I agree Stiles was a bigot: Kirk called him on it and Stiles saying "we'll do things without your help, Vulcan" was not only racist, it was actionable. Spock could have slapped him down right there. Boma was simply reacting to Spock's unemotionalism. He may never have been exposed to a Vulcan before and was never on a landing party with Spock in charge. Logic wasn't saving lives at that point, so Boma, being volitile, he reacted emotionally. So I'm iffy about labeling him a bigot based on that. Next: The Squire of Gothos is a good episode. Not a favorite, but William Campbell gives Trelane many dimensions and he's a lot of fun to watch. Obviously Roddenberry liked the character enough to have Q inspired by him (John DeLancie's performance in Hide and Q makes this extremely obvious) and he is a good character. The final twist is Roddenberry's version of a Twilight Zone ending and it fits the series. Even as a kid, though, I always chuckled at Kirk's saying "dipping little girl's curls in inkwells." Even in the 70's, the reference was dated and I remember only being exposed to inkwells in art classes. And they certainly weren't large enough to shove a girl's hair into. A large amount of time for the supporting cast and they're used to great effect. It is actually kind of weird to see a landing party actually consisting of only the appropriate people; McCoy and two non-regulars. Neither Spock nor Scotty go down. Had this been the second or third season, it would have been quite different. Yeoman Ross was gorgeous (another Janice stand in?) and one wishes she was retained. When Kirk shoots out the mirror, the goofy cartoon sounds really pull me out of the action. Super serious music and wacky "boings" and slide whistles. I guess it plays up the childishness of Trelane, but when he persues them with the planet (even with the not so great visuals) it's terrifying. A strange juxtaposition of atmospheres. The "popping" in and out was well done. Someone actually locked down the camera and the dematerializations are very smooth (this is what I look at a thousand views in). I love the scene when Trelane vanishes while Kirk is in my sword thrust. It's perfectly done, an apparent combination of split screen and camera stoppage. It seems weird to have McCoy and Spock make such a big deal about being in a "void, star desert," and "a barren waste" when we never once stop seeing stars in the background. Of course, to be far enough away to have total blackness and no starts would probably put them way outside our galaxy. So I assume they mean Trelane's planet is a rogue in the huge gap between solar systems. At this point in the season, having them out of production order won't make difference. The style is settling in and everyone's getting a handle of the characters. Of course, I expect some exceptions.