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  • Dec 27, 2011

This episode is a classic.  It's the infamous "Good Kirk and Evil Kirk" episode.  It's also noteworthy of bringing to light that this is where we get to see both sides of William Shatner's acting skills.  His full on clipped voiced, ham eating finest, and his softer and dramatic skills.  This single episode proves on both sides that Shatner is full of camp and skill and not just one or the other, but it does show that he has range.

The episode begins with a survey mission on a planet where night is approaching and the temperatures are starting to drop sharply.  A transporter accident however brings up Captain Kirk and duplicates him.  One a softer passionate man and another rife with aggression and hot blood.  Passionate Kirk is off to relax and kick back after the mission, but the other one goes for some booze and tries to rape Rand.  When the accident is learned of, the Transporter needs to be repaired and that means Sulu and the rest of the landing party is stranded.  Why not use the shuttle?  Cause they weren't invented at this time yet.

The main message of the story is that we need good and evil to remain balanced.  The good side may have thoughtful actions, love and a straightforward line of thought, but the bad side has the strength to make hard decisions and lead in times of trouble.  Put together, they form a complete man.  The episode sets this up well but dwells a little too long.

The Enemy Within is a strong episode but stays put too long which includes a few too many reminders that Sulu and the other crewman will freeze to death if the transporters aren't fixed in time to pad things out.  William Shatner fans will surely like what he has to offer here and the Good Kirk, Evil Kirk has been a trope for a long time.  I cannot end this review though without mentioning the Monster Dog that is used in the episode and how PETA would object to a dog in make up in this episode, let alone that implication that they experimented on the dog with the transporter.  Maybe I'm overthinking this.

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December 28, 2011
damn, you clearly know your ST....I am more of a STNG guy and I did like Deep Space Nine...keep them coming!
December 28, 2011
I got the first season of TOS on bluray for Christmas and I'm seeing some of these for the first time. I will try and keep them coming.
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Quick Tip by . December 27, 2011
Transporter mishap leaves Kirk divided between his passive and compassionate milquetoast self and an aggressive, angry and savage monster self all the while Enterprise crewmen are stranded on a rapidly freezing planet. Sluggish at times but gives the fans of Shatners camp antics and his serious dramatic side a chance to shine.
review by . October 16, 2003
Human psychology takes center stage in this episode. A transporter malfunction creates a second Captain Kirk by siphoning out essential characteristics of his personality. Since only negative characteristics are placed in the copy, it is a feral creature, dominated by lust and other primitive emotions. The episode is well acted by all three of the principle characters, Shatner as the good Kirk appears properly drained, showing progressive weakness as he loses the will to command. However, his best …
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Written by renowned novelist-screenwriter Richard Matheson (The Incredible Shrinking Man), the outstanding episode "The Enemy Within" proposes a transporter malfunction that results in Captain Kirk being divided into two versions of himself, one aggressive and brutal, the other sensitive and good. Essentially, the personality mix that makes Kirk an effective leader and balanced man is scattered like so many marbles, and the result is one captain running around mauling women and wreaking havoc while the other is frightened and indecisive. The production is very effectively done, and William Shatner's performance is among his most interesting.--Tom Keogh
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