The Devil in the Dark

The Enterprise comes to the aid of a group of miners being hounded by a monster deep under ground. But – in true Star Trek fashion – we are left to wonder whether there is a monster at all when we put The Devil in the Dark in the Mission Log.

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  1. Will Wright says:

    This was William Shatner’s favorite episode !

    • Will Wright says:

      The Horta was a reuse of a prop from an episode of another sci-fi show that was filmed a couple of years earlier. The episode was titled, “The
      Probe” and the show was none other than
      “The Outer Limit’s.” !!!!

  2. Low Mileage Pit Woofie says:

    Another entertainment diversion on my morning commute, gentlemen, for which you have my thanks! As for the arrangement between the Horta and the miners, I always thought they tunnelled to get to interesting minerals to eat, and the humans came along and gathered up the remains. Making us something akin to scavengers ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. jayoungr . says:

    Not much to say on this one except that I LOVED the Beat poetry!

  4. gizmochimp says:

    I couldn’t help but think of this episode as a proto-version of Alien. Blue-collar workers in space taken out one by one by an alien entity that we don’t see for a good portion of the story. Loved the threatening tone, especially early on, and the nice twist of the creature being sentient and fearful. Good episode, great beat poetry.

  5. Chris C says:

    Speaking of the Horta future, they are expanded on in the novels and comics. There’s even one who joins Starfleet! TOS novel: “My Enemy, My Ally.”

  6. DavidtheHeron says:

    This was my ten year old son’s first Star Trek: TOS episode to watch. Surprisingly, he was able to see beyond the older set treatment and alien wardrobe and really connect with the themes and underlying morals.