Air Date: 09.22.1973
Largely boring and nonsensical, “One of Our Planets is Missing” reminds me of one of those shows for kids where something educational is inserted at the most strangest time. Take, for example, when the Enterprise is eaten by the cloud monster, McCoy actually takes time to explain the function of villi in the small intestine. I certainly hope that if I’m ever ingested, I will have someone explaining to me how I’m going to get dissolved too!
If it was written a little more maturely, this episode could have been a great Kirk character study focusing on the conflict he felt about killing a sentient creature to save others. As it is, the conflict vanishes when Spock gains a superpower we’ve never seen before.
After two promising episodes, it’s more than obvious where this show is going.
Interesting Fact: The shots of Earth life are taken from stock footage of the animated series Lassie’s Rescue Rangers, another 1973 Filmation TV show. Views of Earth on a computer screen were shown to Spock as he was melding with the cloud intelligence. It was the scenes that featured children running with a dog that came from the Lassie show.
“Am I doing the right thing, Bones? Once I said that man rose above primitiveness by vowing, ‘I will not kill today.’”