‘REQUIEM FOR METHUSELAH’ (TOS)
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I’m afraid this ‘Star Trek’ episode didn’t work for me. It has an interesting concept throughout the story, but I wasn’t happy with the ending and it was a rather over-soppy love story for Captain Kirk.
The Enterprise visits the planet Holberg 917-G in search for the mineral Ryetalyn. The crew has recently been struck with a deadly Rigellian Fever and they need the Ryetalyn to manufacture a cure.
Kirk, Spock and Bones beam down to the planet in order to find the Ryetalyn. They then get attacked by this robotic drone being controlled by its master Flint, who is an old man living on Holberg 917-G.
Flint tells Kirk, Spock and Bones to leave his planet since they’re trespassing. The ‘Star Trek’ trio plead with Flint to let them get the Ryetalyn they want. Flint seems unwilling to grant them their requests.
But eventually, Flint agrees and allows the ‘Star Trek’ trio to get what they want within two hours and with any help they need. He also invites them to be guests for dinner at his home on the planet.
Flint’s house is like a palace and this surprises Kirk, Spock and Bones. They see an array of various artefacts of Earth’s past such as paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and musical compositions by Brahms.
They also meet a beautiful woman called Rayna Kapec, who happens to be Flint’s ward on the planet. Rayna becomes curious about the ‘Star Trek’ trio when they have come to visit her and Flint.
Louise Sorel guest stars as Rayna Kapec. Rayna is very beautiful and she easily catches the attention of Captain Kirk. Rayna is very talented in many arts as she has been taught by Flint over these years.
She’s also a very good dancer and Rayna and Kirk dance together whilst Spock plays at the piano. Soon, Kirk and Rayna find themselves falling in love with each other and it’s a new experience for her.
James Daly guest stars as Flint in this episode. Flint’s an unusual character, since he seems to be delaying the ‘Star Trek’ trio’s attempts to acquire the Ryetalyn as he uses them for some experiment.
It turns out that Flint is an amalgamation of various people including da Vinci, Brahms, Solomon, Alexander, Lazarus, Methuselah, Merlin, etc. Somehow I found this rather difficult to believe really.
It also transpires that Rayna isn’t a real person at all. She’s actually an android. It seems that Kirk has been used by Flint in order to arouse the emotions within Rayna so that she can fall in love with him.
Despite being used, Kirk still feels himself in love with Rayna. I also found this hard to swallow, since I wonder how Kirk can fall in love with a woman who’s not real and that they’ve only met for the first time.
Soon Kirk and Flint fight each other over the woman they love, but Rayna demands them to stop as she chooses for herself who she loves. But it soon ends up with Rayna killing herself in the process.
This is an episode with a plot that seems rather far-fetched. Kirk is devastated as he grieves over Rayna’s death at the story’s end. Spock soon makes Kirk forget Rayna using a Vulcan mind-meld on him.
‘Requiem For Methuselah’ isn’t one of my favourite ‘Star Trek’ episodes, It’s a love story for Kirk that seems far-fetched with the woman turning out to be android and Rayna soon killing herself at the end.
But this ‘Star Trek’ episode did help to inspire me with writing one of my fan-fiction ‘Doctor Who’ Short Trips called ‘Brian and Heart’ with Zoe. So I suppose this episode did have an impact on me then.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 5 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘Requiem For Methuselah’ (TOS) rating – 4/10
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