STAR TREK: “The Enemy Within” Has a Good Half and a Bad Half

Television Series: Star Trek
Episode #5: “The Enemy Within”
USA Airdate: October 6, 1966 (#5)
Written By: Richard Matheson
Music Composed By: Sol Kaplan
Directed By: Leo Penn
Running Time: 50 Minutes


William Shatner is Captain James T. Kirk in STAR TREK: "The Enemy Within" (1966, Desilu)

William Shatner is Captain James T. Kirk in STAR TREK: “The Enemy Within” (Desilu, 1966)

Rapid Reviewpoints

Story: 6 (out of 10)
Performances: 6
Visual Style: 5
Music: 9
Overall: 6
Verdict: Worth Watching
Comments: Though penned by the legendary Richard Matheson, one of my favorite writers, something at times feels “off” about “The Enemy Within.” This is probably due to it being one of the first installments of the series. Portions of the episode are fantastic, however, including an early formation of the “dramatic triangle” of Kirk (leadership), Spock (reason), and McCoy (passion).


Fun Trivia

“The Enemy Within” is not only the first episode produced where McCoy utters, “He’s dead, Jim,” but also the first produced to feature the famous Spock nerve pinch.


Best Quote

“Being split in two halves is no theory with me, Doctor. I have a human half, you see, as well as an alien half. Submerged. Constantly at war with each other. Personal experience, Doctor. I survive it because my intelligence wins out over both. It makes them live together.” –Mr. Spock

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