Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Star Trek TAS "The Magicks of Megas-Tu"

"The Magicks of Megas-Tu"
Stardate: 1254.4
Aire Date: 27th October, 1973.
Season 1 episode 8

S is for Satan but who is he? Today I'm sling shooting two Superfests into one Satanfest!

 While on a mission an energy vortex catches the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 offguard, catapulting her through the centre of the universe. Out of thin air a devil man/beast appears calling himself "Lucien." Hes nice and friendly and pretty much not what you'd expect to see from a "strong villain" in Star Trek.

Meaningless navigational co-ordinates, dead subspace frequencies, failing life supports systems, frozen chronometers, lack of oxygen and insufficient warpcore power to the engines are but a few little snafu's cursing Captain Kirk's ship. Lucien, far from looking harmless waves his hands around and saves the ship from danger. When he speaks, Lucien's smiling and friendly and happy to see the humans. (Illogical, illogical, does not compute!!! Error, error!!!)

LUCIEN: Ah, humans. Lovely primitive humans. Can't you do anything right?
KIRK: Fighting for air, Captain Kirk gasps the words "please."
LUCIEN: Of course, friend. Of course. Rhadamanthus!
(The Enterprise is now in normal looking space above a pink and red striped planet)
LUCIEN: Everything is working, my friends.
SPOCK: It cannot. It is not logical.
LUCIEN: Logic? Whose logic, my elfin friend?
MCCOY: Look around you, Spock. Everything is working.
LUCIEN: Welcome! I knew eventually humans would come searching for me.
KIRK: Who are you?
LUCIEN: Call me Lucien! Call me friend! Never could I abandon those who come to rollick with me. But not up here. No, no. Let us leave this vessel and go where true delights lie!
(Lucien, Kirk, Spock and McCoy vanish, leaving Uhura, Sulu and Arex open-mouthed)

Lucien explains the power of human imagination acts like magic in this dimension. However all is not what it seems. Long story short, the magic homeworld of Megas Tu has an axe to grind with Earthers. The fun begins when Megas Tu natives become angry at Lucien for schlepping "Evil" Earthers about their tropical paradise and put everyone including Lucifer on trial for witchery.

So now the Enterprise crew must suffer or prove Lucien is worth saving! Would you defend Satan? Do you think Lucien is worth defending? Is Lucien a good or bad villain?

Lucien Long and Prosper, trekkers.


Jeremy [Retro] said...

that episode was crazy, I sort of remember it... I just thought wow he is trying to be good and bad. Is he worth defending, in modern court systems... sadly yes!


The Armchair Squid said...

The fact that Kirk is willing to defend him speaks volumes as to the moral landscape of the show. Kirk is virtuous in his decision, I think. I doubt this episode could make it in a kids' TV slot today and that's too bad.

Tony Laplume said...

Silly episode.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Such an odd addition to a science fiction story.

SpacerGuy said...

Perhaps we're just too superstitious as humans to accept magic as normal. Fair play to the writer, Larry Brody for trying to tackle the unknown.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Wow! Sometimes we accept things because it's there.

Oh and I would NOT defend Satan.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Remember Ardra from TNG? She claimed to be the Devil too.

M Pax said...

Love the image of our heroes in the stocks. Reminds me a bit of Q.

Birgit said...

I wonder if this character was a precursor to Q? He seems like a lovable evil guy:)

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Read some of the books which were great but never seen the comic.

Susan Kane said...

Alex is correct--odd show. I woudn't defend him, though.

SpacerGuy said...

Star Trek gives fans a level of excitement everyone can enjoy, Chrys.

Jo said...

Sometimes the Enterprise crew were too good to be true. I understand the author didn't like too much divergence from his ideas. I think I might have seen this episode but I'm not sure. Guess I need to go back in time and watch them all again.

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