Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 60: And The Children Shall Lead
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TheEnterprisearrives at a distant research outpost to find all the adults dead and their children eerily cheerful. No sooner are they aboard the ship than the children begin taking over, using strange powers bestowed on them by a malevolent "friendly … see full wiki
The Enterprise arrives at the science outpost on Triacus, only to find the adults dead and the children seemingly unconcerned about that fact. The children are taken aboard the Enterprise and it leaves orbit to take them to a star base. Triacus was the home of a legendary group of marauders and one, Gorgan, still survives. He is capable of dominating young minds and he has taken control of the children. Through them, he generates irrational and paralyzing fear in the Enterprise crew, which allows him to take over the ship. After a few futile attempts by Kirk and Spock to take the ship back, the children are shown images of them playing with their parents and then scenes of their parents' tombstones. Their grief breaks Gorgan's hold on them and Kirk regains control of the Enterprise. This episode is one of several where seemingly powerful creatures easily take control of the Enterprise. The initial concept is not all that implausible, if a creature can control minds, the softest target would be a child. However, the idea breaks down when the children are then capable of controlling the mind of an adult. A creature with this power would not operate using the weak intermediate of a child, but go directly to controlling the mind of an adult. It is a potentially strong plot weakly executed.
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