STAR TREK - THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON ONE EPISODE GUIDE
- Captain Christopher Pike
The pilot to the series that would star
William Shatner. Only in this version there is different Captain,
Christopher Pike, and with the exception of Mr. Spock, an entirely
different crew. When the Enterprise receives what appears to be a
distress message. But when they get to the planet where the message
was sent from, they discover that the supposed survivors were nothing
more than illusions created by the inhabitants of the planet, for the
purpose of capturing a mate for the one genuine surviving human, and
Captain Pike is the lucky winner. While Captain Pike tries to cope
with the experiments and tests that the aliens are conducting on him,
his crew tries to find a way to rescue him. But the aliens' illusions
are too powerful and deceptive (at first).
Director: Robert Butler
Writer: Gene Roddenberry
Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Susan Oliver
Susan Oliver, Leonard Nimoy, Majel Barrett, John Hoyt, Peter Duryea,
Laurel Goodwin, Meg Wyllie
first pilot was not aired on TV until 1988, when it was used as a
filler episode for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) due to a
make-up tests, the Orion Slave Girl footage (with Majel Barrett,
right, acting as a stand-in for the not-yet-cast Susan Oliver) kept
returning from processing with the character's green skin changed to
Caucasian. Initially believing the green makeup was somehow failing
to show up on film, the producers learned the developers at the
processing lab hand-corrected the color, believing it to be a
Yvonne Craig auditioned for
the role of Vina. She would later guest star in Star Trek: Whom Gods
Destroy (1969) wherein she played an Orion slave girl which was one
of the personas Vina played in this episode.
Nimoy's Mr. Spock was the only character from the first pilot
retained into the series. The ship's first officer character, Number
One, was rejected for the series by the network because she was
female (according to Gene Roddenberry). Actress Majel Barrett (left,
Roddenberry's girlfriend at the time and later wife) was recast as
Nurse Chapel. When the pilot was recycled as Star Trek: The
Menagerie: Part I (1966) and Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part II
(1966), it was established that Captain Pike's voyage to Talos IV
took place 13 years prior to the events of the Star Trek (1966) series.
This is the first of six
Star Trek instances in which Leonard Nimoy appeared without William
Shatner, the other five being Star Trek: The Animated Series: The
Slaver Weapon (1973), Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification I
(1991) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification II (1991), and
the series reboot films Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
As Pike retreats up the stairs from the
warrior on "Rigel VII", you can see the blade of his spear
bend as it pushes against the warrior's chest. In the Rigel VII
fortress, after Captain Pike throws his sword at the Kaylar warrior
and stabs him in the back, the warrior displays a normal set of teeth
and is missing the large, misshapen mouthful of teeth he sports in
1. THE MAN TRAP
September 8, 1966
"Captain's log, stardate 1513.1. Our
position, orbiting planet M-113. On board the Enterprise, Mr. Spock,
temporarily in command. On the planet, the ruins of an ancient and
long-dead civilization. Ship's surgeon McCoy and myself are now
beaming down to the planet's surface. Our mission: routine medical
examination of archeologist Robert Crater and his wife Nancy. Routine
but for the fact that Nancy Crater is that one woman in Dr. McCoy's past."
- Captain James T. Kirk
In the series premiere, the Enterprise
visits planet M-113 where scientists Dr. Crater and his wife Nancy,
an old girlfriend of Dr. McCoy, are studying the remains of an
ancient civilization. When Enterprise crewmen begin turning up dead
under mysterious circumstances, Kirk and Spock must unravel the clues
to discover how, why, and who is responsible.
Director: Marc Daniels
Writer: George Clayton Johnson
Guest starring: Sharon Gimpel, Garrison
True, Larry Anthony, Bob Baker, Jeanne Bal, Alfred Ryder, Bruce
Watson, Michael Zaslow, Vince Howard, Francine Pyne, William Knight
Although this was the first episode to air
on NBC, it was actually the sixth episode produced. NBC chose to air
this episode first because they felt that it had more action than any
of the first 5 episodes and it also featured a monster.
Dr. McCoy's handheld "medical
scanners" were actually modified salt and pepper shakers,
purchased originally for use in "The Man Trap", in which a
character was seen using a salt shaker. They were of Scandinavian
design, and on screen were not recognizable as salt shakers; so a few
generic salt shakers were borrowed from the studio commissary, and
the "futuristic" looking shakers became McCoy's medical instruments.
This is the only episode in which McCoy's
quarters are shown and is the first broadcast episode where the
doctor says, "He's dead, Jim."
James Doohan does not appear in this
episode, but he is briefly heard on Kirk's communicator in dialogue
lifted from another episode.
Guest star Michael Zaslow (Barnhart) would
later have minor roles in Star Trek: I, Mudd (1967) and Star Trek:
First Contact (1996) the latter airing 30 years after The Man Trap.
When Kirk walks into the turbolift,
returning from his mission to the surface of M113, the cameraman's
shadow can be seen following him in. And, this shot is used in many
additional episodes of the show.
When the landing party is beamed up to the
Enterprise, the transporter would have detected that crewman Green
was an alien creature and not human.
September 15, 1966
"[to Janice Rand] Are you a girl?"
- Charlie Evans
The Enterprise makes a rendezvous with the
S.S. Antares and picks up a 17 year old boy, Charlie Evans who is the
only survivor of a colony expedition that crashed on the planet
Thasus. Captain Ramart and his staff rave about the boy, but Kirk
can't help but be puzzled when Ramart refuses luxury items and
hurries back to the Antares. Charlie, without social skills of any
measure, seems a bit strange and unrefined but states that he grew up
alone with only the record tapes from the wreckage for company.
Sometime later, Captain Ramart signals the Enterprise and tries to
warn Kirk about something, but just then the Antares is destroyed.
Kirk doesn't think much about Charlie's disinterested reaction to the
deaths of his former friends, but Spock begins to suspect that there
is more to the boy than they know. This is confirmed when Charlie
makes a crewman disappear for laughing at him while in the gym.
During this time, Charlie becomes infatuated with the first
"girl" he saw after coming aboard the Enterprise, Yeoman
Rand. Unable to control his desires, Charlie pesters Rand until she
is forced to hurt him, first by rejecting the boy and then by
slapping him while in her quarters. This, of course, causes Charlie
to make her disappear as well. Now realizing the full extent of
Charlie's powers and the danger he could pose to civilization, Kirk
tries to alter the ship's course away from their next stop, Colony 5,
but Charlie learns of his plans, seizes control of the Enterprise,
and locks in a course for Colony 5. By this time the Thasians,
noncorporeal beings who really raised Charlie and gave him his
powers, discover that the boy is missing and intercept the
Enterprise. Despite Charlie's pleas not to be taken away, the
Thasians remove Charlie from the Enterprise and restore the crew back
Director: Lawrence Dobkin
Writer: D.C. Fontana
Guest starring: Robert Walker, Charles
Stewart, Dallas Mitchell, Don Eitner, Patricia McNulty
to his training as a Method actor, Robert Walker Jr. (left) chose to
remain in his dressing room and not interact with any members of the
cast as this would help his characterization of a strange, aloof
person. Walker was 26 when he played the 17 year old Charlie Evans.
Captain Kirk reveals that there are 428
crew aboard the Enterprise.
First script for the series by D.C.
Fontana would go on to become the story editor for the series. The
director Lawrence Dobkin would later play Ambassador Kell in Star
Trek: The Next Generation: The Mind's Eye (1991).
In the original script, Uhura was to amuse
the crew by performing as a trained mimic, imitating Spock and other
officers. This was changed to her singing in order to highlight
Nichelle Nichols' singing talent.
Some of the things now considered everyday
items in Star Trek are missing during the early episodes. In this
one, the Enterprise has a cook who prepares meals for the crew. The
Yeoman also talks of searching through "ship's stores." The
use of replicators to create food and other materials had not yet
been conceived of but would become commonplace by Star Trek: Tomorrow
Is Yesterday (1967). The idea of "an Enterprise galley"
would be reintroduced in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Some
felt this deviated from official canon since all food seemed to be
replicated. Our "experts" at The Hall of Fame reason if you
replicate something you would have to start with the original at some
point. And it would stand to reason that more you replicated, say a
turkey, the less tasty it would get, after say a thousand copies.
Eventually you would want to start over with fresh food and you would
need someone to cook it. After all Scotty is on record as preferring
"real" scotch to the replicated version.
Roddenberry provided the voice of the galley chief who says to Kirk,
"Sir, I put meat loaf in the ovens. There's turkeys in there
now... real turkeys!" This was his only speaking role in
"Star Trek". During the second season, his disembodied hand
appears in a few scenes of Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais? (1967).
The term "United Federation of
Planets" had not been developed when this episode was made. The
series frequently changed the name of the organization which the
Enterprise serves during the early episodes. In this one it's
"United Earth Space Probe Agency" or UESPA, pronounced by
Captain Kirk as "you spa." This name was later used in Star
Trek: Enterprise (2001) for one of the Federation's precursor agencies.
William Shatner had his chest shaved for
this episode. In the next episode to be aired, Star Trek: Where No
Man Has Gone Before (1966), he clearly has a hairy chest, as that
episode was filmed a good year before this one.
During Star Trek's original run Jim Kirk
had the odd habit of tearing his shirt or discarding it all together.
We don't think this has anything to do with character's named
"Jim", even though on the Wild Wild West, Jim West had a
habit of frequently removing his shirt as well, while Jim Phelps on
Mission: Impossible hardly ever removed his shirt. Look for the
"Shirt Happens" banner in our Star Trek episode guide pages
and we will give you a heads up on what episodes feature a shirtless Shatner.
In this episode Captain Kirk is doing his
own stunts without a shirt in the ship's gym, trying to teach young
Charlie the manly art of rolling around on a mat.
When the captain of the Antares is trying
to warn Kirk of Charlie's abilities, Kirk is in a corridor talking to
Charlie about not slapping girls on the butt. He says, "I'm on
my way to the bridge now," and gets on the turbolift wearing his
usual yellow shirt. When he arrives on the bridge he is wearing the
McCoy refers to Spock as "Doctor
Spock" (not Mister).
Where No Man Has Gone Before
September 22, 1966
"Captain's Log, stardate 1313.8: add
to official losses Doctor Elizabeth Dehner - be it noted she gave her
life in performance of her duty; Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell,
- Captain James T. Kirk
While exploring the edge of the galaxy,
the Enterprise encounters an energy barrier that gives two crewmen
godlike powers that are growing at a geometric rate. Captain Kirk is
faced with the difficult decision on what to do before they lose
their humanity and become truly dangerous.
Director: James Goldstone
Writer: Samuel A. Peeples
Guest starring: Gary Lockwood, Sally
Kellerman, Lloyd Haynes, Andrea Dromm, Paul Carr, Paul Fix, Hal
Needham, Dick Crockett, Paul Baxley
This was the first time in US TV history
that a second pilot had to be submitted to convince the network pick
up the series and was filmed over one year before it was aired on TV.
