In my years learning about Trek, this one episode always came up. The planet that looks like Earth with all the kids who act strange. The disease. The title of the episode pulled from a character. From my Trek Encyclopedias to references made in a South Park episode which takes slang and ideas from this show-I always wondered about it, but never got a chance to see it and learn what the fuss was about. Till now.
The Enterprise finds a radio signal sent from a planet, not just any planet an Earth like planet and no not even one with similar size and atmosphere, IT'S JUST LIKE EARTH with a North American continent, boot shaped Italy, EVERYTHING. Beaming down with the trifecta of Kirk, Spock and McCoy-Rand and two redshirts we see a decayed civilization and Spock theorizes that it is modeled after 60's America. Stranger and stranger. The first person they see is a diseased man who attacks them, followed by the preteen Miri who was hiding. There are only kids left and all the adults are dead or diseased. The rest of the kids are hiding and like the Who, won't get fooled again by the "grups" who "foolied" them.
I'll just say it here, the cop out on the sets to save money by making this planet "just like Earth" is the only weak point. Sadly Trek did this a few more times.
The children as it turns out age years at a time yet stay young, but upon reaching physical adolecance, start to get sick and the landing party is infected. Under quarantine, the crew stay below to find a cure from the leftover notes and the children start to plot against the "grups" so they don't get attacked anymore. In the meantime, Miri who is actually quite old has a crush on Kirk, which makes Rand jealous-but when Rand breaks down and confesses to Kirk her attraction to him while showing her boils of illness, it causes a schizm with Miri. It's strange to see small romance between a thirty year old man and a young child like Miri handled the way it is, unlike things like Child Bride or even the anime Please Teacher! but thankfully it's kept cute and doesn't get creepy.
The other children, led by Michael Pollard are what makes things erie and you only thought wild children were only scary in something like Lord of the Flies, which this almost is.
"Miri" is one of the greats of season 1. Atmosphere, a ticking clock and using brains and not brawn to win the day. Though had Kirk given that "bump bump" kid in the blue 5 or 6 good licks with his belt for being a nuisance. Course Miri might ask if it is as unpleasant as a kiss from Kirk.
see, what I did there I made a True Grit ref........oh never mind.
The Enterprise lands on an Earth like planet only to discover children of advanced age and all the adults gone. Great episode with a tense atmosphere where the only spot is the budget of shooting on location to explain the "Earth Like" planet.
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"Miri," one of the most popular episodes of the originalStar Trekseries, featured a couple of soon-to-be-semi-icons from two very different kinds of films from the late 1960s: Michael J. Pollard (who would appear inBonnie and Clyde) and Kim Darby (John Wayne's costar inTrue Grit). The intriguing story concerns a race of children on an Earth-like planet who are in fact 300 years old, kept pristine in the summer of their lives by a disease that also causes madness and death with the onset of adulthood. TheEnterprise's landing party, including Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), are instantly contaminated and forced to remain on the planet until McCoy can find an antidote. In the meantime, Darby's character, Miri, falls for Kirk and becomes jealous of his attentions toward anyone else. Easily one ofStar Trek's strongest shows, "Miri" is a must-see for Trekkers and Trekkies.--Tom Keogh