Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Naked Time

This episode plays like a soap opera.

Some sort of virus is picked up that acts to the crew members of the Enterprise like alcohol. It lowers their inhibitions, revealing shocking new versions of our fine crew.

The ending of the episode (dealing with the Enterprise reversing time, Superman style) is as sensational as seeing Sulu hop around without his shirt off, or Spock crying.

I recommend it for the sheer interest in seeing these characters in a different light, even if the situation is admittedly not earned and offers no other merit worth mentioning.

Stay tuned tomorrow for "Charlie X."


  1. Observation. Interesting you mention Spock crying, because it occurred to me recently that the extreme stoicism inherent in the species and the consequential rigidity of their movements (even when they are in “relaxed” social situations), is often broken ever so slightly when they are offering their profound logical opinions to others, with eyes half mast, deep in that delicious Vulcan stare. How is this typical behavior broken you might ask if you are bored? Do you ever notice that Vulcans get a little shaky on their feet when they are taxing out the analytical resources of their minds? It’s become a treat to watch them tilt a bit from side to side as they speak, trying to stay straight up as a mast and expressionless. A treat. Although, since Spock is half human, I can assume he could handle Vulcan logical sea-sickness more so than the purebloods of his kind and subsequently, the extreme dizziness that must have overcome him when he started buckling under human emotions. Unless of course he was crying while holding onto the ship’s wall or something for support.

  2. Interesting ideas on the Vulcan temperament. As I just mentioned in my "Charlie X" breakdown, it seems as if it's beginning to be depicted as more of a "channeling" of emotion, rather than a "supression", if that makes sense. It's great to watch Nimoy and the writers figure out exactly which aspects of Spock are most effective.