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Star Trek
Dedicated To The Memory of Gene Roddenberry

Well, this is my Star Trek page with a few bits and pieces that I have collected over time. There are a couple of links to other sites as well as a few sounds (.WAV) that I grabbed from here and there.

Also included are quite a few pictures that I have scanned in (.JPG / .GIF) from anywhere and everwhere, so feel free to download at your convenience.

What I have decided to do is have different pages for my favorite Sci-Fi series and movies so that way you'll just have to spend more time around my homepage. I'm open to suggestions of a more appropriate presentation strategy by one and all. After I have finished the 'index' of the various episodes, I will endeavour to have a technical page on the series of Star Ships as well as various other items that are used.


Links To Favorite Pages

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It seems as if there are more Web sites devoted to Star Trek than there are stars in the sky. So I voyaged to the far corners of the Internet universe to bring you the best. Here are 14 sites that deserve the Starfleet seal of approval.

Yep, I've finally managed to do the deed... If you'd like the zipped bitmaps, click .BMP and more Bitmaps. Or if you prefer the zipped gif format, click .GIF or lastly the better jpg format, click .JPG . Included in the same directory are a few sounds, although in this zipped file there are only the 'a' to 'b' sounds in .WAV format as it's taking me ages to sort out the different sounds from different movies I have in the one directory on my local PC.

stfc.jpg - 24.8 K Star Trek - First Contact Movie Spoiler . If you don't want to know, don't go to this site!! I received this document from a friend at work and thought it best to mention it here. Actually, I WILL mention who he is... it's Alan Sutherland, so blame him instead! This burst was at somestage downloaded from the FLASHPOINT BBS (+61-3-95101791 or +61-3-95101792).

Best "If Joe Friday Were a Trekker" Site. While not full of bells and whistles like Holodeck 3, the ultra-comprehensive "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Fact Site offers all the facts, ma'am. When it comes to episode guides, character and cast information, and need-to-know facts, this is the first place to look. For the serious trivia buff, this site contains sublists, such as episodes where the self-destruct mechanism is activated.

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Best "Best of All Possible Worm-holes" Site. Loskene's Tholian Web uses a map of Deep Space Nine as a table of contents to a site that contains an asteroid belt of oddities - an image gallery, Quark's bartender's guide, a compendium of recent gossip, and episode spoilers. My favourite is the collection of quotes, ranging from Spock, "Lieutenant Kyle, your agoniser, please"; to Patrick Stewart's immortal line from A Christmas Carol "Make it snow."

Best "Here's to You Mrs. Roddenberry" Site. Simply one of the best Trek sites for serious fans and newcomers alike, Holodeck 3 is crammed with nifty graphics, video clips, and computer-generated art. This site is so much like a Starfleet computer you'll swear you hear Majel Barrett (Gene Roddenberry's widow and the voice of all Starfleet computers). Holodeck 3 comes in a text-version for the modem-challenged, but the beauty of the site is its main attraction.

Best "Jim Beam Me Up" Site. The Star Trek: The Next Generation Drinking Game ruthlessly deconstructs Star Trek's plot and character cliches, and adds alcoholic beverage consumption as a chaser. Almost every possible bromide is covered, but with 18 pages of rules, this is not a simple game of "Hi Bob." Follow the instructions while watching The Next Generation and you're guaranteed to discover the Final Frontier.

Best "Where No One Has Gone Before" Site. Star Trek WWW is the place to start your mission. At last count, Luca Sambucci had collected links to 652 home pages, 28 mailing lists, and 64 newsgroups. Anything you need is listed here, from a support group for people who hate Wesley Crusher to philosophy dissertations such as, "The Political Aesthetic: Nation and Narrativity on the Starship Enterprise." For everyone from hard-core fans to those who just want to check the TV listings this site is a transport of delight.

Best "Learn How to Say 'Oxymoron' in Klingon" Site. The Klingon Imperial Diplomatic Corps site contains everything you ever wanted to know about the least diplomatic species in Federation space. Hit a hypertext link and explore the history, culture, and genealogy of all Klingons who have ever appeared on Star Trek. True, it only covers Klingons, but it is still one of the most comprehensive fan sites on the Web.

Best "Greed Is Good" Site. The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition Site finds the never-trust-anyone Ferengi with lots of advice to share - and here they do it, with no thought to cost. Yeah, right. Every one of the 285 rules that has been released to the public is here, sometimes accompanied by a sound byte. Remember Rule #111 : "Treat people in your debt like family - exploit them."

STAR TREK (Dundee) Well, I think this one is one of the better ones that I have been to. So... if you have any other sites that I should visit and add to this please let me know.

Best 'If Big Brother Were A Trekker" Site. Paramount Pictures Official Star Trek Web Site is for anyone who wants the official parry line for flattering bios glowing commentary on even the worst episodes, Central Committee-approved "hints" about the upcoming Next Gen movie, First Contact. Essentially, a big, glossy online Paramount press release, but well-designed and informative, nonetheless.

The Klingon Language Institute is quite a good site to visit. I haven't spent too long here though, but I thought it still deserved a mention. Klingon I found this site by accident, or should I say that it found me!! I was in Saudi Arabia for a while this year, and looking forward to receive email to keep my sanity when low and behold, I received a birthday wish from this organisation... well that's my story anyway!!

Best "Let's Get Institutionalised" Site. The Borg Institute of Technology is a smorgas-borg of info, both a parody of a college recruitment brochure and an introduction to the most fearsome villains in the Star Trek universe - although it hasn't been updated since First Contact, in our collective opinion, it's the best of the borg and well worth a spin around campus.

Best "If Roseanne Were A Trekker" Site. Almost every Star Trek character has a fan page, but of them all, The Chief O'Brien Page is my favourite. Miles O'Brien is an average Joe, a working stiff; he gets virtually no respect on the show and deserves a great page devoted to him. He has it here, replete with a listing of O'Brien-heavy episodes, a thorough Colm Meaney bio and a chronology.

Also, have a go at this site as well, Welcome To TrekMUSE. I can't remember what's here, but I must have tagged it for some reason. If anything, the more sites I place here on every page, I can then add comments from my readers out there.

An index of 1,744 actors who have appeared in Star Trek movies or programs can be found by clicking on off the Net Trek Trivia.

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What I have managed to scrounge up is an index of all the episodes that were ever made / screened and scripted. For once, sheer quantity is a boon to overall quality. It's the ideas expressed in the series that are more clearly focused with frequency. And, after all, the ideas are what count. Seen in succession - on television or in the index that follows - the motivating concepts of Mr Roddenberry's dream are more inspiring than ever. Furthermore, placing individual episodes into their proper creative context (as Sci-Fi, as history) is of primary importance, and one of the goals towards which this index is directed.


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Episode 1
By George Clayton Johnson

There are as many candidates for the lead-off episode as there are ST fans - or at least ST stories. The one that actually did so (and such things are largely a luck-of-the-draw situation) featured a fat part for DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy, and one of the best of all ST monsters. This one can take human form, and does... that of an old girlfriend of McCoy's. (In human form, the actress was Jeanny Bal; the monster, Francine Pyne.) The illusion is far from pretty - in more ways than one - since the alien extracts all salt from human bodies. It's a roundabout way to murder but the effect is the same - as McCoy must discover before it's his turn.

