Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Star Trek TAS The Slaver Weapon.

Star Trek TAS The Slaver Weapon.
Writer: Larry Niven
First aired: 15th December 1973
Stardate: 4187.3
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?

Live long and Prosper, bloggies and trekkies.



Bill Nicholls said...

Spock seem to do things that defied logic

blogoratti said...

Good stuff, thanks for sharing!

M Pax said...

What a cool story and mystery. Quite deep for a cartoon.

Birgit said...

It is strange they wouldn't scan for life forms but then again, maybe it wasn't Spock, Sulu and Uhura but Larry, Moe and Curly. Love the cats and I wonder if you scratch them behind the ears it they would start to purr

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

After seeing Galaxy Quest, I have the same question - don't you people actually watch the show?

The Armchair Squid said...

You should join Maurice and me on Twitter next week! Tuesday at 5 pm, EDT. #StarTrekTAS

Fun episode.

Susan Kane said...

...and the part with Tim Allen and Segorney Weaver walking through the pendulum crushers...Who wrote this scene?!
Why wasn't there a G.Q. #2?

Maurice Mitchell said...

I probably would have opened the door, but those spacesuits are pretty handy. A great review and I can only bow to your superior summary skills my friend.

A Beer For The Shower said...

This is why I'm glad my cat doesn't have opposable thumbs. I just know she'd shoot me in the back with a laser gun.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I think Kahn said it best, "We are one big happy fleet. Raise our shields."
Or something like that. LOL

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