Okay so the iconic tenth episode of
the original Star Trek series third season, Plato’s Stepchildren, does have an undeniable
claim to a place in television history. It’s the one with Uhura and Kirk’s
kiss, and as such is home to one of the first mainstream depictions of an
interracial relationship on mainstream American television.
But that’s not why we’re highlighting
it here—no, we’re more concerned, for the purposes of this list, with the
scenes which stopped the BBC from showing this episode upon its original release
thanks to some “unpleasant” content.
And just what was said unpleasant
content? Well, long before the horror genre made telekinesis terrifying, the
crew encounter aliens able to control their behaviour to their own evil ends.
Pretty unpleasant—in theory.
In practice, this results in scenes
where Kirk and Spock helplessly slap themselves silly, struggling to look serious
as they give the old adage “Stop hitting yourself” new life.