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Old March 17 2014, 02:36 AM   #80
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Re: Joel Revisits TOS....

Galileo 7


Story: The Enterprise is on route to Makus III to deliver supplies to ‘New Paris,’ with the annoying Federation representative, Commissioner Ferris onboard to monitor this delivery. Coming across the Murasaki 312 quasar, Kirk orders a shuttlecraft crew of seven (including Spock, who is in command of this mission) to attain scientific information. Unfortunately, the quasar causes mechanical issues for both the Enterprise and the shuttlecraft Galileo - transporters inoperative, communications inoperative - and the shuttlecraft is forced to land on Taurus 2, dead center of the quasar, where the marooned shuttlecraft crew has to not only survive against hostile locals, find a way back to the Enterprise before it continues on its course.

Theme: Taking the metaphorical high road means taking the harder, but respectable route. A theme that we see with the two characters - Kirk and Spock - who are in leadership roles. Both individuals have to deal with pushy individuals while keeping a professional and mature demeanor.

Plot Points/Plot holes:
Nothing that stood out to me.

Pacing of the plotline is good, and all story points are hit.

Miscellaneous thoughts:
When the shuttle crew is down on Taurus 2 trying to find ways to return to the Enterprise while protecting themselves against the hostiles on said planet, the writers try to depict Spock as being the one who is out of touch with his six shuttlecraft colleagues - Yeoman Mears, Latimer, McCoy, Scotty, Gaetano, and Boma. Granted Spock is the half-alien out of the bunch, but that still shouldn’t be a factor. He is actually the one who is most level-headed and the most likable.

I personally felt sorry for Spock for having to deal with such….assholes.

Spock’s shuttlecraft colleagues continually contradict themselves and react irrationally.

For example, Boma and McCoy get upset when they realize that Spock may command one of them to stay since there is a weight issue to get their downed shuttlecraft pass the planet’s atmosphere. Their attitudes are unwarranted since they do not know who Spock will choose. For all they know, Spock may choose to stay himself!

Furthermore, there is a contradiction when Boma and Gaetano want to attack the locals on Taurus 2. Gaetano says Spock should listen to majority of the votes, but - at the same time - he wants Spock to take the initiative because he is the commanding officer. This is just one time when the shuttlecraft crewmembers bitch and moan when Spock delegates and voices that command isn’t his thing, but at other times wants him to take command depending on the situation. (You would think that Spock’s chances with the tribal locals are better than with the whiny Galileo crewmembers!)

Contradictions and bad attitudes are in abundance when the Galileo crew deal with the burials of fallen crew. Boma is the more vocal one continually talking about giving the crewmembers ‘decent burials’ even though it is apparent the crew need to protect themselves from an unseen enemy. Or, at least an enemy that knows how to use the terrain to pick them off. Logic dictates keeping protected while trying to find a way off the planet, or a way to contact the Enterprise before worrying about burials. However, common sense is not so common with these crewmembers that Spock has to deal with, including McCoy who is very unlikable. Scotty even is on the bandwagon with the whiny, pessimistic crewmembers even though he spends majority of the episode inside the Galileo trying to get power throughout the shuttle. Scotty is ready to give up, and states at one point, ‘What alternatives?’ to which Spock replies, ‘There are always alternatives.’ (Note: In the IDW comics remake of this episode with the J.J. Abramsverse, Boma gets a change: He is more sympathetic and likable, where in the live-action episode, he is just plain mean like the other ‘human’ shuttlecraft crewmembers).

Another example is when Spock examines the spear that killed Latimer. Spock is shot down by his shuttle colleagues as well even though examining the spear would give them an idea of the people they are going against.

Kirk, at the same time, is dealing with an annoyance of his own. A bureaucrat aboard the Enterprise named Commissioner Ferris, who only cares about making the delivery to New Paris, and not so much caring about retrieving the lost crew. Ferris’ screentime pretty much is making a quip on the bridge the delay of the delivery, his legal rights in handling said delivery, then exiting. (It is interesting to note that John Crawford’s likeness - the guy who portrayed Commissioner Ferris - is used for the IDW comics ‘remake’ of this episode. I also remember seeing John Crawford as ‘Chief Engineer Joe’ on Irwin Allen’s The Poseidon Adventure).

There are some good things about Galileo 7. This episode has some of my favorite incidental music playing throughout. It’s sort of a ‘best of’ compilation.

The episode also has some good dialogue:
McCoy
Mr. Spock, I’m sick to death of your logic.

Spock
That’s a very illogical attitude.

And, when some of the Galileo crewmembers are thinking about options in attacking the locals on Taurus 2:
Gaetano
I say we hit them dead on.

Spock
Yes, I know. Fortunately, I’m the one giving the orders.

This episode also has a bunch of cliches that are not only relative to Star Trek, but media in general. For instance, Gaetano follows the horror movie cliche of splitting up and not staying together. Also, transporters and communications doesn’t work, so the landing party/away mission has to fend for themselves until someone on either side - Enterprise crew or Galileo crew - finds some way to contact the other.

Lastly, Sulu is back! He was absent for a couple of episodes.

And it is interesting to see, after the opening credits, females as bridge operators as well as serving coffee. However, a minor detail would have been to have a male yeoman serving coffee to break up the stereotype of the yeoman being primarily a female secretary. Star Trek tends to be good when it isn’t overtly patting itself on the back - because, Trek is usually offensive when it is overt in its depictions - Star Trek is good when it is subtle, or even unconsciously progressive.

Now, I'm going to digress a bit: Can you believe I used to think the shuttlecraft was called ‘Galileo 7?’ I didn’t put it together until this review - after all these years of knowing about the episode and growing up with TOS - that the ‘7’ refers to the people on the shuttlecraft.

Score:
3.3 out of 5. The unlikable Galileo crew that Spock has to deal with, and no reflection on how they acted, hurt this episode greatly. It leaves a bad taste. This is supposed to be an evolved future where everyone respects each other’s differences, yet Spock’s difference is lambasted by everyone he works with. He is a pariah. You can chalk it up to his human colleagues being afraid for their safety, but they are supposed to be professionals….and their attitudes show just the opposite. The over-the-top joke scene in the end could have been that big moment of reflection, but alas, that moment is wasted on a very cheesy moment.

I personally think if Spock were human he probably would have had all those surviving crewmembers on report, including McCoy. He would have metaphorically told them to ‘go to hell.’

Of course, if Spock were human.

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