Airdate: 6609.08

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Episode 2
By Dorothy Fontana, from a story by Gene Roddenberry

Robert Walker, Jr., guests in the title role, that of an adolescent raised in a world dominated by noncorporeal beings. His infatuation with his life among humans - and a crush on Yeoman Rand - has a dark side: his immense psychic powers make him a dangerous character when crossed. Kirk is eventually convinced that it was Charlie who was responsible for the destruction of the USS Antares, and figures the Enterprise is next unless the boy/man can be stopped. This is some powerful puberty, and it's clear that his background has made him unfit - at least during a troubled adolescence - for human contact. A very poignant ending.

Airdate: 6609.15

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Episode 3
By Samuel Peeples

This episode was originally produced as the second pilot for the series, after the first was turned down by NBC for "not enough action." (The first pilot, 'The Cage', was later incorporated into a two part episode. 'The Menagerie.') And action this episode is certainly full of! An energy field affects two aboard the Enterprise - a woman psychologist as well as one of Kirk's oldest and best friends (played by Gary Lockwood) - giving them violent powers, including telekinesis. Kirk determines that they must be destroyed, but the two have other ideas. The psychologist eventually comes to the Captain's aid before she , too, is killed. (Sally Kellerman, soon to set the world on fire as "Hot Lips" in Robert Altman's M*A*S*H, turned in a performance as superior as her character's mental powers.)

Airdate: 6609.22

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Episode 4
By John D.F. Black

Part of the interest - and fun! - of any continuing series is watching characters develop, week by week. Of course, ST has its competitors beat not only because its chief characters are intrinsically more interesting than most, but also because its futuristic setting allows for some radical changes as well as gradual development. Kirk alone, at one time or another, goes mad, becomes senile, has his body inhabited by a power-hungry woman - you name it. In this story the entire crew goes on what appears to be an extended acid trip (actually caused by a space disease), with personality changes abounding - Spock a big cry-baby, Nurse Chapel in love with Spock, and so on. Under certain circumstances, the situation might be tolerable for a time, but the Enterprise is crashing into a disintegrating planet! McCoy has to find an antidote to the virus... and fast.

Airdate: 6609.29

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Episode 5
By Richard Matheson

One of the more astute creations made during the construction stage of the series was surely the transporter device. In story-telling terms alone (eliminating excess and-then-he-went-to time), it's invaluable. Besides, the transporter is a universal dream - who wouldn't prefer it, say from Melbourne to Sydney, to a plane trip! It's fortunate, for this plot anyway, that the transporter is not infallible. Here Kirk is beamed aboard as two separate people: the good Kirk and the bad Kirk, both in danger of dying from the separation. Shatner has a field day.

Airdate: 6610.06

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Episode 6
By Stephen Kandel, from a story by Gene Roddenberry

Three miners are holding out on much-needed dilithium crystals, and the trade they have in mind is more than Kirk's conscience can take. They want the three beautiful women whom conman Harry Mudd was transporting through space when Kirk arrested him. The source of their beauty: the illegal 'Venus drugs'. It's an odd story, swinging wildly from comedy to tragedy, but it obviously left its impression. Mudd, as played by Roger C. Carmel, became practically a continuing character, with later appearances on both the live-action and animated series.

Airdate: 6610.13

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Episode 7
By Robert Bloch

An android is generally defined (though you'd have to get a fairly recent Macquarie to find it listed at all) as an automaton - or robot - resembling a human. In this story of the mad Dr. Korby (Michael Strong), his androids are set to take over the Enterprise - and Kirk, of course, is a primary candidate for "replacement". Here Nurse Chapel is not yet McCoy's assistant, but rather an old girlfriend of the villain's! Despite this ambivalence, she ends up the heroine. (Other guest stars included Sherry Jackson - didn't she use to be Danny Thomas's daughter? - and, as the gargantuan guard, Ted Cassidy).

Airdate: 6610.20

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Episode 8
By Adrian Spies

Several times in the series, the producers seem to have looked rather askance at youth: this first-season offering makes the children an anarchic group of vicious beasts. It seems that a fatal disease (first symptoms like leprosy) has killed all the adults and also kills the children as they reach puberty, an event occurring after a life span of hundreds of years. When the Enterprise crew beam down, they too begin the disease process, and must find a cure not only for the children but for themselves. Kirk is able to win the trust of only one of the gang of children, Miri (played by Kim Darby, who went onto the film 'True Grit'). Also guesting was Michael J. Pollard, who would shortly make an impact in 'Bonnie and Clyde'.

Airdate: 6610.27

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Episode 9
By Shimon Wincelberg

People seeing this episode only in syndication may forget that on its initial airing, the story must have had an impact on the then-raging debate over psychosurgery, the radical techniques available for the control of mental patients. On Tantalus V, Dr. Adams, the director of the penal colony there, has devised a "neural neutraliser" to keep his chrages in line. For his efforts to fight Dr. Adams, Kirk himself comes due for a little brain re-adjustment! James Gregory has a high time in the role of the doctor, somewhat similar to that played by the late Charles Laughton in a film version of the H.G. Wells classic 'Island of Dr. Moreau'. (The film was released as 'The Island of Lost Souls).

Airdate: 6611.03

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Episode 10
By Jerry Sohl

A rotating cube, turning on a corner like a giant multi-coloured die, shows up in front of the Enterprise. Eventually, Kirk orders it destroyed, only to be faced with a larger (in more ways than one) problem. A giant spherical spaceship (the technical crew is rumoured to have created the flagship Fesarius with Ping Pong balls), over a mile in diameter, locks onto the ship. A voice announces that by destroying the space buoy, the Federation ship has declared its warlike intentions. The verdict: the Enterprise and all aboard will be destroyed. Kirk tries a desparate gambit - explaining to the aliens that a substance ("corbomite") that is carried aboard all starships will automatically eliminate any attacker that destroys a Federation vessel. The battle of wits continues, with the source of the alien wit revealed in a surprise ending. (Hint: the surprise is not very tall, and played by Clint Howard).

Airdate: 6611.10

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Episode 11
By Gene Roddenberry

The original pilot for the series (entitled "The cage") was deemed inadequate by the network, and never shown. Here, in the only two-part episode in ST history, the footage is used as a flashback within a story that has Spock quite off the wall. He kidnaps Kirk's predecessor, Captain Pike, takes over the Enterprise, changes course to an off-limits planet (Talos IV), then turns himself in for courtmartial! The penalty if convicted: death. It's difficult to see how different the series might have been in it's original format from this limited evidence - but it's fun trying. Guest stars include Jeffrey ("thank-your-lucky-stars-Bill-Shatner") Hunter, Susan Oliver, and Julie Parrish.

Airdate: 6611.17 and .24

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Episode 12
By Barry Trivers

This story owes more than its title to Shakespeare's Hamlet: here too it's a company of actors who are used to set the trap for the guilty party - in this case, the leader of the company himself. Kirk should be able to identify a mass murderer known as "Kodos the Executioner", but he isn't sure. However, as the other people who could identify Kodos are picked off one by one, he'd better make up his mind fast! He's next in line...

