Shore Leave – Episode 16

This week, Rachel and Chris get out their neon-pink, fur bikinis

because it is time for some Shore Leave!

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11 thoughts on “Shore Leave – Episode 16”

  1. Yup. They’re high. Either it’s a narcotic in the air intentionally meant to enhance/lubricate the fantasy experience or…
    It’s a side effect of having the inhibition segments of the guest’s minds probed.

    All of the cells of the flora and other manifestations of the planet appear identical because…
    They are all tame, obedient shoggoths! Able to take on any form imagined by the guests. (insert shocking reveal music)

    I could never work out what Kirk expected his 430 crew members would do on an uninhabited wilderness planet. Break out the camping gear and volleyball nets? How many folding lawn chairs does the Enterprise have in storage? How many barbecue grills? I can just see it devolving into a company picnic with mandatory management training seminars and a Team Building Ropes Course. I get the impression Spock has been through this before and that’s the reason he’s so keen to ditch it.

    Maybe everyone gets a Spock massage. Maybe it’s a thing.

  2. Agreed, they’re definitely high – whilst this episode is a lot of fun, some of the crew’s decisions can be best explained by there being a big bonfire of the old Klingon Chronic, Romulan Reefer, Bolian Bud, Andorian Aunt Mary, Denobulan Dank, Gold-Pressed Ganja, Federation 420 – ah, you get the idea.

    Doctor McCoy seems particularly affected – he’s seen first-hand the physical evidence left by the manifestations (Alice and the White Rabbit’s footprints, Yeoman Barrow’s torn dress) yet he somehow reaches the conclusion that the knight is not real and can’t harm him…

    Whilst viewers thought they might have lost McCoy in this episode, this episode nearly saw the end of Captain Kirk. The tiger was spooked when a grip carrying a reflector tripped up near it, and it managed to break its chain free from its mooring whilst William Shatner was about six feet away. He managed to leap up on a large prop box to get away from it, and luckily the handler grabbed its chain quickly. Shatner had earlier suggested Kirk should wrestle the tiger, but after his close call he soon abandoned that idea – Shatner described his reaction to the tiger getting loose in an interview:

    “Instantly my testicles rose up into my Adam’s apple and the ignorant machismo that had been pulsing so heartily through my veins was replaced by sheer abject terror. I stood there trying not to look too horrified as I gracefully backed down [from the idea of wrestling the tiger], ‘for the good of the show.’”

  3. A major plot point in this episode is conveniently ignored for the rest of the series. The medical facilities on the planet can cure death!

    If I were running the Federation, I’d have medical students sent there to leap in front of speeding vehicles just to study the resuscitation gear.

  4. Is it just me or is it unclear whether Martine was supposed to have been hit by gunfire from the strafing run, or just ran face first into that tree and knocked herself out cold?

    Maybe she was just thinking how nice all the trees were, so BAM! Evil tree assault!

  5. I guess I have a niche now…nearly every episode has a need for a sailor’s view. In the late 60’s it would not have been so strange for a Captain to get a shoulder rub from a member of the bridge crew, (although likely not the First Officer). It would be a matter of keeping the Captain fresh and alert, and the Captain is under an enormous amount of stress. Certainly not every Captain would be close enough to the crew to ask, but many would have if they had a really sore back.
    Military men are more comfortable with touching and proximity, especially in the Navy. Maybe less than in the past, but there is basically no privacy aboard ship (Google “Navy toilets”), and so you just deal with it and learn not to be embarrassed. It’s your duty to keep healthy and deal with health problems. An infected blister or bad sunburn or untreated injury can get everyone in a section in trouble, so you get used asking others for advice and showing them the problem. When we were in the tropics, working on deck in shorts, our corpsman would walk the ship with a big jar of sun cream, methodically slathering us as he went. It was not seen as remotely sexual because it was necessary, and also because homosexuality was so unacceptable that we couldn’t have fathomed anyone on OUR ship being so deviant. (Please understand I’m giving the attitude of the times. I’ve evolved on the issue as have most people.)
    Anyway, great episode, and I agree with your take on the many plot holes!

  6. I feel this episode let you know right from the beginning that you should just check your brain at the door and enjoy, so while I find your analysis of it from a logical and scientific point of view interesting to listen to, as usual, I also feel like there wasn’t any point with this one. It was just one of those episodes that is ridiculous, yet awesome.

    It supposedly gives us a little back-story on Kirk, and it is both odd and amusing to think of him as a bookish guy who was being beaten up by upperclassmen all the time. I, for one, don’t believe it. Kirk was undoubtedly always awesome, as proven by the fact that he was apparently dating a hot 30 something woman while at the academy.

    The Finnegan storyline would explain why Kirk was forced to learn Kirk Fu though.

    Perhaps when it comes to judging an episode for sci-fi concepts there should be two scores, one for concept and one for execution. The actual concept of “Shore Leave” is pretty good and, in my opinion, might even have been the inspiration for the Next Generation’s “Holodeck” and the storylines involving it.

  7. Regarding the back rub. I always took it that Kirk was cool with showing weakness in front of his second officer instead of a yeoman. Obviously, the yeoman is a young, attractive woman but I believe it was about protocol and rank.

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