Spock, you’ve gotten into a bad habit as of late. Habit? Get it?
Episode: The Return of the Archons – Season 1, Episode 21 (1967)
Director: Joseph Pevney
Teleplay: Boris Sobelman
Story: Gene Roddenberry
The Enterprise drops by Beta III to find out what happened to the Archon, a ship that disappeared in the system almost a century before. Instead, in the tradition of tourists everywhere, Kirk and the gang perpetrate the greatest crime of all: violation of the Prime Directive!
The episode opens with Sulu on the surface with Lt. O’Neil (Sean Morgan), running from robed assailants on what looks like an empty Midwestern street. Because that’s what you do in a first contact situation: send your helmsman with some panicky NCO. It doesn’t take Miss Cleo to predict which one makes it back to the ship.
Women: amirite guys?
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Episode: The Man Trap – Season 1, Episode 1 (1966)
Director: Marc Daniels
Writer: George Clayton Johnson
After the metaphysical conundrums and moral seriousness of the two pilots, the viewing public was confronted with “The Man Trap.” It is our first exposure to the O.G. bizarre love triangle: Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), first officer Spock (Leonard Nemoy), and crotchety Chief Medical Officer Doctor Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley).
The Enterprise is dispatched to planet M-113 to administer routine medical examinations to xeno-archeologist Robert Crater (Alfred Ryder) and his wife, Nancy (Jeanne Bal). All three members of the landing party all see someone materially different when they first catch sight of Nancy, and soon various members of the crew die mysteriously via having the salt sucked from their bodies (through their faces!). Professor Crater’s wife is some kind of shapeshifting predator native to the planet – “The Last of Her Kind” – that has taken on the original Nancy Crater’s identity. Eventually McCoy is tasked with destroying the monster, made nearly impossible by his romantic past with the Nancy whose form the creature has usurped.