Airdate: 6612.08

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Episode 13
By Paul Schneider

We've seen in our own time the speed with which each new weapon is made obsolete by a successive technological breakthrough. In this story, the Romulans have developed a new weapon (and tested it on Federation outposts!), as well as a screening device that makes their ships invisible to Federation sensors. (A similar device makes an appearance in "The Enterprise Incident", episode 56). But, technological breakthrough or no, Kirk orders pursuit. And, as always, the enemy - here the Romulan commander, played by Mark Lenard - can be as personally engaging as he is dangerous. (Opticals of the meter-wide model for the Romulan craft handled by Film Effects).

Airdate: 6612.13

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Episode 14
By Theodore Sturgeon

Shades (or premonitions...) of Westworld! Only the crew of the Enterprise fail to be amused by this amusement park where everything you think comes true. An old school chum torments Kirk, McCoy is apparently killed in battle with a medieval knight, a World War II fighter strafes the crew - even a tiger shows up to make trouble - before Spock begins to unravel the mystery. Eventually, of course, their host makes his appearance, putting out the welcome mat just a bit late. (Locations filmed in Africa, USA, near Los Angeles).

Airdate: 6612.29

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Episode 15
By Oliver Crawford & S. Bar-David

Spock and other crew members set out in the shuttlecraft Galileo to investigate the quasar, Murasaki 312. They must set down on a nearby planet for repairs. Unfortunately, Tarus II is occupied by a race of Goliath-like monsters, and no help is possible, since the quasar has knocked out all communications as well as the Enterprise's sensors. This is Spock's first command situation, and he is nearly faced with mutiny. Guesting, are Don Marshall, Peter Marko, Grant Woods, and Rees Vaughan. (Note: A monster mask used in this episode, though never for closeups, has reportedly shown up at various conventions).

Airdate: 6701.05

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Episode 16
By Paul Schneider

A sort of "Liberace of Space", Trelane is quite the snappy dresser - velvet waistcoat, lace ruffles at the neck, the works. His behaviour is somewhat less laughable, however, as he invites Kirk and crew down to the planet which he inhabits alone, for a banquet... and this is one party for which no 'regrets' are acceptable. William Campbell plays Trelane (and Liberace!) with plenty of - well, let's say "verve".

Airdate: 6701.12

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Episode 17
By Gene Coon, from a story by Fredric Brown

By and large, ST managed to avoid the monster-of-the-week syndrome with which TV tends to infect its Sci-Fi offerings. But the crew of the Enterprise did have to deal with monsters from time to time, and this week's was one of the best. Reminiscent of the Creature in Creature from the Black Lagoon, this is the Gorn - captain of an enemy ship and matched with Kirk for a battle unto death. The battle, forced on both by a third race who want to decide which race (the reptilian or the human) should survive, rages through most of the episode. Excellently scripted, especially for a strictly "action" story.

Airdate: 6701.19

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Episode 18
By Dorothy Fontana

For those who do (or want to) believe in UFOs, this episode offers an answer: the Enterprise itself through a time-warp, finds itself tracked in the skies above twentieth-century Earth. A pursuing jet is about to be destroyed when Kirk orders the pilot beamed aboard in order to save his life. There seems to be no alternative to keeping the pilot on the Enterprise, a virtual prisoner, indefinitely - until Spock's computer discovers that the pilot's son (to be) will play a crucial role in the Earth's space program. Does the alteration of a single incident (or person) change the course of history forever? Kirk must decide, in this excellently crafted story. Good scenes (and great comedy) on the Earth of our own day when the Enterprise crew beams down to a top-secret installation to destroy evidence. Roger Perry guests as the Enterprise's surprise visitor, Captain Christopher.

Airdate: 6701.26

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Episode 19
By Don Mankiewicz & Stephen Carabatsos

The great Elisha Cook Jr., perhaps best known as Sidney Greenstreet's gunsel in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, turns in a typically perfect performance as a lawyer with a reputation for pulling off hopeless cases. He'd better pull this one out of the fire, since his client in the court martial proceedings is none other than Captain James Kirk! Adding (heart) injury to insult, the prosecutor is an old romance of Kirk's (played by Areel Shaw). Kirk is accused of killing a crewman, and the evidence is impressive. (Visually impressive, as the prosecution offers videotapes illustrating Kirk's culpability). It's helpful to know that episode 20 follows this one, as Kirk's outlook seems pretty bleak. (Another point of interest for movie fans: teleplay co-author Mankiewicz is son of the multi-talented Herman Mankiewicz, whose screenplay credits include Dinner at Eight and Citizen Kane).

Airdate: 6702.02

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Episode 20
By Boris Sobelman, from a story by Gene Roddenberry

This involved story takes on everything from Communism to organised religion (and points out the similarity between the two), in the context of an exciting plot. The Archons have become a collectivised society of unending sameness, under the dictatorship of a computer, enforcing the teachings of Landru. The crew of the Enterprise sets out to encourage the small underground to lead their people to freedom from sixty centuries of oppression.

Airdate: 6702.09

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Episode 21
By Gene Coon & Carey Wilbur

Our own immediate future appears during the series only in bits and pieces. Here we learn something of the Eugenics Wars that occupied (or is that "will occupy"?) the last decade of this century. Khan Singh, highly developed creature, held sway over vast areas of Earth - until he was placed in suspended animation on board the SS Botany Bay. Discovered by the Enterprise and 'awakened', Khan has lost none of his strength of will, and loses no time taking over Kirk's ship. guest stars include Madlyn Rhue and,as Khan, the versatile and talented former Latin Lover of the movies, Ricardo Montalban. (After this appearance, Montalban was featured in sequels to Planet of the Apes and, more recently in the ST movies involving the Genesis Project.

Airdate: 6702.16

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Episode 22
By Robert Hammer & Gene Coon

What at first appears to be a bloodless computer between the planets Eminar II and Vendikar is found to be quite deadly when the Enterprise is counted a 'casualty'. The rules of the game insist that the crew submit themselves to voluntary extermination, but what seems logical to the planets in the situation is more than Kirk can take. There are stunning special effects in this episode - though a careful study of the background behind the spot where the Enterprise crew beams down reveals it to be a matte painting. (Catch the line across the footpath in the lower center of the screen; this is where the studio shot has been matched, in the optical printer, with the matte).

Airdate: 6702.23

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Episode 23
By Dorothy Fontana, from a story by Dorothy Fontana & Nathan Butler

As romantic as the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel from which it takes its name, this story has the Enterprise crew members falling all over themselves - and Spock falling in love with the beautiful Leila. Their malaise is caused by strange spores encountered on the planet Omicron Ceti III. Quite by accident, Kirk finds a cure - but the crew members are not in the least interested in recovering! Leila is played by Jill Ireland (also known as Mrs. Charles Bronson).

Airdate: 6703.02

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Episode 24
By Gene Coon

One of the most serious, and mystifying questions of space travel is our relationship with life forms different from Earth's. Given our experience with our present environment, it's difficult not to be apprehensive about how we'll treat others. This beauty-is-the -beast story takes on the question, with an intelligent life form (the Horta) based not on carbon, but silicon. The result: a monster, for all practical - and human - purposes. A strong story, wellexecuted. Guest stars include Janos Prohaska, Ken Lynch, Barry Russo, and Brad Weston.

