Is There in Truth No Beauty? – Episode 61

This week, Rachel wonders where she can get a set of those rad, red sunglasses while watching Is There in Truth No Beauty?!

Special thanks to Chad Fifer for our theme tune and to Greig Johnson for his vocal stylings!

Next Episode: Spectre of the Gun!

6 thoughts on “Is There in Truth No Beauty? – Episode 61”

  1. I always thought the truth/beauty title was referencing the Keats poem Ode to a Grecian Urn – Truth is Beauty.
    I had taken that to mean that the psychic Medusans inadvertently read your truest feelings and motives and reflect it back to you. If I saw all of my “Freudian Id” all at once and with complete certainty, I might be overfilled with self-loathing and despair. Truth is definitely NOT beautiful. That makes the title an ironic one.

    If Miranda “Oh brave new world that has such creatures in it” was raised isolated, on emotionless, repressed, Vulcan from a young age, they may not have realized the emotional content of her psychic powers. She seems definitley to be influencing the men around her, consciously or not. That could explain the weird behavior of Markus, McCoy and Kirk. Yeah, she made Spock forget the shades too. She’s been bonkers since puberty and only the triple meld cured it. Kinky.

    The box is small in 3 dimensions but Kolos (Greek for circle) is a multidimensional being. He’s fine in there. He’s got cable, Netflix and plenty of bandwidth. Also, he plays a lot of Halo.

    I got the impression that Enterprise got itself rotated into noneuclidian space through strange angles and needed Dr. Pretorius’ resonator to get back “From Beyond”.

    Great sci fi episode, gives you plenty of room to speculate.

    1. Love this Jim. Of course, Keats! The 16 year old Rachel is very angry with me for not making that connection.

  2. Oops. Kolos isn’t Greek for circle. It means “Woodpecker” so… Obviously… A… Um… Reference to… Um… Birdbox?

  3. There’s a shot of Kirk at about 34:20 where he looked so weird that I had to rewind the episode to check if it was a stunt double or something. Turns out on looking into the episode that editor Fabien Tordjmann decided they needed a reaction from Kirk in there but they hadn’t shot one, so he took a shot from earlier in the episode and flipped it so that Kirk would be looking the right way (you can see his hair is suddenly parted on the opposite side). Some similar trickery is used at the end of the episode – wonder why Spock puts his protective visor on before beaming Miranda off the Enterprise? It was so they could save money by playing the sequence from the beginning where she was beamed aboard in reverse.

    As you mentioned, the dinner scene conversation underwent a significant change on the day of shooting due to a cast ‘mutiny’ over what amounted to an advert for the IDIC merchandise, with Shatner and Nimoy refusing to film it and walking off set. However, some of the dodgy dialogue in the final version is apparently down to them according to Eddie Paskey (Lieutenant Leslie) – in an interview he recalled that whilst Roddenberry agreed to rewrite the scene, by next day the rewrite had not arrived so Shatner, Nimoy and director Ralph Senensky rewrote it themselves on the fly.

  4. I think it’s also worth remembering that it was still very mainstream at the time to assume that professional women were all insecure, overly-sensitive, unfeminine, and obsessed with competing with men. There is a much more distasteful example of this yet to come, in my personal least-favorite episode of ST:TOS.

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