Episode of the Week : The Man Trap

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  1. Pauln6

    Pauln6 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    It's possible that the creature possessed a wide telepathic field that also monkeyed with electronics so security feeds went fuzzy. As far as transporters go, while it doesn't seem keyed to individuals, you would have thought that an automatic alarm bell should start ringing if the transporter detects the unknown DNA of a different species unless it has been given prior warning.
     
  2. Warped9

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    Well it only does the multiple illusion once, with Kirk, McCoy and Green. After that it seems to have clued in not to do it again in front of groups and sticks to one illusion at a time.
     
  3. Gary Mitchell

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    One thing I liked about the episode is the scene where Dr. Crater is hit with a phaser on stun. His slow talking was an interesting way to show him recovering from being stunned.
     
  4. ToddPence

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    This is not one of the stronger entries among the earlier episodes at least story wise, and accordingly, many of those involved with the show bemoan the fact that it was chosen as the premiere. The show has kind of a spooky Outer Limits type vibe, complete with a wicked-looking monster which was probably what the network felt audiences of the time wanted to see. Also the supporting players in this episode such as Sulu, Uhura and Rand each get some great character moments. Sadly, this would become the exception rather than the rule for most of the series.
    "The Man Trap" has often been compared unfavorably with episodes such as "The Devil in the Dark" because the Enterprise crew sees the monster as something that must be killed instead of trying to communicate with it and come to mutual terms, which is usually in conflict with later ST philosophy. However, this is not Kirk and co.'s fault. The creature didn't give them a chance to be pacifistic regarding it. Indeed, "Nancy" behaves like a sociopathic predator, much like a black widow spider, concerned only with its own needs. It is aware of the intelligence and emotions of the human characters, but exploits them, as in the case of McCoy's latent feelings for it. It even kills Crater when it has no more use for him. Perhaps this is a species the galaxy is better off without.
    This segment benefits greatly from the contributions of guest star Alfred Ryder, who has played many memorably creepy roles on TV. These include the ghost of a German U-Boat captain, a fugitive Nazi war criminal, and the leader of the alien invasion force on the series THE INVADERS.
     
  5. Ssosmcin

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    Nancy: "I might have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for that meddling crew and their Vulcan."
     
  6. AtoZ

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    I give it a strong and enjoyable 6 though maybe it can be argued it deserves a little more.

    I liked seeing the day players get in some mileage; both Uhura and Rand get in some camera time and Sulu demonstrates his amiable personality. Another minor point that I think is a good touch is the scene where McCoy, unable to sleep, calls the bridge. We see Kirk snacking while on duty, in a sort of relaxed tone. Throw in the drama and near shocking unveiling of the creature, thanks to Spock's crude-but-effective method....we see a side of McCoy that I think goes a long way into the series...through Miri and right down to The Empath. Just my take.

    Besides, I tend to enjoy any episode when there's a "handsome woman" at hand.

    ;)
     
  7. Warped9

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    Maybe I'm remembering this wrong, but wasn't Jeanne Bal (Nancy Crater) one of the actresses originally considered for the role of a Number One?
     
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