Star Trek S1E07 – What Are Little Girls Made Of?

Star_Trek_TOS_logo.svgI always thought this was an odd episode. So few of the main characters are in this episode, and it focuses mainly on Nurse Chapel and Captain Kirk. Although Spock and Uhura are in it, no one else is. Did everyone just have a holiday that week? And it’s the episode with Lurch! So, as usual, there are spoilers!

Season 1, Episode 7: What Are Little Girls Made Of?

Original Air Date: October 20, 1966

Stardate 2712.4

Planet: Exo III

Featured Alien: Androids

Main Cast: Kirk, Chapel, Spock, Uhura

Main Guest Characters: Dr. Roger Korby (Michael Strong), Dr. Brown (Harry Basch), Ruk (Ted Cassidy), Andrea (Sherry Jackson)

Things I Noticed

At first, I was wondering what I can nitpick about this episode. It wasn’t easy at first, but things started appearing.

Chapel had a really weird smile when talking to Korby from the bridge of the Enterprise. It was awkward watching her.

You can really notice how short the women’s uniforms are in this episode. You could see the bottom of Uhura’s butt!

When Kirk and Chapel beam down to the planet, they’re not wearing anything warm, even though it’s an icy planet. However, the entrance may actually be a window.

Kirk helps Chapel down the cavern by holding her hand like she’s a scared little girl. You’d think as a Starfleet officer, she’d be a bit braver than that.

Dr. Brown is kind of creepy. He wasn’t programmed very well if he doesn’t speak or behave like a human.

More wooden furniture! I’m so surprised at how many episodes have wooden furniture. And it’s yet another episode of people working alone or in very small groups on a planet with little outside contact.

Andrea’s outfit is rather skimpy. But that’s pretty common in Star Trek. And maybe Korby wasn’t entirely honest about his relationship with Andrea.

Korby talks a bit funny. It’s not just his voice, but his accent doesn’t seem to match anything modern.

Kirk’s roll seemed unnecessary and rather awkward. But you know, Shatner isn’t really an action star.

Strange that the blank android looks like foam. The android creation process seems rather improbable. The speed at which the turntable turns would probably seriously incapacitate Kirk, but he seemed fine.

A first look at some Star Trek food. It looked like waxy pieces of gelatin. Not very appetising.

Shatner’s double walks so differently than Shatner. It was obvious it wasn’t him.

The stalactite Kirk used to attack Ruk looked like foam.

When Korby and Andrea were destroyed, was that an accident or did Korby commit suicide?

My Impressions

This episode was another awkward one. It was downright creepy. And I mean Michael Strong’s portrayal of Dr. Korby. Was he intentionally creepy, or is that how he usually acted?

This was never one of my favourite episodes. It doesn’t have the best acting or the best cast. No McCoy, no Scotty, no Sulu. That’s unusual. There just wasn’t the usual banter between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. I miss that! Majel Barrett wasn’t doing her best acting when she smiled bashfully while talking to Korby. However, I’ve seen her do that as Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation.

The whole premise behind Korby’s plan to replace humanity with androids seemed unlikely, too. He seemed to think that everyone would love to have android bodies so they would never get sick or old. But then, they’d never experience the joys of having children or eating delicious food. Machines wear out and break down eventually. What happens when they all stop working? Can’t have children to continue the species.

Like I said, this isn’t my favourite episode. It was okay, just not one I really looked forward to. The only thing I found memorable about it was Ruk realising there can be no peace, and that Korby was bringing conflict to Exo III again. It should be mentioned that Ted Cassidy (Ruk) is best known as the actor who portrayed Lurch in The Addams Family.

Verdict

★★★

Your Voice

What did you think of this episode? Do you agree it was one of the weaker episodes, or did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments section below.

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4 thoughts on “Star Trek S1E07 – What Are Little Girls Made Of?”

  1. I actually watched this episode the other day. Robert Bloch was one of the leading sci-fi/fantasy writers of the day and I thought the themes he raised in his script about the humanity of machine intellect were pretty sharp. How would our humanity be affected if we were robotic simulacra? In a way it was a fairly classic 1960s sci-fi question – Clarke was pondering similar ideas in Space Odyssey where he postulated, in the novel, that the putative aliens were a kind of simulacra intelligence made of space-time distortion, long divorced from their original organic bodies. So to that extent I think ‘What are little girls made of’ was a fairly provocative and savvy episode, certainly extending the themes Roddenberry had in mind for the series.

    1. I think the concept is very interesting. But I just found that some of the acting got to me. Of course, it’s part of the charm, but I often wonder what it would’ve been like with more TNG style acting.

      1. Differing generational styles I suspect rather than anything else. To me Kirk’s performance in TOS was largely that of a ‘commanding officer’ of the period, it drew a lot from WW2 warship movies I suspect.

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