Star Trek: “Devil in the Dark”


I love this episode and, yes, it too holds a special place in my heart for it was the second that I ever watched and, as a child, it scared the absolute hell out of me. Looking back, I can’t imagine how frightened I could be of a walking stack of pepperonis, but I was also scared of a Golden Book I used to have about possums… those fucking terrifying goddamn things.

There’s really nothing more I can say about this. It’s well written for something that starts out as a monster of the week episode which turns completely on its ear. The monster may be a little campy, but for the sixties, it works rather well without being too dated.

The story holds up in contemporary times as a man vs. nature fable. This is one of my favorites of the classic series and I hear that the Shat agrees with me so suck it!


Interesting Fact: Many of the “from behind” shots of Kirk are actually a stunt double and not Shatner himself. This is because William Shatner’s father passed away during the filming of this episode and he had to leave to the funeral. Shatner, however, insisted on filming all the scenes that were necessary for him to be in before he left. He has commented that the support he was given from Leonard Nimoy led to their long friendship when his relations with the rest of the cast notably soured over the years.

“If it is the only survivor of a dead race, to kill it would be a crime against science.”
– Spock

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Jason Donner

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