The STAR TREK Top 13 Episode Countdown: #11

Circuit boards and wires, as it turns out…

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Every day between now and 9/8 — the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s debut — we’re counting down our TOP 13 EPISODES.

For the full STAR TREK Top 13 Episode Countdown INDEX — updated daily with new entries and other features — click here.

And bring on those comments — either here or in whichever social-media thread you found this. We want to hear your thoughts!

Now, to #11

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A great Juan Ortiz poster

What Are Little Girls Made Of?

I am a sucker for stories that take place in subterranean tunnels and caves with scary giants and evil geniuses. And, hey, this episode has all three!

Dr. Roger Korby (Michael Strong) is so obviously creepy that you just know that some bad stuff is about to go down in short order. And I love Nurse Chapel’s immediate distaste for the obsequious — and distracting — Andrea (Sherry Jackson).

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But the scene-stealer is Ted Cassidy’s Ruk, who seems bigger and more menacing than any other big and menacing Ted Cassidy character. His mere presence adds extra levels of terror to what’s an already unsettling episode.

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This Season 1 entry was also important in depicting fairly early on in the series’ run just how strong the Kirk-Spock team is: When Kirk “programs” his doppelganger to insult Spock in an especially ugly way, the first officer recognizes that his captain’s in trouble and goes into action. It’s the kind of shorthand that you see repeated often in the episodes (and movies) ahead.

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For the full STAR TREK Top 13 Episode Countdown INDEX — updated daily with new entries and other features — click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Sherry Jackson is all you need to say. Love Ted Cassidy,….and un-appreciated talent, but man, she was it!

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    • An underrated gem. Well, Sherry Jackson is never underrated…and never should be. Plus you get some Cthulu-type mention of “Old Ones” from Ruk!

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