Star Trek- “Dagger of the Mind” (Original air date: November 3rd, 1966)
Written by S. Bar-David
Directed by Vincent McEveety
On a routine cargo delivery mission the Tantalus Penal Colony, a prisoner escapes by stowing away in a package beamed up to the Enterprise. When McCoy doubts the methods being used in the prison after examining the prisoner, Kirk and a female medical assistant with whom he had an “encounter” with at the previous year’s Christmas party beam down to the penal colony to investigate.
This episode is a very 1960s critique of psychiatry. It makes arguments which still hold merit, even if they seem somewhat antiquated today. It also features Spock’s first use of the Vulcan mind meld. King.