Or, The One with the Feral 300 Year Old Kids
Becoming a grown up really did seem like a fate worse than death as a kid. And it happened so fast!
One day, you’re playing My Little Ponies with your best friend and the next, she’s wearing lipstick and training bra and yapping about some boy at school she wants to marry. Those My Little Ponies? Abandoned. Kid stuff.
That drama is happening in a very literal sense in “Miri”. Due to a mishap in an experiment on prolonged life, kids’ development is stalled – in a year, they only age about a month. The moment they hit puberty, it’s all over. They become adults and die in a few days.
And it’s all happening here:
Do we have an explanation as to why there’s a copycat Earth out there? DittoEarth is the real mystery to me in this ep, but I’m also a crotchety old school marm who’s had it up to here (holds withered old hand at eye level).
DittoEarth also has a DittoJohn C. Reilly.
Kirk and the gang all get really dramatic once their down on the surface and figure out their adulthood spells certain death. BTW, great away team, there. Just take the ship’s captain, the first officer, and ship’s doctor down for the field trip. Who’s watching the Enterprise?
Even Spock gets in on the drama action a little more than usual, even though it’s determined that he’s immune. Bones thinks he has the cure and announces his success. Spock uncharactaristically declares, “or it could be. . . a beaker full of death!”
Must be the thought of spending his days on a planet full of feral brats.
Naturally, the crew solves the problem, saving themselves and restoring the kids back to normal. Still no answer on why DittoEarth is there, but I’ll have to just accept that as one of the Trek-verse’s mysteries, along with the whale probe from The Voyage Home.
Let’s round out with some Spockface!
Lastly, I’m pleased to announce that Yeoman Rand was not sexually harassed or assaulted in this episode.