Jul 3, 2019
Star Trek (TAS) “The Infinite Vulcan” (part 1 of 4)
SUMMARY: Sulu nearly gets offed by a pink puffball on an unexplored planet, but is saved in the nick of time by talking weeds. Then flying Spaghetti Dragons kidnap Spock, and a 50-foot man in a gym skirt shows up to reveal his master plan: he’s going to create an army of giant Spocks to turn the galaxy into a communist utopia. But Kirk calls on the sheer power of his awesomeness to make things okay again, and caps the experience off by propositioning Sulu.
Before we get cracking on this little beauty of an episode, I want to make one thing absolutely clear: I love the original Star Trek. I love it a lot. Even those third season episodes that rely rather too heavily on purple jumpsuits and songs about bananas. And yet here I am, about to piss all over it from a great height. What can I say? I’m an odd girl. Think of it as a juvenile mark of affection, like when a ten-year-old boy gives the girl he fancies a dead leg on the playground. Why say “I love you” when you can give a dead leg instead? Consider this my dead leg to the cast and crew of Star Trek.
Extra special dead leg loving goes to Walter Koenig who, despite not appearing as Chekhov in the animated series (alas), penned this episode, and thus provided me with 24 minutes of total hilarity, for which I am eternally grateful. It must take quite a mind to come up with some of the more cracked-out visual concepts in “The Infinite Vulcan”, especially one concerning a certain mythical beast crossed with a certain staple of Italian cuisine. But you’ll be hearing a great deal more about that in just a moment.