‘OPERATION: ANNIHILATE’ (TOS)
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In this season finale of Season 1 of ‘Star Trek’, Captain Kirk and his crew have to stop an infestation of parasites that is killing a Federation colony. Unfortunately, Spock gets attacked and infected by one parasite.
Spock undergoes extreme pain and goes on a rampage aboard the ship. Eventually, he manages to regain control and helps Kirk and Bones to find an answer on how to destroy the parasitic creatures.
This is a really gripping episode to end the first season of ‘The Original Series’. I liked how the tension is raised in this episode and how Kirk is anxious for the survival of many people like his friend Spock.
The setting for this episode is on a Federation colony called Deneva. The place itself looks like a hospital or a college for the exteriors when Kirk and his away team visit Deneva to discover trouble.
The people of Deneva seem to be on a rampage when Kirk and the others find them. They have clubs ready to attack, but they’re warning Kirk’s party to get away contradicting their violent actions.
This is also an episode where we get to meet some of Kirk’s family. Kirk has brother living on Deneva called Sam Kirk, played by William Shatner himself. Tragically though, he’s dead when Kirk finds him.
Fortunately they find Sam Kirk’s wife and son, Aurelan and Peter Kirk. But they’ve been affected by what has been going on Deneva, as they go through excruciating pain when the creatures attacked.
Joan Swift guest stars as Aurelan Kirk, Sam Kirk’s wife. I found it such a shock when Aurelan suddenly dies after she’s experienced so much pain whilst she is in bed in sick bay aboard the Enterprise ship.
Craig Hundley guest stars Peter Kirk, although he doesn’t speak in the episode as he’s comatose. Captain Kirk is concerned for his nephew, although we don’t know what happens to him at the end.
I was shocked and disturbed when Spock gets attacked by one of the parasitic creatures. He experiences pain like the others and he can’t control it when attempting to take over the Enterprise.
Seeing Spock go on a rampage on the Enterprise bridge was so shocking and unlike his character at all. Kirk and the bridge crew have to pin him down, before Bones injects Spock with his hypo-spray.
There’s a tense moment when Spock attempts to beam down to Deneva to collect one of the parasite creatures. Scotty manages to stop Spock from going, until he receives the captain’s orders.
Eventually Spock manages to get one of the parasite creatures to bring back to the Enterprise. However, during analysis and experimentation, they can’t find a way to destroy the creature forever.
But Kirk discovers, after seeing a Denevan on a ship going into a sun, that the way to kill the creature is through bright light. They try this experiment and it works. But will this work on a host like Spock?
Kirk and Bones try to use bright light on Spock to kill the creature infecting him on the back. Spock is cured, but it leaves him white blind which was unnecessary. Will Spock be able to get his sight again?
‘Operation: Annihilate!’ is a gripping ‘Star Trek’ episode to watch. I especially loved the camaraderie between Kirk, Spock and Bones in this episode, as the humour and banter between is so enjoyable.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 8 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 8 of the original DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there are the documentaries ‘The Birth of a Timeless Legacy’, ‘Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner’, ‘To Boldly Go…Season One’, ‘Reflections on Spock’, ‘Kiss ‘n’ Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century’ and ‘Sci-Fi Visionaries’. There’s also ‘Trekker Connections’, an interesting feature connecting original series actors to later incarnations of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise. There are also some Easter Eggs called ‘Red Shirt Logs’ and trailers for the DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’; ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ and ‘Star Trek: Voyager’.
On Disc 8 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there’s the documentary ‘Star Trek: Beyond The Final Frontier’, celebrating the 40th anniversary of ‘Star Trek’. There are also the documentaries ‘The Birth of a Timeless Legacy’ and ‘To Boldly Go…Season One’.
‘Operation: Annihilate!’ (TOS) rating – 7/10
‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’ DVD rating – 10/10
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