Star Trek “The Alternative Factor” (part 5 of 6)

Kirk and a few redshirts run off, while above them, Lazarus staggers to the edge of the ridge. He starts to climb down, but accidentally dislodges a large rock just as Kirk is walking under it.

He screams, “Captain, look out!” And as he does, manages to fall to the ground. It’s nowhere near as tightly edited as I’ve made it sound. First you see the rock fall, Kirk looks up, and as he does, Lazarus is falling.

Caption contributed by Ed

It’s a little known fact that the biblical Lazarus tended to play pranks on Jesus just like this. The other disciples were pissed off every time he ended up coming back.

Lazarus lands in a heap and unfortunately, after Kirk checks on him, we find ourselves back in Sickbay as McCoy examines him. You know, this episode may be the visual equivalent of “The Song that Doesn’t End”.

This is “The Episode that Doesn’t End”, if you will. It goes on and on, my friend. Apparently some people started making it, not knowing what it was, and then they went on making it forever, just because.

Well, maybe we’re almost at the end. Let me look… Oh god, we’re only twenty seven minutes in? I mean, yeah, a little more than halfway to the end, but still!

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Star Trek "The Alternative Factor"

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