8/7/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Survivor"

Vital Information
Series: The Animated Series
Episode: S01E06
Air Date: October 13, 1973
Written by: James Schmerer
Directed by: Hal Sutherland

Premise
Philanthropist Carter Winston shows up after being missing for the longest time. But then things start getting creepy. -->

Review
So the Enterprise is just strolling along through space when they come across a damaged vessel with one life form aboard. They beam the life form up because the ship is about to explode and find that it's Mr. Carter Winston, a notable figure that had been missing and presumed dead. And what's really interesting is that Winston's fiance is now serving aboard the Enterprise! So, happy reunions all around, right? We'll see about that...

Winston is taken to sick bay for a checkup and Lt. Nored, his fiance, comes to check on him. He says that he's no longer the same man he was when he left all those years ago and that he can no longer marry her. Obviously, this is totally devastating to the young lieutenant. Welp, after a while, the computer reveals that Winston is actually a shape-shifter. Not a changeling like Odo, rather a Vendorian. That crazy-looking thing you see in the thumbnail. But before Kirk can be notified, Winston goes to Kirk's room under the guise of his human form, lulls him into a false sense of security, turns into his Vendorian form, knocks Kirk out with his tentacles, and turns into Kirk.
It's the proper English thing to do.
Now in the form of Kirk, Winston goes up to the bridge and orders that they change course to Romulan space. Where they most definitely will be shot at and killed. It doesn't take too long for the real Kirk to wake back up and take his place back on the bridge. When he discovers that "he" had ordered them into the neutral zone, he orders a change in course, but it's too late. The Romulans arrive and surround the Enterprise. Of course.

Well, Winston just keeps getting up to no good. He shape-shifts into the form of a crewmember and damages the deflector dish which will take two hours to repair. Then he goes to Lt. Nored to reveal his true form and explains that the real Winston is actually dead, but since he had absorbed so many human male emotions he definitely can love her. Because who can resist a tentacly monster?
"This one is my pleasure receptor!"
Well, the Enterprise is still in trouble and the only thing that can save them is if they had a fixed deflector. Unfortunately, that crazy Winston guy destroyed it. So, they're fighting a losing battle with the Romulans WHEN SUDDENLY DEFLECTOR! It starts working, they use it against the Romulans and get away. So, it turns out Winston was hired by the Romulans to bring the Enterprise into their space so they could destroy her. But when he fell in love with Nored, he decided maybe the Romulans aren't that great after all, so he turned himself into a deflector dish and saved the day.

The only thing left is that now he's a fugitive. So, what's he going to do? Well, obviously, he turns back into human Winston form and he and Norad live happily ever after.

Overall Thoughts
They basically just reduced Odo's entire arc to thirty minute story. This episode kind of leaves a lot to be desired, but it had some enjoyable moments. I just don't know what to do with this animated series yet.