"The Deadly Years"
While on the planet Gamma Hydra IV, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty are infected with an unknown disease that causes premature aging. The only member of the party unaffected is Chekov (Walter Koenig), who becomes McCoy's guinea pig while searching for a cure back on the Enterprise.
A nifty idea with some poignant overtones, the story by David P. Harmon startles a viewer with the sight of these familiar folks rapidly graying, wrinkling, weakening, and suffering memory loss. At the same time, Harmon is careful to age each character as a unique individual. Kirk slows down more than the longer-lived Spock, while McCoy remains mentally keen, if physically brittle. As for poor Scotty, well...
The dramatic subtext in "The Deadly Years" concerns the perennial conflict over when and how to decide that someone has become too old to execute crucial responsibilities. In that sense, this episode feels constantly relevant and uniquely entertaining: let's just say some of these actors play "old" a little better than others. (Director Joseph Pevney has reported that there was a lot of conflict over who was stealing old-guy moves from whom.) With all this going on, one might not notice that guest star Charles Drake is a truly familiar face, having been cast in The Maltese Falcon and Now, Voyager. --Tom Keogh
Ive always loved "Mirror Mirror" The crew gets in an ion storm thats sends them to an opposite galaxy where thier mirror images are evil and desperate. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003
This edition of the DVD have one of my all time favorite episodes in star trek: Mirror,Mirror. I love that episode and cannot stop watching it ever.Published on July 15 2003 by "viapartybrat2"
The DEADLY YEARS is one of the best episodes because we get to see what the crew look like at an old age. Read morePublished on April 2 2003 by Adam Paul Bailey
Volume 20 of the Star Trek DVD collection contains two fairly decent episodes from the second season. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by Jared Insell
"Mirror, Mirror" is a Trek classic and fan favorite, one of the better "alternate dimension" stories in cinema sci-fi. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2002 by Bruce Rux
Ah, the fun I have watching classic Star Trek™! I just love the over-the-top acting of our stalwarts, the even-more-over-the-top acting of the guest star(s) who play the bad... Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by Zagnorch
Mirror, Mirror is one of my favorite episodes. The combination of the crisp acting, intense dialog, and beautiful orchestral score make it a real treat. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2001 by Seventies_action
These are oddly matched episodes, but still worth a look.
In “The Deadly Years”, a landing party led by Captain Kirk contracts a rare disease causing accelerated... Read more
BOTH of these episodes are great, which makes this DVD a real bargain. "Mirror/Mirror" is finely acted with real intensity, and "The Deadly Years" has some of... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2001 by yarborough