1.04: The Naked Time | Star Trek TOS

Why, hello there. I’m trying something a little different in terms of how I go about writing these posts. I discovered that what I was doing was taking forever and I not sure if it was going to be sustainable in the long run. Of course, these changes are on my end and I don’t know how obvious it will be to someone reading this. You might not have even known if there was anything different if I hadn’t said anything. However, if you DO notice a difference in the quality of this post (either good or bad), please let me know in the comments.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about “The Naked Time,” the fourth episode of Star Trek: TOS. I must confess that I was a bit confused by the actual episode. A part of me wonders if the problem was me – was I paying as close attention as I should have been?

Everything is frozen.

Everything is frozen.

“The Naked Time” began with Spock and another crew member whose name escapes me beaming down to a planet (why Kirk didn’t join them, I have no idea). The planet was about to explode and Spock and his companion were going to help the science team on the planet to get to the Enterprise before that happened. When they arrived, however, everyone was dead for unknown reasons, the life support had been turned off and one of the members of the science team had tried to take a shower fully clothed. Towards the end of the scene, we saw Spock’s companion come into contact with what I initially thought was blood, but given the plot of the rest of the episode, I guess it was actually sweat. Spock and his companion returned to the Enterprise where the companion pretty quickly began acting strangely and Spock continued to act like Spock. I was a bit confused about why at least one of the bodies wasn’t brought back to the ship for autopsy – wouldn’t it have been nice to know how or why they died? Also, why weren’t Spock and his companion quarantined or something just in case they had come into contact with some sort of contagion? But I digress. Like I said, Spock’s companion began acting strangely and ultimately stabbed himself with a butter knife in the mess hall. Sulu and Riley tried to stop him, but were unsuccessful. Spock’s companion lost his will to live and died in the sick bay.

Is this blood or sweat?

Is this blood or sweat?

Sulu and Riley then began acting strangely – presumably from coming into contact with some bodily fluids? Sulu started brandishing a sword but was quickly contained, while Riley effective took over the Enterprise. Meanwhile, the planet below was about to explode and with Riley on the controls, there was a danger that the Enterprise wouldn’t be able to get out of the way in time. Also, this of behavior started spreading to other members of the crew. What followed were scenes where the nurse professed her love for Spock, Spock loosing control of his emotions, and Kirk commenting on how he had such a pretty Yeoman he couldn’t do anything with (which I mention because I suspect this might be foreshadowing for a later episode). Ultimately, Bones discovered that this behavior was being cased by sweat being passed from person to person and Spock discovered a formula for sending the Enterprise back in time roughly three days. At least, I think that’s what happened? As I said, “The Naked Time” left me feeling somewhat confused.

Riley at the controls.

Riley at the controls.

Some other random thoughts:

    Shirtless Sulu brandishes a sword.

    Shirtless Sulu brandishes a sword.

  • We saw Kirk shirtless in “Charlie X” and Sulu shirtless in “The Naked Time.” I wonder if this is a trend and we’ll ultimately see all the primary male crew members shirtless before The Original Series comes to an end.
  • I enjoyed learning a bit about Vulcan (or at least Spock’s) physiology, such as his rapid pulse and green blood. However, we know that Spock is part human, so it’s unclear how his human ancestry impacts his physiology / how similar or different his physiology is to a full fledged Vulcan.
  • In the scene where Spock’s companion stabbed himself in the mess hall, we saw Sulu and Riley attempt to stop him…with a bunch of other crew members simply watching in the background. What I want to know is why none of those crew members didn’t at least try to intervene as well. Why didn’t any of them at least call for help?
  • “The Naked Time” ended with Spock commenting that the crew of the Enterprise now is able to travel back in time. Kirk acknowledged that, but went on to say that while they might do that in the future, it wasn’t something he wanted to think about just then. So I’m looking forward to seeing if time travel is something they return to in the future.

So that’s all I’ve got about “The Naked Time.” What did you think about this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

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She goes by either Sue or Taylor and doesn't care which you choose to call her. She's 30-something living in Pennsylvania, USA. For years, she didn't think she would like Star Trek, but time and experience proved to her that she probably would. Because she didn't come to Star Trek until adulthood, she is perhaps way behind her Trekkie peers. She Treks is her attempt to slowly "catch up" and hopefully connect with other Star Trek fans along the way. When she's not watching Star Trek, she can be found enjoying one of her random other interests.

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