This episode, The Apple, has a special place in my heart. It was the first of any Star Trek I ever saw when I was six years old, and I was immediately hooked. So much happens in this episode – exploding rocks, evil computer that won’t allow touching and kissing, natives attacking with chip-forks fought off by Kirk’s deadly upper-arm chops and double-axe-handles, Prime Directive, Scotty losing his job, and above all solving all problems with liberal use of phasers. And they tell Spock that he looks like Satan. Now I think about it, this episode contains more Trek cliche than any other I can think of =)
Vol’s tricks are all the more impressive when you consider that it’s powered entirely by fruit thrown down its throat by its servants. It’s nice to see that the Prime Directive doesn’t apply when the culture in question is clearly wrong.