Three scripts were submitted to be made as the second pilot episode,
this one, Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) and Star Trek: The Omega
Glory (1968). NBC chose this one as they felt it to be the least
challenging to viewers. Leonard Nimoy is the only actor to appear in
both this, the second pilot, and the original pilot episode, Star
Trek: The Cage (1986). Sulu is introduced as a physicist in this
episode. But in all other episodes, he is a helmsman. The only
episode in which Captain Kirk (William Shatner) does not have the
pointed sideburns that he sports throughout the series and films. In
this episode, his sideburns are cut normally.
In this episode Spock says that one of his
ancestors was Terran, indicating that the writers had not completely
worked out his backstory yet. In the very next episode to be filmed,
Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966), he was revealed to be the
product of a Vulcan father and a Terran mother, an element of the
story which became the official, set-in-stone backstory for Spock.
Veteran character actor Paul Fix got the
role of the ship's doctor, replacing John Hoyt. Gene Roddenberry
wanted to cast DeForest Kelley in the part, whom he originally wanted
to play Doctor Boyce in Star Trek: The Cage (1986). Then, he was
outruled by director Robert Butler's suggestion. Here again, Fix was
recommended by director James Goldstone. Roddenberry thought Fix
didn't work out well in the role, and decided that if Star Trek
became a weekly series, he would cast Kelley as the ship's doctor.
The familiar colors and positions of the
crew had not yet been finalized when this second pilot was shot. The
tunics for operations crew are beige instead of red. The locations of
the helmsman and navigator are reversed (when Kirk is facing the
viewscreen, Mitchell, whom Kirk addresses as "helmsman," is
on his right, and Kelso, the navigator, is on his left). Spock is
wearing a gold command shirt, not a blue sciences one. Both Mitchell
and Kelso wear beige operations shirts, rather than the gold command
shirts later associated with their stations. Smith, the captain's
yeoman, wears a gold command shirt, and Lieutenant Alden, the
communications officer, wears a blue sciences shirt, rather than the
operations shirts most later yeomen and communications officers would wear.
The gap in time between filming this and
the rest of the series explains some of the apparent inconsistencies,
notably some changes in the Enterprise architecture, the fact that
most of the female crewmembers wear trousers and Mr Spock's peculiar
yellowish skin tone. Any inconsistencies have been explained away in
offical canon by saying that the events of this adventure occur
significantly earlier than the bulk of the rest of the series (even
though this was the third episode aired). As such, the educational
title of physicist that is given to Sulu is in line with subsequent
appearances where he is later promoted to the positional title of,
and referred to as a 'helmsman'. The same applies to Spock's
different rank and uniform color as well.
Arlene Martel was originally considered
for the role of Dr. Elizabeth Dehner. But Martel had sensitive eyes
and there was concern that the silver contact lenses that the role
required would have caused damage to them. She later guest starred in
Star Trek: Amok Time (1967).
No Man Has Gone Before
Kirk's old friend Gary Mitchell has
acquired god-like powers and Kirk has to stop him from taking over
the universe. He does, but rips his shirt in the process.
Gary Mitchell makes Captain Kirk's
"headstone" which reads: "James R. Kirk." In all
other Star Trek references, his name is "James Tiberius
Kirk". According to the Starfleet Access commentary on the
Blu-Ray, the remastering crew debated over whether or not to change
the middle initial on the "James R. Kirk" tombstone to the
proper T. While some members of the crew were for it and some against
it, they ultimately decided not to, due to the ridiculous amount of
rotoscope work it would have required.
When looking at Dr. Elizabeth Dehner
(Sally Kellerman) profile, she is listed at 5'2", while Lt.
Cmdr. Gary Mitchell (Gary Lockwood) is 5'9". When they stand
next to each other though, they are close in height. Sally Kellerman
is actually 5'10" and Gary Lockwood 6'0 1/2".
The Naked Time
September 29, 1966
"This is Captain Kevin Thomas Riley
of the Starship Enterprise. And who's this?"
When Lieutenant Junior Grade Tormolen
brings aboard an infection that killed the science team on Psi 2000,
the crew of the Enterprise soon find themselves unable to control
their most pre-dominant emotions. Soon the entire starship is in a
shambles and plummeting toward the self destructing planet.
Director: Marc Daniels
Writer: John D.F. Black
Guest starring: Stewart Moss, Bruce Hyde,
William Knight, John Bellah, Christin Ducheau, Woody Talbert, Frank
da Vinci, Bud da Vinci
First appearance in the series of Nurse
Christine Chapel, played by Gene Roddenberry's future wife Majel
Barrett. This was also the first episode (in broadcast order) to
feature the Vulcan Nerve Pinch.
After his appearance in the second pilot
episode (Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966)), George
Takei accepted the regular role of Sulu largely because he read a
draft of this script, and relished the idea of running shirtless
through the ship, sword in hand. However, he had no fencing
experience, so as soon as he was hired, he began a crash-course on
the sport. Writer John D.F. Black originally wanted Sulu to enact a
Samurai fantasy. George Takei felt that this would be pandering to
racial stereotypes so he suggested the Three Musketeers fantasy
instead. This is George Takei's favourite episode.
During his Three Musketeers fantasy, Sulu
tells Uhura "I'll protect you, fair maiden", meaning, by
some definitions "light-skinned virgin". Uhura replies
"sorry, neither", (an ad-lib by Nichelle Nichols) which
means she's neither light-skinned or a virgin. This line or its
meaning must have slipped past the censors, who in 1966 would not
have allowed an unmarried female character to declare herself not a virgin.
After the scene where Spock is weeping,
Leonard Nimoy's fan mail increased exponentially. Viewers were
enthralled with the idea that Spock was secretly a reservoir of love
and passion instead of an empty emotional void. This reaction
inspired further scripts which explored Spock's inner makeup.
While under the influence of the virus,
Nurse Chapel attempts to seduce Spock. This would be the first
depiction of what many fans perceived as underlying romantic tensions
between the characters, or at least Chapel's unrequited romantic
attraction to Spock.
The bowling alley mentioned by Lt. Riley
was never seen on any show, but did show up on the USS Enterprise
blueprints issued in the 1970s.
The episode The Naked Now (1987) from the
first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) is largely
based on this episode. The two episodes share similar plot lines and
the TNG episode includes many scenes and images which were directly
inspired by The Naked Time (1966). Below left, Nurse Chapel provokes
an emotional response from Mr. Spock. Below right, Tasha Yar
discovers that Data is "fully functional" and
"programmed in multiple techniques".
We a bonus shirtless Sulu in this episode
as for Kirk, Dr. McCoy rips the arm of his shirt to inject a
hypospray even though it's been established that hyposprays can be
inject through clothing.
In the remastered edition, the planet
rotates in one direction at the very beginning, but then rotates the
other way for the rest of the show.
When the infected Sulu comes on the bridge
he is glistening with sweat. When Uhura tries to distract him the
shot goes from a glistening Sulu, to Uhura and back to a nearly dry Sulu.
The Enemy Within
October 6, 1966
"If I seem insensitive to what you're
Captain, understand - it's the way I am."
- Mr. Spock
While beaming back aboard the Enterprise,
a transporter malfunction results in two vastly different Captain
Kirks being beamed aboard. His personality has in effect been split
into two. One Captain Kirk is weak and indecisive, fearful of making
any kind of decision; the other is a mean-spirited and violent man
who likes to swill brandy and force himself on female crew members.
Meanwhile, as Scotty struggles to repair the transporter, the landing
party is stuck on the planet below with temperatures falling rapidly.
Director: Leo Penn
Writer: Richard Matheson
Guest starring: Edward Madden, Garland
Thompson, Jim Goodwin, Don Eitner, Eddie Paskey
The original script called for Spock to
karate chop Kirk to subdue him. Leonard Nimoy felt that this would be
an uncharacteristically violent act for a peace-loving species like
the Vulcans so he came up with a pincer-like grasp on the neck that
has since become known as the Vulcan Nerve Pinch and become one of
the character's most famous gimmicks.
This is one of the only times in Star Trek
where it can be seen that the middle finger on actor James Doohan's
(Scotty's) right hand is missing. Doohan lost the finger when it was
struck by a bullet or shrapnel shortly after the D-Day invasion in
1944. He took great pains to conceal its absence during the series,
but his full right hand can be glimpsed briefly when he reaches into
the box holding the snarling alien dog.
alternate green wrap-around uniform was introduced so that the
audience would be able to tell the difference between the good Kirk
and the evil Kirk.
Unable to beam up Lieutenant Sulu in this
episode, the transporter was a plot device intended to eliminate the
pacing and production problems involved in depicting the ship landing
and taking off all the time. Budgetary constraints on effects were
also a consideration. The first landing of a starship would not occur
until Star Trek: Voyager: The 37's (1995), broadcast 28 August 1995.
Yeoman Janice Rand's quarters are located
here: 3C 46. However, in Star Trek: Charlie X (1966), Rand's quarters
are 3F 125.
The only Star Trek program written by
Richard Matheson, a The Twilight Zone (1959) legend who wrote two
previous William Shatner vehicles" The Twilight Zone: Nick of
Time (1960) and The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963).
The subplot of Sulu and three crewmembers stranded on the freezing
planet was not in Richard Matheson's original script but was added by
staff writers. Matheson did not like that this was done.
There is no explanation as to why the
Enterprise's shuttlecraft could not be used to transport Sulu and the
other stranded crewmen aboard the ship. In terms of production, the
concept of the Enterprise carrying smaller shuttlecraft had not yet
been introduced to the show. There remains no in-universe reason for
their non-use in this case, however.
A transporter accident gives us two Kirks,
one good one evil! "Evil" Kirk chases Yeoman Rand around
the ship, drinks Saurian brandy and or course, takes his shirt off.
This episode begins with the Captain down
on the planet's surface wearing a gold shirt with no insignia. When
he beams up to the Enterprise, he is still wearing a gold shirt with
no insignia, and his "evil half" also transports in wearing
the same: a gold shirt without any insignia (above left). Scotty
offers to walk the Captain to his quarters and, miraculously, when we
cut to the Captain and Scotty in the corridor, the Captain's shirt
has sprouted an insignia (above right) as has the evil twin's shirt
when he walks into Dr. McCoy's medical bay.
Spock erroneously refers to himself as
"second officer". His title is "first officer" or
"second-in-command". Also, his speech and mannerisms betray
too much emotion as Leonard Nimoy was still developing his way of
performing the character.
After the dog-like creature dies, Dr.
McCoy orders an autopsy on the animal; the term he should have used
is "necropsy", which is used to describe post-mortem
examinations on animals.
October 13, 1966
"Don't you think you could possibly,
by accident, arrange to leave me behind here? On this planet, that
would be punishment enough."
- Harcourt Fenton Mudd
The Enterprise picks up a intergalactic
conman, Harcourt Fenton Mudd, and three incredibly beautiful women he
is transporting as brides for lonely men on distant planets. Kirk and
crew soon discover Mudd and the women harbor a dark secret.
