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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
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Studio:  CBS Paramount International Television
CastLeonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols
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Quick Tip by . January 06, 2012
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.
review by . February 04, 2005
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 …
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