Series: The Original Series
Air Date: November 22, 1968
Written by: Meyer Dolinsky
Directed by: David Alexander
Answering a distress call, the crew find a Platonic race of telekinetic beings who hold Bones captive and force Kirk to make history with Uhura.
Landing on the planet Plutonus, Kirk, Spock and Bones immediately meet a midget named Alexander who fakes them out by casting a huge shadow. Frankly, I don't know what they could have been scared of. They faced the huge shadow of a cat back in season two and it turned out to be just a regular-sized cat. And not even a real cat. But Alexander is real, and he's pretty much the only normal one on the planet, aside from his size.
Alexander explains that he and his people originally came from a planet that was about to explode along with its sun. They escaped and, because their leader liked the teachings of Plato so much, named his new home after the philosopher and adapted all of his teachings to their new government. The strongest minds will therefore lead and the weakest minds shall serve. They soon find out what the "strongest minds" means when, after they find the leader, they discover he is stricken with an infection and, in his fever, tosses things around the room... WITH HIS MIND!
|Captain, please don't pretend like you need an excuse to touch them.|
Well, then Spock and Kirk are sent to some kind of quarters where they discuss what in the world is going on along with Alexander. Alexander reveals that the Plutonians didn't have their telekinetic powers until a few months after they arrived on the planet. From that, Spock deduces that it's something in the local vegetation that made them develop powers, and not, as they thought, their naturally "strong" minds. Bones concurs on this theory and gets to work on a telekinesis serum. Meanwhile Alexander is relieved that his mind is not abnormal after all... just his height.
|[Insert Tyrion Lannister reference here]|
Over on the sidelines, Alexander, who's tired of this crap, pulls a knife and runs toward the Plutonian leader. But the leader instead forces Alexander to turn the knife on himself. The edge of the knife getting ever closer to Alexaner's chest, Kirk's telekinesis finally kicks in. Alexander throws the knife away and the Plutonian leader wonders who did that! Kirk throws down the whip and demonstrates the power of his own mind. The leader and Kirk fight for power over Alexander, meanwhile Alexander is bouncing back and forth with a knife in his hand hoping to kill the Plutonian leader.
|Never trust a midget with a knife.|
This episode teaches a valuable lesson about tyranny of the mind. We hear a lot about people who take over control because of their ability to force people into submission, but rarely do we hear about people lording their brains over people and using this as a sort of dictatorial tactic. But especially in a universe like the Star Trek universe, this can and does happen. Don't think you're better than people just because you're smart. That's just as wrong as punching them.