Director: Harvey Hart and Gene Roddenberry
Writer: Stephen Kandel
Guest starring: Roger C. Carmel, Karen
Steele, Maggie Thrett, Susan Denberg, Jim Goodwin, Gene Dynarski, Jon
Kowal, Seamon Glass, Jerry Foxworth, Eddie Paskey, Frank da Vinci
went a day over schedule due to the intricate camera setups used by
director Harvey Hart, which had good results but were too
time-consuming. Hart also made things difficult for the editors by
"camera cutting" the show, leaving few choices of shot
available. Due to these factors, Hart was not invited back to the show.
Susan Denberg (playing Magda Kovacs) guest
starred in this episode two months after appearing as the Miss August
1966 centerfold in Playboy (collectable Trading Card pictured at
right). Denberg is the stage name for Dietlinde Zechner (born on
August 2nd 1944), a German-born Austrian chorus dancer who had a
brief brush with an acting career in the late 1960s. Denberg made her
feature film debut with a supporting role in the drama, An American
Dream (1966). Star Trek regular, George Takei, and TOS guest actors,
Richard Derr and Warren Stevens, also had roles in this film.
Denberg's most famous acting role, outside of this Star Trek episode,
was in Hammer Film's cult 1967 science fiction/horror film,
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), opposite Peter Cushing. However,
Denberg's voice in the film was dubbed, as her Austrian accent was
considered too strong. Over the years, rumors surfaced Denberg died
after becoming immersed in the 60s high life of drugs and sex. In
fact Denberg left show business and returned to Austria and (as of
2012) is alive and well, and living in Klagenfurt, Austria, under her
real name, Dietlinde Zechner.
Women" contains one of a few times in the series where Spock's
nationality is called "Vulcanian" rather than simply "Vulcan".
Lt. Uhura wears a gold "command"
uniform instead of her usual red uniform. Nichelle Nichols only wore
this outfit in her first two appearances, which were Star Trek: The
Corbomite Maneuver (1966) and this one.
This is the first episode in which the
Enterprise's power source is named, however, they are called simply
"lithium crystals", and not "dilithium" as was
done in all later episodes of this and all later incarnations of Star Trek.
NBC did not choose this episode as the
second pilot mostly because they were worried about the central theme
of "selling women throughout the galaxy" and the guest
stars being "an intergalactic pimp" and "three space hookers".
When McCoy, Spock, and Scotty seem to be
mesmerized by the women after they are beamed aboard, a close-up of
McCoy shows him wearing his medical smock. All other shots of this
scene show him without the smock.
Towards the end of Mudd's hearing, in a
conversation with the women, he addresses Ruth as "Maggie"
- the actresses real name.
What Are Little Girls Made Of?
October 20, 1966
"Roger, what's happened to you? When
I sat in your class you wouldn't even dream of harming an insect or
an animal. Their life was sacred to you then."
- Christine Chapel
Nurse Christine Chapel is reunited with
her old fiance, renowned scientist Dr. Roger Korby, a man who hasn't
been heard of for 5 years and many thought was dead. When Kirk and
Chapel beam down to the planet, they find Korby obsessed with using
alien technology to turn the humans into androids.
Director: James Goldstone
Writer: Robert Bloch
Guest starring: Majel Barrett, Michael
Strong, Sherry Jackson, Ted Cassidy, Harry Basch, Vince Deadrick,
Budd Albright, Paul Baxley, Denver Mattson
The only TOS episode to prominently
feature Nurse Christine Chapel, who was played by Majel Barrett. Also
featured is Ted Cassidy, best known for playing Lurch on The Addams
Family (1964) TV series. Barret would later play Lwaxana Troi in Star
Trek: The Next Generation (1987), whose valet Mr. Homm was played by
Carel Struycken, who played Lurch in The Addams Family (1991) and
Addams Family Values (1993).
First mention of Capt. Kirk's brother,
George Samuel Kirk, who is married with children.
Crewman Mathews (Vince Deadrick Sr.) is
the first genuine "redshirt" to be killed in the series.
He's pushed by Ruk into a bottomless pit minutes after beaming down
to the planet's surface. (Other Enterprise crewmen have been killed
before, but were wearing either blue or gold shirts.)
Episode: What are Little Girls Made of?
Kirk is placed into a machine that will
make an android copy of him. Apparently the machine won't work unless
he takes off his shirt (and his pants).
When Roger threatens Kirk with Kirk's Type
I phaser, he's holding it upside-down.
When Android-Kirk boards the Enterprise
and takes a "command pack," he walks to the transporter,
but the pack is gone. (This was a shot from Star Trek: The Man Trap
reused to cut costs).
Episode: "What are Little Girls
The first two killed redshirts (in
Crewman Mathews Security Officer
- Pushed down a cliff by Ruk
Crewman Rayburn Security Officer
- Suffocated by Ruk
October 27, 1966
"No blah, blah, blah!"
- Captain James T. Kirk
The Enterprise receives an old style SOS
signal and finds on arrival a planet that is virtually identical to
Earth. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Yeoman Rand beam down to the planet
only to find that it is inhabited solely by children. Kirk befriends
one of the older children, Miri, but they soon learn that experiments
to prolong life killed all of the adults and that the children will
also die when they reach puberty. They also learn that the children
are in fact, very old. Soon, the landing party contracts the virus
and has seven days to find a cure.
Director: Vincent McEveety
Writer: Adrian Spies
Guest starring: Kim Darby, Michael J.
Pollard, Keith Taylor, Ed McCready, Kellie Flanagan, Steven McEveety,
Jim Goodwin, John Megna, John Arndt, Irene Sale, Scott Whitney,
Darlene Roddenberry, Lisabeth Shatner, Dawn Roddenberry, Phil Morris
red-headed boy, Stephen McEveety, is the nephew of Vincent McEveety.
One of the little girls is played by Dawn Roddenberry while the girl
held by Kirk as he rushes to the lab with his newly recovered
communicator, is played by Melanie Shatner. Leonard Nimoy was asked
to allow his children to appear as extras but Nimoy refused to let
his children be involved in show business. His son, Adam Nimoy, did
grow up to become a television director, including a few episodes of
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Although all the children on the planet
die when they reach puberty, Michael J. Pollard, who played Jahn, was
27 years old when this episode aired, and Kim Darby, who played Miri,
The first of several "parallel
Earth" plots in the series, contrived to save money by avoiding
the necessity for "alien" sets, costumes, and makeup.
Banned by the BBC, after parents of young
viewers had sent complaints because they felt that the show's content
was unsuitable for children and the BBC did not repeat it again for
The outdoor scenes of this episode were
filmed on the same back lot streets that also were used to create
Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show (1960), except that the streets
were piled with debris and dirt to create the appearance that the
town was in ruins. Several building exteriors familiar from Mayberry
can be seen in those exterior shots, including the courthouse,
Walker's Drugstore, and the Mayberry Hotel. The long shots of those
buildings, however, also reveal that on "The Andy Griffith
Show" the two-story buildings that can be seen here were always
filmed up close, to create the impression that Mayberry consisted
only of one-story structures. Other Andy Griffith Show connections
include: Michael J. Pollard, who plays Jahn, the leader of the
Onlies, played Barney Fife's bumbling cousin in the Andy Griffith
episode "Cousin Virgil. And, when Kirk asks Spock to estimate in
what time period the town seems to be, Spock responds with
"1960," the year The Andy Griffith Show debuted.
The children on Miri's world are immune to
the illness that has struck the planet and killed all the adults,
until they get older. Now the landing party has contracted it and
Kirk tears the sleeves of his shirt open to demonstrate to the
children the fate that will eventually befall them all.
Kirk's shirt is badly soiled (at around 11
mins), from his combat with Louise, but when he shoots his phaser at
her (at around 14 mins), he is shown wearing a clean shirt.
When the Enterprise is in orbit, the
planet in the background is clearly Earth. The Middle East to be
precise, yet at the very beginningof the episode Kirk tells Spock
they are "hundreds of light years from Earth".
Dagger of the Mind
November 3, 1966
"Enterprise log, first officer Spock
acting captain. I must now use an ancient Vulcan technique to probe
into Van Gelder's tortured mind."
- Mr. Spock
After a psychologically disturbed patient
from the Tantalus penal colony, Dr. Simon Van Gelder, manages to
escape to the Enterprise, Dr. McCoy begins to suspect that something
is amiss on the colony. Captain Kirk and Dr. Helen Noel beam down to
the planet to investigate.
Director: Vincent McEveety
Writer: Shimon Wincelberg
Guest starring: James Gregory, Morgan
Woodward, Marianna Hill, Susanne Wasson, John Arndt, Larry Anthony,
Ed McCready, Eli Behar, Walt Davis, Lou Elias, David L. Ross, Irene Sale
The "Vulcan mind meld",
introduced in this episode, was originally a way of working around a
warning from NBC's "Standards and Practices" department. In
an earlier draft of the script, the plan had been to have Spock
hypnotize Van Gelder, but writers were told they must have hypnotism
performed "by DOCTOR McCoy rather than MISTER Spock,"
unless they could establish Spock had been specially trained to do
When Captain Kirk and Doctor Helen Noel
are beamed down to the Tantalus Penal Colony, the planet's
terrain/background is the lithium cracking station on Delta Vega from
Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966). This was changed in
the remastered version.
part of Helen Noel (played by Marianna Hill, left) was originally
written for Janice Rand. However, the producers wanted to avoid
showing Kirk becoming involved with her, and Grace Lee Whitney was
already on the verge of leaving the show due to personal problems on
the set. In any event, from a dramatic point of view, it made more
sense for a trained psychotherapist, rather than a yeoman, to
accompany Kirk to the Tantalus rehabilitation colony.
Marianna Hill is also known for her work
in the Elvis Presley films Roustabout (1964) and Paradise, Hawaiian
Style (1966), the Clint Eastwood film High Plains Drifter as Callie
Travers (1973) and in The Godfather Part II as Deanna Dunn-Corleone
(1974). In addition to Star Trek she guest starred in many TV series
including: My Three Sons, Hogan's Heroes, Love American Style,
Batman, Perry Mason, Death Valley Days, Bonanza, The High Chaparral,
Gunsmoke, The Wild Wild West, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible,
Quincy, M.E., S.W.A.T., Kung Fu, The Outer Limits, Mannix, and Harry O.
James Doohan and George Takei do not
appear in this episode. Scotty appeared in the original script,
operating the transporter in the first scene, when Van Gelder is
beamed aboard. His appearance was nixed by Bob Justman, who saw this
as a way of saving costs by eliminating Doohan, who should have had
to been paid $890 for the episode, and replacing him with a random
performer (Larry Anthony, playing Lieutenant Berkeley), hired for a
much lower salary.
November 10, 1966
"There's no such thing as the unknown -
only things temporarily hidden,
temporarily not understood."
- Captain James T. Kirk
In a section of unexplored space, the
Enterprise comes across a marker of sorts that will not let it pass.
They destroy the marker and move on but soon find themselves in
conflict with an unknown alien who accuses them of trespassing and
tells them they have only 10 minutes to live. Kirk decides it's time
to play a little poker and literally bluff his way out of the
situation by telling the alien that the Enterprise has a device on
board that will destroy the alien as well as the Enterprise. The
bluff works but the alien turns out to be something quite unexpected.
