The Rewatch 24: The Alternative Factor

Series: Star Trek (The Original Series)
Episode: 1.27 The Alternative Factor (3-30-67)
Rating: 2/5
Redshirt Status: 0/23

Notable Guest Stars:
Robert Brown – Lazarus.  Starred in the 1968 series Here comes the Brides.
Janet MacLachlan-
Lt. Charlene Masters. Known for her roles in The Rockford Files and (a little more recently) Alias.
Richard Derr –
Commodore Barstow.  Character actor on several series in the 1960s, and a WWII veteran

Review:      

This…is not a great episode. I had a hard time paying attention to this episode.  You could skip it and not loose any important information. I even tried watching this episode twice and couldn’t quite pay attention.

The only element of note is that this is the first episode that shows a parallel universe.  So it’s a set up for the Mirror universe and the various other universes of the Star Trek franchise.

Interesting Notes:

  • Directed by Gerd Oswald
  • Written by Don Ingalls
  • John D. Barrymore was supposed to be Lazarus, but he failed to show up to work and they had to recast.
  • The nebula shown is the Trifid Nebula
  • Originally there was a romance between Lazarus and Lt. Masters, but it was cut by Roddenberry for being too similar to Space Seed.  Which was a very good decision considering how I viewed that one.

Pros:

  •  Direct contact with Starfleet Command.

Cons:

  •  Costuming.  That must be the world’s worst fake beard.  Or maybe it was a style in the sixties.  I don’t know.
  • Their stardates in TOS make no organizational sense.
  • The scene in the transporter where Lazarus disables a tech is not very good stage fighting

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