‘AMOK TIME’ (TOS)
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Here in this episode of Season 2 of ‘Star Trek’, we have a Spock story. This develops more on Spock’s character and on the Vulcan people. Leonard Nimoy delivers a brilliant performance as Spock in this!
Spock gets bad-tempered, stressed out and unable to control his emotions in this episode. He’s goes through the pon’farr, a mating ritual that male Vulcans go through in a certain period of seven years.
Spock insists that Captain Kirk gets him to Vulcan so he can return to mate with his wife and be married. Kirk agrees and we visit the planet Vulcan for the first time in the original ‘Star Trek’ series.
During the ‘wedding’ on Vulcan, T’Pring, Spock’s potential wife, demands a challenge to death for Spock. She chooses Kirk as her champion. It could mean the eventual death of either Kirk or Spock.
The episode’s guest cast includes Ceila Lovsky as T’Pau, a highly respected member of Vulcan society. T’Pau is an interesting character when upholding the traditions of the Vulcan people strictly.
Arlene Martel guest stars as T’Pring, Spock’s bride-to-be. T’Pring is a beautiful Vulcan princess, pledged to be married to Spock since childhood. Although she’s lovely, she’s also cold and so logical.
Lawrence Montaigne guest stars as Stonn, a pure-blooded Vulcan who is T’Pring’s lover. Stonn protests when T’Pring chooses Kirk as her champion against Spock, as it should be him against Spock.
It was interesting to see how unstable Spock was during the episode. All the emotions contained within him have suddenly come to the fore and he refuses to explain to Kirk what’s wrong with him.
Also Spock keeps changing course when the Enterprise is meant to go to Altair VI instead of Vulcan. First they go to Vulcan, then they go to Altair, then they go to Vulcan again, then to Altair and so on.
It should be noted that Season 2 of ‘Star Trek’ introduces Walter Koenig as Ensign Pavel Chekov, the ship’s navigator in the series. Chekov is this young Russian crewman aboard the starship Enterprise.
There are also some Vulcan motifs introduced in this ‘Star Trek’ episode. As well as pon’farr, there’s also the Vulcan hand salute which is a V sign with two fingers. I can do the Vulcan salute myself too!
I found it interesting how Spock gradually explains to Kirk about what pon’farr is about and how important it is for him to return to Vulcan. The pon’farr is this essential thing for male Vulcans in life.
Just to say for the re-mastered episode, there’s a brand new CGI effects exterior landscape shot for the meeting place of the wedding ceremony on Vulcan. I was so impressed by this new effects shot.
The combat scene between Kirk and Spock on Vulcan is really intense. I was anxious for Kirk when Spock was too powerful for him during the fight. I was so convinced that Spock killed Kirk in the end.
I liked how this episode ends with Kirk demanding an explanation from T’Pring and then saying farewell to T’Pau, regretting that he has killed his captain and friend. But is Kirk really dead after all?
‘Amok Time’ is a really good ‘Star Trek’ episode that delves deeper into more about the Vulcans and their ways. It’s a great one for Spock and I like how his character develops even when it gets tense.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 1 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
On Disc 1 of the original DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2’, there’s a text commentary on this episode by Michael and Denise Okuda.
‘Amok Time’ (TOS) rating – 8/10
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