Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 12th, 2008
In this first-season episode, Kirk and a few advance scouts are looking over a beautiful planet prior to releasing the crew on shore leave. But soon strange things begin to appear: The White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, Don Juan, a Samurai warrior and others. At first it seems fun, but then McCoy is apparently killed by a black knight!
(Read a full plot summary of Shore Leave here, part of Eric’s Excruciatingly Detailed Star Trek (TOS) Plot Summaries)
Brief comments (links lead to plot summaries):
*Kirk’s shirt is partially torn off during the fight with the planet-generated image of his Star Fleet Academy nemesis, Finnegan. According to my personal Star Trek database, Kirk manages to loose, damage or do without his shirt in at least 18 episodes. In addition to Shore Leave, here are three other episodes where Kirk has bared his chest:
1. In Amok Time, Spock slices the middle front of Kirk’s shirt during their fight, (Incidently, both Shore Leave and Amok Time were written by Theodore Sturgeon.)
2. At the beginning of The Corbomite Maneuver, Kirk has taken his shirt off for a medical exam.
3. He removes his shirt again to spar with Charlie in Charlie X
*McCoy gets the girl!! Well, Kirk does, too, but she’s only a construct of a former lover, McCoy’s girl is a flesh and blood Enterprise crew member.
*This isn’t the only episode where a major crew member apparently dies. Scotty is killed by Nomad in The Changeling
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