‘WINK OF AN EYE’ (TOS)
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I enjoyed this ‘Star Trek’ episode very much indeed. It’s an interesting tale where Kirk gets to meet a race of people who exist in an accelerated timeframe compared to the normal Enterprise timeframe.
In this episode, the Enterprise responds to a distress call on the planet Scalos. Something strange happens when they beam down as there is no-one to be found on the planet despite its distress call.
Very soon, the Enterprise gets invaded by invisible aliens that can sabotage the ship in an accelerated timeline. This is mind-boggling as Kirk and the others realise the aliens work so fast here.
You have to be really into this episode to get your head around what’s going on. Things work in the ‘wink of an eye’ for these aliens when they’re taking over the Enterprise and they abduct Kirk as well.
This occurs when Kirk drinks a cup of coffee and someone spikes his drink with some of the Scalosian radiation-tainted water from their planet. This causes everything for Kirk to slow down around him.
Just to make it clearer, where it’s one second for us humans, for the Scalosians it’s like ten minutes or more. It was interesting when Kirk exists in the accelerated timeframe with the Scalosians in this.
Kirk meets Kathie Browne as Deela, who takes a romantic interest in him. Kirk is appalled by what’s happened to him and is determined to stop the Scalosians. Deela wants Kirk to adhere to their ways.
Deela is rather playful, innocent and naïve when she’s around Kirk. She seems to claim for herself and enjoys kissing him when she gets the chance. She manages to win Kirk’s attention at some point.
But this is Kirk’s method of trying to catch Deela off her guard so that he can get her weapon for paralysing people. This was gripping and exciting to see as Kirk makes to get out of a tricky situation.
The romantic aspects between Kirk and Deela are interesting in this episode. Kirk is warding off Deela every time she makes advances on him. Kirk gets it easy when he attracts beautiful women. 😀
I liked it when Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura and Sulu are concerned for Kirk’s whereabouts when he goes missing from the Enterprise. Spock is determined to solve the situation using scientific means.
Eventually they discover a tape recorded by Kirk with a message on what the Scalosians are attempting to do. They slow the tape down since in normal time it sounds like a high-pitched whine.
It was interesting to depict how the Scalosians timeframe is portrayed in normal time when it sounds like a high-pitched or an insect buzzing according to Kirk. It took a while to get my head around that.
Spock eventually drinks the radiation-tainted water and soon joins Kirk in the Scalosians’ accelerated timeframe. It was funny when Spock noticed that Bones and Chapel were ‘slowing down’ in the lab.
Eventually Spock and Kirk find the device about to freeze the Enterprise and disable it, using Deela’s gun. They soon send Deela and her people back to Scalos and live out their lives in their timeframe.
I liked it when Kirk uses the antidote given to him by Spock to return him to normal time instead of accelerated time. It was so good when Spock repaired the Enterprise in seconds in accelerated time.
‘Wink of an Eye’ is one of those ‘Star Trek’ episodes that is mind-bogglingly clever to get your head around. I enjoyed it and it was interesting when Kirk get to exist in an accelerated timeframe with another woman.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 3 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘Wink of an Eye’ (TOS) rating – 8/10
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