1×16 – The Galileo Seven

Premise: The Enterprise is en route to deliver medical supplies to a colony in need, when they come across a Quasar. Kirk has standing orders to investigate all Quasar-like phenomena. A scientific party of seven – including Spock, Bones and Scotty – boards the Galileo shuttlecraft and heads out to investigate. The Galileo gets pulled off course and crashes onto a planet called Taurus II, which is inhabited by giant neanderthal-like creatures. Due to an ionization effect, they can’t contact or be seen by the Enterprise. Kirk only has a few days to find them before he must depart to deliver the supplies, and Spock has to find a way to keep his panicky crew in order and save all of their lives. This is a very Spock-centered episode!!

11:20 -Bones speculates that Spock is relishing his newfound position of power, as “Commander” of the Galileo crew, but Spock gives a very Spock-like response:

McCoy: “Well I can’t say much for the circumstances but at least it’s your big chance.”
Spock: “My big chance? For what, Doctor?”
McCoy: “Command.” [Pause] “Oh, I know you Mr. Spock. You’ve never voiced it but you’ve always thought that logic was the best basis on which to build command, am I right?”
Spock: “I am a logical man, Doctor.”
McCoy: “Well it’ll take more than logic to get us out of this.”
Spock: “Perhaps, Doctor, but I know of no other way to begin. I realize that command does have its fascinations, even under circumstances such as these. But I neither enjoy the idea of command, nor am I frightened by it. It simply exists. And I will do whatever logically needs to be done.”

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40:40 – As Spock, Bones, and another crew member are racing back to the shuttle, one of the giant creatures throws a rock on top of Spock’s leg!!!! He yells “aaaauuuughghhhhhh!” Wow, I’ve never heard Spock yell like that. He tries to tell the others to leave him behind and take off, but of course they go back and pry him loose, saving his life. He limp-runs to the shuttle and makes it just in time. I like seeing Spock in trouble and Bones saving him…

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46:57 – Kirk thinks that he’s lost the Galileo crew, and you can plainly read the sadness on his face:

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But then Uhura tells him that they were saved just in time, and you can see the tears of relief in his eyes:

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48:25 – The end of this episode is GREAT. Everyone is safely back on the bridge. Kirk tries to get Spock to admit that he made an emotional – rather than logical – decision:

Kirk: “Now Mr. Spock, there’s really something I don’t understand about all this, and perhaps you can explain it to me. Logically, of course. When you jettisoned the fuel and you ignited it, you knew that there was virtually no chance of it being seen, yet you did it anyhow. Now that would seem to me to be an act of desperation.”
Spock: “Quite correct, Captain.”
Kirk: “Now we all know – and I’m sure the doctor would agree with me – that desperation is a highly emotional state of mind. How does your well-known logic explain that?”
Spock: “Quite simply, Captain. I examined the problem from all angles, and it was plainly hopeless. Logic informed me that, under the circumstances, the only possible action would have to be one of desperation. Logical decision, logically arrived at.”
Kirk: “Ah-ha-ha-ha, I see. You mean you reasoned that it was time for an emotional outburst.”
Spock: “Well, I wouldn’t put it in exactly those terms, Captain, but those are essentially the facts.”
Kirk: “You’re not going to admit that for the first time in your life you committed a purely human emotional act?”
Spock: “No, sir.”
Kirk: [Laughs] “Mr. Spock – you’re a stubborn man.”
Spock: “Yes, sir.”
[Laughter erupts from everyone on the bridge. Kirk’s laugh is particularly funny.] 🙂

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General comments:

The crew of the Galileo are acting like irrational idiots. To use a word from middle school, they’re being total wusses! I would think being an officer on the Enterprise is kind of like being an astronaut-soldier. They’re supposed to be BRAVE. Yet they freak out and resent Spock for actually trying to save the lives of the majority. Kirk needs to give the entire Enterprise crew a stern talking to.

The words “logic” and “logical” are used excessively in this episode. Too many times for a drinking game, even.

I like seeing Kirk so worried about Spock and the other missing crew members. He calls them his “friends” and expresses that he feels a sense of “great loss.”

I looooove seeing Spock in charge and giving orders!!!
Spock: “Gentlemen. You will follow my orders. To the letter.”

Spock puts his hands on his hips a lot in this episode. He seems to do it when he’s perplexed or when he’s in the process of making a difficult decision. Spock uses a much narrower range of postures and body motions than any of the other characters, so it’s easy to notice when he does something out of the ordinary.

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One Comment on “1×16 – The Galileo Seven”

  1. HQ Says:

    “The words “logic” and “logical” are used excessively in this episode. Too many times for a drinking game, even.” Agreed, agreed! And now I am reminded of a certain mathematician’s technical aggrievance at the use of the word “logical” in Star Trek. I’ll give you the link, in case you’re curious:

    http://scienceblogs.com/goodmath/2009/03/mr_spock_is_not_logical_book_d.php.

    Of course, the whole “logical” thing is just one of many pop-psychological (or pop-philosophical. pop-mathematical, pop-astronomical, pop-what-you-will) sledgehammer blows I have to condone or pardon when watching star-trek, for the sake of its capacity to be very amusing and dear to me in spite of all that :P. (Other examples of said blows include Kirk’s preaching on behalf of humanity towards the end of every other episode, and ANYTHING regarding the female… species, as it would appear to be in this show (as such, i have no inclination to identify myself with said species).)


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