Director: Joseph Sargent
Writer: Jerry Sohl
Guest starring: Anthony Call, Clint
Howard, Vic Perrin, George Bochman, John Gabriel, Gloria Calomee,
Majel Barrett, Sean Morgan, Ted Cassidy, Bruce Mars, Jonathan Lippe,
Mittie Lawrence, Ena Hartman
This is the earliest episode of the main
series (excluding the two pilots) to be filmed. This was the first
episode to feature Kirk's famous "Space - the final
frontier" monologue in the opening credits.
First appearances (in production order) of
Doctor Leonard McCoy, Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, and Yeoman Janice Rand
(above left). Lieutenant Uhura (above right) makes her first
appearance wearing a gold "command" uniform, which she
retains in her second appearance (in production order, not airing
order), Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966). After that, she traded it in
for the iconic red uniform she wears for the rest of the series.
McCoy says "What am I, a doctor or a
moon shuttle conductor?" which can be considered the first of
the "doctor not a" quotes. In later days, the quote would
have been phrased "I'm a doctor, not a moon shuttle
conductor!" Nimoy is still using an odd vocal inflection where
he shouts Spock's lines and his tone goes up at the end of sentences.
Leaving sick bay after his physical,
Captain Kirk passes several unnamed crew members. One red shirt,
played by Jonathan Goldsmith, gained worldwide fame 40 years later as
beer ad character "The Most Interesting Man in the World."
Still no name.
Little Balok is played by Clint Howard,
whose brother Ron Howard was starring in another Desilu hit, The Andy
Griffith Show (1960). These two shows have many connections in the
form of actor crossovers and scenery reuse.
Although the script instructed Leonard
Nimoy to emote a fearful reaction upon his first sight of Big Balok,
director Joseph Sargent suggested to Nimoy that he ignore what the
script called for and instead simply react with the single word
"Fascinating." The suggestion of this response helped
refine the Spock character and provide him with a now-legendary catchphrase.
Episode: The Corbomite Maneuver
This time a shirtless Shatner makes sence
as Kirk is in sickbay for a routine medical exam.
The U.S.S. Enterprise was 289 meters in
length. That is about 948 feet. That puts the length of the U.S.S.
Enterprise at longer than 1/6 mile. The large alien ship was
described as having a diameter of about one mile. But when the U.S.S.
Enterprise is seen close up against the large alien ship, the alien
ship is seen to be dozens of times longer than the former. That would
put the diameter of the large alien ship closer as several miles
instead of one mile.
Menagerie (Part 1)
November 17, 1966
Menagerie (Part 2)
November 24, 1966
"Captain's log, stardate 3012.4.
Despite our best efforts to disengage computers, the Enterprise is
still locked on a heading for the mysterious planet Talos IV.
Meanwhile, as required by Starfleet General Orders, a preliminary
hearing on Lieutenant Commander Spock is being convened and in all
the years of my service this is the most painful moment I've ever faced."
- Captain James T. Kirk
Spock kidnaps his former captain, the
crippled Christopher Pike, and heads for a quarantined planet,
putting his career and Kirk's life on the line. In part two, Spock's
court-martial continues as he attempts to justify his abduction of
Pike, the theft of the Enterprise, and his heading for Talos IV, a
planet declared limits by Federation order since the Enterprise first
visited thirteen years earlier while then under the command of
Director: Robert Butler and Marc Daniels
Writer: Gene Roddenberry
Guest starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Susan
Oliver, Malachi Throne, Majel Barrett, Peter Duryea, Laurel Goodwin,
John Hoyt, Adam Roarke, Sean Kenney, Hagan Beggs, Julie Parrish,
Leonard Mudie, Tom Curtis, George Sawaya, Jon Lormer, Meg Wyllie,
Georgia Schmidt, Brett Dunham, Mike Dugan
Although scenes from Star Trek: The Cage
(1986) featuring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike, he was
unavailable and unaffordable for the framing story into which the
scenes were to be inserted. Sean Kenney, an actor who resembled
Hunter, was used instead. He plays the mute, crippled Captain Pike,
now wheelchair-bound after an accident.
This is the only 2-parter in the original
Star Trek (1966) series. All Star Trek spin-offs had many two-part
stories. Robert H. Justman convinced Gene Roddenberry to write a
two-part episode using footage from Star Trek: The Cage (1986)
because they ran out of scripts and would have had to shut down
production otherwise. The script was written quickly in three or four
days because it mostly consists of scenes from the original pilot.
The "frame" story of Captain Pike's injury, Spock's
kidnapping of his former captain, and the return journey to Talos IV
was necessitated because the producers' inability to use the original
pilot Star Trek: The Cage (1986) in its unedited form. Normally,
series producers count on being able to use the pilot as an episode
of the season, despite possible minor changes from the regular
series, such as (on Star Trek (1966)) differences in uniform styles,
terminology, and props; the second
pilot, Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), was used
despite such discrepancies. But the differences between the series
and the original pilot were too stark to be used unaltered - without
the elaborate "frame" placing it 13 years in the past.
The Talosian "Keeper" alien was
actually played by a woman - Meg Wyllie (as were all Talosians). The
telepathic voice is alleged to have been dubbed by Malachi Throne who
coincidentally played Commodore Jose Mendez in "The
Menagerie." Star Trek: The Cage (1986) was Leonard Nimoy's first
Star Trek (1966) appearance and Throne was also with Nimoy for his
final "Star Trek" television appearance in Star Trek: The
Next Generation: Unification II (1991).
Just before their first visit with the
injured Capt. Pike, Commodore Mendez asks Kirk if he knows Pike. He
then states that Pike was about Kirk's age. However, the plot is
about an incident that happened 13 years before, when Spock was Capt.
Pike's science officer. This would make Pike a 2tos/1-year-old
starship captain yet Star Trek canon says Kirk became Starfleet's
youngest captain when he received command of the USS Enterprise for
it's original five-year mission.
Conscience of the King
December 8, 1966
"Kodos the Executioner. Summary:
Governor of Tarsis IV twenty Earth years ago. Invoked martial law.
Slaughtered 50% of population Earth colony that planet. Burned body
found when Earth forces arrived. No positive identification. Case closed."
- voice of computer
Kirk is one of the last survivors who can
identify a mass killer, who lurks among a Shakespearean troupe aboard
Director: Gerd Oswald
Writer: Barry Trivers
Guest starring: Arnold Moss, Barbara
Anderson, William Sargent, Natalie Norwick, David Troy, Karl Bruck,
Marc Adams, Bruce Hyde, Frank Vince
Kodos gives his name to one of the two
cyclopic alien squids who repeatedly plague The Simpsons (1989) in
their Halloween fantasies. The other is Kang who takes his name from
Star Trek: Day of the Dove (1968).
Yeoman Rand's silent walk-on appearance
was the final scene that Grace Lee Whitney filmed for the series.
According to Whitney, she had been fired the week before and she felt
that her wordless walk-on was done to embarrass her. According to
Whitney's memoir, she was so distraught that she immediately went to
her dressing room and got drunk. Whitney did not return to Star Trek
until Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
In the original draft, the character whose
parents had been murdered by Kodos was named Lt. Robert Daiken. When
Bruce Hyde was cast in the role, the staff realized that he played
the character Kevin Riley in Star Trek: The Naked Time (1966) so the
character was rewritten as Riley. Kirk refers to Riley as a
lieutenant in the "Star Service" - another early name for
Starfleet when the series' terminology was being made up as the first
season went along.
Gene Roddenberry has a voice-over as the
captain of the Astral Queen.
This episode hinges on the idea that if
"the last few eyewitnesses" die, then the knowledge of what
Kodos looked like will be lost. But Kirk easily orders up Kodos' mug
shots and voice prints to compare with Anton Karidian.
In a case of Star Traek canon in
development... while McCoy is enjoying a "drop of the true"
in sick bay, he offers Spock a drink. Spock explains, "his
fathers race was spared the dubious benefits of alcohol." To
which McCoy sardonically responds, "Oh, now I know why they were
conquered." However, in Star Trek: The Immunity Syndrome Spock
explains to Kirk that, "Vulcan has not been conquered within its
collective memory. The memory goes back so far that no Vulcan can
conceive of a conqueror."
December 15, 1966
"Captain's log, stardate 1709.2.
Patrolling outposts guarding the neutral zone between planets Romulus
and Remus and the rest of the galaxy; received an emergency call from
Outpost 4. The USS Enterprise is moving to investigate and assist."
- Captain James T. Kirk
The Enterprise answers a distress call
from Federation Outpost #4, a monitoring station on the Federation
side of the neutral zone with the Romulan Empire. The outposts were
established over a century ago and no one has actually seen a
Romulan. The Romulan vessel seems to have some type of high energy
explosive device as well as a cloaking device to make the ship
invisible. When it appears that Romulans bear a strong resemblance to
Vulcans, Kirk must deal with a rebellious crew member. He must also
engage in a dangerous cat and mouse game with a very intelligent
Director: Vincent McEveety
Writer: Paul Schneider
Guest starring: Mark Lenard, Paul Comi,
Lawrence Montaigne, Stephen Mines, Barbara Baldavin, Garry Walberg,
John Warburton, Sean Morgan, Vince Deadrick, John Arndt, Robert
Chadwick, Walt Davis
Mark Lenard plays the Romulan Commander,
an apparent enemy of the Enterprise and its crew, however later in
his career he played the famed role of Spock's father Sarek, and also
played a Klingon in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), making him
the first actor to portray the three major alien races (Vulcan,
Romulan, Klingon) in the Star Trek franchise.
Budgetary and time constraints prevented
the make-up and costuming departments from dressing up each Romulan
in Vulcan ears as it was such a lengthy process applying them. So
they hit on the idea of giving the lesser Romulans helmets, which
were actually redressed Roman helmets from some of the studio's
Biblical epics of the 1950s.
The only time in which the Enterprise
Chapel is seen, also marking a rare symbol of real life secular Earth
religions depicted in the Trek franchise.
While officiating at a wedding ceremony,
Captain Kirk says, "Since the days of the first wooden vessels,
all ship-masters have had one happy privilege: that of uniting two
people in the bonds of matrimony." This is false; whatever the
fictional Starfleet's regulations may be, the real life captains of
seagoing ships have no particular power to perform weddings and, at
least for the US, the UK, and Russia alias USSR, there is no evidence
that they ever did. In fact the navies of these and various other
countries have always specifically prohibited their commanding
officers from performing marriage ceremonies.
While the Enterprise is laying in wait for
the Romulan ship, both crews are whispering, and trying to make no
other noises. However, there is no sound transmission in space, so
this would be unnecessary. It may be a "tip of the hat" to
the submarine movie, The Enemy Below.
When the order to fire phasers is given,
the ship is shown firing what, in most other episodes, are called
photon torpedoes. When the nuclear device is detonated and Enterprise
crew members are thrown about the bridge, Lt. Uhura is
"thrown" in the opposite direction of all the other crew.
December 29, 1966
"Captain, take cover! There's a
samurai after me!"
