Kirk and Chapel visit the laboratory of the mysterious and long-lost Dr Korby. Expeditions have failed to find him before, but the Enterprise manages to finally pin him down. With the presence of Christine Chapel, Korby’s former fiancee, this has all the makings of a classic haunted house movie.
Like many haunted house stories, this episode asks some basic existential questions. “What are little girls made of?”And, more directly, what is the measure of a man?
First the team must be separated. Then the main characters must meet someone. Expecting to be relieved by finally finding a person that can welcome them, they are instead horrified and baffled by Dr Brown’s odd behavior. He is an especially unsettling host when the red shirt dies and no reaction registers on his face or demeanor. Before they can get too uncomfortable with the weirdo, a pretty girl emerges to distract Kirk. (I’m telling you, this episode is a classic haunted house movie!) So here comes the monster butler, played by Ted Cassidy, who is most famous for playing a monster butler on another show.
Separating our two main characters, Kirk gets put into some bizarre spinning device and Christine gets chatted up by her old fiancee, the elusive Dr Korby. An android duplicate of Kirk is made. This android is sent back to the ship, to cause trouble.
While his mind was being duplicated, Kirk repeated the jerky phrase, “Mind your own business, Mr. Spock. I’m sick of your half-breed interference, do you hear?” This sentence was then imprinted onto the android version of Kirk. Something totally out of character was affixed to an otherwise perfect duplicate of Kirk. When the android is sent to the ship, Android-Kirk is given a chance to say this phrase, which clues Spock in on the fact that things are not what they seem. So Spock gets a team together to check on the situation on the planet.
Counting on the offensive phrase to be repeated by his android copy, Kirk was able to send a message to Spock. This strategy works. After Android Kirk says it, Spock knows that this is not his captain.
Know the voice of your captain. Is that a stretch? Maybe. But it’s a good reminder for Christians to listen for the voice of God and know what He says in His Bible and know then what He might be likely to say. The worst thing is to be sure you’re hearing from God, but not be well-read enough to know for sure.
Take Eve, for example. She heard some of God’s Word, but it was changed, tweaked. And it was from this encounter that the first human sinned. Jesus showed the opposite response. When the same Satan was bugging Him with versions of His own Word, Jesus rejected him. Jesus knew the whole Bible better than Satan did. When the words were right, Jesus knew the application was wrong. We need to have a high level of knowledge about God ready so when the going gets tough, the Christians can be discerning.
Know the voice of your leader! So when some jerk, like an android Kirk or a devil pretending to be good, starts bossing you around you’ll know just who’s doing the talking.