First, it is the only time the Enterprise is seen from behind as it fires phasers. Second, it is the only time that the ship fires a single beam as opposed to the usual two. Finally, it is the only time that the phasers make no noise - at least when the beam is seen in space. Lazarus never introduces himself by name to Kirk, yet he calls him by name during the first planet search. Note that this episode aired three months after The Wild Wild West episode.
Along with Star Trek: The Original Series: Friday's Child , this is one of the only two episodes where outdoor planet scenes were filmed both on Desilu Stage 10 and on location both times at Vasquez Rocks.
Originally, all planet-side scenes were scheduled to be filmed on location, but due to the turmoil during production, director Gerd Oswald couldn't finish shooting at Vasquez.
Matt Jefferies and the art department prepared a spot on Stage 10 which could accomodate the missing "alternate universe" sequence. A still image in the closing credits of Star Trek: The Original Series: The Squire of Gothos shows the corridor between universes set unaltered by the effects and double exposure. Titled at a 45 degree angle, William Shatner stands ankle deep in smoke in a near pose of the crucifixion, falling back into a purple corridor, where an orange line draws the horizon to a vanishing point.
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World Music. African Traditional. Maybe it's the 23rd century equivalent of 'freaking out. The man, Lazarus, is not much help in explaining things either, babbling on and on, sometimes hysterically, about how he has to stop somebody and how Kirk and crew must help him. About a half-dozen times during the episode seems like more we are treated to a spinning visual effect that settles on a murky, foggy corridor of sorts where two figures are seen locked in a fierce struggle.
Also, Lazarus has a bad habit of falling off cliffs. McCoy treats him for a head injury, and even though he is clearly unbalanced and dangerous, turns him loose to wander the ship and steal a couple of dilithium crystals. When Kirk finds out, naturally being a bit perturbed, he asks McCoy where Lazarus went.
McCoy shrugs and says, "Oh I don't know, Jim. It's a big ship. Thank YOU, Dr. Anyway, the episode meanders along, and between the spinning corridor scenes and Lazarus falling off a cliff here and there, we finally get to the heart of the matter. A parallel anti-matter universe threatens to collide with our own, destroying everything everywhere. Lazarus has a double in the other universe, a madman, and the only hope is to trap Lazarus and his mad double in the corridor for all eternity.
Which they manage to do. But by the end of episode, you really don't care anymore. MartinHafer 6 December This is the first truly awful episodes of Star Trek--even worse than the "Charlie X" episode!! The biggest problem is that the character of Lazarus is just dopey and boring. He rants and raves and lies and just annoys the daylights out of the audience. Plus, despite all the cheesy over-acting by Lazarus, the pay-off just isn't worth waiting for at all! In so many ways, this episode looked either like a "throw away" episode or perhaps one that had been written and re-written again and again and just wasn't perfected.
Regardless, the episode has few thrills or excitement and no laughs. In fact, unless you are a huge Trekkie, it isn't worth your time. FYI--If you want to see the worst episode, there are still probably two or three that managed to surpass this one in lousiness.
At the 50th anniversary Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, this was voted as one of the 10 worst of all episodes from every Trek franchise! That is some ignoble designation! HawksRevenge 16 June I think you guys are idiots!!
I will cite a few problems with this episode. The episode could have used more detail and the whole universe being annihilated thing is basically "The same matter can't occupy the same space at the same time" The fact that they were in the same universe at the same time has no bearing!!
Samuel-Shovel 16 April In "The Alternative Factor", the Enterprise discovers a strange blip in the universe. Everything disappears for a few milliseconds before returning and the Enterprise must figure out why this is happening. They are near the nucleus of the indicated location and discover a crazed man on an empty planet claiming that his nemesis has came to destroy our galaxy. He wants Kirk's help in stopping him.
It soon becomes clear that there are two of these Lazaruses from parallel dimensions. Which one should Kirk trust? While the plotting of this episode becomes very problematic the further into we go, there are some aspects of this episode I rather like.
I enjoyed Robert Brown's performance and I really liked the experimental shots we get in this one as the camera spins, everything's color is off, and the music blares. I thought it was all rather neat. The episode itself doesn't make a whole lot of sense but I'm surprised it is so widely panned within the community.
Just off the performances and camera-work alone, I think it's better than a handful of episodes from this season looking at you "Mudd's Women". But lots of sci-fi fans need great substance and this episode doesn't provide this. Leidenfrost layer kennethfrankel 24 November Nobody really knows what would happen if a lump of antimatter and matter come together - tiny particles, yes, big lumps, no.
It has been speculated that a fuzzy interaction zone would form, keeping the two sides apart. This is like the Leidenfrost layer that forms if a drop of water is sprinkled on a hot skillet - it dances around. At the right temperature, several hundred degrees, steam insulates the water drop and it lasts much longer than at a higher or lower temperature. Another example is walking on hot coals with bare feet. So, similar to the Angels and Demons movie, antimatter may not blow up all at once.
Of course, it is possible that the rate of interaction is great enough that for all intents and purposes, it looks like a big explosion. You might have to be more than 10 miles away from the 2 guys when they are fighting, but the universe is safe. Rainey-Dawn 6 January Season 1, episode The Enterprise is taking readings of an uncharted planet and find no lifeforms, when the universe "blinks" and they rescan the planet they find a lifeform - a human lifeform.
All other sources are cited in the endnotes of this post. Part Two begins in the second week of November, John Drew Barrymore had just been cast in the role of Lazarus. With a production start date rapidly approaching, a staff rewrite attempted to turn Don Ingalls' work into a script that was ready to go before the cameras.
John Drew Barrymore, now signed to play Lazarus, had more going for him than his legendary family name -- he had achieved stardom in his own right. Between films in the early and mid-Sixties, Barrymore was always given choice television guest star roles, in series such as Gunsmoke , Rawhide , The Wild, Wild West , and now, tentatively, Star Trek.
These Are The Voyages presents Barrymore's roles in Italy as the next step in the career of an actor who had already achieved stardom.
Other accounts are far less generous. Hoping to improve his image, in he changed his name to John Drew Barrymore, substituting one family name, Drew, for the other of Blythe. He employed the new billing in the films "High School Confidential! This article describes a work or element of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. Please help rewrite it to explain the fiction more clearly and provide non-fictional perspective. January Learn how and when to remove this template message.
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