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Old November 1 2013, 05:23 AM   #17
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Re: Alien points of view

In Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, when Bele is explaining the Cheron situation with Kirk and Spock, the exchange goes something like this:

Bele: It is obvious to the most simple-minded that Lokai is of an inferior breed.
Spock: The obvious visual evidence, Commissioner, is that he is of the same breed as yourself.
Bele: Are you blind, Commander Spock? Well, Look at me.
Bele: Look at me.
Kirk: You're black on one side and white on the other.
Bele: I am black on the right side.
(puzzled pause)
Kirk: I fail to see the significant difference.
Bele: Lokai is white on the right si..all his people are white on the right side.
(Kirk and Spock evince puzzled looks)

This one is great. Not only does it show an alien viewpoint, but it simultaneously shows an all-too-human one...the alien point of view becomes ours, at our worst.

This episode is a guilty pleasure of mine. Whatever defects it may have, Frank Gorshin and Lou Antonio knock it out of the park in my opinion, and their performances more than make up for the flaws.
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