Date: 06/23/2018 2:42 AM Title: Season 2, Episode 15 â€” "Journey to Babel"
So I have to confess I like Journey to Babel for many of the world building reasons you have stated AND we see Spock's parents. But I have always hated that scene when Amanda slaps Spock. I know she was distraught, but how could she tell her son she would hate him. I am working on another story currently and trying to sort out Spock's relationship with his parents is driving me crazy.
Anyway, I love how you demonstrated Spock's influence on Jim. Devil in the Dark is one of my all-time favourite episodes. Dealing with bigotry in a more subtle way. I can't recall if I mentioned how much I agreed with your statement that if the salt creature in "The Man Trap" had been encountered later in the series they would have found a way to save it. Those phasers would have been set on stun. At this point, I'll just attribute it to the fact that it took a while before they were listening to him. Luckily, the Horta was not found in the first few episodes.
The reference to the invasion of Cestus III was also great. I love that Spock challenges Kirk's conclusions. And again on the Bridge he calls into question the decision to chase them down. I like their interaction. Jim is clearly pissed at being challenged, but gets out of chair and walks around to Spock. He makes his position known, but in a civilized manner. Of course, everything Spock said was absorbed by Jim and he spares the Gorn in the end.
I enjoyed this one a lot. I see you have done something on Amok Time. I am excited already. I'll save it until tomorrow.
Date: 06/07/2018 3:55 AM Title: Season 2, Episode 15 â€” "Journey to Babel"
My favorite. I'm glad you jumped ahead. Loving everything you do..especially all the background info!
Thanks so much; I'm really happy that you enjoyed this chapter, and I greatly appreciate that you took the time to leave a review!
I adore "Journey to Babel;" it really does have everything. Leonard Nimoy is wonderful in it, and Mark Lenard plays a Vulcan MUCH better than most guest stars in subsequent series. I don't know if he's a better actor than the others, or if it's because he had Mr. Nimoy to pattern himself after, but his Sarek is very well done.
I have "Journey to Babel" on my phone -- not on a streaming service, but actually on the hard drive -- so I can watch it whenever I want. Because sometimes I need to see Spock being virtuously self-sacrificing and Kirk being valiantly helpful. :-)