“The Devil in the Dark” was the 25th episode of the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series. It did not pit the U.S.S. Enterprise against Satan during a blackout on Halloween. (Because that’s exactly what you were thinking, right?) No, the devil here is the metaphorical representation of the misunderstood Other, which, in this case, is a seemingly psycho mole-like creature of sentient asbestos or rock or whatever that looks like something your cat would throw up if your cat had the stomach the size of a dumpster and only ate refried beans, and a lot of them. Sounds ludicrous — except it isn’t. “The Devil in the Dark” is top-shelf Trek and (according to reports) William Shatner’s favorite episode ever. Also: “Dammit, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer!” “The Devil in the Dark” is among this month’s batch of prints by artist Juan Ortiz as he continues his ongoing project to create movie posters in a retro pulp style for every single episode of ST:TOS. The July collection also includes “The Lights of Zetar,” the 18th episode of season three, in which the alien consciousness of an alien race creates stormy psychic havoc aboard the Enterprise:
As always, you can purchase the prints at Quantum Mechanix. You can also get more info about the poster campaign at startrek.com. You can also buy T-shirts inspired by the prints beginning Wednesday here.