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Stunts Biography - Gary Coombs


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1 14 1.4 The Galileo Seven Latimer stunt double The Enterprise has taken time out from a mission to deliver vital medical supplies to investigate Murusaki 312, a "quasar like phenomena". High Commissioner Ferris is aboard the ship to travel with the medical supplies, and is very unhappy about the delay in delivering them. However, Kirk points out that they have five days until they are due to rendezvous and pass the supplies on, a trip that will only take three days. Since they gain nothing by arriving early, and since there are standing orders to investigate phenomena like Murusaki, Kirk is determined to take the time to do so. The ship launches the shuttlecraft Galileo to probe Murusaki, with seven crew aboard; Commander Spock in command, supported by Lieutenant Commander Scott, Doctor McCoy, Lieutenant Latimer, Lieutenant Gaetano, Lieutenant Boma, and Yeoman Mears.

However, once it enters the area around Murusaki the shuttle encounters turbulence and is knocked off course. With sensors and communications rendered useless by the huge interference in the area the shuttle manages to crash-land on a nearby M Class planet, Tarsus II. Kirk now has two days to find his missing crew before the Enterprise will be forced to depart.

Everybody survives the crash landing. Spock sets Scotty to work trying to repair the craft whilst Latimer and Gaetano scout the area. Up in space the Enterprise comes to the planet as the logical place to search, but is hampered by the sensor and communication interference. Kirk is reduced to sending shuttle missions out to the planet to search visually, a daunting prospect. Matters are not by Farris, who insists on reminding Kirk at every opportunity they they will soon have to leave, and that under his authority he can and will order Kirk to do so. Kirk makes it equally clear that he will spend every second that he can trying to find his lost shipmates before he is forced to depart.

On the planet, Scotty has bad news for Spock. The ship has lost a great deal of fuel, making it impossible to reach escape velocity. Even getting into orbit is out of the question unless they can shed at least 500 pounds of weight before taking off. Spock comments that this is the weight of three men, prompting everyone to wonder if he is actually going to order people to remain behind. Whilst Spock makes no decision on this, he seems to think that it would be perfectly logical and reasonable to do so. They set about removing whatever extraneous equipment they can from the shuttle to lighten it, although there is little aboard that is not required for normal operation. The crew gradually become unnerved by the purely rational way that Spock is approaching his command of the mission.

Whilst on their scouting mission Latimer and Gaetano hear strange rasping sounds nearby. They cannot identify the source at first but then a huge furry apelike creature looms out of the mist towards them. They retreat, but a giant spear catches Latimer in the back, killing him. Gaetano fires with his phaser to drive the creature off. The sound brings Spock and Boma to the scene. Boma is horrified when Spock casually disregards the dead officer to examine the spear and comment on the construction method used to create it. When he expresses his anger Spock simply replies that his concern for the dead will not bring them back to life. When Spock offers to help the two men carry the body back they bluntly decline his assistance, obviously frustrated and angry with him.

Kirk increasingly desperate, orders the shuttles to begin widening their search pattern over the planet. This will leave large gaps uncovered in the search area, but will at least result in the bulk of the surface being covered in the time they have.

On the surface McCoy and Mears have managed to dump 150 pounds of machinery. Spock accepts this but comments that with the loss of Latimer they still have a good 150 pounds left to lose. McCoy is disgusted by the idea of leaving somebody behind and tries to talk Spock out of it, but they are interrupted when Boma returns to ask Spock to come and hold Latimer's burial ceremony. Spock seems uninterested in doing so, suggesting that McCoy would be a better choice, but finally agrees to hold the ceremony so long as they continue with the repairs during it. Although he does say that his policy of expending all possible effort on the practicalities of their situation is aimed at ensuring the survival of the remaining crew, his attitude continues to provoke increasing hostility.

However, disaster strikes. As Scotty and Spock work on the shuttle a pipe ruptures, and all of the remaining fuel leaks away. Spock asks Scotty to continue working on any possible alternative, though the engineer sees no solution. Meanwhile the rasping sounds have returned again, noises that Spock identifies as wood on leather. He suggests that there might be some sort of tribal culture at work, which would mean that the Taureans have some sense of unity. Hitting them hard with phasers might therefore drive them off. Although disapproving of the idea of using force Spock concedes that it is logical. However he insists that they fire warning shots only, intending to frighten the creatures away instead of injuring them. The plan appears to work, and the aliens retreat.

