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By Any Other Name

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Title : By Any Other Name Rating : 5
First Aired : 23 Feb 1968 Stardate : 4657.5
Director : Marc Daniels Year : 2268
Writers : Jerome Bixby Season : 2
Rating : 4.0000 for 2 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 4
Review : I like this story. It was well-written and fairly well acted. As with many of the good ones, we had no clear villain, Rojan was a man doing his duty for his people, even though he could be quite ruthless about it. The death of Yeoman Thompson was part of this, and the writer made her more than just another Redshirt, but someone with a speaking part whose death meant more. Kirk's solution was quite effective as well, showing various attempts to use force or guile to get out of the situation, finally succeeding with pure Humanity, in this case a combination of Human strengths and Human weaknesses. So in the end, he won by experience. A number of things came up. Firstly, I don't remember the ship going faster than warp 8 previously, yet warp 9 started appearing afterwards. Did Scotty copy some of the Kelvan's modifications? Secondly, when the crew was reduced to little polygons, did Kirk go around picking them all up, work out who they were and move them to their quarters to prevent them from being damaged? Finally, if the Enterprise was supposed to be a generational ship, where were the Human females? They should have kept Uhura and Nurse Chapel around at least. The new VFX worked, as ever, and the Andromeda view was fairly accurate. There was a very neat trick with the make-up used for the Kelvans, especially Rojan, making it look more and more naturalistic as the story went on, suggesting that they were becoming more Human all the time. Verdict, a very good episode. It's a pity we never had a full series in the 29th Century, so that we could see when the Kelvans arrived.
Reviewer : MarcusP Rating : 4
Review : An okay episode, even if the plot is a bit silly. How could they live in that accelerated state? Oh well, one shouldn't dwell into these things too much, but still... A Kirk-episode whre he once again makes love to a beautiful alien girl.
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