Does anyone remember this?

Discussion in 'Star Trek - Original Series' started by TrickyDickie, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. TrickyDickie

    TrickyDickie Commodore Commodore

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    This has been nagging at me since last night. I hadn't watched 'The Mark of Gideon' in a long time and it was one of the episodes that I had seen the least number of times over the years. I thought I remembered how it ended, but I was way off, so what I am remembering must come from a different story....somewhere:

    Captain Kirk was in a short but deeply heartfelt relationship with a woman who then died. It affected him so deeply that Spock and McCoy got together and decided that the best thing to do was to use the Vulcan mind meld to erase all memory of her from Kirk's mind....at a time when Kirk would not be aware of what Spock was doing. And they would also take the step of altering the Enterprise's memory banks as well, to remove all trace of her so that Kirk would not find out anything about her by accident.

    At the time, I recall thinking that such a plan on their part seemed out of character and quite a stretch. And it also didn't seem all that likely that Kirk would suddenly more or less fall to pieces after having made it through other personal tragedies in reasonably good shape.

    I know this was not 'The Paradise Syndrome' or 'The City on the Edge of Forever' and the more I think about it, the more I feel that it may have been in one of the novels or short stories.

    Does it ring a bell with anyone?
     
  2. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    This part is in Requiem For Methuselah.

     
  3. Paris

    Paris Commodore Commodore

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    Sounds like another instance of Spock Mind Rape. Did Kirk ask for this?
     
  4. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    Not quite. As the passage quoted above shows, the mind meld in "Requiem for Methuselah" was entirely Spock's unilateral decision, even if McCoy did inadvertently give him the idea. And there's nothing about altering the memory banks.

    It's also quite ambiguous about what "Forget" meant, since it was the last line of the episode and of course there was no followup. We don't know for a fact that Spock actually erased all memory of Rayna. He could've just meant to help Kirk "forget" the intensity of the pain he felt. I'm reminded of the research in real life pertaining to drugs that can prevent post-traumatic stress by affecting the formation of negative memories. They wouldn't really remove the memory of traumatic events so much as soften it, make it less overpowering. You'd still remember the overall experience, but the bad parts would be vaguer, easier to move beyond.

    There is an old Trek novel called Cry of the Onlies that brought back Flint and did assert that Spock had repressed Kirk's memories of Rayna altogether, but as far as I can tell from the samples in Google Books, there's nothing there about the ship's databanks being altered. Which makes it rather less credible, since surely Kirk would review the mission logs afterward and would notice if they mentioned the existence of a woman he didn't remember encountering. Which supports the idea that Spock just made Kirk forget the depth of his feelings rather than her very existence.
     
  5. TrickyDickie

    TrickyDickie Commodore Commodore

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    Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. Req. is another episode that I have not seen in a long time and not very often over the years. It's also been a long time since I read 'Cry' and that was only once when it first came out. Time to revisit both. :techman:
     
  6. T'Bonz

    T'Bonz Romulan Curmudgeon Administrator

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    TOS forum.
     
  7. Redfern

    Redfern Commodore Commodore

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    Why, yes, I believe it is.

    Sincerely,

    Bill
     
  8. Garrovick

    Garrovick Commander Red Shirt

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    I recently re-read that novel and you're correct that there was nothing mentioned about the logs being altered - plus McCoy still remembered the whole thing. When Kirk encountered Flint in the novel, he experienced feelings of anger towards Flint, but he didn't understand why since he didn't remember anything about Rayna at all. Flint, of course, still remembered the whole thing and was rather upset at Kirk since, not knowing what Spock had done, Flint thought that Kirk was "playing ignorant" about the whole thing. All of which forced Spock to come clean and explain to Kirk what he had done.
     
  9. T'Bonz

    T'Bonz Romulan Curmudgeon Administrator

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    It was originally in the Trek Lit forum.