After learning about Vulcans’ response to chocolate and sugar, McCoy decided to pursue an experiment to see what the reaction to other items would be. However, he only made it as far as vanilla when, after putting a few drops of vanilla essence into Spock’s lunch, the Vulcan became lethargic, started asking the replicator for pizza rolls and proceeded to stare out the view screen muttering things about how space is so huge, just like… really big, man.
While I watched this first season of TOS, I kept an eye out for a couple of trends and themes, which I will now illustrate WITH CHARTS!!!
First off, I knew to look out for redshirt deaths on this show. While on the lookout for that, I noticed that the first several episodes were really inconsistent with uniforms and who wore what (remember when Spock wore a gold turtleneck in episode 3?
It looks so weird!!)
Because of these inconsistencies, I’ve decided not to count redshirt deaths this season, and instead only kept a tally of all crew deaths. It looks like this:
(It’s net crew deaths because I’m not counting those that didn’t actually happen in that holodeck planet episode, #15)
I also kept track of what kinds of monsters of the week showed up, and how Kirk & co. dealt with these antagonists. The individual pies for these variables look like this:
To clarify, “humanoid” covers every time the antagonist was a human, a superpowered/possessed human, or an alien that looks EXACTLY like a human because the props department couldn’t make a costume on time. As we can see, actors with minimal prostheses were the most common antagonists, and good old-fashioned violence solved things half of the time. I was pretty disappointed to see that science & tech (and engineering and math I guess - STEM) wasn’t used as often as I’d hoped.
It’s also pretty interesting to see how the monster-solution pairings changed over the course of the season:
While humans defeated by fisticuffs are still the most common type of conflict here, as the season progressed more unusual and creative enemies and solutions came up - like Kirk using logic to talk a computer to death (episode 21), which is the most Peak Star Trek plot as far as I’m concerned.