Series: The Original Series
Air Date: September 27, 1968
Written by: D. C. Fontana
Directed by: John Meredyth Lucas
Kirk goes crazy and enters the Romulan Neutral Zone without provocation!
We open this episode with a log from Bones instead of Kirk, which should be our first clue that something strange is up. Bones says that Kirk has been acting strange and restless. He's barking out orders and being generally a big meanie head. WHEN SUDDENLY: Kirk orders Sulu to set a course straight into the Romulan Neutral Zone. Which is totally against the treaty! WTF, Kirk!? Despite his illogical order, the crew is forced to follow. And once they're in the Neutral Zone, they are overtaken by several Romulan ships. Now he's gone and done it.
Instead of immediately firing on the Enterprise, they hail Kirk and attempt to enact the "Finders Keepers" rule where the first ship to enter the Neutral Zone is immediately the property of the other team. Instead of following that rule, Kirk negotiates a hostage trade. They send over a couple of centurions, we give them Kirk and Spock. So the trade happens and the centurions are sent to the brig. When Kirk and Spock meet the superior officer of the Romulan contingent, they are surprised and delighted to find that she's a sexy, sexy female.
So the Romulan Commander tries to get Spock onto her side. And she seems to be doing very well in that goal. Spock is literally being seduced. Which, to be fair, should have tipped her off a little more quickly. Meanwhile, Kirk is thrown into a brig and immediately injures himself while trying to escape through the force field. Because of this, they allow Bones to beam over to care for him. While he's there, Bones declares Kirk mentally incapacitated, the Romulan Commander declares Spock captain of the Enterprise, Kirk fights Spock over it and Spock "instinctively" uses the Vulcan Death Grip on him.
|Can I pronounce him dead? It's my specialty!|
While the Romulan Commander is away to change into something more comfortable, Spock contacts Kirk. Well, the Romulans track down the signal and Spock's espionage is over. Thankfully, Kirk gets away with the cloaking device just in time. But while Spock is still in Romulan hands, the Romulan Commander takes his statement. This is just another stalling tactic for Spock, though, because while he's in the middle of recording this statement, the Enterprise finds him, locks on and beams him up. That is... beams THEM up.
|These Starfleet vessels are so bright!|
Any episode with a Romulan is bound to be a good one. Espionage, secrets, cosmetic surgery, all the while exploring Spock's ability to seduce a Romulan female. This episode is flawless!