‘THE NAKED TIME’ (TOS)
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In ‘The Naked Time’, the crew of the starship Enterprise get infected with some kind of disease. The disease was accidentally brought aboard when someone comes into contact directly by touching it.
The disease itself removes all people’s inner defences and reveals their anxiety; fears; desires and pleasures. Will the Enterprise crew find a cure for the disease and save their ship from destruction?
‘The Naked Time’ is one of the most famous and popular episode from the original ‘Star Trek’ TV series. It’s probably famous for Sulu’s sword swashbuckling and appearing bare-chested and sweaty.
George Takei gets to shine in his performance as Sulu in this episode. It was funny when he was play-acting with a sword and he scared the living daylights out of crewmen in corridors and on the bridge.
This episode guest stars Bruce Hyde as Lt. Kevin Thomas Riley. This is one of a few appearances of Lt. Riley appearing in ‘Star Trek’. I like Riley and its sad he didn’t appear later on in the ‘Star Trek’ series.
It was funny when Riley is infected and he somehow manages to take control of the ship by locking everyone out of engineering with him inside. He also sang a lot and this gets on everyone’s nerves.
There’s also Stewart Moss as Lt. Joe Tormolen, or Joey as Sulu and Riley call him. Joey is the crewman who went with Spock down to the planet where the disease managed to get inside of him.
Joey is the one who suffers the fate of the disease. He reveals his self-doubt that comes to the fore and inadvertently stabs himself with a knife. Sadly he dies rather tragically which baffles Dr. McCoy.
The episode also features Majel Barret who stars as Nurse Christine Chapel. Chapel is a character that would become a recurring semi-regular in the ‘Star Trek’ series since she works with Dr. McCoy.
It was interesting to see when Chapel gets infected by the disease and how she becomes day-dreamy and reveals her feelings to Mr. Spock. It’s a tender, touching scene with the two in sick-bay.
There’s also Grace Lee Whitney who appears as Yeoman Janice Rand in the episode. It was good to see her during a briefing and funny when she tries to get to a turbo-lift with a crewman in the way.
Another standout moment from this episode is Leonard Nimoy’s performance as Spock. Spock soon gets infected with the disease and he tries to control his emotions before he breaks down and cries.
And it isn’t before long that Kirk himself gets infected with the disease too. He soon reveals his feelings about Yeoman Rand to Spock, although he doesn’t get to reveal them to her on the bridge.
Originally, ‘The Naked Time’ was meant to be a two-part episode until it became standalone. It was supposed to lead into the next episode called ‘Tomorrow Is Yesterday’. Now isn’t that interesting?!
‘The Naked Time’ is one of the finest ‘Star Trek’ episodes ever made. It’s one of the best and is one that is easily remembered from its first season, especially when Sulu does his sword swashbuckling.
It’s clearly George Takei’s favourite episode from the series and it’s so popular that the disease soon returned in a sequel episode of the story in ‘The Next Generation’ episode called ‘The Naked Now’.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 1 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 1 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there’s the documentary ‘Spacelift: Transporting into the 21st Century’.
‘The Naked Time’ (TOS) rating – 10/10
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