Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold

January 7, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A guest blog by Mindless-Droid


This week’s classic Star Trek episode is Wolf in the Fold you can watch the original version at the official site here and the episode synopsis is here.

On shore leave Scotty is accused of murder. While an investigation proceeds two more murders follow with the evidence pointing to Scotty. As the investigation moves to the Enterprise it is discovered that the murders are being committed by an ancient energy entity that feeds on fear. The being is believed to have originated on Earth and may even have been Jack the Ripper. Having been exposed as the murderer the entity leaves its human host and occupies the Enterprise’s computer. Trying to generate fear the entity cuts off life support and threatens the crew. McCoy tranquilizes the crew and Kirk and Spock come up with the idea to occupy the computer with an unsolvable problem computing the value of pi to the last digit.


Having been driven from the computer by the unsolvable directive the entity reenters its human host which is quickly tranquilized making it easily controlled allowing Spock to use the transporter to disperse its atoms into deep space rendering it harmless. With the crisis averted and Scotty cleared Spock and Kirk must deal with the happiest crew in Starfleet for the next several hours due to McCoy’s tranquillisers.


William Theiss really pushed the envelope with costume design given the censorship of the sixties.


They got a lot of mileage out of the Orion slave girl song from The Cage.

She’s dead Jim.

Hengist says only Scotty’s fingerprints are on the weapon. How does he know he’s been handling the knife the whole time?

Shouldn’t the lieutenant who does the memory check have a red shirt on I mean it’s obvious she’ll be dead Jim. We’ve never seen her before and the test needs privacy hence no witnesses.


Two she’s dead Jims in one episode.

Is the entity blocking Scotty’s memory or is it because of his concussion.

I like the way they put Kirk in between his loyalty to Scotty and his duty to the Federation.

That was a quite intense ceremony.


Jaris is quite calm for just losing his wife.

Mr. Hengist doth protest too much.

The lie detector computer is a nice plot device.

The computer voice is quite annoying.

A quick side note I paused the DVD to get a drink during the trial and Kirk had the funniest look on his face.

They reference another cloud creature didn’t we just have a cloud creature last week that was a mystery.


He’s (she’s) dead Jim three in one show.

Not much of a fan of the energy being episodes this one was so so, at least I learned that pi was a number with no resolution.