“The Terratin Incident” was an episode that could have easily been terrible. Shrinking people is generally a weak story unless something creative is done with it. This episode actually deals with consequences along those lines, and gives us a faction that isn’t all that sympathetic giving our heroes more of a dilemma.
The episode was directed by Hal Sutherland and written by Paul Schneider.
The story involves the crew being shrunk after investigating a planet full of dilithium and volcanic activity. The crew must find out who did it and restore themselves to normal size before they are destroyed.
The Pros: Captain Kirk – Kirk saves the day and figures out going down to the planet will be the way to figure out how to restore them to normal size. He also makes a splint for Sulu when Sulu is knocked off his post and he rescues Nurse Chapel. This is very much a Kirk episode. He is also merciful and saves the people who were attacking them.
Spock – Spock is the planner and Kirk is the doer. He figures out that they are shrinking first and works with Kirk to try and figure out a way to get them back to full size again.
Sulu – Sulu wants to attack the planet and is one of the first people who notices that something needs to be done about the planets attack on them.
Scotty – Scotty uses his men to use the transporter and is always active and creative throughout the episode. He doesn’t let size stop him from being productive and planning.
The Terratins – The Terratins were shrunk when they settled on the world and were lost to time. They chose not to seek help until the very end and steal others to get help. They are a great antagonist force in the episode.
The Cons: How Women are Handled – The women on the ship panic, especially when their jewelry shrinks and Nurse Chapel has to be rescued from drowning. This brought the episode way down and kept it from being better.
Minus how women are handled in the episode it is a lot of fun and great. We get to see the crew think creatively, there are stakes and the Terratins though they were once human are now more alien as they do not know how to admit they are wrong and are so driven by pride and having to be right. It’s really cool and creates a great episode.
Final Score: 9 / 10