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JOURNEY TO BABEL

THIS IS ONE OF THE TEN BEST TREKS!

GUEST STARS...
Mark Lenard and Jane Wyatt.

PLOT SUMMARY...

The Enterprise transports a group of alien diplomats to a peace conference, including Spock's mother and father.

QUICK SCAN...

This episode features the first appearance of Spock's parents: Mark Lenard ("Balance of Terror") and Jane Wyatt ("Father Knows Best") are superb as the Vulcan ambassador Sarek and his human wife Amanda. Many "Trek" fans consider this one of the favorite episodes. It's reassuring to see that the cooly logical Mr. Spock sometimes has family problems like the rest of us.

SYNOPSIS...

The Enterprise is transporting various interplanetary ambassadors to a meeting on the planet Babel. One of the ambassadors in Spock's father, Sarek.

There is conflict among the ambassadors. A ship of unknown origin follows the Enterprise. An alien ambassador is killed, with Sarek the likely suspect.

Kirk foils the alien ship. McCoy performs successful heart surgery on Sarek. Spock and Sarek repair their damaged relationship.

Review:

Director Joseph Pevney's, "JOURNEY TO BABEL," is a well loved Classic "Trek" episode, and for good reason.

This is the famous episode which introduced Spock's parents, Amanda and Sarek. Many of us grew up with Jane Wyatt, as the mother on "Father Knows Best." So, her being cast as Spock's human mother seems appropriate. Mark Lenard, who did a fine job as the Romulan commander in the "Balance of Power" episode, brings strength and dignity to the role of Spock's father, who is a Vulcan ambassador.

The scenes of Spock and Sarek together are quite good. It helps that Nimoy and Lenard somewhat resemble each other.

This episode is jam-packed, filled with action. We get an alien ambassador's murder, an attempt on Kirk's life, and a life or death operation for Spock's father.

This is one of the few episodes where McCoy gets the last word in. His beaming smile is a delight to behold.

"JOURNEY TO BABEL" will be highly watchable for most Sci-Fi viewers. Fans of Mr. Spock will definitely dig this episode!

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