Lt. Zanne wrote:
Spock always said he never wanted command, never wanted to be captain, etc. I think he knew he was not really cut out for that type of position.
...the episode was exploring what it took to command ~ not just superior knowledge and ability to make decisions, but an ability to read and understand people - not just human - because Spock mis read not just his crew, but the species that lived on the planet and attacked them.
Uneven writing. Spock shows much more awareness of the nuances of command in some of the earliest episodes: Corbomite, and Enemy Within. Spock in Corbomite and Balance of Terror (more so in Corbomite) also showed an ability to "read" aliens, anticipate how their tactical actions would be perceived.
(I'm thinking of Spock's comment about "flypaper" in Corbomite, and his insistence in Balance that the Romulans must not be allowed to get back home and trumpet their success.)
The Spock from those early episodes was quite capable of command. The Spock from many of the later episodes was not. To me, that is a loss, a depletion of his character
Lt. Zanne wrote:
Also too, there was at times in other episodes, an underlying understanding that Spock was discriminated against because he was half Vulcan and I thought that was partly why the Galileo crew was not respectful of him.
Like Stiles in Balance of Terror? Rough stuff.
That would mean that the Enterprise senior officers had that kind of bigotry in them. I have some trouble swallowing that. Also, the Federation itself seems to be without a streak of institutional bigotry. They have (had) a starship crewed entirely by Vulcans. Later, M'ress was a respected officer. Stiles stands out from the other officers and crew, which implies that his bigotry was an exception
I don't know if you're right about that. Do you have other examples?
Very interesting points. I agree Spock has shown great capacity for command, but I always thought he preferred not to. I also think, that as a TV show in the 1960s, bigotry was explored because of its importance/relevance to the audience. Part of making Spock believably alien would be to have negative reactions toward him ~people can be uncomfortable with what they do not understand and such and so we can see the error of discriminating; we can also see that he is in fact, not like us. He is alien.
In the episode with the "Yangs" and the "Comms"~I'm sorry I forget the name~ the commander on that planet, did not like Spock, and I always thought it was because he was Vulcan. I could totally be wrong. Also too, ST 6 The Undiscovered Country deals with discrimination and not just against Klingons. And Spocks character has always been described as a man of two worlds- not fitting in with humans because he looks Vulcan and is expected to act thus, and not fitting in as Vulcan because he is half-human. Why would he not fit in? (somewhat rhetorical) This is just my opinion~I'm not in anyway trying to state facts. There are so many ways to interpret things.