Elaan of Troyius
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Elaan of Troyius

Kirk and crew are playing taxi to Elaan from Elas and an ambassador from Troyius. Their mission: get everyone safely from point A to point B. Sounds easy, right? Now add in Elaan’s near-barbarism, a bit of sabotage, and hostile Klingon ship. Can Kirk civilize Elaan, evade the Klingons and keep the Enterprise from blowing up? Find out as we put Elaan of Troyius in the Mission Log.

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  • Gene C. Fedderly

    Obviously, you got jacked up by a few people for not mentioning Kolchak in your “Wink of an Eye” podcast and made up for it here. 😉

  • August

    You spent a lot of time wondering over the sudden coming to life of Elaan during the meal scene. It wasn’t an acting trick inspired by eating. On this day of shooting France Nuyen had just heard that Kennedy had been assassinated, and she had been a devoted supporter of him. She was able to pour her anger into the role after this.

  • KatieN

    This was honestly one of the most cringe-y episodes in terms of sexism, in my opinion. I agree that the gruff, grumpy character isn’t a sexist character. But the marks against this episode are never-ending.

    One, it’s pretty clear that this whole arrangement is against her will. I’d probably throw a fit too (maybe a less racist one, but I’d still throw a few vases)! The unconsenting bride as a political pawn to be traded is a thing of the past, it makes my heart sink to imagine it as a part of the future. And for Kirk to not only agree to traffic her but to voluntarily take on bending her into submission is just not the idealistic Star Trek I know and love.

    Two, Kirk: You *belong* to another man! (his emphasis, not mine).

    Three, the spanking comment and the physical violence. I actually don’t have a problem with him slapping her back after she slapped him. The really weird moment was when he caught her hand and pushed her down onto the bed. Perhaps it was due to the limited sets but it just seemed an uncomfortable setting. Where should I give my one-on-one civilizing lessons so that this unwilling bride will be more appropriate for her new husband and society? I know, I’ll break into her bedroom!

    Four, you called out the women are not logical quote.

    Like I said. Cringe.

  • Aiwendil

    Umm, .37 is the same as 0.37.