The past three months has left the crew of
the Enterprise exhausted and in desperate need of a break, but does
this explain McCoy's encounter with a human-sized white rabbit or
Kirk crossing paths with the prankster who plagued his days at
Director: Robert Sparr
Writer: Theodore Sturgeon
Guest starring: Emily Banks, Oliver
McGowan, Perry Lopez, Bruce Mars, Barbara Baldavin, Marcia Brown,
Sebastian Tom, Shirley Bonne, John Carr, William Blackburn, James
Gruzaf, Paul Baxley, Vince Deadrick, Irene Sale
The role of Yeoman Barrows was probably
written for Yeoman Rand, who disappeared from the series before
"Shore Leave" filming began, due to Grace Lee Whitney's alcoholism.
The first hallucination seen in the
episode is Dr. McCoy's vision of the giant white rabbit. Six years
later, DeForest Kelley would make his final non-"Star Trek"
film, Night of the Lepus (1972), a movie about giant killer rabbits.
"Shore Leave" is the only
episode in which the U.S.S. Enterprise is seen orbiting a planet from
right to left. The shot was deliberately reversed in post-production
because the shape of the Eastern United States and the Caribbean sea
could clearly be seen on the globe used as a model for the planet.
Shore Leave was being rewritten as it was
being shot. Cast members recalled Gene Roddenberry sitting under a
tree, frantically reworking the script to keep it both under budget
and within the realms of believability. As a result the filming went
over schedule and took seven days instead of the usual six and was
shot on the same wildlife reserve that Daktari (1966) was filmed.
This is the first time (in broadcast
order) Captain Kirk calls Doctor McCoy "Bones".
This episode is responsible for one of the
more famous statements of the era, known as "Sturgeon's
Law." When renowned author Theodore Sturgeon told a friend that
he was writing an episode of "Star Trek," the man replied,
"Ted! Don't you know 90% of television is crap?" His
now-iconic response: "Ninety per cent of everything is crap."
Before Yeoman Barrows changes into the
"damsel in distress" gown, her uniform is very torn on her
right side (from "Don Juan"), but when she changes out of
the dress and back into her uniform, her uniform is only slightly
torn and on her left side. Still later when she is standing at
attention with Sulu and Rodriguez (and for the remainder of the show)
her uniform is completely in tact.
After Mr. Spock beams down and speaks to
Kirk and Sulu, the three of them walk away from the camera in a
medium-to-long shot. Just before the scene cuts away from them,
bluish puffs of smoke (probably from a crew member smoking) can be
seen issuing from the lower left side of the screen.
Episode: Shore Leave
Yeoman Barrows isn't the only one with a
wardobe malfunction in this episode. Kirk fights Finnegan, his old
nemesis from the Academy, leaving his shirt ripped and torn beyond repair.
January 5, 1967
"Mr. Scott, there are always alternatives."
- Mr. Spock
A shuttle craft under Mr. Spock's command
is forced to land on a hostile planet. His emotionless approach to
command does not sit well with some crew members, particularly
Lieutenant Boma who challenges Spock at every opportunity. The
Enterprise and Captain Kirk meanwhile have only a short time to find
the lost shuttle craft as they must deliver urgent medical supplies
to Markus III in only a few days.
Director: Robert Gist and Oliver Crawford
Writer: Oliver Crawford and Shimon Wincelberg
Guest starring: Don Marshall, John
Crawford, Peter Marko, Phyllis Douglas, Rees Vaughn, Grant Woods,
Robert Maffei, David L. Ross, Frank da Vinci, Gary Coombs
First Star Trek episode to focus around
Spock rather than Kirk as the main character. Spock's rationale for
wanting to leave a crew member behind to save others was the fist
instance on the series of his use of the Vulcan axiom regarding the
needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few or the one.
The shuttle craft was built by AMT in
exchange for them gaining the rights to make the toy version.
The episode was originally to include
Janice Rand, but the script replaced her with Yeoman Meares following
Grace Lee Whitney's dismissal from the series.
Contrary to the popular Star Trek trend,
all of the deaths on this episode are of gold-shirted crew members,
not red shirts.
Lieutenant Boma reappeared in the Star
Trek book, Dreadnought, by Diane Carey, where it is revealed that his
experience under Spock's command transformed him into an alien-hating
bigot, and that Scotty pushed to have Boma court-martialed based on
his behavior towards Spock.
The creature then throws his shield down
aiming for the team. As the shield enters the shot, it is relatively
normal sized, usable by humans. When the team inspect it closer, it
is almost as big as the 3 men.
McCoy states that the partial pressure of
oxygen on the planet is 70 mm of mercury, with nitrogen at 140 mm Hg
and trace elements comprising the rest, calling it
"breathable", whereas in fact it is far from breathable -
the overall pressure is very low and the oxygen level is far too low.
Boma returns to the shuttle to tell Mr.
Spock that he is ready for Latimer's burial service. Before he enters
the shuttle doors open and a hand can be seen pulling the left side
upper door (as viewed from inside the shuttle) open. A few moments
later as he exits the shuttle the same hand can be seen closing the
the bottom part of the door up (before the two top doors slide inward).
The Enterprise diverts to investigate a
quasar, except that there are no quasars in the Milky Way or any
other galaxy remotely close to ours. The error was likely due to the
lack of knowledge at the time as to what quasars truly were and how
far away they actually were, namely super-massive black holes
consuming the gas and dust present in the center of active galaxies
many millions or billions of light years away.
Although the Galileo makes an emergency
launch from the planet's surface with only enough fuel to make one
orbit before decaying to a fiery reentry of the planet's surface, the
"special effects" clearly show the Galileo flying through
interstellar space. Primitive as the special effects are considered
by today's standards, orbital versus interstellar graphics were
correctly used throughout most of this series.
Squire of Gothos
January 12, 1967
"Trelane! Stop that nonsense at once
or you'll not be permitted to make any more planets!"
- Trelane's Father
The Enterprise finds itself at the mercy
of a seemingly omnipotent being who fancies himself a 18th century Englishman.
Director: Don McDougall
Writer: Paul Schneider
Guest starring: William Campbell, Richard
Carlyle, Michael Barrier, Venita Wolf, Barbara Babcock, James Doohan,
In his book, Q-Squared, author Peter David
related that Trelane was an adolescent Q entity.
William Campbell, who plays Trelane, would
later play a different character in the classic Star Trek: The
Trouble with Tribbles (1967). Campbell has said that the part of
Trelane was really written for Roddy McDowall. The reason why it was
eventually decided not to use him was that it was feared that the
mannerisms of the character combined with McDowall's look would make
the character appear gay. Campbell was chosen because his huskier
look/build would offset the foppish mannerisms of the character.
The voices of Trelane's parents were
provided by Barbara Babcock, who played several other guest
characters in various different Star Trek (1966), episodes, and Bart
La Rue who, in real life was one of James Doohan's (Scotty) best
friends, and the best man at Doohan's 1974 wedding to Wende Doohan.
(It is sometimes incorrectly reported that Doohan himself provided
the father voice.)
When McCoy, DeSalle and Jaeger first enter
Trelane's castle, immediately to their left they are startled by a
creature. This is the salt creature costume from Star Trek: The Man
The Squire has watched Earth events from
1804 (Alexander Hamilton's death, Napoléon Bonaparte's Empire,
etc.), which is said by various characters to be "900 years
ago," suggesting that the show is taking place in 2704. This is
contradicted elsewhere in the series, where the present date is given
as sometime between 2100 and 2400. Eventually it was decided that
this show takes place in 2267.
January 19, 1967
"The Enterprise is dead in space,
stopped cold during her pursuit of an alien raider by mysterious
forces. And I have been somehow whisked off the bridge and placed on
the surface of an asteroid, facing the captain of the alien ship.
Weaponless, I face the creature the Metrons called a 'Gorn'. Large,
reptilian... Like most Humans, I seem to have an instinctive
revulsion to reptiles. I must fight to remember that this is an
intelligent, highly advanced individual, the captain of a starship
like myself. Undoubtedly, a dangerously clever opponent."
- Captain James T. Kirk [narrating]
When a mysterious reptilian alien race
known as the Gorn destroy an Earth colony, the Enterprise gives chase
to the Gorn ship, leading them to an unexplored solar system. As Kirk
prepares to destroy the Gorn ship another race of powerful aliens
called the Metrons intervenes and forces both captains to face off in
mortal combat. The main purpose of this one-on-one duel is to solve
their dispute, the winner will be released and the loser will be
destroyed along with his ship and crew.
Director: Joseph Pevney and Fredric Brown
Writer: Gene L. Coon
Guest starring: Jerry Ayres, Grant Woods,
Tom Troupe, James Farley, Carole Shelyne, Sean Kenney, Vic Perrin,
Ted Cassidy, Bobby Clark, Gary Coombs
The first episode to establish that the
Enterprise's cruising speed was warp 6, and the first episode that
photon torpedoes were used.
The colony where the story opens is called
Cestus 3, a name which foreshadows the main theme. A cestus was a
Roman boxing glove fitted out with deadly weapons such as spikes, and
used by gladiators in the arena. The Cestus Three outpost is a re-use
of the Alamo set.
Ted Cassidy (Lurch of The Addams Family
(1964) has his final Star Trek role as the voice of the Gorn. Cassidy
had also voiced the antagonist in Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver
(1966) and appeared as Ruk in Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made
Of? (1966), which aired in reverse order to compared to their filming dates.
The investigative program MythBusters:
Mini Myth Mayhem (2009) tested Kirk's idea of constructing a working
weapon out of bamboo and black powder, and judged it implausible.
An improperly rigged explosion caused
lifelong hearing damage and tinnitus for both William Shatner and
Although it was not intentional, Desilu's
legal department realized that Gene L. Coon's screenplay strongly
resembled a novella of the same name by Fredric Brown. To deal with
the difficulty, Brown was telephoned about the matter and he agreed
to an official credit for the story.
Gorn is not seen until 23 minutes in, almost halfway through the
running time. Despite this alien's impressive debut, the Gorn only
appears in one episode of the first star trek series, but its
popularity and striking appearance has led to appearances in numerous
A Gorn appeared in the Star Trek: The
Animated Series episode "The Time Trap".
In 2005, an episode of Star Trek:
Enterprise featured a Gorn (albeit in the Mirror Universe) in the
episode "In a Mirror, Darkly Part II". In that episode, the
Gorn (whose name was Slar and was designed and rendered using
computer animation, and looked different from the original
appearance) was an overseer of a group of slaves belonging to the
Mirror Universe's Tholians in an attempt to steal technology from the
Constitution-class NCC-1764 Defiant which had been transferred into
the Mirror Universe from ours. Slar hid in the ship's corridors and
killed several crewmembers until it was killed by Jonathan Archer.
A Gorn was slated to appear in the
movie Star Trek: Nemesis as a friend of Worf at Riker's bachelor
party, according to an interview given by John Logan to Star Trek
Communicator in 2003, but the scene was not in the final version of
Gorn's have appeared in a number of
Star Trek video games and books.
Dr. McCoy referred to performing an
emergency delivery of a brood of eight Gorn, noting "those
little bastards bite!" in the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness.
This is most likely a reference to the 2013 video game Star Trek due
to McCoy performing a c-section of a Gorn in the game.
