Like the preceding episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", "Dagger of the Mind" is another mad-doctor drama. This time, Kirk delivers supplies to a penal colony on Tantalus V, where he meets the renowned Dr. Tristan Adams. Adams has been working on the development of a neural neutralizer to control and manipulate dangerous patients. When Kirk threatens to expose him as a dangerous megalomaniac, Adams uses the technology on the unfortunate captain. This tense piece set in a madhouse atmosphere makes for a riveting episode, with a few unhinged performances adding to the fun.--Tom Keogh
Another one of those classic Trek episodes that everyone knows about-the one with the insane man who comes aboard and knows something evil is going on down below on the benevolant planet. The head Doctor sounding so saccharine that you KNOW he's up to no good, the sexy doctor who goes with Kirk down to the planet and it's another episode where there was plenty of things taken in a classic South Park episode. The Enterprise just dropped off some supplies to … more
A delivery to a mental institution has a patient escaping on board to the Enterprise and wanting asylum. A great episode with a wonderful mystery sadly ruined by no clear definition as to why this is going on.
The most significant item about this episode is that it introduces the Vulcan mind meld. Other than the Vulcan neck pinch, it is the most widely (re)used tactic in the Vulcan lore. The episode begins when the Enterprise completes what should be a routine mission to a penal colony. Unknown to the crew, Dr. Simon Van Gelder, a psychiatrist, beams up to the ship in a container. He is captured relatively easily and Van Gelder exhibits signs of mental instability. As McCoy and Spock investigate, some … more