This episode has one of the biggest "duh" factors of all the episodes. Sulu and a handful of guys could not go through the malfunctioning transporter to get from the freezing planet, Alpha 177, back to the Enterprise. Kirk and Spock and all the rest of the crew basically wait cluelessly for the away party to freeze to death.
If I had been Sulu, I would have been pissed: "Sulu to Enterprise. Get in the shuttle and come PICK US UP!"
Last Edit: Aug 28, 2012 22:56:10 GMT -6 by geoffrey
There are at least two ways you could dispel this apparent inconsistency:
(1) The Enterprise did not get its first shuttlecraft (the Galileo) for as many as 5 months after the events depicted in the Enemy Within. Perhaps the Enemy Within provided the basis for Capt. Kirk to justify the budgetary expense of a shuttle.
(2) The Enemy Within happened in a different timeline altogether, and there were no shuttles in that alternate timeline. Just look at the star dates in the following episodes:
The Enemy Within (No shuttle at all.) Season 1 Ep. 5 Air Date: 10/06/1966 Stardate: 1672.1
The Conscience of the King (First mention of shuttlecraft. Empty shuttle bay shown. Shuttle not shown.) Season 1 Ep. 13 Air Date: 12/08/1966 Stardate: 2817.6
The Galileo Seven (Shuttle shown for the first time on TV.) Season 1 Ep. 16 Air Date: 01/05/1967 Stardate: 2821.5
In support of explanation (2), the star date for the Enemy Within is so way, way off from the other two star dates, you could argue these are alternate realities or alternate time-lines.
In support of explanation (1), you could use this calculator to convert the above star dates into the following Gregorian calendar dates:
Stardate: 1672.1 ~ Tue Dec 12 2265 17:19:11 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) Stardate: 2817.6 ~ Sun May 20 2266 12:52:47 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) Stardate: 2821.5 ~ Mon May 21 2266 01:51:12 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
The 5-month gap between the Enemy Within and the first appearance of the Galileo makes it reasonable to believe that shuttlecraft were introduced on board the Enterprise sometime after Dec 12, 2265 but before May 20, 2266.
The real reason for this discrepancy is discussed at length here. To sum up: Transporter effects = ¢heap, shuttle = expen$ive. "The Enemy Within" was episode 5. Shuttlecraft were not even mentioned until episode 13 "The Conscience of the King," but the production couldn't afford to build one. The Shuttlecraft was first shown in episode 16, "The Galileo Seven."
It would be interesting if it was assumed that the shuttle was deployed on the Enterprise specifically as a response to the Alpha 177 incident; "we must never let a potential tragedy like this happen again" and like that.
Of course, then that's problematic in all the OTHER episodes where they could have used it and didn't!
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It's been a while since I've seen the episode, but I seem to recall the terrain was pretty rugged and there were horrific storms. Perhaps they just couldn't land the shuttle? After all, part of the point of The Galileo Seven was that it wasn't meant to land on that planetoid, either. I get the impression that shuttles were only designed for transport between starships and starbases, or other prepared landing areas.
Post by oakesspalding on Jul 12, 2014 21:36:24 GMT -6
Here's the thing. Despite the obvious gaping plot hole (no shuttlecraft or any other alternate means of getting those guys up) and the silly pseudo-scientific premise featuring 60's pop psychology-everyone needs their passive and aggressive halves, or whatever-the episode is among the best of a brilliant show. That's a tribute to the actors, writers and all the people responsible for by far the most realistic and immersive science-fiction setting up to that time.
Despite the efforts to "update" the special effects using CGI-a very silly and pointless enterprise-those now fifty year old episodes haven't aged a bit.