My first experience with anything closely related to the popular Star Trek episode “Amok Time” was Jim Carrey’s Medieval Times fight sequence in the 1996 movie The Cable Guy. Back then, I found the scene highly entertaining–especially with Jim’s apt rendition of the Star Trek episode’s climatic background music–but the core of the bit/homage escaped me.
Then I finally got a chance to watch Amok Time and at that very moment–everything made perfect sense. In this episode, we got to see the dynamics between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, the home planet of Spock, a literal dance of death known as kal-if-fee, and of course, the intricacies of the Vulcan mating ritual known as pon farr–the plot device that led the crew of the USS Enterprise into Vulcan airspace.
Now all of this Amok Time talk brings back memories of this scene: