A lot of people say this is the best episode of Trek ever. I’m not going to argue with that, it just may be true. The script is credited to Harlan Ellison and it does have some heavy themes in it. While some of the nerdish specific points don’t make a whole heck of a lot of sense, there is something surprising in this episode — there is some real, honest character development. I’m not going to lie to you, I got a little choked up at the end when I watched this today. When Kirk says, “Let’s get the hell out of here” it is a crushing moment. We all like to joke about Shatner because, well, he’s a such a friggin’ doofus. . .but he gives a really solid performance here. Ann’s favorite all time episode.