Friday, February 18, 2011

Trekathalon TOS: 1-25 The Devil in the Dark

Creeping Terror
I keep mentioning how I grew up afraid of everything. Well, the Horta was in my top 5 Things-to-Be-Terrified-Of (#1: Yip Yip Martians).  I knew that evil lump was not to be trusted, and would  burn it's way through my wall as soon as I wasn't looking...


What was I saying?  Oh!  Devil in the Dark.  Great episode.  I'm shocked how well it holds up, even knowing how everything turns out, there's still suspense and intrigue in spades.  Much credit has to go to Shatner and Nimoy especially.  Nimoy completely sells his mind-meld with the Horta.  That scene could have been so awful.

The Horta has grown a subcult in trek fandom; Hortas have appeared as Federation crew members in several novels, and there's also the Trek Punk band: No Kill I 

While the Horta does look cheap, it could have been so. Much. Worse.

Classic TWOP recap is here.


  1. This is the first episode I have a memory of watching, think I was five. And you're right, it could have been much much worse. As an example, I present a bunch of men in big ant suits that confronted the first Doctor: the Zarbi.

    At any rate, this one is a classic example of the better Trek episodes and always sticks out in my mind when I think of Star Trek.

  2. Indeed, or the Wirrn that faced off with Tom Baker:

    Guys in sleeping bags with a big bug head on top. Slightly less mobile then Daleks, since they had to hop everywhere.