A Gorn was seen in the Family Guy
episode "The Kiss Seen Around the World", The Big Bang
Theory season 4 episode "The Apology Insufficiency", The
Big Bang Theory Season 5 episode "The Transporter
Malfunction", Robot Chicken Season 6 "In Bed Surrounded by
Loved Ones", and in the film Paul (2011), where Graeme Willy
(Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) are shown playing with a
In the final scene Sulu states that,
"All of the sudden we're clear across the galaxy". Kirk is
unconcerned by that declaration, but as we know from Star Trek:
Voyager, if they were thrown to the other side of the galaxy it would
take them approximately 75 years to get back.
Ok, Kirk DOES NOT rip or loose his shirt
in this episode, but how is that possible when he spends a whole day
fighting a Gorn? This seems like a missed opportunity for a shirtless Shatner.
January 26, 1967
"Captain's log, stardate 3113.2. We
were en route to Starbase 9 for resupply when a black star of high
gravitational attraction began to drag us toward it. It required all
warp power in reverse to pull us away from the star. But like
snapping a rubber band, the breakaway sent us plunging through space,
out of control, to stop here - wherever we are."
- Captain James T. Kirk
The Enterprise collides with a black hole
and is thrown back to Earth in the 20th century, where they must find
a way back and erase any trace of their presence. Matters become
complicated when they rescue an Air Force pilot and cannot return him
without changing history... but if he disappears that will change
history as well.
Director: Michael O'Herlihy
Writer: D.C. Fontana
Guest starring: Roger Perry, Hal Lynch,
Richard Merrifield, Ed Peck, Mark Dempsey, Jim Spencer, Sherri Townsend
This episode was originally written as the
second half of a two-parter. The first half of the story was the plot
of Star Trek: The Naked Time (1966). They were rewritten as stand
alone stories before being filmed.
This is one of the rare occasions in which
it can be seen that the middle finger on actor James Doohan's
(Scotty) right hand is missing. He took great pains to conceal its
absence during the series, but he is leaning on that hand - with only
three fingers visible - when he informs Captain Kirk that the engines
can be repaired, but that there is nowhere for them to go in the 20th century.
The Enterprise crew intercepts a radio
report that the first manned moon shot will take place on Wednesday.
Apollo 11 was launched nearly two years after the filming on July
16th 1969, a Wednesday (below left). Captain Kirk says the first moon
shot was in the late 1960s. This was the first prediction of the
correct decade of this accomplishment in a major science fiction
work. Previous motion pictures and television series put the first
lunar mission sometime in the 1970s at the earliest. The episode
aired one day before the tragic Apollo 1 fire of January 27th 1967
which killed 3 astronauts.
Spock says that Captain Christopher's son
headed the first Earth-Saturn probe. In 2004, the Cassini-Huygens
spacecraft (above right) reached Saturn and its moons. There, the
spacecraft began orbiting the system, beaming back information, and
the Huygens probe entered the murky atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's
biggest moon. Huygens descended via parachute onto its surface and
reported its findings. While there is no Colonel Shaun Geoffrey
Christopher on the Cassini project, the timing is just about right.
Perry liked his Starfleet uniform so much, he asked DeForest Kelley
if he could take the shirt home. Kelley replied, "Well, they
frown upon that. But you could possibly just stick it into your bag,
and nobody's going to say anything." Perry decided not to do
that, but after seeing the eventual success and legacy of Star Trek,
he regretted he didn't take the shirt home.
Roger Perry was born on May 7th, 1933 in
Davenport, Iowa, USA. He is an actor, known for Count Yorga, Vampire
(1970), Arrest and Trial (1963) and The Thing with Two Heads (1972).
He has been married to Joyce Bulifant (Airplane!, The Shining) since
2002. He was previously married to Jo Anne Worley of Laugh-In fame.
When the ship travels back in time, the
air security guard and Captain Christopher's memory is affected, but
no one else's is.
During the slingshot attempt around the
Sun, the speeds the characters talk about are impossibly fast. For
example, if the Enterprise were traveling at warp 8 between the Sun
and the Earth, it would overshoot the Earth by millions of miles
within minutes, yet the elapsed time between the Sun and the Earth is
clearly about the speed of light even though the ship is supposedly
traveling much faster.
The Enterprise is shown traveling across
the sky in earth's atmosphere. The Enterprise would not be able to do
this since it does not have the aerodynamic ability to fly through
the air as an aircraft would do.
Captain Christopher is seated in his jet
fighter. When he is beamed on board, he is standing instead of being
still in a seated position.
February 2, 1967
"Given the same circumstances, I
would do the same thing without hesitation. Because the steps I took,
in the order I took them, were absolutely necessary, if I were to
save my ship. And nothing is more important than my ship."
- Captain James T. Kirk
Captain Kirk's career is at stake when he
is put on trial for the loss of a crewman during an ion storm.
Director: Marc Daniels and Don M. Mankiewicz
Writer: Don M. Mankiewicz and Stephen W. Carabatsos
Guest starring: Percy Rodriguez, Elisha
Cook Jr., Joan Marshall, Hagan Beggs, Win de Lugo, Alice Rawlings,
Nancy Wong, William Meader, Bart Conrad, Reginald Lal Singh, Richard
Webb, Tom Curtis, Majel Barrett
This episode marks the only appearance of
the female Starfleet formal uniform during Star Trek (1966) The
Original Series, worn by Lt. Areel Shaw (Joan Marshall). Key
differences between this uniform and the standard female uniform are
a satin-like sheen, a gold braid on the edge of the collar, and a
longer skirt length.
Producer Gene L. Coon contacted writer Don
Mankiewicz with a proposal to write a compelling dramatic story which
could be filmed using a single and easily constructed set. (For the
final episode, of course, four new sets were constructed: Commodore
Stone's office, Kirk's quarters on the starbase, the bar/lounge and
the courtroom itself.) Mankiewicz came up with the idea of a
courtroom drama, and wrote "Court-martial on Starbase
Eleven". The script needed to be heavily re-written, but
Mankiewicz was not available, so story editor Steven W. Carabatsos
got the job. It was Carabatsos who shortened the title to "Court Martial".
Episode: Court Martial
In the hope of getting Kirk Court
Martialled Ben Finney fakes his own death and then hides in the
engineering section of the Enterprise. Kirk finds him and Finney rips
At the beginning of his testimony, the
computer announces Spock's rank as "lieutenant commander."
Spock, however, is a full commander.
Although Kirk has no objection to his
ex-girlfriend serving as his prosecutor during the court martial,
there is no way in a system of justice based on precedent, the rule
of law, and individual rights that she would ever be allowed to serve
as the prosecutor for his case due to an obvious conflict of interest.
When McCoy is eliminating heartbeats, he
positions the device to the center of Mr. Spock's chest. It has
already been established (in Mudd's Women) that Vulcans do not have
their heart located at that position.
There are four officers sitting on the
court martial board. However, all courts martial always have an odd
number of officers sitting so there would be no tied vote.
In the bar scene near the beginning of the
episode, a number of starfleet officers are wearing the Enterprise
emblem on their uniforms, even though they are not Enterprise crew members.
Return of the Archons
February 9, 1967
"Captain's log, stardate 3156.2.
While orbiting planet Beta III, trying to find some trace of the
starship Archon that disappeared here a hundred years ago, a search
party consisting of two Enterprise officers were sent to the planet
below. Mr. Sulu has returned, but in a highly agitated mental state.
His condition requires I beam down with an additional search detail."
- Captain James T. Kirk
The Enterprise travels to Beta III to
learn the fate of the U.S.S. Archon, gone missing a century earlier
and encounters a seemingly peaceful civilization run by a
"benevolent" being named Landru... who intends for them to
join his people.
Director: Joseph Pevney and Gene Roddenberry
Writer: Boris Sobelman
Guest starring: David L. Ross, Ralph
Maurer, Sean Morgan, Christopher Held, Morgan Farley, Jon Lormer,
Charles Macaulay, Sid Haig, Brioni Farrell, Torin Thatcher, Harry
Townes, Bobby Clark, Barbara Weber, Miko Mayama
the first mention of the Prime Directive of noninterference, which
the plot brings up only so that Kirk can violate it.
This is the first episode in which Scotty
assumes command of the ship.
In the dungeon, Kirk and Spock subdue
Landru's guards, Spock punches the guard in the face with his fist
instead of using the Vulcan neck pinch. Kirk even comments "isn't
that old fashioned". This is the first instance of Spock
hitting another character in the face with his fist.
All the regulars on the show were quitting
smoking at the same time, so, many chewed gum instead. Director
Joseph Pevney was becoming increasingly upset, because he had to cut
to remind the cast not to chew gum during the shoots. As a prank for
a large scene, William Shatner went around handing out bubble gum to
the cast, crew and 60-80 extras, and had everyone blow a bubble right
after the director hollered "Action".
Landru's hive minded society captures and
incorporates individuals in a manner similar to the Borg Collective
in the later Star Trek series.
Jon Lormer ("Tamar") had
appeared as Dr. Theodore Haskins in Star Trek: The Cage (1986) and
later played the old man in Star Trek: For the World Is Hollow and I
Have Touched the Sky (1968). This is the first appearance for actor
Charles Macaulay, who is the projection of Landru (right). He appears
again as Jaris, ruler of Argellius II, in the second season episode
"Wolf in the Fold".
One of the background extras starts to
cover his ears, mistaking the sound of the holographic Landru
appearing for the crippling ultrasonic waves that would occur towards
the end of the scene. You can see his fellow extra correcting his
When Kirk records his Captain's Log for
star date 3157.4, he's in a holding cell without any Starfleet
equipment, yet he enters his log, reporting on the attack of his
ship. (Scott could have done this, but not Captain Kirk.)
February 16, 1967
"Nothing ever changes, except man.
Your technical accomplishments?
Improve a mechanical device and you may
but improve man and you gain a
thousandfold. I am such a man."
- Khan Noonien Singh
The Enterprise discovers an historically
unrecorded 20th century Earth ship traveling through space with 72
scientifically advanced humans in suspended animation (a remnant from
Earth's Eugenics Wars of the 1990s). Visiting this vessel
automatically revives Khan, their charismatic leader with five times
the strength and ambition of regular humans, who immediately attracts
the attentions of ship historian Lt. Marla McGivers. While Kirk and
Spock slowly learn he is Khan Noonien Singh, the last and greatest of
Earth's tyrants, Khan uses both Marla and the ship's library to
revive his superhuman compatriots and take over the Enterprise.
Director: Marc Daniels and Carey Wilbur
Writer: Gene L. Coon and Carey Wilbur
Guest starring: Ricardo Montalban, John
Arndt, Jan Reddin, Joan Johnson, Joan Webster, Bobby Bass, Madlyn
Rhue, Blaisdell Makee, Mark Tobin, Kathy Ahart, Barbara Baldavin,
Gary Coombs, Chuck Couch
Being a first season episode, Chekov
(Walter Koenig) does not appear. Nevertheless, Chekov does appear in
the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), in which Khan not
only meets but instantly recognizes him. Many fan theories
subsequently tried to explain where Chekov could have been off-screen
during that episode that would cause Khan to remember him. Walter
Koenig himself came up with a story, which he likes to recite at
conventions, that Khan, during the events of Space Seed, desperately
needed to go to the bathroom, but the only toilet he could find was
occupied, and when it was opened, Chekov walked out and Khan resolved
never to forget Chekov's face. The Wrath of Khan novelization by
Vonda N. McIntyre does officially explain that Chekov was working in
Engineering when Khan began his rebellion there (and most of that
happened off-camera), and it was because of Chekov's valiance in
resisting that he was promoted to the Bridge for the series' second season.
