"What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
Roger Korby's Cavern of Horrors: Guest Character of the week Roger Korby is notable for three things. First, being Nurse Chapel's fiance, estranged due to missing-presumed-death after his ship crashed on an iceball of a planet five years earlier. Second, for creating human-imitating, completely insane androids. Third, for being a human-imitating, completely insane android. When you put together note #1 with note #3, you can understand why this episode kind of sucks for Nurse Chapel.
Nurse Chapel: Christine and her eyelashes get some backstory in this episode, in addition to some serious scenery to chew. My love for Majel Barrett knows no bounds, and I think we can all just put our hands together and applaud the decision to not give this storyline to Janice Rand. Chapel handles redshirt deaths, an android pretending to be Kirk, and the discovery that her lost love willfully put himself in an android body with far more aplomb than Rand typically handles Captain Kirk's dinner order. Her best moment of the episode comes when Korby asks Christine, "Do you really think I could love a machine?" and she's all "Well, did you?" Chapel's last moment with her former fiance is watching him make out with Ondrea, who promptly vaporizes him. I'm sure this won't leave any lasting psychological scars whatsoever. At the end of the episode, Chapel thanks Kirk for "letting it be my decision," and tells him that she's decided to remain on Enterprise. Huh? Where, exactly, was she going to go if it wasn't her decision?
Her eyelashes will pwn you.
More Macho Than Macho Cheese Doritos: KIRK GETS HIS FIRST CRAZY ALIEN KISS! He's probably not writing it up on his myspace, though, because it only happened because Crazy Android Roger Korby ordered Crazy Android Ondrea to kiss Kirk. His second crazy alien kiss happens when he orders Ondrea to kiss him. Lest you think this reflects negatively on his crazy mojo of machismo, he then forces the android chick into full-on-makeout mode, completely frying her logical circuits, pretty much exactly as Kirk knew it would. When Lieutenant Kirk taught at Starfleet Academy, I'm pretty sure he held master's classes in the benefits of tongue-kissing to deep space exploration, if-you-know-what-I-mean-and-I-think-you-d
I do not make these things up.
Rock: The giant android who has lived on the planet for hundreds of years is pretty awesome -- definitely a better feat of makeup and casting than the salt-sucker costume. However, his awesomeness is no match for Kirk, who talks him out of all his computerized programming in less than two minutes. Rock dies in the first phaser disintegration effect of the series, so his sacrifice will at least be noted for something.
Ondrea: I think Ondrea is the first of many female guest stars on this series who will make me feel horridly chaste and proper for thinking "I can't believe they could show that much skin on TV in the 60s!" (And then I recall how short the skirts were that the daughters wore in The Brady Bunch, so I guess it was a different time.) Kirk's lip love blows Ondrea's circuits so thoroughly that she sees the android version of Kirk in the hallway, orders him to kiss her, and then kills him immediately when he refuses. (Perhaps this is why Kirk never refuses advances from a lady, just in case?)
Going where 107 other alien space babes will go, but going there first.
Spock: Spock gets the short straw in this episode. He doesn't get to go on the away mission. Nurse Chapel mocks him for never having been engaged, and then keeps talking before he can be all "only since I was SEVEN, Miss Quick-to-JudgePants." Then Kirk sends him a secret message that something is wrong... by calling him a halfbreed. At the end of the episode Kirk promises never to do anything like that again, until the next time they're in a similar situation, and Spock smirks, because of course they're never going to encounter a planet full of androids again.
Also Starring: Of course, Spock doesn't get the shortest straw. Sulu, Scotty and McCoy don't even show up in this episode, not to mention some other yeoman stewardessing the morning coffee onto the bridge. And then there's Rayburn and Kirby, who might be our first genuine redshirts. Rayburn and Kirby, we hardly knew ye.
WTF Prop of the Episode: You know, the competition was thick in this one. There's the padd in the first scene which is totally wrapped in cellophane, like those things you got as kids where you'd draw on it, then lift the cellophane, and the writing would magically disappear. On a grand scale, there's the giant centrifuge of android creation. However, nothing beats the Command Packet. Android Kirk goes up to the ship, opens the safe (THE SAFE) in Kirk's quarters, and pulls out a LEATHER FOLIO with printed destination cards inside. It's not like they DON'T HAVE CELLOPHANE PADDS, you guys! Spock kind of freaks out at the idea that Kirk would take the all-important Command Packet off the ship. I can only assume that when Uhura gets these instructions from Starfleet Command, she prints them using the HP deskjet underneath her console on very outer space, futuristic cardstock.
"It's not paper! It's some kind of metal!" "No, sir, that's paper." (MST3K the movie)
What ARE little girls made of?
NEXT ADVENTURE: A beaker full of death. For the two of you who guessed what episode that quote is from: oh yes. That crack is about to happen.
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EDIT #2: HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS, THEY HAVE ALL THE COMPLETE EPISODES OF TOS FREE ON THE IMDB. You now have officially no excuse for not partying like it's 1966.