Date: 09/17/2011 9:18 PM Title: Chapter 1
I just happen to be out today with my husband, and bought a Tholian Web collectors plate, then I come home to see this! Yes, you do see this so much with Spock here. Spock doing the illogical (and therefore being completely influenced by his emotions). He is so influenced that he's making the extra conscious effort to put on that Vulcan 'in control' mask even more in front of McCoy and the crew. Thanks for this.
Date: 09/17/2011 12:41 PM Title: Chapter 1
When I watched this series as a teen, I just wanted everything to get back to Kirk & Spock, because I found all the other stuff "boring". Lol. I SO agree with "blah blah, Tholians threaten the ship". This was one of my absolute favourite episodes and I always wondered why Spock's emotional scenes had to be so short! As far as I knew, those were the point of the entire show. But I didn't realize there were other people on this planet who "saw" Kirk/Spock, and that "all the other stuff" was actually fragments of their relationship as if seen through a prism - I guess I was a bit of a Dr McCoy there, wanting to see an emotional display rather than use my intuition. Of course, I also didn't have the full language for it, because much of the stuff is in code, for want of a better word. So I really like it when one of your reviews helps me to see where I had no clue what was really happening, in the episode. Nowadays I'm better at figuring it out overall (extensive self-conducted media studies), but before, I tended to fall for the same appearances that the majority did, both character-wise and plot-wise - subtext was just not a concept I had. I'm glad you went deeper and that you are sharing your findings with us.
Thank you for reading and for your heartwarming comments.