Airdate: 6703.09

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Episode 25
By Gene Coon

Placed as they are between the Klingon Empire and the Federation, the Organians are not really in a position to be pacifists. Yet that's precisely the attitude they take, despite Kirk's efforts to warn them against impending Klingon attack. The Organians will not permit any violence, no matter what the aim (including their own protection). The attack Kirk feared becomes a reality, but the Organians are not as helpless as he had thought. Good story, with a guest cast including John Abbot, John Colicos, Victor Lundin, and Peter Brocco.

Airdate: 6703.23

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Episode 26
By Don Ingalls

An extension of the idea behind "The Enemy Within" episode (and one that would continue in a second season story), here it's not Kirk who is divided in half but a space traveller named Lazarus. The stakes are higher here too, since these two halves must be kept separate. Each is from a different universe, one a positive and one negative, with polar-opposite personalities; the sane personality is searching for the insane - but their collision would explode our universe and the other as well. Lazarus is played by Robert Brown.

Airdate: 6703.30

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Episode 27
By Harlan Ellison

Is history really just a house of cards; move one - alter a single moment of the past - and the entire structure folds up? The question is an obsession with almost every Sci-Fi writer, but has rarely been so interestingly, or tragically, dealt with as in this story, honoured by both the Hugo Awards and the Screen Writers Guild. The plot involves the doctor (overdosed on cordrazine), a storefront mission during the Depression of the 1930s, and a woman (Joan Collins guests) who holds the key to future-time, and with whom Kirk falls in love as he and Spock chase McCoy down through history. One of the best.

Airdate: 6704.06

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Episode 28
By Stephen W. Carabatsos

A glimpse, although under painful circumstances, of Kirk's own family, his brother and brother's family live on Deneva. They die there too - from a parasite that produces pain, madness, then death - and only Kirk's nephew Peter survives. Spock's investigation into a possible cure at first yields only disaster; he himself is attacked by the parasite. But Vulcan control allows him to withstand the pain that makes mere humans insane - and he continues his desparate search. This final episode of the first season featured Craig Hundley as Peter, in addition to Dave Armstrong, Joan Swift, and Maurishka Taliferro.

Airdate: 6704.13

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Episode 29
By Theodore Sturgeon

This was the triumphant premiere of the second season, when Mr Spock lets his ears down in a most interesting (and informative) episode. Discovered to be quickly losing both his skill and his cool, Spock reveals the secret passion of the Vulcans - bizzare and primitive marriage ritual called Pon Far. It is a rare view of Spock as an emotional being, and a strong picture of the bond between him and Kirk, as the captain is drawn into a lethal battle on Vulcan. His opponent: Spock himself - mad with lust for a betrothed who wants to abondon him. Despite the multi-layered fascination of the story, many find it unsettling, after coming to respect the Vulcan mentality, to discover the barbarity of some native customs. The prehistoric ritual in which Kirk and Spock must fight to the death hardly speaks well for Vulcan sophistication. Guest cast includes Arlene Martel (T'Pring) and Celia Lovsky (T'Pau). (Its position in the premiere slot is certainly ironic when one recalls that the network originally thought the Spock character looked "too much like the devil" and might turn off large segments of the audience. The opposite, of course, has proved true).

Airdate: 6709.15

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Episode 30
By Gilbert Ralston

One of the fruitier of the episodes, here a giant hand - that's right - appears in the middle of space to stop the Enterprise in its tracks, or treks. The giant hand belongs to the (sometimes giant) Apollo. Yes, that's the Apollo, of Greek mythology fame - who, with his fellow Olympians, turns out to have visited Earth during space travels centuries before. Thus, the magical legends that have come down to us through song and story. Erich von Daniken, meet Edith Hamilton. The plot, which works itself out through the help of a blond lady lieutenant specialising in anthropology, aside - the summation is both interesting and valid: gods exist only when there are worshippers.

Airdate: 6709.22

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Episode 31
By John Meredith Lucas

One of the most thoughtful, provocative episodes of the series, the theme is the aftermath of man's creation, in the tale of a "perfect" probe computer sent out from Earth years before. When the Enterprise meets up with it, damage during its travels has fatally altered its instructions. The Nomad, instead of seeking out life as originally programmed, has begun to seek out - and "sterlise" or murder - imperfect life. Perilously, such life forms include the crew of the starship Enterprise. They buy time through a fortuitious mistaken identity: Nomad's inventor was a brilliant Earth scientist named Jackson Roykirk, and the deadly computer mistakes Captain James Kirk for its "Creator". When Kirk accidentally identifies himself as a 'biological speciman', Nomad decides on a final solution to the imperfection problem and attaches itself to the ship's life support system. The crew will suffocate. Worse, Nomad gets from the ship's computer the exact location of Earth. If it is allowed to return 'home', it will continue its search-and-destroy mission there. In an interesting denouement, Kirk unhinges the machine by revealing he is not the "Creator". Nomad has made a mistake; Nomad is imperfect and therefore must be 'sterilised'. They transport the confused computer into space, just before it blows itself up.

Airdate: 6709.29

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Episode 32
By Jerome Bixby

With Spock at the control, the transporter has a near-fatal malfunction, beaming aboard four crewmen (Kirk, McCoy, Scott and Uhura) who are not quite as they appear. Instead, they are the alternate-universe counterparts to the four; our own beloved crew members have appeared in the alternate-world Enterprise. "Alternate" is not a strong enough word; this parallel to our own world is a violent, terror-ridden society. Advancement in the starship service has nothing to do with competence; one moves up the ladder of rank by murdering the 'rung' above. Spock is challanged by the switch. He must get the alternate four off his Enterprise in a hurry - and find the 'real' ones at the same time. (One advantage to the parallel universe: Barbara Luna, guesting as "Marlene.")

Airdate: 6710.06

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Episode 33
By Max Ehrlich and Gene Coon, from a story by Max Ehrlich

New sets on a weekly basis are a tough order; though the ST people did their best, the "stone" head of Vaal in this episode bears an unfortunate resemblance to paper-mache. The story survives the problem, however, with the endlessly intriguing theme of the loss of innocence (it's the apple of Eden that the title refers to). Vaal sees to all needs of the population on Gamma Trianguli VI. They're immortal, not to mention lazy, mentally stunted, and completely nonproductive. Playing the role of the 'snake', as it were, Kirk sees his duty clearly: destroy the machine Vaal and give the locals a chance to lead realistic lives. Naturally, Vaal fights back, causing the Enterprise's orbit to decay.

Airdate: 6710.13

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Episode 34
By Norman Spinrad

Within a decade after this episode was first aired, Space: 1999 was to use a similar device for one of its stories: a ship graveyard - a sort of Bermuda Triangle on wheels, sucking in wayward craft. In this story, Kirk reminds us of the antecedents of the "doomsday machine". It's a weapon built primarily as a bluff. It's never meant to be used - so strong it could destroy both sides in a war. Something like the old H-Bomb was supposed to be... Here the machine has continued to operate beyond whatever its original purpose may have been. (Who is to say the H-Bomb will not?) There are super visuals of the machine itself - a vast, roughly cylindrical thing like a 'space hoover'. William Windom guests as Commodore Decker, who, overcome with guilt after previous command failure, takes valiant (if suicidal) action.

