Air Date: 02.14.1969
Despite a few drawbacks, I liked this episode. I think that Flint is a sympathetic if misguided man and the mystery of his identity is well-played.
It makes little sense to me how Kirk can fall in love so hard and so quickly, but overall it’s a nice episode in a sea of increasing tediousness but, compared to the true stinkers at the end of the third season, this ain’t that bad.
Interesting Fact: A repeat of this episode on September 2, 1969 marked the end of Star Trek’s original run in NBC Primetime.
“You wouldn’t understand that, would you, Spock? You see, I feel sorrier for you than I do for Jim…because you’ll never know the things that love can drive a man to: the ecstasies, the miseries, the broken rules, the desperate chances, the glorious failures, the glorious victories. All of these things you’ll never know…simply because the word “love” isn’t written into your book. Good night, Spock.”