‘Is There In Truth No Beauty?’ (TOS) (TV)

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This is a very interesting and mind-boggling ‘Star Trek’ episode to watch from ‘The Original Series’. I enjoyed this one as this features the second appearance of Diana Muldaur in the original ‘Star Trek’.

In this episode, the Enterprise escorts an alien ambassador to the Federation to engage trade negotiations. But on the way, the Enterprise soon ends up in a void after someone becomes insane.

The Enterprise crew need the ambassador’s help in order to get out of the void. Spock allows the ambassador to use his bodies. Will it cause Spock to go insane afterwards and will he eventually die?

This episode is interesting as the alien ambassador is inside a box. The ambassador is called Kollos and is one of the Medusans, which is an alien race that is energy-based and claimed beautiful inside.

But for external appearances, Kollos can make people go insane when they see him. This was really a flashing green light emanating from the box. Humans react in pain when they see him unprotected.

As I said before, this is Diana Muldaur’s second appearance in ‘Star Trek’ as she plays Dr. Miranda Jones, who is Kollos’ beautiful assistant in this episode. Diana’s performance stands out for me in this episode.

Diana made her first appearance in ‘Star Trek’ as Dr. Ann Mulhall in ‘Return to Tomorrow’. She would later return to the ‘Star Trek’ series as Dr. Pulaski during the second season of ‘The Next Generation’.

In this episode, Dr. Miranda Jones is someone who can communicate with Kollos telepathically since she studied on Vulcan. She shares some lovely and interesting scenes with Leonard Nimoy as Spock.

It soon transpires that Miranda is also blind and tries to conceal it by wearing sensors on her clothes. She’s also sacrificed her subjection to emotions as she is determined to serve Kollos as her assistant.

It was interesting to see how Miranda interacts with Kirk, Spock and Bones as they try to persuade her to let Kollos help them with getting the Enterprise out of the void. She is very unwilling to agree.

This episode also guest stars David Frankham as Larry Marvick, who happens to be one of the Enterprise’s designer. Interesting! And he’s also with Dr. Miranda Jones and Kollos on board the ship.

It transpires that Marvick is in love with Miranda, but she refuses to have anything to do with him. Marvick soon intends to kill Kollos, but he does this unprotected and looks into him with naked eyes.

Marvick goes mad and attempts to sabotage the Enterprise. He sets the Enterprise off at high warp-speed and into the void via the engine room, fighting off Scotty and engineers through the process.

Eventually, Spock makes contact with Kollos with red visor over his eyes first to let him take over his body. Kollos takes Spock’s body and guides the Enterprise back out from the void into deep space.

I liked Leonard Nimoy’s performance in this episode, especially when he’s Kollos. It’s not an over-the-top emotional performance as Kollos and there’s still traces of Spock in him which is interesting.

When Spock stares into the box to put Kollos back in; he looks into it unprotected without his visor. Spock soon goes mad and he fights everyone on the bridge before Kirk stuns him out with a phaser.

‘Is There In Truth No Beauty?’ is a fine ‘Star Trek’ episode to see! I enjoyed Diana Muldaur’s second contribution to ‘Star Trek’ and it was enjoyable to see Spock with an alien ambassador inside of him.

The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 2 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.

‘Is There In Truth No Beauty?’ (TOS) rating – 8/10

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