The Devil in the Dark – Episode 26

This week, Rachel and Chris find out what it means to be a silicon-based lifeform in The Devil in the Dark!

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4 thoughts on “The Devil in the Dark – Episode 26”

  1. This is actually the only episode of any Star Trek series not to have a female speaking part – I guess technically the mother Horta has a written line with ‘NO KILL I’, but then again it’s a male actor playing the Horta…

  2. I laughed out loud at the sexy Horta costume challenge. Just imagine the episode written around a William Ware Theiss Horta costume.

    1. All that “Phaser 1” and “Phaser 2” talk was sooooo awkward. Mark 1 and Mark 2 are perfectly good terms. Guess it was only later that phasers had variable settings.

      1. It was awkward terminology, and the first time different model phasers were referred to by name. They’re all adjustable though – a feature added after Rand kept disintegrating the coffee pots.

        TNG did feature small, concealable Type 1s as well, but their appearance was rare outside of the first season as Roddenberry thought they were so small that they were hardly visible onscreen.

        On the other hand, whilst the Type 3 phaser rifles appear a number of times in later Trek series, they only appear once in TOS and we’ve already seen it – Kirk has one in “Where No Man Has Gone Before, ” where a great big gun helped convince execs that it was a bit less cerebral and more action-packed than the first pilot. Unfortunately, they were never seen again in the series – Roddenberry thought they were too militaristic and violent (though other stories have it they were just too expensive to manufacture).

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