Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 1, Episode 27
Original Air Date: March 30, 1967
|via Memory Alpha|
I found this story hard to follow. I actually had to restart the episode ten minutes in because I'd already lost my way. The effects used to realize the alternate reality are respectable for the era: superimposed images of the Trifid Nebula to represent the winking and action in the negative universe in color-negative. However, the effects fail to cover up the weakness of the narrative.
A few noteworthy trivia tidbits:
- I noticed changes in Lazarus's facial hair from scene to scene. I assumed it was part of the dual-identity but according to Memory Alpha, the inconsistencies are rampant even from one camera shot to the next.
- No Scotty in this episode. Instead, Lt. Charlene Masters is the head of engineering. Originally, there was supposed to be a romance between Lazarus and Masters but when Janet MacLachlan, an African-American woman, was cast in the role, the southern NBC affiliates balked at the idea.
Brown had numerous television roles during the 1960s and 70s. He had starring roles in both Here Come the Brides and Primus. In addition to Trek, he made guest appearances on The Lawless Years, Perry Mason, Archie Bunker's Place and In the Heat of the Night, the last two a result of his close friendship with Carroll O'Conner.