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. Written by
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Director Vincent McEveety
directed the episode from a wheelchair, having broken his leg in a skiing accident a few days before shooting began. See more
What did the two security guards that came with the landing party do? They aren't present when the away team is attacked or in any other scene, did they go AWOL? We see them again at the end and they aren't sick with the purple sores, either, when they return. In addition, they would have communicators with them; John only gets four communicators when he raids the lab, so the landing party would be able to communicate with the ship using the guards' communicators. See more
What'd you find?
The disease, Captain! The one they created three hundred years ago.
There's a chance!
There's a chance. At least it's a race now, and we just wasted a minute.
References The Andy Griffith Show
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Written by Alexander Courage See more