The Galileo Seven

Episode 84

Friday 6 October 2023

We're on an alien planet a green sky and rocky outcrops made of chicken wire and papier-mâché. The shuttlecraft Galileo, has landed here. Behind it, but towering over it, is a large apelike creater. He is holding a polystyrene rock above his head, about to bring it down on the roof of the shuttlecraft.

Star Trek: The Original Series

Series 1, Episode 16

Stardate: 2821.5

First broadcast on Thursday 5 January 1967

When a metal box containing seven strange creatures lands outside his village, gentle giant Oleg (Buck Maffei) leaves a pregnant wife and an ailing mother in his humble yurt and trudges off to present the creatures with his people’s traditional gift of welcome — a set of giant novelty spears. This simple act of hospitality is met with violence, and soon matters escalate despite Oleg’s repeated attempts to appease the newcomers’ anger — giving one an affectionate hug, offering the others his precious polystyrene boulder, and finally trying to hold down the box when the wind threatens to blow it away. A heartrending story of faith and hope in the face of indifference and cruelty. Five stars.

Duration: 1:09:27 · Recorded on Tuesday 3 October 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Original Series