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This ‘Star Trek’ episode has Kirk facing an alien intelligence he encountered once before. This is a gaseous cloud like-being that kills by draining the life out of anyone and turn them white as a sheet.
This was an interesting episode to watch from the series. The episode itself is not mainly on the cloud-like alien being. It focuses on Captain Kirk’s obsession with the alien and to have it destroyed.
Kirk faced this cloud-like alien when he was a young lieutenant aboard the starship Farragut under Captain Garrovick. During a mission, the cloud being killed all but one member of the Farragut crew.
The cloud-like alien feeds on the red blood cells of humans when making its attack on them. The first signs of its approach are that it has a strange sickly odour which is like honey which Kirk remembers.
Kirk survived the ordeal, but he blames himself as he wished he could’ve prevented the deaths of the Farragut crew. His self-pity and guilt leads to his obsession to kill the alien cloud once and for all.
This of course prevents Kirk from following his orders to meet up with the Yorktown starship to deliver medical supplies. Kirk’s obsession makes him sharp and dismissive of everyone’s concerns with him.
This episode features Stephen Brooks as Ensign Garrovick, the new security officer aboard the Enterprise. Ensign Garrovick is the son of Captain Garrovick who Captain Kirk served on the Farragut.
During a mission on the planet Theta VII to destroy the alien creature, Ensign Garrovick hesitates to fire on it with his phaser. This causes the death of one of his fellow men and one to be incapacitated.
Kirk becomes hard on Ensign Garrovick when he hears that he hesitated on firing the alien creature. Garrovick is confined to quarters and relieved of duty by Captain Kirk. It puts him down really badly.
I liked Garrovick’s journey in this ‘Star Trek’ episode. It would have been nice if he had been a semi-regular in the series. It seems like this was his only ‘Star Trek’ episode and he was a good character.
Spock and Bones notice Kirk’s obsession of killing the cloud creature getting the better of him. They both raise their concerns to Kirk in a professional manner and to make him see reason of his actions.
I liked it when in the episode Spock visits Garrovick in his quarters to not make him feel bad about himself. It’s at that moment the cloud creature manages to get inside through the ventilation shaft.
Spock manages to hold the cloud creature back and it doesn’t kill him since it doesn’t like his green Vulcan blood. This gives Kirk a clue on how to defeat the alien creature as he remembers something.
Kirk also comes to accept the fact that neither he nor Ensign Garrovick could have done anything to stop the creature. He soon orders Garrovick to return to duty to help him defeat the cloud creature.
Kirk and Garrovick soon end up on the fourth planet in the Tycho system and use an anti-matter bomb to destroy the creature. It gets very tense when the alien creature approaches closer to them.
‘Obsession’ is a gripping and tense ‘Star Trek’ episode from the series. It was interesting to explore Kirk’s obsession with destroying the creature, as it is born out of his guilt from not killing it years ago.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 4 of both the original and the re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘Obsession’ (TOS) rating – 7/10
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