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And The Children Shall Lead, TOS 3

Jordan | The Star Trek Project | Saturday, December 16th, 2006

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Wow, we’ve finally hit it, and, if I may use an oft repeated phrase: Worst Episode Ever. Unlike, say, Spock’s Brain, which is at least fun in its camp, “And The Children Shall Lead” is insufferable. It is annoying, aggravating and it makes no sense. It has the logic of a story told to you on the fly by a young child, where important elements that need revelation at the beginning are sprung at you at the end. And we are still never given an explanation for any of the powers the intruders posses. Their motivation is all over the map, we’re never sure if they are evil or possessed, and there are about five different times when Kirk & co. could stop the trouble easily if they just picked up their phaser and shot (on stun even!) but they just won’t do it! By the time we get to the end, where the happy conclusion shows McCoy smiling now that the handfull of small children are weeping for the parents they murdered, it’s time to just turn off the TV.


  1. [...] Whereas something like TOS’s And The Children Shall Lead or Spock’s Brain can at least be enjoyed on a masochistic level, “Shades of Grey” is just an insult. A “clips episode,” like you’ll find on the Partridge Family. A disgrace. And the frame for this cheap stunt is pretty retarded, too. [...]

    Pingback by Jordan Hoffman Dot Com » Shades of Grey, TNG 2 — June 14, 2007 @ 5:09 pm

  2. AGREED!

    Comment by Sven Golly — January 3, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

  3. And the children shall smoke WEED. Or perhaps the audience should. LOL…LOL…LOL

    Comment by Sven Golly — May 24, 2012 @ 9:08 am

  4. It didn’t strike me as all that bad. The alien using the children to take over the universe seemed a solid sci-fi premise. I do admit that the children were often annoying, and apparently the scriptwriter had never spoken to a child (nor seen children playing games).

    Comment by Andrew Lindsey — July 16, 2012 @ 10:26 am

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