Spoilers for Shore Leave follow.
Yeoman Barrow! Yowzer! Giving the Captain a back massage right on the bridge! Spock raises an eyebrow! Captain you horny dog! No wait, he says the Captain needs shore leave.
Dr McCoy is down on the planet, checking things out, and he put on way too much mascara when getting ready for this away mission. But to be fair, it’s not often the Doctor gets to go on away missions. He deserves this mascara. Work it, Doctor!
So when the Dr. mentions Alice in Wonderland, and the rabbit and Alice show up, the audience figures out that something is going on. Somehow what he was thinking about became… real? An illusion materialized? We’re not sure yet. What’s amazing about this episode is it’s near the end of the episode after Mr. Spock beams down that he finally puts up this hypothesis: their thoughts are becoming real.
Meanwhile, the episode itself is fairly charming for the most part. The light banter between these characters remains a highlight. When Spock traps the Captain into realizing that he needs shore leave, it’s pretty mellow and a very endearing moment for both characters.
Overall the episode takes too long in moving forward with its premise, and takes too long in silly scenes, making me really impatient at times. Their sense of timing is really off in this episode, even if I like certain scenes, and enjoyed the premise. It’s just not well executed overall.
It’s frustrating to me that the show started off so fantastic out of the gate with several fantastic episodes, and now continues into sort of drab execution since then. Last week’s boring episode with the Romulans when the premise was so interesting, and now this. Before that, Kodos was pretty great, but the pacing was kind of annoying in that episode too. 3 Episodes in a row now where I’m pretty disappointed. I really hope they can tighten up these episodes next week and not have to have to have so much filler where I’m left anxious for them to get on with it.