Teleplay writer Oliver Crawford says "The Galileo Seven" was inspired by his viewing of a 1939 film calledFive Came Back. (A catty footnote: David Gerrold, scribe of the famous "Trouble with Tribbles" episode, called "The Galileo Seven" a rip-off of the Jimmy Stewart filmThe Flight of the Phoenix. Meow.)Five Came Backconcerned a plane crash in the Andes and the survivors who faced the constant threat of surrounding headhunters. Crawford toyed with the idea and came up with a story line in which Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and a couple of other crew members crash on the surface of a hostile planet during a shuttle mission. With communication between the small craft and theEnterprisedisrupted by quasar activity, Spock and the others must defend themselves against a formidable threat with only primitive, handmade weapons. That's the scenario, but the real drama is in the rising conflict between the half-Vulcan Spock's coldly logical approach to survival and the passions of his human crew, who soon come to regard him as a hateful, unfeeling monster. This is an interesting episode, both as a taut action piece and, somewhat indirectly, as a portrait of intolerance (specifically, an intolerance of individual differences) developing under stress.--Tom Keogh
Spock must take control of Enterprise crewman after a shuttle crash strands them all on a primitive planet while Kirk must do everything he can to find the shuttle before a deadline is hit and he is forced to abandon his search. Spock must make hard choices with unruly crewman who get more aggravated with his actions.
While there is some interesting action, I dislike this episode on a visceral level. Through the unforeseen actions of a quasar-like phenomenon, the Enterprise shuttlecraft Galileo is thrown wildly off course and crash-lands on a planet. Spock is in command and the other crewmembers are Scotty, McCoy, Lieutenant Boma, a female yeoman and two other expendable crewmen. The Galileo group begins to reconnoiter the surface and almost immediately come under attack from large, humanoid creatures. One of … more