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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