Star Trek: The Man Trap

“Money’s rather like a flock of migrating birds. It’ll follow if you know where you’re going.”

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This original series episode epitomises everything that is bad about Star Trek.

The crew of the Enterprise lands on a planet containing only a solitary scientist (because there is no other kind in Star Trek-land) and a woman who is apparently his wife (as well as, coincidentally, an old flame of McCoy’s). Soon, however, they discover that the woman is in fact a salt-hungry, shape-shifting monster who manages to sneak aboard the Enterprise and start killing crewmen – hence the title, although there’s no discernible reason why the monster is characterised as female (when it can just as well take on a male appearance) or why it only attacks male crew members.

The whole thing is a deeply offensive, deeply sexist little story in which all the women are either irrational and weak or evil seductresses corrupting male minds. It’s rage-inducing, not particularly well plotted and terribly acted. And people wonder why Star Trek has a bad name.

I really have nothing else to say on this subject. If you ever find yourself watching this episode, run a mile. Because otherwise you will be struck by an overpowering urge to punch Captain Kirk square in the middle of his stupid face.

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