‘WOLF IN THE FOLD’ (TOS)
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This is a great episode to dedicate to the memory of the late James Doohan who played Scotty in ‘Star Trek’. It’s a pretty good Scotty episode and it is one of my favourites from ‘The Original Series’!
This episode is a whodunit murder mystery as women on the planet Argelius II are constantly getting killed by being stabbed to death a dozen times. Scotty always ends up as the suspect with the knife.
I wondered what was going on in this episode and was anxious for Scotty when he seemed to be getting the blame. It got interesting later on when it seemed Scotty felt ‘something’ cold and deadly.
The episode’s guest cast is really good too! It features There’s John Fiedler as Hengist, who’s investigating these murders. Fielder was in the film ‘12 Angry Men’ and he voiced Piglet in Disney’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’.
Charles Macaulay guest stars as Prefect Jaris, who is an elder-like character on the planet Argelius II.I like it when Jaris is open to listen during this murder mystery compared to Hengist who is impatient.
Three murders take place in this episode. This includes Tania Lemani as Kara, who Scotty fancies early in this story; Virginia Aldridge as Lt. Tracy and Pilar Seurat as Sybo, Prefect Jaris’ empathic wife.
Joseph Bernard guest stars as Tark, the father of Kara who first gets killed. Tark plays the music to her daughter when she’s dancing at the café for Kirk, Bones and Scotty. Could he be the murderer?!
Charles Dierkop guest stars as Morla, Kara’s former fiancée. It transpires Morla was jealous when Scotty fancied Kara. Tark reveals that Morla and Kara fought each other. Could he be the murderer?!
A séance takes place in the episode where Sybo senses the ‘monstrous evil’ within the circle. It was a shock when Sybo is murdered in the séance, but some of the things she says lead to some answers.
I liked how the episode develops from a gothic horror story into a courtroom drama aboard the Enterprise ship. Things become interesting when Kirk, Spock and Bones delve deeper in this mystery.
It was interesting when the entity that’s killing women one by one has a connection to Jack the Ripper. This is an absurdity since Jack the Ripper died in the nineteenth century on Earth. Or did he?!
The ship’s computer gets used a lot during the courtroom scenes aboard the Enterprise. I also liked how Kirk becomes determined with solving this mystery in order to save the life of his friend Scotty.
Some have criticised this episode for its sexual objectification of women. All I can say is that this episode was made for its time and I still find it a gripping, terrifying murder-mystery episode to see.
I thought it was so amusing when Enterprise got shots of a drug by Dr. McCoy to make everyone happy. This is to prevent the creature taking possession of anyone and prevent them being scared.
I liked how the episode ends when Kirk and Spock sending the killer out into space and everybody’s happy with the drug inside them. Bones laughs and says that the drug will wear off within five hours.
‘Wolf in the Fold’ is a gripping ‘Star Trek’ episode that plays well to Scotty’s character. I liked it when the murder mystery develops and how things get revealed about whom or what the true suspect is.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 4 of both the original and the re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘Wolf in the Fold’ (TOS) rating – 10/10
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