like formation! Whaddya do? Why, have a cup of coffee, of course! Even offer a cuppa to the Galactic High Commissioner!
  • The Needs of the Many: Spock and Ferris both take this philosophy seriously.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: During an attack by aliens Spock is pinned by a boulder. He orders the other Enterprise crewmen to go back to the shuttlecraft and lift off. They refuse and manage to free him, getting everyone to the shuttle safely. While the delay means they have to use the shuttlecraft's boosters to escape, apparently dooming it to be destroyed in re-entry, Spock is the one who comes up with the lifesaving bright idea that enables them to be rescued.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: We never get a good look at who or what is hunting the Galileo crew, only a few brief shots. We do see their shields and spears, revealing they are huge, and we hear a rasping sound whenever they’re in the vicinity.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Ferris.
  • Ominous Fog: In the mountains that Lt. Latimer and Lt. Gaetano explore, just before Latimer takes a giant spear to the back. Doubles as discretion fog later when Latimer is lying on the ground, presumably looking like a guy who took a giant spear to the back.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The stress of his first command is really getting to Spock. Why, he has to raise his voice!
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Eighteen foot tall Neanderthals.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: How Spock carries Gaetano.
  • Pacifism Backfire: Spock tries to scare away the natives with a barrage of phaser fire near but not directly at them. Instead of intimidating them, this angers them into directly attacking the shuttle.
  • Red Shirt: Gaetano and Latimer wear yellow, but they’re still treated the same way as they perish at the hands of the creature.
  • No Sense of Mass: The image on the main screen was clearly of an artist's rendition of a quasar. Today, we know that a quasar is the super-massive black hole at the center of a very young galaxy, spewing enormous amounts of energy as material falls into it. The implications are either of a galaxy-like phenomenon within a galaxy (?!), or that the Enterprise was at the far reaches of the universe studying a quasar with a very, very small number of worlds therein. Fixed somewhat with the remastered effects to look like one, at least.
    • Kirk, does state, in his log, that Murasaki 312 is a quasar-like formation, not an actual quasar.
  • Sickly Green Glow: The Murasaki 312 object is a glowing green cloud, in both the original and the new special effects.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Spock and Bones as they attempt to leave the planet. "Mister Spock, remind me to tell you that I'm sick and tired of your logic." says Bones. "That is a most illogical attitude." replies Spock. When Spock admits to making a mistake, Bones snipes with "Well, at least I lived long enough to hear that." Boma gets in on the act by telling Spock that he admires his decision making abilities. Stressful situations like these bring out the snark in everyone. (Except for Mears, who's just there to be eye candy.)
  • Space Does Not Work That Way: Once in orbit, it does not take a whole lot of energy to remain there. Not even the orbit of a pebble around a super-massive black hole will decay that fast.
    • Although Trek tends to play fast and loose with both physics and terminology, and it's perfectly possible the Galileo achieved altitude enough to clear the atmosphere while still being below actual orbital velocity, meaning what they've achieved is a "hop into space" and will be coming right back down again.
  • Straw Vulcan: Mr. Spock, of course. Spock determines that a display of superior force will logically frighten away these aliens while the crew make repairs to the shuttle. Instead, as Bones points out, the aliens have an emotional reaction and become angry and attack, something Spock did not anticipate. In the end, Spock's desperate act of igniting the fuel from the shuttle to create a beacon proves to be the correct action since it gets the attention of the Enterprise and allows for a rescue. When called on this "emotional" act, Spock replies that the only logical course of action in that instance was one of desperation.
  • Streaming Stars: Rushing past the Enterprise when it's in orbit around a planet.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Yeoman Meares fills the role meant for Yeoman Rand.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Based on the 1939 film ''Five Came Back'' Recycled IN SPACE!


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