Star Trek: “Shore Leave”


I know some people love this episode, but it’s never been one of my favorites. It’s rather silly and you can tell it’s slapdash as well as crewmembers on the surface disappear never to be seen again and no one else seems to care whether they are dead or alive.

The flirting between McCoy and what-her-face, the woman of the week, comes off as a little stilted and creepy, after all… he is old enough to be her father. Makes him look like a pervert.

But you know, in retrospect, I think it was a wise decision to give the Enterprise crew something lighthearted and fun to do after all the drama. I just wish it would have been better put together. I’ve certainly seen worse… much, much worse.


Interesting Fact: The original script by Theodore Sturgeon had been deemed too “imaginative” and too expensive to shoot by NBC just before the cameras started to roll, forcing a last-minute rewrite by Gene Roddenberry while the episode was being filmed. This resulted in a new script with incomplete scenes and missing pieces of dialog, which lead to those scenes being improvised on-the-fly with ad-libbed dialog by the actors themselves.

“On my planet, to rest is to rest — to cease using energy. To me, it is quite illogical to run up and down on green grass, using energy, instead of saving it.”
– Spock

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Jason Donner

Jason Donner devoured the universe and you are all living inside him.