Having watched the 2009 Star Trek Movie on DVD recently I decided to watch a few episodes of the original series again. I was never a person to dress up in a Starfeleet uniform for a convention but I’ve been a fan of the show since I was 10 or so.
I’m almost tempted to go through my garage and find my old Nitpicker’s Guide in one of my footlockers. Because while I’m enjoying it, I can’t help but notice the things that just don’t seem to make sense.
In the Episode "Balance of Terror" Stiles accuses Spock of being a romulan spy (for no other reason than that romulans look like vulcans…keep in mind this is the irst time in ST canon that humans have seen a romulan). Kirk reprimands him on the bridge for it. Later in the show when Stiles is helping man the phaser control room Spock asks if he needs assistance. Stiles replies with something that basically says “We don’t need YOUR help, vulcan!”. Uh…but wait…isn’t Spock this guy’s superior officer? Why doesn’t Spock react? If my superior officer asked me that question the only answers would be “Yes Sir” or “No Sir”.
Geez, grow a pair, Spock!
In one of my favorite episodes from my youth (when I never questioned anything on the screen, really) was Shore Leave. The landing party is on a planet where anything they think of comes true. McCoy thinks of Alice in Wonderland and a few minute laters a huge white rabbit being chased by a little girl, etc. Problem is when you think of things that can kill you they come true also.
Realizing the danger, Kirk goes looking for Sulu. This was only to get Kirk alone plot wise. It happens before the mysterious power drain makes their communicators useless. So I 'm wondering "Why doesn’t he just call Sulu and tell him to return to the rally point? In the same episode when Kirk and Spock realize whats going on they decide to return to the rest of the party lickity split. Hey why not imagine a pair of hoverbikes or a hell, a shuttlecraft, so they can return quickly?
For that matter why not dream up some working weapons so they can defend themselves. (which is possible, since Kirk used Sulus dreamt up revolver when they discovered their phasers were useless).
…and while it would ruin the tension in the episode "The Galileo Seven", why doesn’t Kirk just go to the rendezvous point with the much needed medicine, wait for 2 days until the cargo ship arrives and takes them and the annoying commissioner off off his hands and then return to the Quasar so they can study it. Kirk, its a freaking Quasar…its probably been there for a few millions years…it’ll be there in five days still. You may have standing orders to investigate all quasars and quasar like objects in space, but wouldn’t transporting drugs to cure a planetary plague TRUMP those orders? If not, then Star Fleet has their rules written by a bunch of gibbering idiots. Well, I thought that anyway from things I saw in ST:TNG and shows afterwards, but in Kirk’s time I thought they had a bit more sense.