Well my friends, so far in this series the episodes I have discussed aren't so bad. They may have problems, but all in all the episodes are ok compared to others. Today I want to talk about an episode I like which is generally considered awful! Why do I like it? Ummm..let's discuss and try to find out.
The Enterprise arrives at a planet to discover that the Federation colony has been wiped out. But they weren't killed by something, they all apparently killed themselves! All the people are dead, except the children. But that isn't the odd part. The children appear to be happy and want to play...around thier parents dead bodies.
Kirk brings the kids aboard the Enterprise, wondering why the kids show no sign of grief at all. Turns out the kids are in league with a....whatever he is named Gorgon. The alien convinces his kids to use the evil power he had granted to make everyone confront their "demons" as a way to seize control of the ship. Why does he need these kids? It's never made clear.
The kids make the crew experience all sorts of hallucinations and control what they actually do. Uhura sees herself old, Sulu sees the ship about to be destroyed, Kirk and Scotty do some horrible overacting. Finally, Kirk helps the kids tap into the grief over their parents death which causes Gorgon to lose his power over the kids. He is banished from the ship while the kids finally start the road to recovery.
There is so much to talk about, let's take it one step at a time.