France Nuyen gives an outstanding performance as a shrew
Jun 27, 2004
The Dohlman of the planet Elas is a beautiful woman who is pledged to be married to the leader of Troyius, in an attempt to end years of bitter war between the planets. The Enterprise is ordered to ferry the Dohlman to Troyius and the Troyian ambassador is assigned to teach the Dohlman the manners needed to function in Troyian society. Since he knows it will take some time, he asks Captain Kirk to take it slow, so the Enterprise departs at sublight speed. Because the Dohlman is an arrogant, spoiled shrew the job is impossible. She repeatedly insults the Enterprise crew and the ambassador, refusing to learn what she needs to know. She eventually stabs the ambassador, and Kirk becomes her teacher. After she refuses Kirk's help, he slaps her, which changes everything. After one more childlike fit, she emerges crying and Kirk softens and wipes her tears away. This creates a problem as the tears contain a chemical, which causes anyone who comes in contact with them to fall hopelessly in love with her. A member of the Dohlman's entourage is working for the Klingons, sabotaging the Enterprise so that it will self-destruct when it goes into warp. To force this issue, a Klingon ship appears and makes a mock attack run. Scotty finds the sabotage just in time, so the Enterprise does not go to warp. The Klingons then demand the surrender of the Enterprise and attack. The fight is one-sided, as the Enterprise does not have warp power. However, the ceremonial necklace worn by the Dohlman contains dilithium crystals, which allow the Enterprise to regain warp power and they defeat the Klingon ship. The stress of battle cures Kirk of his love for the Dohlman and impresses her so much that she then meekly beams down to her wedding. This is an episode with a great deal of tension. We can see the conflict in Kirk as he tries to manage the battle and his overpowering love for the Dohlman. The behavior of the Dohlman is very well played and appropriate, as it is needed to provide the proper background for the story. France Nuyen gives one of the best guest star performances of the series. It is not one of the very best episodes of the original series, but I rank it in the top twenty.
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To promote peace between warring planets, Kirk and theEnterprisemust deliver a reluctant bride. Trouble starts when Kirk falls hopelessly in love with the shrew. .
TREK TRIVIA France Nuyen (Elaan) starred with Jeffrey Hunter (Star Trek's Captain Christopher Pike) in the sci-fi film Dimension 5. Victor Brandt (Watson) later appeared as Tongo Rad in "The Way To Eden". If you look closely at the scene in which Elaan throws the knife at Kirk, you can see the wire the knife travels along. Note the costumes on the Troyian guards - they're made out of plastic placemats!