Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Star Trek--"The Immunity Syndrome"

After a string of mediocre episodes, we finally get to one of the better installments of the second season. “The Immunity Syndrome” veers away from the silly inane humor of “The Trouble with Tribbles” and ’A Piece of the Action” while avoiding the ridiculous dramatic aspects of “The Gamesters of Triskelion” in order to present genuine tension. It was a nice change of pace.

What may sound like a dumb idea of an ameoba in space turned out to be a well executed concept. This is certainly not the first doomsday weapon encountered by the Enterprise. It is not thebest, either. But it is unique enough and provides a different type of danger than NOMAD or the Doomsday Machine to rise above any accusations of copying the previous two. As noted, TOS had a nasty habit of lifting elements directly from previous episodes while presenting them as something new. I am glad the temptation was not given into here.

What I liked most about the eisode was the genuine conflict Kirk faced. He was too often shown as an ubermensch who could do no wrong in finding a way to save everyone except for the guest stars and one off red shirts. Here he knows theonly way his ship can survive is to sacrifice one of his friends. He hasto make the choice between Spock and McCoy. I do not even consider Spock’s survival to be a cop out. As far as kirk knew, he was sending his friend on a suicide mission without any clever plan to save him regardless. Kirk was essentially helpless for the first real time. It was memorable.

A good episode overall. Certainly an improvement over most of the middle part of the second season. The remainder of the season will seesaw between good and horribly bad, but ’The Immunity Syndrome’ serves as a worthy segue.

Rating: *** (out of 5)

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