Spock orders Gaetano to stand guard whilst he and Boma go back to the shuttle.

There, Scotty has come up with a solution to their problems. With no fuel to use, they can nevertheless drain energy from their hand phasers to power the ship into space. Whilst this offers them some chance to get clear, it does mean sacrificing their only defence against the Taureans. Seeing no choice, Spock orders the procedure carried out.

On the Enterprise they have managed to get the transporters working despite the interference, and Kirk beams several landing parties down.

The Taureans soon return, surrounding the terrified Gaetano. He is attacked, losing his phaser, and tries to run. A Taurean kills him. When Spock, McCoy, and Boma arrive they find no trace of his body, promoting Spock to order the others to return whilst he searches - citing a "scientific curiosity" regarding what happened to Gaetano. He sends his hand phaser back with them, leaving him unarmed. After he leaves, a bemused McCoy comments that Spock will risk his life to find his officer, and yet if he does he is just as likely to order him to remain behind as the rest escape.

Spock succeeds in finding Gaetano's body and carries it to the shuttlecraft. The Taureans attack, but he makes it back to the shuttle. He seems deep in thought after the encounter. McCoy comments that Spock's plan has brought the creatures down on them. Spock cannot understand why the creatures are acting as they are, but to McCoy it is obvious - the phaser fire angered them, something Spock cannot understand. Spock predicts that the creatures will study them for a while but seconds later one one of them begins smashing a huge rock against the craft. Spock is deeply confused by the sequence of events, given that he has made the logical decisions at every point along the way, and yet the results have been less than ideal with two men dead and resentment from the crew boiling over. They electrify the hull to drive the creature off. When Spock states that Gaetano's body will have to be left behind Boma demands a burial, now openly contemptuous of Spock. Spock decides to allow the funeral whilst they creatures are gone.

Meanwhile Kirk gets reports of casualties from one of his landing parties, who were likewise attacked by the Taureans. Ensign O'Neill has been killed by a spear and Lieutenant Immamura is badly wounded. They state that the planet seems to be overrun with the hostile aliens, making it unlikely that the shuttle crew could survive long there. Matters are not helped when Commissioner Ferris arrives to order Kirk to depart. The Captain plays for time, saying that they need to recover their landing parties and shuttles first, but he has only minutes left.

Scotty finishes draining their phasers, announcing that this gives them enough power to attain orbit, hold it for a couple of hours, and then make a controlled landing somewhere on the planet. They go to hold the funeral but the ceremony is interrupted by the Taureans attacking again. Spock is pinned to the ground by a boulder and orders the others to leave him behind, but they refuse and manage to free him. All of them make it to the shuttle and it tries to take off, but the giant Taureans physically hold it down. Spock orders the boosters fired, and the shuttle manages to break free and ascend at last. However, the power drain means that they now cannot make a soft landing. They will fall from orbit in under an hour and burn up in the atmosphere. When Scotty reminds Spock of an earlier comment that "there are always alternatives." Spock ponders that he may have been mistaken about that.

With the shuttles back aboard Kirk reluctantly orders the ship to depart - but at "space normal" speed, a relative crawl. He has the planet brought up on the screen so they can watch as they depart.

Aboard the shuttle, Spock sits deep in thought. He finally reaches out and jettisons all of their remaining fuel in one dump, then ignites it. The others are astonished - the burn will last only seconds, and then the shuttle will fall into the atmosphere. Spock's action has, apparently, doomed them all. But Scotty realises his intent - the burn is a signal flare. Both Scotty and McCoy seem pleased that Spock has taken this illogical gamble as one of his last actions.

Aboard the Enterprise the flare is spotted, and the ship doubles back and beams the survivors off the shuttle just as it is about to burn up. A delighted Kirk proceeds on course at warp speed with everybody safe aboard. Later, he and McCoy needle Spock about his action on the shuttle. Spock calmly replies that he reasoned that with no logical options left, an act of desperation was the only remaining choice - a logical choice, logically arrived at. Kirk characterises it as "you reasoned that it was time for an emotional outburst!" Spock, whilst dubious about the choice of words, is forced to agree.