Ricardo Montalban (Khan Noonien Singh) and
Madlyn Rhue (Lt. Marla McGivers) had played a romantic couple
together previously in Bonanza: Day of Reckoning (1960, above right).
Montalban portrayed Matsou, a Bannock Indian, and Rhue played Hatoya,
his Shoshone Indian wife.
The Botany Bay model was later recycled as
an ore freighter in Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer (1968).
First mention of the Eugenics Wars, a
vague backstory used as a "macguffin" in numerous Trek
productions. The Eugenics Wars took place from 1992-1996.
Carey Wilber used the 18th century British
custom of shipping out the undesirables as a parallel for his concept
of "seed ships", used to take unwanted criminals out to
space from the overpopulated Earth (hence the name Botany Bay). Is
his original treatment, the Botany Bay left Earth in 2096, with 100
criminals (both men and women) and a team of a few volunteering
lawmen aboard. Gene Roddenberry questioned Carey Wilber's notion of
wasting a high-tech spaceship and expensive resources on criminals -
just like Kirk and Spock did come up with the same question in the
story itself - and came up with the concept of "a bunch of
Napoleons" sent to space in exile.
In writer Carey Wilber's original
treatment, Khan Noonien Singh is a Nordic superman named Harold
Erricson. This evolved in the first draft, where the character first
introduces himself as John Ericsson, but is later revealed to be
Ragnar Thorwald, who was involved in "the First World
Tyranny". Thorwald is more brutal in this version of the story,
where he dispatches the guard outside his quarters with a phaser.
This episode inspired two of the Star Trek
films: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), in which Ricardo
Montalban (above left) once again played the role; and Star Trek Into
Darkness (2013), in which Benedict Cumberbatch (above right) takes
over the role.
A line of Kirk at the end of the episode
was scripted but cut from the filmed episode, saying he hopes Khan
and his followers will not come looking after them.
As Khan wakes up, he asks Kirk how long
he's been asleep. Kirk answers "two centuries." An answer
of "three centuries" would have been much closer to the
truth. Kirk would have known that Khan left Earth in the late 20th
Century. Star Trek was taking place nearly 300 years later. But this
was not decided until Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Gene
Roddenberry always left the date ambiguous, and the reference here is
directly contradicted by Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos.
Although Lt. Kyle (wearing a blue tunic)
is operating the transporter device when the team (including Scotty)
beams to the Botany Bay, stock footage of James Doohan's hands and
red sleeves (with Lt. Commander rank stripes) are seen in the
When Kirk is punching out the glass of
Khan's stasis chamber, McCoy's phaser drops from his belt. DeForest
Kelly looks quickly around, flummoxed about whether that is enough to
call "Cut" or to continue the scene. He opts for the latter
and the scene goes on.
After Kirk's conversation with Khan in
Khan's quarters, the extra playing a security guard changes between
shots of Kirk leaving.
Taste of Armageddon
February 23, 1967
"The best diplomat I know is a fully
activated phaser bank."
On a mission to establish diplomatic
relations at Star Cluster NGC321, Kirk and Spock beam down to planet
Eminiar 7 to learn that its inhabitants have been at war with a
neighboring planet for over 500 years. They can find no damage nor
evidence of destruction but soon learn that their war is essentially
a war game, where each planet attacks the other in a computer
simulation with the tabulated victims voluntarily surrendering
themselves for execution after the fact. When the Enterprise becomes
a victim in the computer simulation and ordered destroyed, Kirk
decides it's time to show them exactly what war means.
Director: Joseph Pevney and Robert Hamner
Writer: Robert Hamner and Gene L. Coon
Guest starring: David Opatoshu, Gene
Lyons, Barbara Babcock, Miko Mayama, Sean Kenney, Robert Sampson, Ron
Veto, Eddie Paskey, John Burnside, Frank da Vinci, William Blackburn
First episode to establish the United
Federation of Planets as the principal service to which the
Enterprise operated under. In previous episodes, vague and often
conflicting references were made to this service. Such references
included "Space Command", "Space Central", the
"Star Service", and "United Earth Space Probe
Agency" (the latter even abbreviated as UESPA, pronounced by
Captain Kirk as "you spah" in Star Trek: Charlie X (1966)).
UESPA would later go on to be the principal service to which the
Enterprise NX-01 operated under on Star Trek: Enterprise (2001),
which is set in a time when the Federation has not been firmly established.
Crewman DePaul is played by Sean Kenney,
who portrayed the injured Captain Pike in Star Trek: The Menagerie:
Part I (1966)/ Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part II (1966).
Scotty's refusal to lower the shields
against orders is based on an actual story from James Doohan's
When Mea 3 escorts the landing part from
the beam-down area to the council chamber, the transition of scenes
is conveyed not through a cut or a dissolve, but through a wipe-the
only time such an effect was used in the original series.
Spock refers to himself in this episode as
a "Vulcanian" rather than a Vulcan, one of very few times
in the series where the longer synonym is spoken. Also, the
Enterprise's protection is called screens rather than shields.
The Eminians attack the Enterprise with a
sonic weapon. However, sonics would not be effective against an
orbiting starship, as the vacuum of space (or high atmosphere) would
not conduct sonic energy.
Side of Paradise
March 2, 1967
"Captain's log, stardate 3417.7.
Except for myself, all crew personnel have transported to the surface
of the planet, mutinied. Lieutenant Uhura has effectively sabotaged
the communications station. I can only contact the surface of the
planet. The ship can be maintained in orbit for several months, but
even with automatic controls, I cannot pilot her alone. In effect, I
am marooned here. I'm beginning to realize... just how big this ship
really is. How quiet. I don't know how to get my crew back, how to
counteract the effect of the spores. I don't know what I can offer
- Captain James T. Kirk
The Enterprise is ordered to clean up the
aftermath of a doomed colony on Omicron Ceti III, a planet under
constant irradiation from deadly Berthold Rays. Upon arrival,
however, the colonists aren't only alive but in perfect health, with
no desire to leave their new world. They are in fact under the
influence of plant spores which not only keep them in good and
improved health but simultaneously keep them in a placid state of
happiness and contentment. Mr Spock reacquaints with Leila Kalomi, an
old friend who had been (and still is) in love with him. She leads
Spock into being affected by the spores, and he is thereafter, for
the first time, able to express love for her in return. Eventually
the entire ship's crew is affected, leaving Kirk alone to wonder how
he can possibly rescue them from perpetual bliss.
Director: Ralph Senensky and D.C. Fontana
Writer: D.C. Fontana
Guest starring: Jill Ireland, Frank
Overton, Michael Barrier, Dick Scotter, Eddie Paskey, Bobby Bass,
Sean Morgan, Fred Shue, Grant Woods, John Lindesmith, Bill Catching
Nimoy stated that Charles Bronson was on set during his love scenes
with Jill Ireland (left), to "keep an eye on her." This
made Leonard Nimoy nervous whenever he had to kiss Jill Ireland.
Ireland was still married to David McCallum (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.)
at the time of filming, and didn't marry Bronson until 1968.
Spock hints that contrary to the common
misconception that Vulcans have one and only one name, he has more
than one name, like most humans, but when asked, all he says about it
is: "You couldn't pronounce it."
In Jerry Sohl's original draft (first
titled "Power Play," then "The Way of The
Spores"), it was Lt. Sulu who was infected by the spores and was
able to fall in love with Leila. Displeased with D.C. Fontana's
rewrite, Sohl was credited under the pseudonym Nathan Butler.
Leila says to Spock, "I've never seen
a starship before." She is a space colonist that arrived to the
colony four years ago and met Spock six years ago, so how did she
arrive on the planet if not by starship?
Sulu says he wouldn't know the danger if
it were "2 feet away" from him. It is repeatedly
established that the Federation and Starfleet use the metric system.
During the last scene of the episode, on the bridge, Kirk says
"inch" instead of "centimeter".
Devil in the Dark
March 9, 1967
"I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer."
- Dr. Leonard
Kirk investigates a series of grisly
murders on a mining planet that are the work of a seemingly hostile
alien creature that seems to appear out nowhere then disappears just
Director: Joseph Pevney
Writer: Gene L. Coon
Guest starring: Ken Lynch, Brad Weston,
Biff Elliot, George E. Allen, Jon Cavett, Janos Prohaska, Dick Dial,
Davis Roberts, Barry Russo, Eddie Paskey, Frank da Vinci
This was William Shatner's favorite
episode. Leonard Nimoy also identified this episode's closing banter
between Spock and Kirk as one of his favorite scenes to perform.
First time McCoy uses the saying "I'm
a doctor, not a ..." (In this case, its brick layer).
When William Shatner, on the set, got the
call from his mother informing him about his father's death, the crew
was ready to shut down production, but he insisted on continuing.
During the rest of the day, Shatner took comfort in Leonard Nimoy,
and cinematographer Gerald Perry Finnerman, whose father had died on
a movie set less than seven years before. Later, Shatner was in
Florida for his father's funeral while nearly all of Spock's
"mind meld" scene with the Horta was shot. His screen
double is shown from behind in several of the shots and all of Kirk's
"reaction" shots were made after he returned. In a book
about Star Trek, it was reported that after William Shatner returned
from the funeral, to put everyone at ease, as he was trying to do his
lines following Mr. Spock's mind meld with the Horta and his cry of
"AHH! PAIN! PAIN! PAIN!" Leonard Nimoy just spoke the words
so Shatner told him to do it again with feeling. When
"Spock" again said "AHH! PAIN! PAIN! PAIN! "
Shatner yelled out, "WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE GET THIS VULCAN AN ASPRIN!"
When Kirk and the Horta have squared off
against each other, and Spock enters, there's a two-angle
back-and-forth. When the camera is directly at Kirk, he is kneeling
with a phaser in his right hand. When the angle switches to Kirk at
left, Spock far center, Kirk is kneeling but with a communicator in
his left hand. The change goes back and forth a couple of times.
Episode: "The Devil
in the Dark"
Crewman (didn't even have a name) Security Officer
- Killed by the Horta
March 23, 1967
"It's a very large universe,
Commander, full of people who don't like the Klingons."
- Captain James T. Kirk
The Klingons and the Federation are poised
on the brink, and then war is declared. Kirk and Spock visit the
planet Organia. Organia, inhabited by simple pastoral folk, lies on a
tactical corridor likely to be important in the coming conflict.
Whichever side controls the planet has a significant advantage. But
the Organians are a perplexing people, apparently unconcerned by the
threat of the Klingon occupation or even the deaths of others in
their community. Finally, Kirk and the Klingon commander Kor learn
why, and the reason will change Federation/Klingon relations for
decades to come.
