Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 3, Episode 16
Original Air Date: January 17, 1969
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Eventually, the truth is revealed. Odona is the ambassador's daughter. It was her job to trick Kirk into sticking around so he could help solve Gideon's overpopulation problem. The people, it seems, have stopped getting sick and dying so the planet is now bursting at the seams with human life. Kirk, we learn, carries a latent infection of Vegan choriomenengitis. He has infected Odona who will now die. The Gideonites will use Kirk to infect others as well.
This episode generally gets panned by critics for its logical inconsistencies. How and why would the Gideonites go to all the trouble of building a replica ship? Why is this infection not an issue every single time Kirk beams down to a new planet? Fair questions, I guess, but I enjoyed this story - the first I've genuinely liked in a while. The overcrowding is definitely a concern that speaks to me. I've spent too much of my life in mega-cities like New York and Tokyo and am happy to live in rural Vermont now simply because there aren't as many people around. In one deliciously creepy scene, Kirk opens an exterior-view window and a sea of Gideonites stares back at him. The story is quite daring in its approach to the topic, too. Kirk suggests sexual sterilization and birth control to the Gideonites as possible alternative measures in curbing population growth.
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Merry Christmas to all!