Airdate: 6710.20

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Episode 35
By Robert Bloch and D.C. Fontana

What seems to be voodoo that first heats the Enterprise up to an extremely high temperature and then encases it like a fly in amber, and a giant black cat - these are the two elements of one of the most 'supernatural' of all ST episodes. The ending is almost inexcusably sad, when we see the witches in their true pitiful forms. But on the way there, keep your eye on the magic wand. The National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC has the tiny, pendantlike model of the Enterprise used in this episode in its collection. (Ask for it, maybe they'll finally put it on display!)

Airdate: 6710.27

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Episode 36
By Stephen Kandel

Can the irrepressible Harry Mudd really have met his end when sent off to prison? (See "Mudd's Women", episode 6). Did Batman ever completely rid himself of the Joker? Or Superman of Luthor? No, evil (like hope) springs eternal - as do its more personable practitioners. Harcourt Fenton Mudd, who was to appear once again in the animated series, here has found himself the ideal setup. Powerful androids - the women in particular modeled to his exacting specifications - have proclaimed him Mudd 1, and follow his every order. His latest instructions: capture the Enterprise! The crew manages to overpower the robots only when they hit on the idea of short-circuiting their insistent logic. Perhaps Kirk had plenty of experience, dealing with Spock? (Roger C. Carmel again assays the role of Mudd).

Airdate: 6711.03

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Episode 37
By Gene L. Coon

A beautiful and touching story - of love (however "abnormal") and loneliness. kirk , Spock, McCoy and a young woman diplomat for whom they are trying to get medical help are forced to land on a supposedly empty planet. There they discover a stranded space pioneer, who's been on the planet for more than two hundred years, kept alive by a powerful (and intelligent) "electric cloud" called the Companion. Since Zephram Cochrane is dying (literally) of loneliness, the Companion decides to provide some human company - from the Enterprise. The only problem is that Nancy Hedford is dying. A lovely ending. (Cochrane is played by Glenn Corbett, Nancy Hedford by Elinor Donahue - late of the Father Knows Best series).

Airdate: 6711.10

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Episode 38
By Dorothy Fontana

A conference is called to decide the thorny question of Coridan's admission into the Federation, and the Enterprise is given the task of transporting the bitterly divided delegates. One is murdered, and the finger of guilt points squarely at the Vulcan ambassador - who is none other than Spock's estranged father! Accompanied by his wife (an Earthwoman), the Vulcan is seriously ill, and only a delicate operation (with Spock providing the blood) can save him. A near-fatal attack on Kirk, an alien spy, a mystery ship trailing the Enterprise - the plot is, to say the least, full. But it works, and excitingly so. (With the preceding episode, this makes for Old Home Fortnight for the Father Knows Best crew: Jane Wyatt, who appears here as Spock's mother, Amanda, played Margaret on the old series. Another tidbit for sharp-eyed fans - Mark Lenard, who guests as Spock's father in this episode, was the Romulan commander in episode 13).

Airdate: 6711.17

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Episode 39
By Dorothy Fontana

On Capella IV, the Klingons stir up trouble by encouraging a sympathiser to challenge the Teer (or chief) for leadership. According to custom, the widow of a deposed Teer must sacrifice her life - in this case also sacrificing her unborn child. These developments do not go unnoticed by the Enterprise crew, who are observing from the planet's surface. When the pregnant Eleen (played by the statuesque Julie Newmar) plans to carry out the custom, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy kidnap her and provide her protection - against her will. Also appearing in the episode: Tige Andrews, Michael Dante, and Cal Bolder.

Airdate: 6712.01

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Episode 40
By David Harmon

Kirk loses command of the Enterprise - not to mention much of his sense - when senility sets in on all exposed crewmen, except one. Chekov is inexplicably unaffected. Commodore Stocker (Charles Drake) assumes command, rushing the afflicted crew through Romulan Territory toward medical help. Because of his Vulcan longevity, Spock retains more of his intelligence than the others. His efforts to isolate the problem are compounded by pursuing Romulans. (Shots of Romulan craft utilise old footage from "Balance of Terror").

Airdate: 6712.08

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Episode 41
By Art Wallace

A sentient cloud begins to pick off crew members in a fashion disturbingly familiar to Kirk: enveloping a human for a few seconds, the cloud leeches all the red blood cells from its victim's body. The same phenomenon had killed several in the crew of the USS Farragut some years before - when Kirk was aboard as a junior officer. Kirk continues to feel guilt for his own inability to have acted more quickly then. He's determined to even the score, the obsession referred to in the title. The process is made more difficult, however, by the fact that the son of the Farragut captain, who was among the dead from the first attack, now serves aboard the Enterprise. (Actor Stephen Brooks plays the son of the dead Captain Garrovick).

Airdate: 6712.15

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Episode 42
By Robert Bloch

A R&R break for the Enterprise crew on a planet where violence has been abolished almost turns into a violent end for Mr Scott. First one, then another, brutal murder occurs, with Scott the prime suspect. The trail of death continues, this time with that of the high priestess of the planet, stabbed in Scott's arms. During the investigation, the finger of guilt finally points away from Scott, to the local Federation representative. But he too is a red herring: he is only possessed by the spirit of none other than the famous Jack the Ripper. The spirit is free to pass into any body it chooses - The Exorcist has nothing on this plot! McCoy solves the problem by injecting all aboard with a (potent) tranquiliser. Unable to produce violence, the spirit is tricked into the transporter and its molecules are scattered all over space. The happy ending is particularly pleasant for the stoned-to-the-teeth crew; they have a few hours of high times left on the drug!

Airdate: 6712.22

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Episode 43
By David Gerrold

No, it just seems like this show plays on TV weekly. For a variety of reasons, this simple story has become one of the most familiar of all ST episodes, and the creature called a tribble has become recognisable world-wide. The furry little reproduction machines made further appearances (only some of their habits were changed) in the animated ST episode "More Trouble, More Tribbles". In addition, author Gerrold wrote a couple of books telling the inside story of the making of this live-action episode, the making of the tribbles, and his own life aboard the Enterprise. The plot here, involving a new grain hybrid and an uppity Federation official, is quite secondary to the little fur creatures themselves.

Airdate: 6712.29

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Episode 44
By Margaret Armen

Among the more thoughtful dramatic presentations of slavery to be found anywhere - and no less exciting for its thoughtfulness. The gamesters on Triskelion, also known as the Providers, have developed their mental civilisation completely at the expense of the physical. (Kirk is given a glimpse of their physical being: three food-dyed brains sitting under a transparent hemisphere). They amuse themselves with a group of gladiator-slaves (the Thralls). Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov are slated to become part of the troupe. Of course the Providers have neglected to take into account the gambling instincts of James T. Kirk.

Airdate: 6801.05

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Episode 45
By David harmon and Gene Coon

Anthropologists should stay awake nights worrying after a glance at this episode. A crewman from the USS Horizon leaves behind a book about Earth's Chicago Gangs of the thirties era, on the planet Iotia. A century passes, then the Enterprise arrives to find that the locals have taken the book quite to heart. An only semi-serious story, it features some funny shots of Mr Spock in garb a la Al Capone (the ears touch the hat) and some good guest performances. The cast includes, Anthony Caruso as the Boss; also Victor Tayback, Lee Delano, John Harmon, Sheldon Collins and Steve Arnold.

