Star Trek: The Immunity Syndrome   Rewatch 
June 13, 2015 10:20 AM - Season 2, Episode 18 - Subscribe

While the Enterprise crew travels to Starbase 6 for some much needed R&R, Spock senses the death of 400 Vulcans aboard the Intrepid. While investigating the disaster, the crew encounter a strange energy draining being.

"The Immunity Syndrome" was first broadcast January 19, 1968 and repeated June 7, 1968. It is episode #47, production #48, written by Robert Sabaroff and directed by Joseph Pevney.

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posted by Benway (5 comments total)
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posted by Herodios at 5:49 PM on June 13, 2015 [2 favorites]

This is a really good, solid episode of old school Trek. The plot's good, the dialogue's fun, the characterization is on point... and the special effects aren't bad! The giant amoeba thing is a pretty striking visual, even today.

It has been observed that Spock sensing the death of the Vulcans is rather similar to the scene in Star Wars where Obi Wan Kenobi senses the destruction of Alderan.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 3:55 PM on June 14, 2015

It is remarkable how much of Trek and other works of sf have elements that are 'rather similar' to those of Star Wars, despite having been created years earlier.
posted by Herodios at 6:28 AM on June 15, 2015 [1 favorite]

For me, this episode is better for the Spock_McCoy relationship than even "The Tholian Web", which features the immortal "Kirk Death Tape".
posted by briank at 11:44 AM on June 15, 2015

I wouldn't have waited for all the "forward thrust makes us stay back" opposites-day stuff to launch the antimatter torpedo. I think with giant space amoebae, I would always start with the antimatter torpedo.
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