‘FRIDAY’S CHILD’ (TOS)
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In this episode, we have the second appearance of the Klingons in ‘Star Trek’, or one Klingon at least. It’s not the best appearance of the Klingons for me compared to ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ later on.
Captain Kirk, Spock and Bones visit the planet Capella IV, where they hope to negotiate a mining contract. But the Klingons have got there first. Thus ensues a difference of opinions with the aliens.
The aliens on Capella IV don’t know who to trust as whether it’s the Klingons or Starfleet. It was interesting to see how Kirk, Spock and Bones try to persuade the Capellans not to trust the Klingons.
As the story progresses, Kirk, Spock and Bones take a pregnant woman with them when they’re trying to escape and head off up into the mountains. The woman is the widow of the former leader.
Julie Newman guest stars as Eleen, the pregnant woman and wife of former Teer Akaar. Bones forms a connection with this woman, since she becomes difficult when she refuses to let a man touch her.
She’s also someone who would rather die and not have the child within her. Bones won’t allow it and she becomes really firm with Eleen and even slaps her in the face in order to perform his duties.
Tige Andrews guest stars as Kras the Klingon. Kras is a rather traditional Klingon who is trying to mess things up with Starfleet. He gets the Capellans to trust his people and follow their Klingon way.
Michael Dante guest stars as Maab. Maab allies with the Klingon Kras since he wants to become the next Teer. But Maab gradually begins to distrust Kras, since he notices Kras behaving rather selfishly.
And there’s Ben Gage who guest stars as Akaar, the Teer or leader of the planet Capella IV. He seems a wise and reasonable leader of the Capellan people before he’s killed by Maab early in this episode.
I enjoyed how Kirk and Spock find ways to defend themselves in the mountain when protecting Bones and Eleen and trying to make contact with the ship. They make bows and arrows to achieve it.
It was also great fun to see Scotty in command of the Enterprise ship again. I like how he with Uhura, Sulu and Chekov get diverted off course from Capella IV by the Klingon before they realise the trap.
I was disappointed when there wasn’t an outer-space battle between the Enterprise and the Klingon warship. The Klingon warship is only seen momentarily in the episode and that’s it, which was terrible.
But the main action takes place on the planet Capella IV when Kirk and Spock defend themselves from the Capellans and Kras. Kras shows his true colours in front of the Capellans before he’s killed.
I like how the episode ends with Bones carrying Eleen’s newly-born baby and going ‘goochy-coo’ to him. The new baby is called Leonard James Akaar, named after…well you can guess that surely hey?
Early in the episode, Bones tries to persuade Eleen to claim the baby as hers whilst she’s going into labour. Eleen repeats Bones words, but she gets it wrong and tells him it’s his which was very funny.
‘Friday’s Child’ is an enjoyable ‘Star Trek’ episode from the series. I wouldn’t call it a favourite of mine, but I like how Bones forms a relationship with the woman Eleen and how he delivers her baby.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 3 of the original DVD and Disc 4 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘Friday’s Child’ (TOS) rating – 7/10
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