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In this episode, the Enterprise arrives on planet that is an exact duplicate of the Earth. Captain Kirk; Mr. Spock; Dr. McCoy and Yeoman Rand transport down to the planet’s surface to find it is deserted.
Eventually, they soon discover the population has been reduced to children and all the adults have died out. They seek the help of a young girl called Miri who helps to save them from a deadly plague.
I enjoyed this ‘Star Trek’ episode. Again, it’s not one of my favourites, but I found it interesting when the Enterprise crew discover an Earth-like planet and find only children there with a horrible plague.
It was interesting how things get uncovered during the events of this episode, and how Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Janice Rand solve the situation one step at time. Very soon, this begins to go out of hand.
The away team led by Kirk soon find a young girl named Miri who becomes terrified of them at first when she meets them. They soon learn more from Miri in order to find out more on what’s going on.
Kim Darby guest stars as Miri, the young girl who is the star of her show in this episode. Miri gradually takes a liking to Kirk when he befriends her and begins to trust him when he speaks to her.
Miri is also someone who Kirk and the others realise is becoming a young woman and not a child anymore. This is made clear as Miri start to form a crush on Kirk during the events of this TV episode.
The horrific aspect of this episode is in the form of this deadly plague that begins to infect Kirk and the others. It’s like a blue blight that appears on your skin and makes you angry and short-tempered.
As Kirk and the others try to find a cure to this disease that’s beginning to affect them, they lose self-control of their tempers. This occurs when both Kirk and McCoy grow so impatient with each other.
The other kids that appear in this episode are like a gang of wild animals who are hyper and aggressive. They don’t trust the ‘grups’ (the grownups) and they’re led by Michael J. Pollard as Jahn.
Grace Lee Whitney makes another appearance as Yeoman Janice Rand in this episode. I was very pleased to see Janice in this episode and to see her taking part during an away mission on the planet.
Janice gets to speak and contribute to the discussions about how to solve the situation with Kirk, Spock and Bones. There’s also an interesting and emotional between Janice and Kirk in the episode.
The kids steal the communicators from the Enterprise away team and even take Janice hostage for Miri’s sake. Kirk has to find a way to get the communicators and to rescue Janice. Will Miri help him?
I found that climatic scene where Kirk tries to reason with the unruly kids very gripping to watch. The kids are very hyper-active in that scene and I wondered how Kirk would be get them to listen to him.
Eventually, the cure is found but Spock is unwilling to test it without proper computer information. Bones however gets impatient and uses the cure on himself. Will Bones survive to see another day?
‘Miri’ is a very interesting and enjoyable ‘Star Trek’ episode. It’s not a favourite, but I enjoyed the performances of the cast in this one and wondered how our heroes would survive all of the dangers.
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 1’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
On Disc 2 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there’s the documentary ‘Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner’.
‘Miri’ (TOS) rating – 6/10
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