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Exagerated behavior in "The Galileo Seven"

I'm re-watching the TOS episode, "The Galileo Seven," and I can't help but be annoyed at some of the exaggerated character behaviors. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of that throughout the original series, but this episode seems to come off as some sort of strange morality play, that I can't seem to understand the reasoning for.
The crew of the Galileo Seven wants to kill one of the indigenous inhabitants of the planet they're stranded on, after said inhabitants kills one of them; in an act to "give them a bloody nose," so that they might leave them alone. Spock decides not escalate to indiscriminately killing an alien life right off the bat, and instead chooses to try and scare them off with a demonstration of their superior power; only for them to be attacked again and another crewman murdered. Everyone gangs up on Spock, because it was his orders that apparently provoked the attack. McCoy even questions his reasoning, that he didn't consider that the inhabitants might be angered instead of frightened by their display of power. This isn't so unusual for an episode of TOS; Spock is cast in the wrong for being logical and unemotional, with everyone assuming that if he had based his decisions using emotion, he would have made the correct decision.

What gets me about this particular plot point is how they blame Spock for responding to the inhabitants with non-lethal force, only for that to be responded to with further aggression; and yet, what the hell do they think would have happened if they had killed on of the inhabitants? If McCoy's not surprised that they were angered at a passive, non-lethal display of power; then what does he think they would have done if one of the inhabitants had been injured or killed, like he and all the others were advocating? Spock was right, both in not understanding the response to the way they showed their superior power, but also escalating to straight up killing one of them in retaliation probably wouldn't have done them any favors; except to maybe thin the level of force responding in kind, but that wasn't what they were trying to do.

I'm also baffled by the obsession with some of crew members about giving the dead crew a proper burial, right then and there. That might sound crass, but come on, have some objective priorities; you're stranded on planet with a hostile force and the chances of making it out alive yourself are ticking away with every second. There's a time and a place to eulogize the fallen, and that was not it. If it were me, I'd be ambivalent about the burial - if you have crew with nothing to do, and are waiting before you can go anywhere; sure, throw some dirt on me and get me out of the way, but not at the risk of your own life.
The ceremony of it, and the kind thoughts and words can definitely wait until you're back aboard the ship, safe and sound; where they'll probably get repeated anyway, for the benefit of the crew who aren't there with you on the planet.

Maybe I'm just too much a Vulcan too....


“He lied to us through song! I hate when people do that."

Re: Exagerated behavior in "The Galileo Seven"

I'm sure it's exaggerated because some people don't understand things that are subtle and nuanced. (even modern trek is 'in your face' obnoxious).


with everyone assuming that if he had based his decisions using emotion, he would have made the correct decision.

It's not as if humans aren't logical and emotionless at times, and in a survival situation, the best place for it. I guess they just wanted some conflict, even if it was forced.

"He's dusted, busted and disgusted, but he's ok"

Re: Exagerated behavior in 'The Galileo Seven'

I also recently re watched this episode and too found the characters to behave outside the norm. Spock was ganged up on, McCoy kept repeating how Spock was failing in his first chance at command, and the other crew members aside from Scotty seemed to have no confidence in him. I found it odd because how many times was it Spock and him alone that saved the entire ship and its crew? To many times to list.
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