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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Fred B. Phillips
was responsible for the creation the "rubber scabs" worn by the infected crew, which has been described as a "simple matter" for Phillips to create. It was his choice of colour that added the dramatic edge. See more
"Miri" established the Enterprise's strict zero-tolerance quarantine protocol, which was promptly abandoned and never mentioned again - in the rest of the series they beam aboard infected people left and right. Since reaction to "Miri" was very negative, it's likely that the writers decided to simply ignore it rather than work it into continuity. See more
Just children. 300 years old and more. I've already contacted Space Central. They'll send teachers, advisors...
And truant officers, I presume.
They'll be all right.
References The Andy Griffith Show
Theme From Star Trek
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