Airdate: 6801.12

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Episode 46
By Robert Sabaroff

Spock is the first to know it, when he senses the death of some 400 Vulcans aboard the ship Intrepid. On orders to investigate, the Enterprise finds the sister ship has disappeared, along with the entire Gamma 7A star system. In its place is a black void that quickly envelops the Enterprise as it is pulled relentlessly to a giant amoeba, a single living cell stretching over thousands of cubic miles of space. In a very well-structured countdown, Spock takes a probe into the middle of the creature, aiming for its nucleus. His power failing, he is able only to report worse news: the cell's chromosomes are lined up for reproduction. Their enemy will soon be plural. The Enterprise itself follows Spock's craft into the interior of the cell. Excellent visuals (credit Frank Van Der Veer), and equally authoritative denouement.

Airdate: 6801.19

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Episode 47
By Gene Roddenberry, from a story by Judd Crucis

On a peaceful planet Kirk had helped explore some years before, the crew finds that gunpowder has suddenly made an appearance. When a Klingon craft is discovered in the area, the logical presumption is that they have armed one group at the expense of another. Kirk is on the scene, trying to contact his old friend Tyree (Michael Whitney), when he is attacked by one of the local beasts, the Mugatu (not one of the series' better-costumed monsters, unfortunately ). Kirk is cured by the witch-doctor wife of Tyree, Nona, (played by Nancy Kovack), only to fall under her spell. Reluctantly, he decides to give rifles to Tyree's side of the conflict - but that's not enough for Nona, who wants phasers! There is a really poignant ending to this all-too-familiar tale of war, and the supposed instincts for war.

Airdate: 6802.02

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Episode 48
By John Kingsbridge

Three beings are in search of human bodies to house them while they construct androids for themselves. Their search seems ended when they find Kirk, Spock and a doctor aboard the Enterprise (guesting Diana Muldaur). A good story, but most memorable is a speech of Kirk's: "Men used to say that if man could fly, he'd have wings. But he did fly; he discovered he had to. Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon? Or that we hadn't gone to Mars, and then to the nearest star?... Risk - risk is our business. That's what this starship is all about. That's why we are aboard her". It could be the ST motto.

Airdate: 6802.09

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Episode 49
By John Meredyth Lucas

A scarifying story, wherein the Enterprise crew members discover a culture based on German National Socialism - complete with swastikas and the SS. The 'Jews' of the piece are the neighbouring (and minority) Zeons. There's even a 'Fuhrer', and he is - or was - a Federation socialogist (played by David Brian). Some experiment! This episode is not easy to take, even when one knows that in fifty-three minutes it will be 'up and out', with Kirk and crew having set the situation to rights. And William Shatner may regret the plethora of stills around featuring him disguised in a SS uniform!

Airdate: 6802.16

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Episode 50
By Dorothy Fontana and Jerome Bixby, from a story by Jerome Bixby

Answering a distress call on a supposedly uninhabited planet, the crew and ship are overpowered by aliens who have taken human form. From the Kelvin Empire in the Andromeda Galaxy, Rojan (Warren Stevens) and his followers commandeer the Enterprise for the intergalactic return to their world. They have entered our galaxy searching for a new world to inhabit ("We do not colonise, we conquer", Rojan informs Kirk), looking toward the day when their own empire is uninhabitable. Kirk tries everything - including serious consideration of blowing up the ship - until they hit on the idea of exploiting the unfamiliarity of the Kelvins with their new human bodies, and their senses. (Guess who's elected to stimulate the romantic senses of Kelinda, played by Barbara Bouchet?)

Airdate: 6802.23

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Episode 51
By Gene Roddenberry

A story of perhaps greater impact during our Bicentennial year than when first aired. The moral is simple: documents of freedom and liberty are just that - documents - without constant practice of their stated virtues. Here, the descendants of the capitalist - versus - communist struggle of our own day have transferred their argument to another planet. On Omega IV, both cultures have deteriorated to the point where treasured documents (like the US Constitution) are worshipped as relics, not as ideals. Kirk is determined to set them right . Guesting are Morgan Woodward, Roy Jensen, Irene Kelley, David L. Ross, Ed McReady, Lloyd Kino and Morgan Farley.

Airdate: 6803.01

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Episode 52
By D.C. Fontana, from a story by Lawrence N. Wolfe

An underlying dream of the technological era - a computer that can "think" - has become a reality in this story, and the war games in which it's being tested are a deadly reality! A constant theme of modem science fiction, going back at least as far as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, has been the machine that turns upon its masters. Here, the M-5 does just that, attacking other Federation craft and killing dozens. Kirk averts the ultimate disaster with some shrewn second guessing, including a suicide suggestion to the computer reminiscent of "The Changeling" episode. William Marshall plays Daystrom, inventor of the M-5.

Airdate: 6803.08

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Episode 53
By Gene Roddenberry and Gene Coon, from a story by John Kneubuhl

A TV game show called Name the Winner where gladiators fight it out Roman-style? (Are you listening, Chuck "Gong Show" Barris?) Well, it hasn't happened yet, but you never know. The defrocked captain of the starship Beagle (Merik, played by William Smithers) has this bright idea to entertain the subjects of the dictatorship modeled after that of Imperial Rome. When Kirk and other crewmen refuse to join Merik, they find the only alternative is a television "guest appearance".

Airdate: 6803.15

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Episode 54
By Gene Roddenberry, from a story by Gene Roddenberry and Art Wallace

This episode was the pilot for a Roddenberry series that never got off the ground - the story of a human named Gary Seven (played by Robert Lansing) who has been raised by aliens and sent to Earth to prevent nuclear disaster. Thus, the Enterprise shows up on the Earth of our own day (1968, to be exact). In this unsold pilot, however, it's unclear to Kirk (and the audience) whether Seven is a force for good or evil. A gripping story: who knows where it might have gone as a series? Gene Roddenberry probably did, but the network didn't seem too anxious to ask the question). Episode includes footage of the Saturn V launching from Cape Kennedy and guest stars Terri Garr, Don Keefer, and Isis (the cat).

Airdate: 6803.29

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Episode 55
By Lee Cronin

A beautiful apparition emerges on the Enterprise, and when she disappears, so has Spock's brain! Dr. McCoy manages to keep Spock's body alive and walking mechanically, but it can only be temporary. Racing against time, Kirk and McCoy - accompanied by the zombied Spock - beam down to the planet. There they find a double world. On the surface is a race of Neanderthal-like men; below are a highly advanced technology and a bevy of beauties who seem quite as brainless as poor Spock. Who is responsible for this "advanced" culture? The women speak of the "Controller", but no such person is to be found. What's more, Spock's disembodied voice can be heard, although he has no idea where his brain resides - or why it was removed. Guest stars for this premiere episode of the final (to date!) season were Marj Dusay, Sheila Leighton, and James Daris.

Airdate: 6809.20

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Episode 56
By Dorothy Fontana

Kirk makes a seemingly foolish error in crossing Romulan barriers, only to have the Enterprise captured. What a feather in the cap of the Romulan commander (a beautiful performance from the beautiful Joanne Linville) - particularly since Spock implies he might join forces with her. have Kirk and Spock gone mad - the one stupid and the other a traitor? The obvious answer is "no", but few things are quite as apparent as they seem (and that includes the Romulan craft, with their new cloaking device) in this twisted plot. The Romulan vessels were actually the new 29inch miniatures designed by Matt Jeffries for the Klingons. (It's a fact of TV life that scripts rarely appear on the screen in their original written form. There's a standard assumption that all such cases represent, at the least, a dilution of superior material; this cannot always be the case - sometimes what is superior on paper can quite easily be inferior on film. Here, however, the cliche holds true, and the original teleplay is worth looking for).

