In memory of the passing of James Doohan I thought I’d resurrect the STAR TREK threads and jump ahead to his best episode.
For those unfamiliar the rules are basic. Treat this as a first run episode. It is the second season… Of course as this is a special occasion any mention of other episodes are allowed.
Scotty is recovering from an accident with a bout of shore Leave with Kirk and McCoy. The accident was supposedly caused by a female crew member and Bones is concerned it may leave an ill effect of the good engineer.
While out on a foggy stroll with a young lass foul play occures and Scotty is found with the bloody knife in his hands. He claims he can not remember a thing and can not account for the murder.
The inhabitants of Argeullus II are hedonistic and pacifists and have an outsider, Heingis, as their law enforcer who wants to arrest Scotty.
McCoy has a medical officer (who happens to be female) check Scotty meanwhile
The Prefect Jaris insists his wife, a priestess, should use her ancient empathic contact ceremony to unlock Scotty’s memory.
During the Pyscho tricorder reading the technitian is murdered while in a room alone with Mr Scott.
The ceremony goes on as planned and during it the priestess senses an evil presence just before she too is murdered, once again it seems to be Scotty.
With nothing else left to him Kirk convinces them to use the ship’s computer to acertain if Mr Scott is lying. It is then they discover the true culprit a being named Redjack who has been murdering for centuries to feed off the fear of its victims.
A good episode with some nice twists. It really looks like Scotty is to blame, especiially when Lt Tracey is killed. There was no way for anyone to get in.
Doohan’s performance was also very good. His affability in the opening (“You canna tell an Aberdeen pub crawler how to applaud”) is greatly contrated by his fear and confusion by the murders. After the first he is uneasy but sure he is innocent. After the second he seems more unhinged and the self doubt he portrays is quite believable.
By the end he is almost convinced he is the killer.
I found it odd Mr Spock off all people seemed to distrust the Argeillian empathic methods. Don’t Vulcans use this without doubt? Why doubt another race’s ability.
I like how the crew sticks up for each other in this episode. It seems obvious Scotty is guilty yet they believe in him enough to believe it to be an impossibility.
The crew acting stoned was a nice light moment in what started as a spooky moment. When Redjack takes control and threatens to suffocate the crew it was creepy.
If I were Kirk I would have taken a Stoned Scotty and McCoy to the planet. It would have been a blast.