Members of the Enterprise crew end up in a castle run by a couple of interesting people. But is it a castle? And are they people? We’re through the funhouse mirror as we put “Catspaw” in the Mission Log.

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  • Sylvia’s
    spirit animal is a black pussy cat is a blatant symbol of aggressive female sexuality. Her new found sensuality overwhelms her new human female form, driving her absolutely mad with desire.

    She is a women scorned.
    When she discovers that Kirk’s
    feelings for her are fake and he is just using her, she goes off the deep end, becoming a dangerous sex crazy creature: manipulative, and cruel. I guess this writer felt – woman are / can behave like this? or have this side to them? I don’t know?

    She has difficulty in controlling her emotions,
    easily provoked are these “Hyper-reactive emotional storms” which, when she becomes in raged, she over-reacts, does destructive things, even when the circumstances don’t warrant such an extreme response. Her anger just “gets in the way” and seriously impairs her “thinking.” Mission, what mission? She no longer even cares. Everything become all about her. ( Hell- she even wants an entire Starship to burn!)

    She seems to have some underlying
    problematic anger issues from the get go, with her somewhat excessive focused, expectations leading her to attempt to desperately control things by making all to frequent “now do this ” dominating demands of Kirk.

    Hell, anger is a symptom of hyper personally, where in over-reacting is a habit. To her “it” “feels” justified, and might? give her a “high’ or a”fix” that “feels good” and gives her a false since of power. Hell, she “likes” it, she might even “like” being angry? Which is why she has “power and control” issues.? Very self destructive.

  • Clive Blanston

    This episode was not anti-woman it was anti-Narcissist. If you look at the profile of the Narcissist, you might find a picture of Sylvia:

    1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance.
    2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. (Shape-shifting scene with different fantasy appearances.)
    Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be
    understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status
    people (Alpha-Male Kirk).
    4. Requires excessive admiration [regularly fishes for compliments, and is highly susceptible to flattery]. (Especially when Kirk is in “kissy-kissy mode.)
    5. Has a sense of entitlement.
    6. Is interpersonally exploitative.
    7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling [or, I would add, unable] to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others. (Dangling the Enterprise over the flame…)
    8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her. (Her attitude towards her side-kick…)
    9. Shows arrogant, haughty [rude and abusive] behaviors or attitudes.

    In the end, Narcissists are always overcompensating for a fragile, shriveled real self that is protected by an illusion self of omnipotence…which is exactly what you see in the end of the episode…wispy, weak, lame puppets that die like snowballs on a hot plate.