Star Trek: The Galileo Seven   Rewatch 
November 8, 2014 7:14 AM - Season 1, Episode 17 - Subscribe

The Galileo, under Spock's command, crash-lands on a hostile planet. As the Enterprise races against time to find the shuttlecraft, Spock's strictly logical leadership clashes with the fear and resentment of his crew.

"The Galileo Seven" is the sixteenth episode of the first season of the original science fiction television series Star Trek, broadcast by NBC on January 5, 1967. It was written by Oliver Crawford, and directed by Robert Gist.

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posted by Benway (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I found the 'Star-Wars-rebootified' CGI effects in this episode the most intrusive & annoying thus far of the re-watch. I miss whatever clunky old model effects there were in the original run, they would have fit in better with the practical effects of the giant spear-throwing creatures on the planet. I mean, you can see a little bit of styrofoam rock go flying when the spear hits it, when Spock is carrying away the dead crewman. I wish they'd just been content to do whatever basic, minimal, clean-up that was necessary for blu-ray transfer instead of completely replacing the model shots.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:49 AM on November 8, 2014 [3 favorites]

I love the word "shuttlecraft". Shuttlecraft, shuttlecraft, shuttlecraft!

The TOS Federation shuttlecraft is one of my favorite spacecraft of all time. Here's a fun Galileo 7 infographic, and here are some pictures of the restoration of the Galileo 7 Shuttlecraft from TOS. More on the Galileo 7 restoration.

And remember, according to the rules of "Bar Trek", you take a drink whenever a shuttlecraft is used in an episode.
posted by Rob Rockets at 2:56 PM on November 8, 2014 [2 favorites]

Quick thoughts, as I finally finished this episode off yesterday.

This was enjoyable for the most part, as we had a clash between human emotion and Vulcan logic. Granted, it was also blown almost immediately out of proportion, and it ended with Spock essentially conceding a degree of the logic.

I appreciated that one of the main characters in this episode was black, though, I wondered if it didn't carry an overtone of the "Angry Black Man" with it, given the time period. I loved how Scotty truly was a magician of a problem solver in this episode, rather than simply having to cut through a door or re-start engines. We also had another relatively useless woman yeoman, who seemed present only to look good to the camera and to express concern over one thing or another.

It also was a definite contrast between the old and the new effects.
posted by Atreides at 2:11 PM on November 13, 2014

I was a moody teenager who wanted to be emotionless and scientific, hence my fanatical loyalty to Spock. I hated everyone laughing at him at the end, because of course he was right about all their options and what he did at the end was also logical- they were doomed to death anyway- why not take a million-to-one chance? Watching it again, I am still that moody teenager!!!
posted by acrasis at 1:39 PM on November 13, 2020 [1 favorite]

This one is mostly a cascade of annoying character quirks. It starts with Kirk's bizarre decision to stop and explore a quasar while a plague-ridden colony desperately waits for a delivery of medical supplies, then we get McCoy and Boma (whom we've never seen before, and never see again) needling Spock, and the Federation commissioner needling Kirk.

Only Scott comes across as his normal, reliable self.

My favourite irrelevant line happens as the shuttlecraft initially launches from the Enterprise. The female yeoman (whom we've never seen before, and never see again) reads out "Readings normal. Acceleration normal. Phase one separation normal." Nothing ever separates from any Federation shuttlecraft, but this was the early space age, when launches always involved booster separation, so I guess they put it in for that reason.
posted by zadcat at 2:20 PM on September 27, 2021

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