1×15 – Shore Leave
Premise: The crew of the Enterprise needs a break! So Kirk grants ‘shore leave’ on a beautiful planet that appears to be completely uninhabited by animal life. But strange and dangerous people and things start appearing on the planet, and the crew can’t figure out if they’re real or figments of their imaginations. McCoy dies (or so it seems) and Kirk gets beaten to a pulp by an old classmate. It’s a vacation they never bargained for.
This episode starts off with what has got to be one of the funniest Kirk/Spock moments in the whole series. Watch a clip of it here. Kirk gets a crick in his back, but he’s mistaken as to who is giving him a back rub…
Spock: “Something wrong?”
Kirk: “A kink in my back…that’s it, a little, little higher…push, push harder…..dig in there, Mr. Sp-”
Kirk: “Thank you, Yeoman, that’s sufficient.”
hahahahaha hahaaaaaaa ha-hahahe hehehe hoo hoo hoo haha ha ha. hahaha. heh. hoo… whew!! deep breath. The expressions on Kirk’s face are priceless. Kirk is obviously used to Spock giving him [private] back rubs, or else he wouldn’t make such a quick and natural assumption…
I bet Spock gives a good back rub. I’d like one.
5:15 – Spock can be such a dweeb:
Kirk: “Mr. Spock. We’re beaming down the starboard section first. Which section would you like to go with?”
Spock: “Not necessary in my case, Captain. On my planet, to rest is to rest. To cease using energy. To me it is quite illogical to run up and down on green grass using energy instead of saving it.”
6:35 – Kirk is resisting taking a rest on the planet, so Spock plays a little trick on him:
Spock: “I picked this up from Dr. McCoy’s log – we have a crewmember aboard who is showing signs of stress and fatigue. Reaction time down 9 to 12 percent, associational rating norm minus three.”
Kirk: “That’s much too low a rating.”
Spock: “He’s becoming irritable and quarrelsome yet he refuses to take rest and rehabilitation. Now he has that right, but we’ve found -”
Kirk: “A crewman’s right ends where the safety of the ship begins. Now, that man will go to shore on my orders. What’s his name?”
Spock: “James Kirk.” [Pause] “Enjoy yourself, Captain.”
Spock & McCoy were in cahoots on that one. Very nice.
43:05 – Kirk and Spock are running away from a tiger when suddenly a plane begins shooting at them, and they grab each other in fear!!! I like to see them clinging to one another. Happy sigh. 🙂 It was difficult to capture stills because they are moving so fast, but I took a few blurry ones:
46:55 – It’s quite amusing to see Spock with a woman on his arm:
Of course, she’s not his style, so he politely removes her from his arm and hands her off to Mr. Sulu with an under-chin touch:
What a fantastically weird episode! Definitely worth watching. I couldn’t really do it justice on this blog. I just went screen-capture-happy.