||A most curious episode. The plot was fine, the pacing worked, the acting was pretty good, but the dialogue was seriously weird. It was more like a stage play than a Star Trek episode. I also reckon the characterisation was a bit off, especially with Kirk, who just didn't seem to be making any sense. That's all down to the writing, and this episode badly needed a rewrite, even though it appears it was rewritten at least once. I'm also somewhat unclear just where the ship ended up, although inside the galactic barrier makes most sense. As for the Medusans being too ugly to bear, obvious recycling of ancient Greek myths, but I suppose it makes some sense as a comment on standards of beauty. Besides, how can anyone who has ever seen one be believed? Even Vulcans have never truly seen one. People can die during psychotic episodes, enough stress can cause a heart attack, but Marvick's death would be very unusual. Also, Kirk's presence during the ambassador's beamout was a bit of a YATI. Still, Diana Muldar did very well considering what she had to work with, and the regular cast were not too bad either. As for the remastered effects, good as ever. I liked the new Medusan ship, the barrier worked, and putting lights on the planet was a nice touch. Verdict, mixed good and bad.