Trek Tuesday #1: The Man Trap

May 26, 2009


Original Airdate:  9/08/66
Starting Stardate:  1513.1


The Enterprise stops by M-1113 for a routine medical inspection of an archeologist and his wife (an old flame of McCoy) and are threatened by a shape-shifting alien that craves salt.


  • Rigley’s Pleasure Planet…need to go there some time
  • Starship surgeon?
  • Everyone is very sweaty
  • Vulcan has no moon?
  • Why could no one could figure out Sulu (George Takei) was gay?  He was in the botany section of the life sciences department “gardening”.
  • Love the “hand” plant, Boregart.
  • What does it mean to go “space happy”?
  • McCoy 3F 127
  • Sulu calls for a medical team then heads over to the body to “feel” the strange facial modeling.  No fear of contagion, I suppose.
  • McCoy(Nancy) pushes a button to open the doors to McCoy’s quarters.
  • Phasers on stun make a “pew pew” noise that sounds a lot like a bullet ricochet.
  • Crater is “stunned”…and when they interrogate him…his voice is “slowed” down to show he’s stunned.  Hillarious.
  • So many iconic Trek things are present, right from the start: phasers, teleporters, communicators, vulcan green blood.
  • Good mix of futuristic ship and alien planet for the first aired episode.
  • Nancy starts out with a changing appearance depending on who was looking at her.  McCoy, Kirk, and Darnell are all looking at her at the same time and seeing her differently.  After that, though, she actually physically changes shape, so much so that the she’s able to fool the teleporter when she changed into Green.  Odd to switch premise midstream… the first concept was more interesting.
  • Maybe we’re more keen on these things now than back then, but how the teleporter determines who to beam up is a bit of a mystery.  One time, three to beam up meant Kirk, McCoy and the dead Darnell.  Later, three to beam up meant the three live beings there, Kirk, McCoy and the fake Green, and not the dead Sturgeon.


Super document, report and databank researcher.  He would be a modern day Google’ing Guru.


13:25:  “How you lost love affects your vision, Doctor, doesn’t interest me.  I’ve lost a man!”
17:30:  “I don’t like mysteries.  They give me a belly ache and I’ve got a beauty right now.”
20:34:  “You could learn something from Mr. Spock, Doctor.  Stop thinking with your glands.”
45:20:  “The creature…it kills…it needs salt to live…Bones, move aside!”


Crewman Darnell: “Dead by violence”…is there any other kind of death by unnatural causes? lol
Crewman Green
Crewman Sturgeon
Crewman Barnhart


He’s dead, Jim:  2


Zark:  It’s a pretty good opening episode.  You are definitely thrown right into the program.  No lengthy setup of how things came to be as they are.  Very sci-fi with shape-changing alien beings and so forth.  McCoy’s disbelieving reactions played out a bit too long, but otherwise the story was good.  A lot of good characterization too: Uhrua’s conversation with Spock, Sulu and Rand in his quarters, Kirk ribbing McCoy.  Decent start.

Justin:  A solid start to the series.  This episode is packed with examples of each character’s major personality traits.  Kirk is clearly in “command”, McCoy is clearly the emotional one and Spock is, not so clearly at times, the emotionless one.  Plenty of red shirts bite it in this one too which is another essential Star Trek: The Original Series building block trait.

Presented by Zark from zarkseven.com and Justin from justinriggle.com



  1. McCoy’s old girlfriend got killed by a salt-sucking alien!
    Kirk gets all the chicks, and poor McCoy gets an alien.

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