THIS IS ONE OF THE TEN BEST TREKS!
Celia Lovsky, Arlene Martel, Lawrence Montaigne.
Spock's mating urge propels him to his home planet
This episode features the first and only trip
to Spock's home planet Vulcan during the original series. Celia Lovsky
impresses as T'Pau, the female ruler of Vulcan. As T'Pring, Spock's
bride to be, Arlene Martel ("Demon With a Glass Hand"), is
challenging and exotic. Kirk's battle to the death with Spock is unforgettable!
Aboard the Enterprise, Spock begins to act very
strange. He yells, and even throws soup at Nurse Chapel! After much
prying by Kirk, Spock reveals that he's experiencing pon farr, the Vulcan
need to mate, which comes every seven years.
Spock and gang arrive on Vulcan. His bride to be doesn't want Spock.
As part of the Vulcan law, Kirk and Spock fight over T'Pring, Spock's
gal. Spock "kills" Kirk.
Back on the Enterprise, it turns out Kirk wasn't dead, just knocked
out by a shot McCoy gave him. Spock is very happy, briefly smiling.
Director Joseph Pevney's, AMOK TIME,
is a fascinating look at the inner workings of Vulcan culture.
Writer, Theodore Sturgeon, earns a warm place in Trekker's hearts for
his detailed look at Vulcan mating habits. Watching the usually controlled
Spock wig out over primal drives makes for tasty Sci-Fi entertainment.
The Vulcan leader, T'Pay, is played by Celia Lovsky. Her advanced age,
thick accent, and stiffness are the grand matriarch of Vulcan.
Dr. McCoy plays a key role in Kirk's "death" and resurrection.
Although the viewer knows, somewhere in their mind, that Kirk is not
truly gone, the death scene has impact. tThe clever way "Bones"
McCoy faked Kirk's demise, (the ol' phony tri-ox injection scam), is
appropriately audacious. We were tricked, but our intelligence was not
When a desire-crazed Spock "kills" Kirk, it snaps the Vulcan
out of his ancient sex trance. Under Director Pevney's firm hand, Nimoy
presents a super nova of sober resignation and cold sorrow. Later, the
uninhibited smile that the stoic Vulcan briefly flashes, when he realizes
his friend and superior officer is not dead, burns up the screen.
AMOK TIME should be highly watchable for most Sci-Fi viewers. Spock
fans may spontaneously go into pon farr.