The Enterprise discovers a planet exactly like Earth, but the only inhabitants are children who contract a fatal disease upon entering puberty.

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Keith Taylor ...
Jahn's Friend
Ed McCready ...
Boy Creature
Kellie Flanagan ...
Blonde Girl
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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 garykmcd

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27 October 1966 (USA)  »

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The sphere model used for Miri's homeworld has the same geographical configuration of its continents as modern Earth, only without any clouds. Recycled footage of the Enterprise orbiting "Earth" can be seen in Star Trek: Tomorrow Is Yesterday (1967) and Star Trek: Assignment: Earth (1968). In the former episode, clouds were added in post-production, although in some instances, the original "cloudless" model can be seen. In the latter, they simply reused the footage from "Miri" without any clouds. The same Earth globe was also used in Star Trek: Shore Leave (1966) and Star Trek: Arena (1967), printed backwards and with exotic colour tints added. See more »

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Near the end, when Spock and McCoy are debating on how much longer to wait for the Captain before testing the antidote, the scene is cast in a reddish tint. When Spock is walking out of the lab, the red tint abruptly changes to normal lighting. See more »

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Yeoman Rand: Miri... she really loved you, you know?
Capt. Kirk: Yes.
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Capt. Kirk: I never get involved with older women, Yeoman.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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Theme From Star Trek
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Written by Alexander Courage
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Just Who Made Their Clothes?
25 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kirk and the gang encounter a group of children, living on a planet where the adults seem to have disappeared a long time ago. Upon arrival, they find a man dying in agony and don't understand the how he arrived at his condition. Investigating further, they come upon what appear to be children who act like six year olds, even though they are actually 300 years old. Dr. McCoy comes to the conclusion that there is something about the planet that causes a horrible demise when puberty is reached. Kirk tries to negotiate with the kids because they think the adults are responsible. Kirk meets Miri (Kim Darby) who develops a crush on him. Unfortunately for her, she is beginning to show symptoms similar to the dying man. She has another ally, a young man played by the very strange Michael J. Pollard who was the driver in the "Bonnie and Clyde." The kids just won't trust the crew and this presents a problem for Kirk, who begins to turn on the charm. The kids are really freaky and play violent games and won't listen to reason. Why after 300 years they have not evolved any further than they have is a real mystery. Will the condition that is affecting Miri be circumvented? That is the question.


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