Director: John Newland
Writer: Gene L. Coon
Guest starring: John Abbott, John Colicos,
Peter Brocco, Victor Lundin, David Hillary Hughes, Walt Davis, George
Sawaya, Bobby Bass, Gary Coombs
Introduces the Klingon Empire. Klingons
were named after Gene Roddenberry's friend, Bob Clingan. The Klingon
Lieutenant played by Victor Lundin walks into the room ahead of John
Colicos (Kor), making him the first Klingon to appear on screen in
any Trek production.
In the original broadcast, we never saw
visuals of the Klingon vessels either on the view screen or on
exterior shots, but instead just explosions on the view screen where
the Klingon vessels were supposed to be. In the "Remastered"
release of Errand of Mercy in 2006, new shots of the D7 Klingon
Battle Cruisers (designed and built for the show by Star Trek (1966)
Art Director Mark Jefferies) have been digitally inserted into
various shots, providing new visuals of the Klingon ships that were
not present before. Due to this addition, this would now officially
make this the first episode of the series to feature the D7 Klingon
Battle Cruisers. Originally the D7s did not appear until the Third
Season of the series and the original first episodes to feature them
were Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident (1968) and Star Trek: Elaan
of Troyius (1968), which were aired in reverse order from when they
John Colicos (above) intended to reprise
the role of Captain Kor in a later episode Star Trek: Day of the Dove
(1968), but scheduling conflicts with Anne of the Thousand Days
(1969) prevented this. The role of Captain Kang (Michael Ansara) was
written to take the place of Kor, and the performances of both actors
were so excellent that they became equally legendary. Kor makes
appears in quite a number of Star Trek novels including "The
Tears of the Singers", in which he allies with Kirk first
against human criminals and then against a mutiny aboard his own
ship. John Colicos reprised the role of a now-elderly Kor in a few
episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993, above right).
When the Klingon officer informs Kor about
Kirk and Spock's escape, we can see the boom microphone appear on the
top right corner of the picture.
The Klingon military decree is written in
English. Since the "universal translator" only applies to
speech, the paper should be written in Klingon.
March 30, 1967
"I fail to comprehend your
I have simply made the logical deduction
that you are a liar."
- Mr. Spock
While investigating and scanning an
uncharted planet, the Enterprise encounters an alien named Lazarus
who claims to be from an anti-matter universe.
Director: Gerd Oswald
Writer: Don Ingalls
Guest starring: Al Wyatt, Bill Catching,
Tom Lupo, Robert Brown, Janet MacLachlan, Richard Derr, Arch Whiting,
Christian Patrick, Eddie Paskey, Ron Veto, William Blackburn, Vince
Calenti, Larry Riddle, Gary Coombs, Frank da Vinci
John Drew Barrymore was originally cast as
Lazarus, but failed to show up for shooting and had to be replaced by
Robert Brown, causing the episode to go two days over schedule. Star
Trek (1966)'s producers subsequently filed and won a grievance with
the Screen Actors Guild, which suspended Barrymore's SAG membership
for 6 months. John Drew Barrymore, was an american actor with a
sporadic career, the son of stage and screen legend John Barrymore.
His father and mother, actress Dolores Costello divorced in his
infancy and he claimed to remember seeing his father only once.
Educated at private schools, he made his film debut at 17, billed as
John Barrymore Jr. In 1958, he changed his middle name to Drew, and
appeared in many low budget films and several TV series. However,
Barrymore's social behavior obstructed any professional progress. In
the 1960s, he was occasionally incarcerated for drug use, public
drunkenness, and spousal abuse. Although he continued to appear
occasionally on screen, he became more and more reclusive. Suffering
from the same problems with addiction that had destroyed his father,
Barrymore became a derelict. Estranged from his family, including his
children, his lifestyle continued to worsen and his physical and
mental health deteriorated. In 2003, daughter Drew Barrymore moved
him near her home despite their estrangement, paying his medical
bills until his death from cancer. He has a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame for his contributions to television.
Actor Eddie Paskey appeared in 59 episodes
of the original Star Trek (1966) series, 50 of them playing Lt.
Leslie - a character name that came from William Shatner himself
inserting his eldest daughter's first name (Leslie) into the show -
but only in 'The Alternative Factor' does Eddie's role as Lt. Leslie
ever appear in closing credits, and when it does - in contrast to the
spelling by which it has become widely known and accepted - it is
City on the Edge of Forever
April 6, 1967
"One day soon, man is going to be
able to harness incredible energies, maybe even the atom... energies
that could ultimately hurl us to other worlds in... in some sort of
spaceship. And the men that reach out into space will be able to find
ways to feed the hungry millions of the world and the cure their
diseases. They will be able to find a way give each other hope and a
common future. And those are the days worth living for."
- Edith Keeler
When an accident causes Dr. McCoy to go
temporarily insane, he escapes to a strange planet and jumps through
a time portal left behind by a superior, vanished civilization. McCoy
ends up in the United States during the Great Depression,
accidentally changes history and destroys the time line. Kirk and
Spock follow him to prevent the disaster, but the price to do so is high.
Director: Joseph Pevney
Writer: Harlan Ellison
Guest starring: Joan Collins, Carey
Loftin, Mary Statier, Bobby Bass, Michael Barrier, David Perna, John
Harmon, Hal Baylor, Bart La Rue
When William Shatner and Joan Collins are
walking together on the street, they pass in front of a shop with the
name Floyd's Barber Shop clearly painted on the window. This is the
same Floyd's Barber Shop which is often seen on The Andy Griffith
Show (1960), adjacent to the sheriff's office, in the town of Mayberry.
The title of this episode refers to both
the dead city on the time planet and New York itself, where the
timeline will either be restored or disrupted. In Harlan Ellison's
original script, Kirk, upon first seeing the city sparkling like a
jewel on a high mountaintop, reverently says it looks like "a
city on the edge of forever". In Ellison's first treatment for
this episode, the city they travelled back in time to was Chicago.
In Harlan Ellison's original script was
extensively rewritten by D.C. Fontana at Gene Roddenberry's behest.
Ellison was very unhappy about this, even though the episode won
numerous awards (including Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation)
and is regarded as one of the classics. Originally, then-story editor
Steven W. Carabatsos got the job to rewrite Harlan Ellison's script,
but his draft was not used. Instead, Ellison agreed to make a rewrite
himself, which was again deemed unsuitable. Producer Gene L. Coon
also got himself into the rewriting and is mainly responsible for the
small comical elements of the story. Finally, the new story editor,
D.C. Fontana got the assignment to rewrite Ellison's script and make
it suitable for the series. Fontana's draft was then slightly
rewritten by Roddenberry to become the final shooting draft. Much of
the finished episode is the product of Fontana, who went uncredited
(as did all the other writers) for her contribution. Only two lines
from Ellison's original teleplay survive in the final episode, both
spoken by the Guardian: "Since before your sun burned hot in
space, since before your race was born," and "Time has
resumed its shape."
drafts of Ellison's teleplay included a guest character, Beckwith,
an Enterprise crew member who dealt in addictive "Jewels of
Sound". It was Beckwith who escaped into the past, via the
Guardian of Forever. Gene Roddenberry asked him to change this
element, on the grounds that no member of his crew would ever use or
deal in illegal drugs. Also in Ellison's very first story outline,
Beckwith was sentenced to death after he murdered LeBeque, and Kirk
ordered his execution to take place on the next deserted planet the
Enterprise comes across. Hence, they beam down with Beckwith and a
firing squad to the Guardian Planet. None of that seems very much how
Star Trek characters whould act and was very soon eliminated from the
story. Ellison also wrote some other very un-Star Trek scenes in
which the regular characters acted very much unlike their usual
behavior. For example, Kirk and Spock got into a heavy argument when
Spock, witnessing a street speaker calling out against foreign
immigrants, called the human race barbaric. Kirk then claims he
should've just left Spock to be lynched by the mob. Finnally,
Ellison's original story, Beckwith's change of the past is revealed
by members of the Enterprise team who are beamed back to the ship,
only to find it is now a pirate vessel named the Condor. This idea
was later used in Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967).
This was the most expensive episode
produced during the first season, with a budget of $245,316, and also
the most expensive episode of the entire series, except the two
pilots. The average cost of a first season episode was around
$190,000. Also, production went one and half days over schedule,
resulting in eight shooting days instead of the usual six.
Clark Gable, who was by no means a leading
man in 1930, was not the original choice of reference. The final
shooting draft of this script has Edith reference "a Richard Dix
movie", but the crew on the set felt Dix's name wouldn't be
familiar to viewers in the 1960s.
After Kirk and Spock talk about the
"flop", the scene changes to a street view, where a kosher
meat store, with a conspicuously large Star of David on its front, is
displayed in the center of the scene. This is one of the very few
times a human (Earth) religious symbol is displayed in this series.
calendar in the background at the mission (when Edith Keeler talks
to Kirk about a place to stay) shows a 30-day month, with Wednesday
the 14th in red, indicating a holiday. However, none of the 30-day
months in 1930 started on a Thursday, and the only month in the
United States with an observance that is always on the 14th is June
(Flag Day). In 1967 (this episode was filmed in February of that
year), Flag Day fell on a Wednesday, therefore it is likely that this
is a 1967 calendar.
As Kirk and Edith Keeler stroll through
town, a radio plays "Goodnight, Sweetheart", a song from 1931.
One building front shows a fallout shelter
sign, not used until after WWII.
Spock picks a combination lock to obtain
tools. This type of single-dial combination padlock was first
marketed by Master Lock in 1935, five years after the events of the
episode, and the early models had a metal dial, with the plastic dial
depicted on the show coming at least two decades later.
Kirk and Edith Keeler are going to "a
Clark Gable movie" in 1930. Gable was only an extra until he got
his first credited acting role in 1931, and only became star in 1934.
April 13, 1967
"Captain's log, stardate 3289.8. I am
faced with the most difficult decision of my life. Unless we find a
way to destroy the creatures without killing their human hosts, my
command responsibilities will force me to kill over a million people."
- Capatin James T. Kirk
The Enterprise crew attempts to stop a
plague of amoeba-like creatures from possessing human hosts and
spreading throughout the galaxy.
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Stephen W. Carabatsos
Guest starring: Dave Armstrong, Joan
Swift, Maurishka Taliferro, Craig Hundley, Fred Carson, Jerry Catron,
Gary Coombs, Bill Catching
is one of only two episodes of the series that arguably contained
"profanity". Dr. McCoy uses the expression "damnable
logic" (which likely was softened from "damn" to get
approval by the network's censors). During the 1960s, "damn"
and "hell" were usually considered unacceptable on
television (although Hell might be allowed in religious context).
This remained the case until All in the Family came along in 1971.
The other episode was Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever
(1967), which ends with Kirk saying "Let's get the hell out of here."
The dead body of Sam Kirk (Captain Kirk's
brother) was "played" by William Shatner (right), with
added mustache and age makeup.
In this episode, Spock reveals that the
brightness of the Vulcan sun has caused Vulcans to evolve a
protective third, inner "eyelid". The proper name for this
tissue, which is present in cats and some other animals, is the