Among the devoted, "The Galileo Seven" is best known as the episode which introduced the shuttlecraft - named, of course, Galileo. Up to this point, the show had used the transporter instead of a shuttle because the effects were cheaper. How funny to think that what began as a cost-saving measure became such an iconic aspect of the Star Trek franchise!
More importantly to me, the first episode of 1967 is a great Spock vs. Bones story. Spock and Dr. McCoy lead a seven-person crew (thus the title) on a scientific investigation of a quasar-like formation. Naturally, disaster strikes and the shuttle is forced to land on Taurus II. Out of communication with the Enterprise, Spock assumes command of the stranded party. Predictably, the crewmen take exception to his management style, informed more by cold logic than emotion. Bones does his best to steer Spock to a more balanced approach. Meanwhile, tensions mount as hope of rescue fades.
Don Marshall (Lt. Boma) was born May 2, 1936 in San Diego, California. He made his professional acting debut in the 1961 film The Interns. In 1964, he starred opposite Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) in a made-for-TV movie, Great Gettin' Up Mornin'. His scifi credentials extend beyond Trek. Cast in a leading role in Land of the Giants, Marshall was one of the first African American men to feature prominently in a science fiction series.