I saw this last week but forgot to comment. You’re right in that the tone of the episode helped, but boy as a time travel episode I was confused as hell by the end of the episode at their proposed solution. So the people that saw the enterprise and knew it was from the future, they couldn’t send them back. So their solution at the end was to first go back in time again (so now there are two Enterprises?) and beam in the versions of these people that they have on board, and by doing so, these people won’t remember their time aboard the Enterprise anymore?
What? This is the most confusing use of time travel logic I’ve ever seen in any book/tv show/movie about time travel. I just didn’t get it at all. I don’t even understand their intent enough to criticize it.
I watched this one last night. This was a really amusing episode to me. Not just the fact that the jettison pod button is right there for Kirk to use anytime he wants, but the way the old timey lawyer wants the judges to be brought to the Enterprise. And then after that in the next scene they’re all squeezed into the Enterprise’s tiny bridge, which made me laugh out loud. “Old Timey lawyer, I can’t believe you talked us into this”.
I have to admit, when Jim saw his old girlfriend, and she warned him about the prosecutor’s plan, and he asked her to be his attorney, and she said she was busy, I absolutely missed what that meant until later when she admitted she was the prosecutor. That was freaking brilliant. Such a great moment in the episode, and the surprise on Kirk’s face was wonderful, and reflected the surprise on mine.
Definitely one of the better episodes on TOS that we’ve seen so far.