Star Trek: “Journey to Babel”


Journey to Babel is a superb character driven episode with twists and turns and yummy politics as we are introduced to the Federation’s founding members.

What’s more, it’s a family drama in which Spock’s familial situation is exposed and explored with Mark Leonard making the first of many appearances as Spock’s father, Sarek. Leonard and Nimoy could have carried this episode on their own, but the assassin subplot is handled nicely and doesn’t inject any unessesariousness into the story.

Great episode.


Interesting Fact: It is revealed that as a child Spock had a pet sehlat, a Vulcan animal described here as “a large teddy bear with six-inch fangs”. The creature in question (named I-Chaya) is seen in the animated series episode “Yesteryear.” A real-life sehlat is seen (via CGI) in the Enterprise episode “The Forge”.

“At the time it seemed like the logical thing to do.”
– Sarek, when asked why he married Spock’s human mother.

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