Star Trek 36: Wolf in the Fold [Import]
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.)
"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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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. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2000 by D.W. Smith
Kind of a spooky episode, but it gets a little dull when everyone is brought on board the Enterprise.Published on Oct. 14 1999 by Amazon Customer
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