‘THE IMMUNITY SYNDROME’ (TOS)
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‘The Immunity Syndrome’ is a fascinating, tense ‘Star Trek’ episode! The Enterprise enters a dark hole in space until they encounter a gigantic single-cell organism that feeds off energy from the ship.
This ‘Star Trek’ episode put me in mind of all those Biology lessons I had to learn for my GCSE exams. It certainly helped me with understanding single cells in human bodies and how they work in detail.
The episode starts with the Enterprise losing contact with the Vulcan ship called the Intrepid. Spock, through his half-Vulcan essence, senses the death of the Interprid and all of the Vulcans on board it.
Very soon, the Enterprise crew discovers that the colonies in the Gamma 7A system have been wiped out. Ordered by Starfleet, the Enterprise is sent off to Sector 39J to investigate this mystery.
The Enterprise then discovers a dark hole in space with no stars inside. Eventually, the Enterprise gets pulled into the dark hole and the stars are gone when they see the view-screen’s totally black.
I found the idea of the Enterprise journeying through dark space rather terrifying to watch in this episode. It certainly terrifies Kirk and the Enterprise crew and I wondered how they were to get out.
Very soon, it transpires that it’s not the Enterprise ship that’s being drained of power, but also the Enterprise crew. Bones gives the crew stimulants in order to stay awake and not go out unconscious.
Eventually, the Enterprise ship sees before them a massive single-cell organism in space. I was astonished to see this massive single-cell and it looks terrifying as it pulls the Enterprise further in it.
In the re-mastered version of this episode, I’m very impressed with the brand-new CGI effects for the single-cell organism. There are new shots of the Enterprise travelling into the cell which is scary.
Bones then comes up with a suggestion on how to escape the organism in space by getting more information in a shuttle-craft. Spock also volunteers for the mission, but Kirk is very against this idea.
I like the personal log entry that Kirk makes when he’s deciding who to choose to go on the mission and possibly condemn to death. He eventually chooses Spock, as he’s more experienced and stable.
It was interesting that Bones seemed to be in competition with Spock in who’s to go on the mission in the shuttle-craft to the organism. Spock isn’t so competitive and he asks Bones to ‘wish him luck’.
Spock eventually goes into the shuttle-craft and voyages off to enter the single-cell organism to take more readings and information via the computers. It’s a dangerous mission and this puts him at risk.
I liked that moment between Kirk and Bones when they try to figure out how to defeat the single-cell organism. Kirk comes up with the idea of giving it ‘anti-bodies’ as they release anti-matter on it.
I equally liked those moments when Spock gets in touch with the Enterprise via the shuttle craft communication channel. It was funny when Bones says “Shut up, Spock! We’re trying to save you!”
I liked Spock’s responses to both Kirk and Bones when he happens to be alive after they’ve escaped the dark space and destroyed the organism. Spock is deadpan whilst Kirk and Bones are overjoyed.
‘The Immunity Syndrome’ is a very good ‘Star Trek’ episode that’s both entertaining and educational at the same time. I’m pleased this episode helped me to pass my Biology exams during those GCSEs!
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 5 of the original DVD and Disc 6 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘The Immunity Syndrome’ (TOS) rating – 8/10
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