Journey to Babel
Spock’s dad has a war to stop. Spock has to save his dad’s life. But he also has to command the Enterprise. Plus there’s sabotage afoot! So much happens as we put “Journey to Babel” in the Mission Log.
Tags: Amanda, Andorian, D.C. Fontana, Federation, Joseph Pevney, Journey to Babel, Orion, Sarek, Tellarite, The Original Series, The Original Series Season 2, TOS
Another good podcast, gentlemen. I enjoyed the discussion about where Spock’s ultimate responsibilities lay, with his father’s life or with command. You stated that maybe it should have been with Sarek, as his vote would be required for averting war and maybe saving millions of lives.
But really, it was never “his” vote, but rather Vulcan’s, so even if Sarek died, his replacement would have voted identically? Also, as second in command Spock would have had superior tactical training and experience that Scotty wouldn’t have, and if the Enterprise had been destroyed, Sarek would have died anyway.
As for the criticisms of sexism by Vulcans, maybe it was less about females and more about human females, because I can’t possibly imagine T’Pau’s husband bantering with his buddies after work about how flighty she is 🙂
I couldn’t get it out of my head that James Doohan doesn’t appear in the show due to budgetary reasons. I have no facts to back that up.
Well, it may not have been budget specifically, but each of the supporting characters was given a guaranteed minimum number of episodes per season with a guaranteed number of days work. He very likely could have simply fulfilled his minimum and the script didn’t call for. Scotty.
One thing I like to point out in this episode, Sarek, a full Vulcan, shows emotions. He even smiles! Vulcans control their emotions, they don’t suppress them. Look at the banter between Spock and Sarek at the end of the episode. They were being funny.