1 19 1.4 The Squire of Gothos Kirk's stunt double The Enterprise is passing through a "star desert", a region of space devoid of star systems, whilst on the way to the Beta VI colony. They discover a planet ahead, strange since the area has been charted before with no sign of it shown on the charts. Uhura finds that she cannot contact Starfleet to report the finding... and suddenly, both Sulu and Kirk vanish from the bridge.

The ship scans the area for several hours and finds no sign of the officers on the ship and no Human life on the planet. The world is inhospitable, with no soil or vegetation and a toxic atmosphere swept by storms. As Spock considers their options a message appears on a screen offering "Greetings and Felicitations". Spock sends a landing party down under the command of Lieutenant LaSalle to investigate the source of the transmission. They find themselves in Earth-like conditions on the surface, rather than the toxic environment they expected. Unable to contact the ship, they explore the area and discover a large gothic structure nearby.

Kirk and Sulu are inside, apparently paralysed in some manner. They also find another person who introduces himself as General Trelane, the self proclaimed Squire of the planet Gothos. Trelane is a strange character - foppish, enthusiastic, apparently enjoying the proceedings greatly. He releases Kirk and Sulu with a gesture and announces that he saw the ship passing by and couldn't help but bring them to the planet to meet them. He mentions having observed Humans - and apparently, being 900 light years from Earth, he has been seeing life as it was 900 years ago and has based their surroundings on that. He wants to know all about the Enterprise's missions of conquest and the battles they have thought, and dismisses the idea that the ship's mission is peaceful. He is delighted by the destructive power of their hand phasers, prompting Kirk to wonder if he plans to start killing people. Trelane hands the phaser back and explains that he and others like him have the power to rearrange matter on a fundamental level, transforming it into energy and back in any form them choose. He has used this power to create their surroundings so that he can interact with them. When Kirk resists his overtures Trelane transports him briefly beyond the protected zone, exposing him to the toxic environment of the planet.

On the ship Spock has managed to detect the protected zone on the surface and scans it for lifeforms. Although he may not be able to find the Enterprise crew specifically, he hopes to transport up whatever living things may be in the zone.

McCoy scans Trelane and finds the results incomprehensible; he shows as not alive, not dead, not really even there at all. They also realise that there are mistakes within the setting Trelane has created, such as the fact that the fire burns steadily without ever consuming the wooden logs, and without giving out any heat at all. Trelane obviously has incredible power, but he does have limitations. As they talk Spock enacts his plan, and the officers are beamed up. McCoy points out that since Trelane didn't beam up with them, he must not be an actual life form. As Kirk prepares to warp out of orbit Trelane appears on the bridge, annoyed to have had his plans disrupted. He announces his dislike for Spock and transports most of the bridge crew back down to the planet again.

As Trelane continues to entertain himself Spock suggests that there must be some highly powerful and advanced machinery nearby to achieve the affects he can produce. Kirk notices that Trelane rarely strays far from the large mirror on one wall and speculates that the machine might be behind it. Kirk challenges Trelane to a duel using pistols. On his turn to fire, Kirk shoots the mirror. There is indeed a machine behind it, which explodes into flames. Trelane is furious but the communication with the ship is restored and they are able to beam up again. Kirk warps out of orbit at maximum speed, and for a moment it seems that the crisis is over. However, the planet Gothos looms up in front of them once more. No matter how the ship manoeuvres the planet re-appears before them, making escape impossible.

Kirk finds himself transported down into a courtroom setting. An angry Trelane conducts a mockery of a trial, declaring Kirk guilty of the crime of opposing him. Kirk hits on a strategy, mocking Trelane for the shallowness of his games. It is all too easy for him, Kirk argues. His power means that he cannot risk anything, since there is no possibility of losing. Kirk offers him a genuine challenge, a hunt with Kirk himself as the prey. Trelane once again wins, using his power to force a victory. Kirk just dismisses the victory out of hand, insulting Trelane.

Suddenly the solution presents itself in the form of Trelane's parents, glowing energy beings who literally arrive to tell him that it's time for him to go home now. Despite his complaints the Squire of Gothos vanishes. Trelane's parents explain that they had allowed him to play in the star desert, not realising that there was anybody there to become tangled up with him. They apologise to Kirk and depart. Back on the ship, Kirk muses that despite all his power and abilities, Trelane was ultimately just a naughty child who behaved like any other.


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