‘WHOM GODS DESTROY’ (TOS)
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This isn’t a favourite ‘Star Trek’ episode for me, but I found it deliciously entertaining and interesting. Although the villain for this episode did go over-the-top for me and I wish he’d toned it down really.
‘Whom Gods Destroy’ sees the Enterprise visit the planet Elba II, where the Federation’s criminally insane are housed. Kirk and Spock beam down to the planet in order to deliver this special medicine.
But Kirk and Spock soon get caught as the planet has been taken over by a former starship captain called Garth. Garth has acquired some shape-shifting powers as he claims himself lord of the planet.
It was tense when Kirk and Spock being held prisoner on the planet. Garth attempts to take control of the Enterprise so that he can take over the galaxy with these special shape-shifting powers of his.
Garth disguises himself as Kirk to get in touch with Scotty. But Scotty gives Garth a chess-playing sign before he can come aboard. Garth has to give the chess-playing counter-sign to be beamed aboard.
This angers Garth greatly as he goes berserk with beating his fists on the floor, changing back from Kirk to himself when it happens. Garth intends to get the chess counter-sign from Kirk by any means.
Steve Ihnat guest stars as Fleet Captain Garth, who calls himself Lord Garth in the episode. I found Steve Ihnat’s performance as Garth way over-the-top, as he raises his voice whenever he gets angry.
I suppose the fact that he’s criminally insane means something for his being over-the-top as a villain. But I would have preferred a quieter, cooler calculating performance in the role of Garth during this.
Garth attempts to get the chess counter-sign from Kirk when he invites him and Spock to dinner. But Kirk knows what Garth wants from him and he refuses to give it to him. This doesn’t please Garth well.
Kirk is soon put into a chair where his mind gets tortured. But the Orion girl called Marta persuades her lord and master to stop torturing Kirk, saying that she can seduce him to tell her what he wants.
Yvonne Craig guest stars as Marta, the Orion girl who appears in this episode. Marta is very much like the Orion slave girl that appeared during ‘The Menagerie’ two-part story with green-skin and all.
I liked Marta in this episode and she seemed interesting, especially when he tries to seduce Kirk. I wonder how these lady actresses who played Orion girls managed to cope with that green make-up.
Marta seems to be in love with Kirk for some reason. This makes Garth jealous, but he uses it to his advantage as Marta persuades him to let her obtain the information that he wants from Kirk in this.
There’s a moment during the dinner scene where Marta entertains Kirk and Spock with her dancing. Marta also has a chance to kiss Kirk in a simulating arousing scene before revealing her true colours.
I enjoyed it when Spock manages to fool a Tellarite and an Andorian who are about to take him out of his prison cell. Spock feigns unconsciousness before he nerve-pinches them and knocks them out.
It was tense when Spock is faced with two Kirks before him as one of them is actually Garth. Solomon’s wisdom gets used by Spock for this episode, as he stuns the fake Kirk out with his phaser.
‘Whom Gods Destroy’ has been deliciously entertaining. It’s not one of my favourites, but I remember this one very well for sexy green-skinned Marta and really over-the-top villainous Garth.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 4 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 3’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘Whom Gods Destroy’ (TOS) rating – 6/10
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