‘ALL OUR YESTERDAYS’ (TOS)
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I don’t rate this ‘Star Trek’ episode very highly, but I have enjoyed watching it. It’s an unusual ‘Star Trek’ episode where our three heroes find themselves transported back in time to periods of history.
The Enterprise visits the planet Sarpeidon. Kirk, Spock and Bones beam down to the planet to warn its people that a supernova is about to explode close to where they are. Surprisingly, no-one is there.
They then meet Mr Atoz, the librarian on the planet who has duplicate versions of himself in his library. Atoz treats Kirk, Spock and Bones as latecomers since he is about to send them back in time.
Soon, Kirk ends up back in time in England during the 17th century on Earth. Meanwhile, Spock and Bones end up together in Sarpeidon’s ice age. Can our three heroes escape from these time periods?
I admit I found the episode engaging whilst re-watching it for this review. I wondered how Kirk, Spock and Bones were going to escape their prisons of time. But it isn’t worth getting excited about.
It was interesting how Kirk ended up in 17th century England and got separated from Spock and Bones who were in their icy world. There’s also a history involved with Sarpeidon’s people escaping.
But I do feel that there’s something missing from this episode to make it worth exciting. The story feels like a tried and tested method used already in ‘Star Trek’ and was rather bland and less pacey.
Ian Wolfe guest stars as Mr. Atoz, the librarian who Kirk, Spock and Bones meet at the beginning on Sarpedion. Atoz seems eccentric and is frustrated when our heroes go through portals prematurely.
Mariette Hartley guest stars as Zarabeth, a young woman that Spock and Bones meet during Sarpeidon’s ice age. She seems a prisoner of her world as she survives the harsh wintry landscapes.
Zarabeth is a rather beautiful woman, wearing a skimpy outfit that somehow put me in mind of Leela from ‘Doctor Who’. She manages to gain some romantic attention from Spock in this episode.
I found Spock’s character interesting in this episode. He behaves irrationally and emotionally in this episode when he and Bones are with Zarabeth in her cave. He also acts aggressively in the story too.
It was tense when Bones and Spock argued with each other and it was unusual to see Spock kissing and making love to Zarabeth. But the reason for Spock’s behaviour does make sense in the episode.
Kirk meanwhile has a hard time in the episode when he’s in 17th century England. He manages to make contact with Spock and Bones close to the portal, and people believe that spirits are speaking.
Soon Kirk gets arrested, thrown in jail and accused for being a witch, especially by a woman who heard Spock and Bones and saw Kirk speak to them. Why Kirk wasn’t called a wizard, I do not know.
Kermit Murdock guest stars as the Prosecutor, who comes to visit Kirk in his prison cell. The Prosecutor is interesting since he seems to know where Kirk came from and soon helps him escape.
Eventually, our three ‘Star Trek’ heroes return safely and beam back to the Enterprise before the supernova explodes. The supernova CGI effect for the remastered version of this tale is impressive.
‘All Our Yesterdays’ isn’t a great ‘Star Trek’ episode by any means. But I have enjoyed watching it. It could have been pacier but I will remember this episode for Leonard Nimoy’s performance as Spock.
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.
‘All Our Yesterdays’ (TOS) rating – 6/10
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