‘THE SAVAGE CURTAIN’ (TOS)
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This ‘Star Trek’ episode didn’t do much for me. It’s not the best out of ‘The Original Series’. I did find myself feeling sleepy whilst I watched this episode, even though it was nice to see Abraham Lincoln.
This episode has the Enterprise visit a volcanic planet called Excalbia. They soon get into contact with someone that looks like Abraham Lincoln. The Enterprise crew aren’t sure whether it’s really Lincoln.
Captain Kirk and the others welcome Lincoln aboard the Enterprise in order to find out who he is. Kirk and Spock soon join Lincoln down on the planet Excalbia and they enter a deadly fighting game.
It was interesting and dramatic when Bones and Scotty distrust Abraham Lincoln when he comes aboard the Enterprise. They both advise Kirk and Spock not to go to the planet Excalbia with Lincoln.
I can’t really take to this ‘Star Trek’ episode and I’m not sure how well rated it is. It’s not exciting for me and it seems to be about this alien monster who wants to see Kirk and Spock fighting in a tournament.
The monster turns out to be an alien rock creature that can create matter into reality. Why do I get that odd feeling that this rock monster could have created ‘God’ in ‘Star Trek V: The Final Frontier’?!
The rock creature is called Yarnek, performed by Janos Proshaska and voiced by Bart LaRue. I did find Yarnek as a rock monster unconvincing. He didn’t seem threatening, despite being made out of lava.
Lee Bergere guest stars as Abraham Lincoln in this episode. I liked Bergere’s performance as Lincoln, and it did make me wonder if this is could be what Abraham was like in nineteenth century America.
There’s also Barry Atwater as Surak, the longest living Vulcan ever known. Surak is meant to be someone of significant importance to Spock, especially in terms of the Vulcan people’s long history.
In fact, both Lincoln and Surak are important people to Kirk and Spock in significant ways when they beam down to the volcanic planet Excalbia. Intriguing that Yarnek chose these two historical figures.
Yarnek chooses four opponents for Kirk, Spock, Lincoln and Surak to fight against on the planet Excalbia. Yarnek wants to know which out of the two groups of four is the best – either good or evil.
The group of evil for evil are as follows. There’s Phillip Pine as Colonel Phillip Green; Carol Daniels DeMent as Zora, Robert Herron as Kahless and Nathan Jung as Genghis Khan. They’re a scary bunch!
Some of these villains in the group were unfamiliar to me. I’ve heard of Genghis Khan lately and Kahless happens to be a Klingon. In fact, Kahless would later return to ‘Star Trek’ in the ‘TNG’ series.
I felt rather dissatisfied with the climax of this ‘Star Trek’ episode. Surak attempts to make peaceful negotiations with the four villains of the story. But he ends getting killed which was very depressing.
Abraham Lincoln also gets killed at the end when trying to save Surak. Eventually, Yarnek the rock monster lets Kirk and Spock go after a fight with the villains. It was so unsatisfying and anti-climactic.
‘The Savage Curtain’ is not one of the best ‘Star Trek’ episodes ever made. I couldn’t see the point of it, although it was interesting to have Kirk and Spock meet Abraham Lincoln and Surak on the planet.
It was good to see Sulu in the captain’s chair for a bit during the episode when the Enterprise was under attack. I did get a sense however that Season 3 of the original ‘Star Trek’ was a pretty mix bag.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 6 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
On Disc 6 of the original DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’, there’s a text commentary on this episode by Michael and Denise Okuda.
‘The Savage Curtain’ (TOS) rating – 4/10
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