Star Trek TAS The Slaver Weapon.
Writer: Larry Niven
First aired: 15th December 1973
Season 1 Episode 14
|What, are you out of your Vulcan mind?|
No Phasers on stun?
In Star Trek's "The Slaver Weapon" wild catlike, talking, walking creatures ambush the shuttlecraft Copernicus. The Kzinti alien skipper aka "Chuft Captain" plan was so simple, I'm amazed Commander Spock's away mission walked right into it.
The story begins with the Copernicus Shuttlecrew Spock, Uhura and Sulu transporting a "stasis box" to Starbase 25. Wikipedia defines "Deus ex machina" as a seemingly unsolvable problem, suddenly and abruptly resolved by the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability or object which sums up the Copernicus cargo in a nutshell.
Long ago Slavers created stasis boxes to ship military top secret stuff in a device where time stands still. The enigma deepens when Spock decides to investigate the Beta Lyrae System using his glowing slaver box as a homing beacon. When the Copernicus shuttlecraft lands on a nearby ice planet, we soon learn why Chuft Captain's posse of wildcats are lurking in the shadows.
CHUFT CAPTAIN: We have the female prisoner. Will you bargain or must we take harsh action?
Warlike aliens, stasis boxes, dampening technology, mind-probes, explosions, a suspicious computer requesting code words, hand to hand combat and alien mischief all add up to one thing. A Deus ex machina ending with a big bang.
Why didn't Spock scan for lifeforms on the Beta iceworld before opening the shuttles airlock?
What about oxygen? Remember Guy Fleegman in Galaxy Quest? HEY! Don't open that! It's an alien planet! Is here air? You don't know!
What would you have done?
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