The episode "Other Voices" first aired on April 17, 1977 . It was directed by H.G. Stark and written and produced by Roz Karson.
The theme of this first episode (which aired when I was two years old) is to explore the possibility that plants respond to human thoughts. I think it's important to keep a few things in mind as you watch this episode. Remember, it is the 70's and it was in fashion for people to think way outside the box. It also means the 60's are not that far from being over and so many people are still thinking about things like levels of higher consciousness and the impact of hallucinogenic drugs on peoples perceptions of the world. This should be in the back of your mind as you watch each episode, as there is definitely some weird vibes form this show at times that can be a bit difficult to relate to in the 21st century. For me, this is the charm this show holds! I also think it's important to keep in mind that this is the first episode. As is the case with many programs, the first few episodes are not as good as later shows that are made once a series has found its niche and gotten into a routine with a formula that works.
Nimoy is awesome as usual in this episode. He dryly comments with no sign of skepticism or enthusiasm, "For whatever reason, the experiment fails. Perhaps Baxter has performed it to often? His reaction may not have been genuine?" You think?
The experiment at the end with yogurt was interesting. He connected a lie detector to the yogurt to see if it was lying I guess? Baxter tells us there is a reaction and so I guess the yogurt was lying? At least until the bacteria is killed by antibiotics, than the lying stopped. Baxter concludes that even the simplest living things have feelings!
So it wasn't my favorite episode by any stretch, but I found it interesting just because of Nimoy and the weird 70's vibe.
If you haven't seen it yet, you click on the video below to watch "Other Voices"