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Episode 3.11: Wink of an Eye

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This is actually one of my favourite episodes from Season 3. I remember the first time I saw it - the idea of people living in a hyper-accelerated time was fascinating. Now of course the logical problems are a bit more apparent, but it's still fun.

I discovered in panel 5 that it's difficult conveying a lack of motion in a comic.

Transcript

1
Captain's log, Stardate 5710.5. Answering distress call from Scalos.
Spock: Nobody here.
Kirk: But insects.
SFX: buzz! buzz!
SFX: swat
2
McCoy: Compton just vanished! I'm ordering medical exams for all landing party crew.
Kirk: That's new. Do you want quarantine?
McCoy: Nah.
3
{Enterprise bridge}
Scotty: Cap'n, weird stuff is happenin' all over the ship!
Spock: There are aliens aboard. But sensors cannot detect them at all.
Kirk: All I hear is insect buzzing!
SFX: buzz! buzz!
SFX: swat
4
Kirk: Let me just drink this suspicious coffee...
5
Caption: Bridge crew freeze
Caption: Camera tilts into a Dutch angle
McCoy: Jim! It's y..o....u.. .... . . . . .
6
Deela: I am Deela, Queen of Scalos.
Kirk: What have you done to my crew?
Deela: Scalosian males are infertile. You will breed with me.
Kirk: I don't care what you've done to my crew!
7
Deela: We are hyper-accelerated, moving faster than your crew can see.
Kirk: So we can have a full night of passion...
Deela: And your crew will experience mere minutes.
8
{normal time, no Dutch angle}
Kirk: {on computer screen} Spock, if you get this recording, the Scalosians live in hyper-accelerated time. They plan to freeze everyone to use as future breeding stock. I'll keep their queen occupied while you think of something.
McCoy: Antidote serum time!
9
{accelerated time, Dutch angle}
Caption: Cut to Kirk sitting on his bunk, putting boots on, while Deela brushes her hair.
Caption: You figure it out...
10
Spock: Captain, I accelerated myself to bring the antidote to you.
Kirk: Good work. The other Scalosians have beamed down, we just need to deal with Deela.
11
Deela: Can we try the antidote, to see if we can return to being a normal society?
Kirk: No, I'm going to strand you on your world and warn other ships to stay away!
12
{normal time, no Dutch angle}
McCoy: Jim, that was uncharacteristically callous.
Spock: I found it to be... an accelerating experience.
McCoy: Oh, a pun! Never mind. Ha ha!
Kirk: Ha ha!


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