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Star Trek #36: Wolf in the Fol

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Joseph Pevney    Unrated   VHS Tape
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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

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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Violence was handled more casually in season 2 Sept. 21 2003
The 'Jack the Ripper' episode is another action episode from the second season. The conclusion to the teaser is quite chilling, although the episode never quite reaches that pitch thereafter. The exotic pleasure palace and seance keep things going for a while, but much of the show is ultimately taken up by the 'baton-passing' of Rejack. Once we know the episode's fairly compelling hook, there isn't much novelty even in Rejack's penultimate resting place.
This episode also was not the highpoint of gender sensitivity. 'The Boys' are pretty glib in their loose talk at the beginning of the episode, and the violence towards women isn't treated as anything more than a plot device to get Scotty into trouble. On the other hand, the same could be said of most Star Trek violence towards MEN. There's no denying though that death was treated more lightly after the first season. Some second season episodes (Patterns of Force was the worst offender) stepped way over the line; the producers seemed to feel that as long as they didn't side with the bad guys (and they didn't) any subject could be treated, and in some cases treated lightly.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A murder trail for Scotty. Oct. 20 2000
When Scotty (James Doohan) is found to be the lone person on site when three women were killed, he is put on trial, and it's up to Kirk, Spock and Bones to uncover his innocence. The investigation soon reveals that an energy creature once known on Earth as Jack the Ripper, is respoceible for the murders. this Star Trek story is full of horror and suspence, but as a kind of funny ending to it, which would make Alfred Hitchcock proud.Written by Robert Bloch. Directed by Joseph Pevney. Music Composed and Conducted by Gerald Fried.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Jack The Ripper episode June 15 2000
By jao
"Wolf In The Fold" is an exciting episode of the original Star Trek. A woman is killed and Scotty's fingerprints are the only ones anybody can find on the knife that killed her. Eventually 2 more women are killed and Scotty is the closest one to both of them when the lights come back on. Scotty and the USS Enterprise crew must proceed to a court session along with 2 men that are from the planet on which the murders occurred. They must determine who is the killer of these 3 women.
"Wolf In The Fold" is an exciting Jack The Ripper tale. Is it a creature killing the women? Or is it Scotty or some other person? I recommend getting "Wolf In The Fold" in order to find out. It starts getting real exciting and suspenseful once the court sessions begin onboard the USS Enterprise. You'll also become familiar with the talking computer of the Enterprise.
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