A randy Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and Scotty (James Doohan) take shore leave on Argelius II, a trip that becomes a nightmare when Scotty is suspected in a series of murders. From its opening scene featuring a seductive belly dancer to the ultimate revelation of the killer's identity, "Wolf in the Fold" has the aura of a psychological horror story. No wonder: The script is by Robert Bloch, author of the novel Psycho
(basis for the Hitchcock film), who also came up with the idea of the Enterprise
computers being overtaken by none other than Jack the Ripper. Actor John Fiedler, whose raspy, high-pitched voice is most familiar as the sound of Piglet in Walt Disney's Winnie the Pooh
, is very good as the ultra-annoying Hengist, a skeptical prosecutor out for Scotty's head. One of the few Trek
episodes to focus on Scotty, "Wolf" is downright exotic at times in its spooky tone and depiction of the sensual life on Argelius II. (Director Joseph Pevney even spent some of Paramount's money getting a startling overhead shot of a seance.) Here's a weird factoid: Harlan Ellison, author of Trek
's great "City on the Edge of Forever" episode, also once wrote a futuristic Jack-is-back story called (ta-da) "City on the Edge of Tomorrow." --Tom Keogh
From the Back Cover
Has a head injury to Scotty turned him into a bold-blooded "lady-killer"?
This modern Jack the Ripper tale was one of the first episodes to feature Scotty. Note the rare overhead shot during the sance sequence.
John Fiedler (Hengist) can be heard as the voice of Piglet in Walt Disney's Winnie The Pooh cartoons. Charles Dierkop (Morla) would later appear with Angie Dickinson in the long-running TV series Police Woman.