Airdate: 6809.27

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Episode 57
By Margaret Armen

An asteroid rushes toward an unfamiliar planet; beaming down, the crew find a civilisation indistinguishable from that of the more advanced American Indian tribes. Their numbers are so few that evacuation is no problem - until Kirk disappears inside a strange obelisk obviously constructed by an outside culture. By the time Kirk reappears, the Enterprise is gone (off to try to deflect the asteroid), along with his memory. For the natives, however, he's the god that the builders of the obelisk had promised them. William Shatner seems to enjoy his release from the constraints of his usual role, and turns in an outstanding performance.

Airdate: 6810.04

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Episode 58
By Edward J. Lasko

Beaming down to a planet in distress, the crew finds that a wave of mass suicide has decimated its population. The survivors: five children. Back on the ship, the less-than-blessed children seem to have some very odd games - right out of Lord of the Flies. They can summon a guiding spirit, played by Melvin Belli.The children are capable of influencing others, and were responsible for the deaths of their own parents. Guided by the Gorgon, they are setting out to use the same powers on the Enterprise crew, then throughout the galaxy, until Kirk can discredit the Gorgon - and touch their own feelings of guilt and sadness.

Airdate: 6810.11

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Episode 59
By Jean Lisette Aroeste

A subtly touching story of the Medusan ambassador, who comes aboard with his beautiful, uh, "assistant". You see, the ambassador is of a race that, like the Greek horror from which it took its name, no human may look upon without disasterous consequences. His doctor companion is essential for his dealings with humans; in addition, she, a human, still seems able to look at him without harmful effects. Spock too, with special glasses, appears to have some immunity, though it's sorely tested at the end of the episode when he must attempt a mind fusion with the Medusan. Diana Muldaur guest stars as the interpreter, Miranda.

Airdate: 6810.18

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Episode 60
By Lee Cronin

At first glance the old "time machine" gambit again, this episode only seems to have transported Kirk, Spock, et al., to a re-enactment of the famed "Gunfight at the OK Corral". In reality, it's the punishment of Milkotians, but the Enterprise crew can be forgiven its concern: they're cast as the Clanton gang, the victims! The "High Noon" quality of the plotting, as the minutes tick away to the appointed hour, gives the tale more than average interest, as does Spock's final solution to their dilemma. Put simply: if they know the whole scene to be an illusion, then the bullets must be equally imaginary. It remains only for them to keep this disbelief firmly in mind; not an easy task, but then the crew members are a match for it.

Airdate: 6810.25

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Episode 61
By Jerome Bixby

Michael Ansara and Susan Howard guest in a violent episode about the futility of violence. First the Enterprise crewmen are at one another's throats; then suddenly Klingons are aboard. Obviously, some sort of game has been set in motion - both sides armed only with swords, and even fatal wounds heal almost immediately. But this "game" would appear to have no end: unending murder aboard the Enterprise, no release even in death (which has apparently been abolished to keep things interesting). Kirk figures the glowing "thing" that draws energy from the violence, can be contained only if all hatred is brought under control. Convincing the Klingon leader Kang of this is, however, another matter.

Airdate: 6811.01

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Episode 62
By Rick Vollaerts

McCoy's prognosis of his disease is that he has only a year to live. (Could DeForest Kelley have been talking to the NBC executives about the impending cancellation?) This interesting story - with its beautiful title - tells of the "world" of Yonada, set on a collision course with Daran V. What the locals don't know is that theirs is not a planet at all; it's an enormous spacecraft inside a hollow sphere, sent into space by ancestors of ten millenia before when the Fabrini Solar System was about to die. Ruled by a computer-engine (the Oracle) through an "instrument of obedience" placed just under the skin at the temple, the citizens of Yonada are allowed no questions, no doubts. Kirk wants to avert disaster without destroying the "planet" , but the high priestess Natira (Kate Woodville) forbids anything approaching blasphemy. However, McCoy has a special way with the lady - she proposes to him, and it appears he will accept - and her Oracle holds the secret to his cure.

Airdate: 6811.08

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Episode 63
By Judy Burns and Chet Richards

Mutiny is hardly a regular occurence in the Starfleet, but that's what appears to have happened aboard the USS Defiance; four of the Enterprise crew beam aboard to find that everyone on the ship has murdered everyone else. To make matters worse, the ship and all aboard are disintegrating. Transporter troubles on the Enterprise make it possible to beam only three crewmen back - Kirk elects to remain, and the rest of the episode is occupied with trying to snatch his apparitionlike body from open space. The alien Tholians show up to put a ringer in the effort, as their craft spins a sort of "spider web" around the helpless Enterprise. Frank Van Der Veer gets credit for the superb optical work.

Airdate: 6811.15

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Episode 64
By Meyer Dolinsky

The ideals of Ancient Greece seem to have had less effect on this civilisation than have the fashions. More crucial to their mean-spirited lifestyle is their ability in telekinesis - the "mind over matter" concept more recently explored in Brian de Palma's film Carrie. Guest-starring is the late Michael Dunn (of Broadway theatre roles, including The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, and films, including Ship of Fools), a great actor and great human being, who was only incidentally short in stature.

Airdate: 6811.22

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Episode 65
By Lee Cronin

An interesting and well-handled story of survival, where onlyclues are the story of a dead civilisation and a strange buzzing sound in the ears of the Enterprise crew. Could there be insects aboard? Probably not, but there is a visitor - a machine that appears, attaching itself to the ship's life support system. Stumped, Kirk's knowledge is increased - along with his metabolism - by a drugged cup of coffee. His life systems are speeded up to the level of the Scalosians, who have boarded the Enterprise. Thus the buzzing: it's the voices of the aliens, their metabolisms super-charged to the point where they are invisible to slow-moving humans.Their machine is a refrigeration device to put the crew into suspended animation, from which - one by one - the men can be re-charged and used for stud services in place of the sterile alien males. Kirk is among the first to be so chosen (naturally), and by the beautiful alien leader (again, naturally!!). He cleverly manages to communicate with the sluggish Spock, and saves the ship. Excellent handling of slow-motion photography.

Airdate: 6811.29

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Episode 66
By Joyce Muskat

Visiting a planet whose sun is about to nova, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy find no trace of the previous inhabitants. Instead, they find themselves beamed down below the surface of the planet where awaits a beautiful, though mute, woman. She is an unwilling participant in a "research" endeavor run by two aliens, Lal and Thann, into which the Enterprise crew is drawn. Sadistic torture scenes are relieved (in both senses) by the lovely Gem (Kathryn Hays), who is capable of empathic cures - though at great cost to her own system.

Airdate: 6812.06

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Episode 67
By John M. Lucas

The fabulously beautiful Elaan, who is practically a god to her people, has become a pawn to her power: she must marry the chief of Troyius - her people's historical enemies. And guess who's elected to transport the raging priestess to her fate? Captain James T. Kirk, who at least can sympathise with her about the burdens of responsibility. She's like a violent Amazon, however - or Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew - and not about to give up without a fight. France Nuyen turns in a memorable guest performance as Elaan (though admittedly Ms. Nuyen could easily be memorable reading stock quotations). Other guests include Jay Robinson, Tony Young, Lee Duncan, and Victor Brandt.

