‘Turnabout Intruder’ (TOS) (TV)

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Season 3 of the original ‘Star Trek’, for its ups and downs, comes to a close in the final episode of the series, ‘Turnabout Intruder’. It’s not the spectacular season finale, but it is decent to end the series.

The episode has the Enterprise visit Camus II in response to a distress call. It’s there where Kirk reunites with an old flame of his named Dr. Janice Lester. Janice seems to be on the verge of death.

But it is all a trap, as Janice stuns Kirk in an alien machine that can swap personalities. Soon Kirk is inside Janice’s body whilst Janice is inside Kirk’s, as Janice wants to be the captain of the Enterprise.

I found this a really gripping ‘Star Trek’ episode to watch from the series. It was tense when Kirk was trapped inside Janice’s body and Janice was using Kirk’s body to be captain, which is what she wants.

The reason why Janice couldn’t be a captain of a starship was apparently due to her gender. I don’t really see how that could be a problem, as surely they would have lady captains by the 23rd century.

But then again Janice is insane and she could have made this all up in her head. And of course since Kirk and Janice had this romantic involvement, it would be a factor for personal revenge on her part.

The episode gives William Shatner a chance to play a villain for a change in ‘Star Trek’ and also give a ‘hammy’ performance. 😀 I enjoyed seeing Shatner performing as Janice-in-Kirk during the episode.

Sometimes it was a challenge to get around the fact that it was a woman inside Kirk’s body. But I found it interesting and entertaining, especially when Janice-in-Kirk begins to lose it and goes insane.

Sandra Smith guest stars as Dr. Janice Lester, though mostly she plays Kirk-in-Janice for the episode. I’m impressed how Sandra gets to play Captain Kirk inside a woman’s body which was entertaining.

Kirk-in-Janice tries to convince Spock and Bones that he’s trapped inside a woman’s body, before Janice-in-Kirk knocks him out. Fortunately Spock and Bones have doubts about their captain’s sanity.

I liked that scene where Spock visits Kirk-in-Janice, and Kirk is trying to convince Spock on what’s happened and who he is. Soon Spock mind-melds with Kirk-in-Janice and he believes what he says.

But Janice-in-Kirk is onto them and soon has Spock under arrest on the charge of mutiny. There is then a court hearing and thus Spock gives his evidence as well as Kirk-in-Janice against Janice-in-Kirk.

I enjoyed it when Kirk-in-Janice is giving his evidence to Janice-in-Kirk and he’s calm throughout. Spock then openly defies against Janice-in-Kirk, saying that he will do anything his power against her.

This sets Janice-in-Kirk off in a tantrum and she starts smashing Kirk’s fist onto the table. Very soon, Scotty and Bones are having doubts about their captain’s sanity and they agree to vote against him.

But Janice-in-Kirk has already heard their conversation out in the corridor and he accuses them on a charge of mutiny too. Janice-in-Kirk has Spock, Kirk-in-Janice, Bones and Scotty sent to be executed.

I liked it when Sulu and Chekov are horrified by the captain’s behaviour and they refuse to obey his orders whilst he’s on the bridge. Janice-in-Kirk becomes livid as she soon loses control of Kirk’s body.

The episode also guest stars Harry Landers as Dr. Arthur Coleman and Barbara Baldavin as the Enterprise’s communications officer. I assume Uhura is away on holiday at the time of this episode.

‘Turnabout Intruder’ is a decent episode to end the original ‘Star Trek’ TV series. It’s clear it wasn’t meant to be the last episode of the series, but sadly the TV show was cancelled and it was a shame.

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.

On Disc 7 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’, there are two versions of ‘The Cage’ pilot episode of ‘Star Trek’ to enjoy. There are also the documentaries ‘To Boldly Go…Season Three’, ‘Life Beyond Trek: Walter Koenig’, ‘Chief Engineer’s Log’, ‘Memoir From Mr. Sulu’, ‘Star Trek’s Impact’, ‘Collectible Trek’ and ‘A Star Trek Collector’s Dream Come True’. 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 7 of the original DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’, there’s some production art.

On Disc 7 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’, there’s the documentaries ‘Billy Blackburn’s Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories Part 3’ and ‘Captain’s Log: Bob Justman’.

‘Turnabout Intruder’ (TOS) rating – 8/10

‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’ DVD rating – 8/10

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2 thoughts on “‘Turnabout Intruder’ (TOS) (TV)

  1. Timelord 007

    Good review Tim, not a bad episode by any means but boy does Shatner ham up his part as Janice, the scene were Kirks filling his nails…ugggghhhh cringeworthy.

    A great set of reviews Tim, while i find this season to be the weakest it still has a few classic gems to recommend & overall isn’t as bad as many claim, i just think the network didn’t get behind the series & like Doctor Who in the mid-80’s they just wanted it gone.

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Turnabout Intruder’.

    It’s not a bad episode, no. It’s just not the spectacular finale it could have been. Had the original ‘Star Trek’ continued beyond its three seasons like ‘TNG’, ‘DS9’ and ‘Voyager’, it could have had that spectacular finale.

    Yes Shatner does ham it up as Janice-in-Kirk. Yes, I spotted that. Kirk filling his nails. And Bones was in the room with him/her. Wouldn’t that have given the game away, Janice?! 😀

    Very pleased you enjoyed my latest ‘Star Trek’ reviews, Simon. I’ve also reviewed Season 1 of the original ‘Star Trek’, if you want to check those reviews out.

    Yes, Season 3 of ‘Star Trek’ wasn’t the best admittedly. But I enjoyed revisiting that season and there were some favourites like ‘Spock’s Brain’ and ‘The Cloud Minders’.

    It was a shame the network in the US didn’t want to have ‘Star Trek’ by the time the show ended. Thankfully ‘Star Trek’ came back in the movies and its spin-offs, which I’ve also enjoyed, much like with new series ‘Doctor Who’.

    Thanks again for your comments, Simon.

    Tim. 🙂



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