CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
October 5, 1974
Run Time: 24 minutes
Episode 5 – “How Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth”
The Enterprise encounters a strange ship that approaches and seemingly attacks by throwing up a force field in the shape of a globe around the ship. A Mayan-like serpent god called Kublican is responsible for the encounter. Suddenly, several crew members — Kirk, Dr. McCoy, Scotty and an ensign named Walking Bear — are beamed off the Enterprise to a planet to solve a Mayan riddle.
Ensign Walking Bear serves as the informational source in this somewhat cryptic episode. Ancient Egyptians and Mayan culture mixed with space seems like the type of idea that Stargate would later focus on in more depth. Since we don’t understand a lot of ancient drawings and technology that seemed to built huge structures leads to a good space yarn. This episode, like too many others, just very hampered by opening to a fascinating story but doesn’t have much of a second act. It’s just show us an engaging conflict, then move to a hasty conclusion..
Serpents, an ensign used primarily as a macguffin and Mayan mystery that is solved too quickly to be satisfying leads to a somewhat mediocre episode. Promising, yes, but executed poorly. Not recommended.
Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️