Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yarnek

Yarnek is a metamorphic rocklike creature with clawed hands and several glowing eyes in its head. He appears on planet Excalbia in Star Trek's classic 77th episode 'The savage Curtain.' When the creature materializes we see eyes which flash in sync with his voice.

The rock entity announces that the planets Excalibians wish to conduct an experiment to determine which human philosophy is stronger — good or evil. To spice things up, the Excalibians, as well as the crew of the Enterprise are allowed to witness the drama but cannot interfere. The test will be a simple one of survival. In order for the exercise to begin, Yarnek uses his illusionary powers to create a place on his boiling planet where the USS Enterprise crew can breathe and battle it out.

A battle of wits ensues pitting Kirk, Lincoln, Spock and Surak (good guys) against four of the galaxies notorious minds in a fight to the death. During the war games, various battle strategies are played out truly testing Kirk and Spock's belief in Peace. When the fight ends, the Excalbian reappears and announces that while evil retreats when confronted with force, there is no great difference otherwise between the two philosophies.

What do you think distinguishes good from evil?

Does the end result justify the means??

8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think good has to do more with selfless motivation. But the ends never justify the means.

Susan Kane said...

The good willingly sacrifices self for others, while the evil are in the battle for each self.
Basically, what Alex said, but his is better.

that episode was disturbing in many ways.

Tony Laplume said...

It's the difference between Surak and Kahless. Both had profound impacts on their species, set nearly impossible examples to follow, but Vulcans have generally been better neighbors than Klingons.

Lynda Dietz said...

Love the way so many sci-fi shows had the blinking lights/voice coordination.

I think evil motivation is always selfish, regardless of whether the person convinces himself he's doing something for the greater good or not. And the ends rarely, if ever, justify the means.

Spacer Guy said...

I've found that evil usually triumphs...unless good is very, very careful - wise words spoken by DR. MCCOY in Star Trek's "The Omega Glory" classic.

Lady Lilith said...

Wow. I guess I really do learn something new every day. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Himsl said...

Always thought this character and writing was a bit corny. Volumes have been written on the good vs evil issue, but pretty cool what Star Trek demonstrated. Made us think!
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HJ Blenkinsop said...

Almost like a horta,(spelling?) but not quite. Both rock creatures... But good from evil? Difficult one...

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