Star Trek: “Assignment: Earth”


This episode feels like just what it is: a pilot for a different TV show in which the Enterprise crew are featured guest stars. Personally, I’ve never had a problem with episodes that relegate the cast to supporting positions, but this one irks me. It’s badly paced, it breaks too many rules to bring Seven and the Enterprise crew together, and then there’s Teri Garr who I really wanted to see vaporized with a phaser.

At times, “Assignment: Earth” is interesting and I think it would have made a good series if it was given a chance, but using an episode of Star Trek as a marketing ploy just didn’t work.


Interesting Fact: This episode has a strange double coincidence with real-life events. Spock mentions that the same day the US is launching an orbital nuclear warhead platform there will also be an important assassination. The missile shown in the episode is actually stock footage of the launch of Apollo 4, the first unmanned test of a Saturn V, easily recognizable from the CSM at the top of the rocket; this footage was not altered in the remaster to something more appropriate to an orbiting nuclear warhead and only enough Saturn rocket assembly to achieve Earth orbit. Less than a week after the episode’s first airing Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated the same day as the launch of Apollo 6, the second unmanned test of a Saturn V.  Spock’s other “prediction” of a government coup in Asia did not happen that day. This episode also correctly predicted that the first moon landing would be on a Wednesday.

“Mister Seven, I want to believe you. I-I do. I mean, I know this world needs help. That’s why some of my generation are… kind of crazy and rebels, you know. We wonder if we’re gonna be alive when we’re thirty.”
– Roberta

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