The Enemy Within – First aired on October 6, 1966
Well, here we go, it only took Roddenberry 5 episodes to get to one of Star Trek’s bread and butter scenarios, the dreaded transporter accident!! I have never taken the time to count, but I would be willing to bet that at least 60-70% of all Star Trek episodes involve some sort of minor transporter malfunction, and I’d wager a good 15% or so have a transporter accident as one of the main plot devices. With as inconsistent and unreliable as these transporters seem to be, our hardy heroes sure don’t shy away from using them! Well, ok, Archer does for a while, but I think that taking the shuttles everywhere got old pretty fast. Needless to say, anytime you hear a “beam me up Scotty” (although that phrase is actually never used in the series) you had better be prepared for anything. You could wind up disfigured/dead, or a transporter ghost, or in another dimension, or in another time, or in the case of our good captain, split into two different versions of yourself.
We begin this particular transporter adventure on the surface of a planet currently being explored by Kirk and his crew. Kirk is leading the expedition, while Sulu is investigating the local wildlife. Now, if you are like me and get a kick out of good old fashioned practical effects, then you must have loved the marquee alien of this episode. Or, as I like to call it, Unicorn Dog. How you go from a creature like the one we saw in The Man Trap, to this fuzzy fur ball of 1960’s bad cosplay I have no idea. I’ll still take it over a Jar-Jar Binks any day though.
Anyways, we quickly move on from our adorable Unicorn Dog to an accident where we see a minor injury sustained by Geological Technician Fisher. He winds up covered in what appears to be a harmless yellow ore from the surrounding rocks, and is quickly beamed up to sickbay to tend to his injuries.