Airdate: 6812.20

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Episode 68
By Lee Erwin

A Federation insane asylum erupts in violent rebellion, while Kirk and Spock are drawn into the battle. The leader of the revolt, Garth, has an advantage over the Enterprise crew: he can alter his form at will. And his goals don't stop with control of the asylum - he plans to lead his followers into intergalactic conquest. The vehicle for their invasion is, naturally, the Enterprise. Appearing in the episode are Steve Ihnat (Garth), Yvonne Craig, and Keye Luke.

Airdate: 6901.03

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Episode 69
By Oliver Crawford, from a story by Lee Cronin

That tired old The Defiant Ones cliche is played out, Sci-Fi style, in this indictment of racial (or, more specifically, simple colour) prejudice. Two aliens are each split right down the middle - half black shoe polish, half white but on opposite sides - and one chases after the other, the "different" one, without a thought for the similarities. Frank Gorshin plays the baddie (his routine James Cagney impression comes in handy for the part), and Lou Antonio the oppressed figure.

Airdate: 6901.10

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Episode 70
By George F. Slavin and Stanley Adams

Kirk is to be the first outsider visiting the Garden-of-Eden planet of Gideon - but the transporter sends him instead to a duplicate Enterprise, with no one else onboard! No one, that is, except Odona (Sharon Acker), and she claims to know nothing of how she got there either, or even from where she came. Some chilling scenes in this episode (odd glimpses through the false Enterprises's view-screens), and some unsettling thoughts on overpopulation, longevity, and the "conquest" of disease. Joining Ms. Acker in the guest cast are David Hurst, Gene Kynarski, and Richard Derr.

Airdate: 6901.17

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Episode 71
By John M. Lucas, from a story by Dorothy Fontana

A fairly extreme version of all those lethal lovelies of whom Raymond Chandler and Ian Fleming so often wrote - and who've made their share of Star Trek appearances - occupies centre stage in this story, a version with a twist. Losira can kill with a touch, literally, but there's a method to her meanness. The Enterprise officers discover her on a planet that couldn't possibly support life - no plants, no water - and her very existence is as surprising as her comings and goings. (In an excellent visual effect, she pulls herself into a hair-thin line, then draws up to a point). Lee Meriwether guests as Losira, joined by Arthur Batanides and Naomi Pollack.

Airdate: 6901.24

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Episode 72
By Jeromy Tarcher and Shari Lewis

Scott is sweet on a new Enterprise female crew member, but what at first seems a matter of her "getting her space legs" becomes considerably more serious. Lieutenant Mira Romaine is oddly affected by a strange phenomenon (visualised as clustered lights) trailing the ship, to the point where she anticipates alien actions - and attacks on the phenomenon come close to killing her. The most unsettling of her premonitions: the death of Mr Scott! In an investigation, McCoy and Spock discover that her brain waves have been altered - duplicating the energy patterns of the alien force. Not an "it" at all, this is a "them", a race searching through space for a body to occupy. They have picked Lieutenant Romaine as their target, but Kirk and Scott make it a battleground as they encourage her to resist . (Mira Romaine is played by Jan Shutan).

Airdate: 6901.31

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Episode 73
By Jerome Bixby

In the Book of Genesis, "all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty nine years"; then, in the Bible's succinct way of handling these matters, "he died". Author Bixby suggests that he didn't die at all, but rather went on cropping up as one historical figure after another (King Solomon at one point and later, foresaking biblical personages for atistic, Leonardo da Vinci). Now he is Flint and, as played by James Daly, lives in seclusion from the universe with a single companion, his charge Reena (Louise Sorel). Discovered by the Enterprise, he would have the entire crew die rather than have his whereabouts revealed. Reena is more pleased to receive visitors - with a special invitation to Kirk.

Airdate: 6902.14

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Episode 74
By Arthur Heinemann, from a story by Arthur Heinemann and Michael Richards

Considering the historical moment of its initial screening - just a month after the first Nixon inauguration - the political implications of this tale of mad "hippies" from the twenty-third century may be somewhat hard to take. But such considerations aside, this story doesn't offer much in the way of lasting interest - certainly not its original "rocket rock" song ("Hey, Out There" by Charles Napier, who also guest-stars in the episode). The craft Aurora may be recognised as the Tholian "spider ship" from Episode 63; a model has been donated by Richard Van Treuren to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

Airdate: 6902.21

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Episode 75
By Margaret Armen, from a story by David Gerrold and Oliver Crawford

Similar to Fritz Lang's Metropolis: the subterranean working-class slaves to provide the luxury required by the leisure class above. Here, the lower world is on the surface of the planet, while the masters reside in the cloud city Ardana. Zeenite is the principal product of the working-class miners - and Kirk must get his hands on a shipment. To do so, however, he (with Spock and McCoy) become involved in a budding revolution. Guesting, Fred Williamson.

Airdate: 6902.28

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Episode 76
By Arthur Heinemann and Gene Roddenberry, from a story by Gene Roddenberry

It's clear - even from this brief glance at the episodes - that the stories in which Roddenberry is personally involved tend to be heavy with ideas. This doesn't mean "heaviness" necessarily, for a story can always carry a full load of thought; after all, that's what fiction is all about. Here, however, Kirk and Spock join forces with Abe Lincoln and the father of Vulcan philosophy in a battle against four representatives of evil (Genghis Khan is one). And it doesn't come off. Speechifying is relieved only by another round of violence - but there's plenty of that for those who like it. Honest Abe is played by Lee Bergere, Genghis by Nathan Jung.

Airdate: 6903.07

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Episode 77
By Jean Lisette Aroeste

A fairly standard "time portals" story takes on more-than-standard interest as Spock evidences some mild romantic interest, while Kirk is almost burned as a witch. On a doomed planet, the locals have disappeared - except the librarian (and his android duplicates) of a very strange library. All the inhabitants have been transported to the time period of their choosing by a device under the care of librarian Atoz (Ian Wolfe). By accident, Kirk is sent off to what appears to be medieval England where, for his clothing and his "voices", he is jailed for witchcraft. Trying to follow him, Spock and McCoy land in a frozen landscape. The doctor almost dies before they are rescued by the lonely, and beautiful, Zarabeth (Mariette Hartley). Each of the officers is rescued in the proverbial nick of time, but Spock's necessary abandonment of Zarabeth makes it less than happy ending.

Airdate: 6903.14

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Episode 78
By Arthur Singer, from a story by Gene Roddenberry

Talk about a twist of plot - this one centres around a mind switch between Kirk and the scientist Dr. Janice Lester (Sandra Smith)! In one of his best acting efforts, Shatner manages to suggest a female mind in his male body. Unfortunately, an anti-feminist prejudice prevails in the author's characterisation: we're expected to know it's really a woman since she (it?) is emotional and vindictive. Indeed, the evil lady's motive for the switcheroo is presented as sex envy - she wanted desperately to be a man, particularly a man in a position of power. Captain James Kirk, for instance.

Airdate: 6906.03

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