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I was reading Bram Stoker's Dracula and noticed the smell that is described leading into the scene with the female temptresses, or vampires, is the same that is described repeatedly in this episode when the creature is near. Also, the creature seeks red blood, or at least the part of it that is red. I think this was a probable inspiration behind this episode, but this is just one fan's opinion. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 21:41, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
Watching the remastered episode recently made me curious about the whole attitude toward the creature. It kills humans therefore it is evil. No attempt is made to communicate with it. Mid-way through the story by inference Spock surmises it has some level of intelligence, but there is no debate about whether killing it is appropriate. The possibility of confinement (perhaps with forcefields) is not even considered. Although its ability to phase may make that impossible. It is instead destroyed with about the greatest amount of overkill ever leveled at an adversary on the show--blown apart by an anti-matter explosion. This is justified on the flimsy reasoning it is about to spawn and reproduce numerous creatures like itself (how Spock knows this is never explained). No curiousity is shown about its origins or its ability to engage in interstellar travel at warp speed. It has been many years since the initial incident -- where has it been? If it regularly engages in the killing of living things why is it seemingly not widely villified or the object of infamy? Instead it is obscure and the original incident was many years ago and not widely known. Is it the last of its kind a la the salt creature in "The Man Trap"? None of these perspectives or mysteries are considered. Compare with the attitude toward alien entities shown in episodes like "Devil in the Dark" and "Metamorphosis". Is this worth commenting on in the article? Dgabbard (talk) 18:34, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
I wrote a mirror story for the episode “Mirror, Mirror”, covering everything that happened but from the point of view of the mirror characters, and verbatim repeating the conversation between Spock and the mirror Kirk in the brig. In it, Garrovick is Kirk’s personal guard. Thought it might be appropriate. GBC (talk) 18:12, 29 February 2008 (UTC)
Fan fiction usually isn't. Lots42 (talk) 10:37, 24 March 2008 (UTC)