The Cloudminders

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201704.16.

“This troubled planet is a place of the most violent contrasts — those who receive the rewards are totally separated from those who shoulder the burdens. It is not a wise leadership.” — Spock

The Cloudminders is one of those episodes that I didn’t really care for until I started teaching ethics. The episode clearly demonstrates that social injustice can lead to violence, and possibly catastrophe for the inhabitants of planet Merak II because they desperately need Zenite from the troubled planet Ardana. Kirk’s decision to seal himself along with Vanna and the High Advisor of Ardana in the cave was a very effective way to bridge the gap between the two sides and eventually lead to mutual understanding, maybe even peace and equality. A very good episode, especially for season 3. I attach another public domain photo for your edification. Live long and prosper.

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The City on the Edge of Forever

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201704.11. The City on the Edge of Forever is easily one of the most compelling episodes of the original series, and we watch and analyze it in my class. According to Sara O’Hare, Nietzsche would describe Kirk as a Tragic Hero, whose private relationship, not to mention his happiness, must be sacrificed for the public good (to save humanity), whereas Spock is the Apollonian figure who represents logic and rational thinking, and McCoy is the chaotic, emotional Dionysian figure who must be stopped from saving Edith Keeler to prevent a chain reaction that will cause the Nazis to win World War II. A fan favourite and one of mine too. Below is a public domain photo of William Shatner as Kirk, although it is not from this episode.

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