Re: STAR TREK PHASE II: "The Child" Full Episode Now Released on YouTu ^^^Yep. Doc John left. I'm not going to address the episode per se, but I want to talk about Povill's script, which I always found problematic. The crew's blind acceptance of this child given the weird circumstances really stretches credibility. Kirk's inertness always grated. He makes no decisions. As Middyseafort likes to say, he's "reactive not active". At the end, he doesn't even get to make the final decision, he gets pushed aside and others make the choice. That's not Captain Kirk. Also, technically, it's neither an "immaculate conception" (which refers to the mother's lack of original sin from her moment of conception), nor a "virgin birth" (virgin meaning someone who's never experienced sexual intercourse, which I doubt would be the case for an adult Deltan). It would have been funny for Xon (or in the recent episode, Spock) to correct someone on this point of nomenclature. When the crew starts to suspect the alien device is doing things to them because of the child, no one thinks to try putting her in a shuttlecraft and sending her outside the ship to see if the focus of the "attacks" shift to the shuttle instead of the ship. The introduction of the macguffin of deciphering an alien term for the final test is a poor dramatic choice, and inconsistent with the previous tests. If each test had a word associated with it, and the child had to puzzle it out, then it would have worked. But as is it's a too convenient way for the characters to magically come up with the answer by doing magical hand waving (mind melds and the sharing sight). Finally, "Just as humans pass through all evolutionary stages from single cell to human being within the mother's womb"—aka “Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny,” or "recapitulation theory”—is the worst kind of Haeckelian rubbish and been known to be so long before the original script was written. Even Darwin knew it.