"For the World is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky," Ep. 65 - Oracle, an unrelenting computer, has control of the Yonada planet, which is really a spaceship. Kirk and crew must free up control or all Yondans will die. "Da... more »y of the Dove," Ep. 66 - The only episode with a female Klingon has the aliens battling Kirk's crew aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Who is controlling this fight where even fatal wounds heal instantly?« less
FOR THE WORLD IS HOLLOW AND I HAVE TOUCHED THE SKY
Yes, that is the title, and yes it is insanely long. :) This was made right when the writers really had a hang for the characters in Star Trek. This is a classic "Trio" episode with an emphasis on McCoy. It seems that the writers were tired of Kirk or Spock getting the babes, so in this one McCoy does.
The character interaction is what makes this a good episode in my book. Although the ending seems a little strange in that we NEVER see McCoy's wife again, it is at least a happy ending.
DAY OF THE DOVE
Another social commentary with the usual theme of "Don't hate people." This one has to do with Klingons and the Enterprise crew fighting each other with swords over and over and over until the end of time (it would seem) thanks to an alien that feeds of negative emotions. Of course, Kirk figures out how to laugh his way out of the situation.
Another good one if you like seeing the "Early Klingons without bumpy heads." A bit of a mature theme at one point where it appears one of the crew-man (under the influence of the alien) tries to rape a Klingon woman. Of course it is the 60s so nothing terrible happens, but it is still a more dark episode and has very little humor.
More amazing third-season Trek megacheese!
Zagnorch | Terra, Sol System | 09/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After finally seeing the "For The World Is Hollow..." for the first time ever, all I can say is: it's about time! After two-and-a-half seasons featuring either Captain Kirk baggin' the babe or Mister Spock playing `hard to get', ignoring the advances of would-be love interests (the tease!), it's about time McCoy got a bit of romance thrown his way! Even Scotty got a few dates in before Bones' love connection! Unfortunately, I discovered the reason why Cupid hasn't been too kind to the good doctor: he's a cold fish when it comes to kissing! His two lip-locks with Natira were about as romantic as taking your date to see the latest `Friday The 13th' sequel. But, on the bright side, his one brush with couplehood is one more than most Trekkies could ever hope to attain... heh.Then there's "Day of The Dove", a showcase of Star Trek's third-season production budget cutback woes. This is especially apparent with the Klingon makeup- the swarthiness is uneven, and a bit too shiny. And the destruction of Kang's abandoned ship is cheesier-looking than the usual silly outer space FX one has come to know and love about the series. But, on the upside, if you're looking for some of that infamous over-the-top Kirkian halting dialogue full of heavy-handed moralizing, this particular eppie's got it in spades!`Late!"
2 More great episodes from season 3
McHenry John | McHenry, Illinois United States | 07/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Those who exnay Star Trek's 3rd season obviously didn't watch all the episodes thoroughly. "World is Hollow..." is a great story with McCoy falling in love after being diagnosed with a fatal illness. "Day of the Dove" is one of the best Klingon related stories in Trekdom...with Michael Ansara as Kang. Great SFX thoughout the story, plus our first look at the Klingon women."
Meanwhile, Unbeknownst to Our Principal Characters...
Bruce Rux | Aurora, CO | 08/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
""For the World Is Hollow..." is a hackneyed plot - a Star Trek staple plot, for that matter - but well done. The Enterprise encounters an asteroid that isn't an asteroid - it's a hollow, artificial planet, carrying the descendants of a distant race to their eventual new home, run by a computer that overdoes its protective job of caring for them and has gone a little megalomaniacal. The high priestess of the artificial planet - who, like her people, does not know she is inside a hollowed out asteroid, or that her god is a computer - takes a fancy to Dr. McCoy, who has recently discovered (will the cliches never end?) he has only a few months left to live, and as a result accepts her proposal of marriage and retires from Starfleet service to spend his final days with her. Needless to say, Kirk and Spock have to rectify the entire situation. The episode is nicely produced, for how [inexpensive] it is - the entire third season was [inexpensive] - and Kate Woodville is endearingly naive and regal as Natira, the asteroid-planet's priestess/McCoy's new bride. The sets and costumes are quite attractive and colorful."Day of the Dove" is great fun, more for its cast and the gusto with which they perform their roles than for the story itself. Kirk and Co. find themselves lured by a fake distress signal to a planet where only a half dozen Klingons survive. The Klingons blame the Federation for having lured them to the same planet with a fake distress signal, and killing most of his crew. After Kirk gets them safely rounded-up and under guard aboard the Enterprise, all hell breaks loose: an unseen power hijacks the ship outside the solar system at Warp 9, in circles, and releases and arms the Klingons and the Enterprise crew with swords; the two rival races fight to the death, over and over again, since the same unseen third party seems also somehow to keep repairing their injured bodies. Kirk, one way or another, has to gain the trust of the Klingon leader to identify and eliminate the alien invader responsible for the carnage, before they are trapped in eternal warfare with each other."Dove" is a real scenery-chewer, and one of the [least expensive]-ever episodes of the series. Only the Enterprise core cast and a handful of Klingons are ever seen - everyone else, we are informed, has been sealed off (conveniently and cheaply) below decks - leaving them to roll their eyes and gnash their teeth in artificially induced fury for most of the hour. Michael Ansara, who never disappoints, is ideal as the Klingon captain, Kang, and Susan Howard - in one of her final performances before permanently retiring from acting - is appealing and interesting as his emotionally torn wife, Mara."
