The Zarabeth storyline explores loneliness in its various forms, giving us more insight into both Spock and the human (humanoid) condition.
Sadly, "equality, kindness, justice" are largely forgotten by the episode's end.
Eden must exist somewhere between the Federation’s artifice and the Edenites’ self-indulgence.
The sexism is so rampant as to be a distraction throughout the episode.
(Note: This post appears as a page elsewhere on this site. If you haven’t read it yet, my introductory post on this Star Trek: The Original Series rewatch is a good place to start. Previous essays on specific episodes can be found here.) Original Air Date: January 24, 1969 Crew Death Count: 3 (Ensign Wyatt,…
At some point the pro-human hyperbole becomes excessive, an over-the-top attempt to define humans as the chosen people among the entire galaxy.
The "stand by your leader" philosophy of "The Tholian Web" only works in the TOS world of generally responsible adults.
Burying our heads in the sand is a path to ruin, when we should, instead, reach for the sky.
In some ways, the episode is reminiscent of Mission: Impossible, which, like Star Trek, began its third season in the fall of 1968.
There's nothing wrong, once in a while, with a little mindless entertainment.