Originally Posted by Lord Tribble
That and the whole slooooooooow punches and dodging, and the bazooka
The slow punches were an attempt to show
the difference in capabilities of the two opponents. That scene, as laughably bad as it was, was successful in establishing the ways in which Kirk was overmatched by the Gorn in hand to hand combat. It set the table for the necessity of Kirk's search for a weapon.
And the bazooka, that is one of the best ever ideas! When I recently showed him this episode, my son reacted exactly as I did at his age. He was totally drawn in to Kirk's desperate attempts to complete his makeshift gun before the Gorn finished him off. And when the Kirk blasted the Gorn, he threw up his arms in victory.
, when my son was flushed with the thrill of Kirk's victory and rooting for Kirk to polish off the Gorn, the writer has Kirk demonstrate that the true measure of his intelligence is not his ability to construct a gun, but his ablility to use his mind to reel in his capacity for violence.
Great episode! Top shelf!