Balance of Power
Golden Lion | North Ogden, Ut United States | 01/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Both the Klingons and Federation are experiencing serious operational disruptions being misdirected by an evil alien force into thinking each is the cause for explosions on the Klingon ship and the death of a 100 people on colony on Beta XII-A.
Writer Marvin Chomsky examines the futility and weak attributes associated with the doctrine of "Balance of Power". The end design of "Balance of Power" is perpetual warfare, hatred, bloodshed, and waste. Any two groups engaged in the balance of power will migrate between periods of low intensity warfare too sudden castrophic shock waves of violence; power and invisible hand regenerates the conflict by introducing military funding and humanitarian aid; the world sensor of this evil doctrine is mitigated by media blitzs and political negotiations that make the conflict too seemingly to deescalate, for a period.
The Federation members are stirred to hatred including Spock, demonstrated his inability to control the human half which is equally as powerful as his Vulcan ego. Spock lies about how powerful his human side is. A case in point is the "Enterprise Incident" where Dr. Jones must rescue Spock's human ego that is regressing to the point of death by fear, as Dr. Jones screams, "to the death or life for the both of us." Chekov believes the Klingons have killed his brother; Uhura reveals later that Chekov never had a brother; McCoy wants Kirk and Spock to act like military men and fight the Klingons. The Klingons capture the away team on the planet and threaten to torture each member one by one until Kirk surrenders the Enterprise. Kirk agrees after Chekov torturing too yield control of the Enterprise. Spock and Scottie manage to capture the Klingons during transport. The remain Klingons are beamed into the brigg. Once the Klingon ship is vacated, the Enterprise destroys the ship. The Klingons distrust the Federation believing they are treacherous and the Klingons will go to death camples. McCoy says, "we know what a Klingon is" suggesting a strong racial hatred. Initially, the numbers are 40 Klingons to 400 Federation, but the alien seals the lower level bulkheads and reduces the numbers to equal. Kirk realizes a problem is emerging and reveals a dangerous fact about "Balance of Power" and that is the doctrine drive men to kill believing they are "revenging an non-existent lose". Neither side has superior weapons because the alien has transmuted the phrasers into swords and Scottie describes the swords as "a fine collection of antiques". The Klingons take engineering. Spock detects the alien life force and describes it s pure energy and possesses intelligence and purpose. The Klingons communicate that the bridge life supports have been shut off and they crew will die of suffocation. The alien restores life support. Kirk says, "what is happen tous" and "why are acting like a group of savages". Weapons, idealogy, racial hatred are used by design to force the two groups to fight. Kirk is baffled about the game and rules to the game. McCoy tells Kirk that life threatening wounds are healing at an astonishing speed. Kirk learns the alien subsists on the emotion of others and the alien acts as a catylst to cause more violent mode of conflict, a constant state of violence, and Kirk realizes that "the fighting must end" or they will continue fighting for a 1000 years. The alien has accelerated the enterprise to warp 9 and the dilithium crystal are deteriating. The Klingons and Federation agree to a temporary truce that weakens the alien. Kirk says, "we must push outward to survive", "we must stop the endless violence", "the alien sites back and laughs and the violence starts over again". The alien is coward. The Federation and Klingons good will drives the alien OUT. "