Tonight we watched “The Savage Curtain,” one of the last episodes of the original series. It has its problems but at least is entertaining.
This episode is famous for Abe Lincoln: Space Guy who says “Negress.” It’s another test of good vs. evil by a weird alien, so well parodied in Futurama’s “Where No Fan Has Gone Before.”
The bad guys could have used improvement. Colonel Green, a figure from an unknown Earth war, worked fine. Kahless the Klingon wasn’t fleshed out as well as he could have been (I’ve heard nerds complain that this Kahless is different from Next Generation’s–of course he is! This one was created from the minds of the Enterprise’s crew who only knew Kahless as Space Hitler). The other two, Genghis Khan and Zora of Tiburon, might as well have been unnamed.
Instead of giving Lincoln a tour of the Enterprise, I wish the writers would have cut to the chase and developed more of the bad guys.
On the other hand, the lava alien might have looked goofy but it was one of the better aliens of the series. I wish one of the later series picked up on them.
All in all, it was much better than most episodes from the third season.