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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This episode has a number of connections to The Andy Griffith Show
(1960). The outdoor scenes are shot on the streets of the set that stood in for the town of Mayberry. Visible are the old courthouse, barber shop, feed and grain store, Walker's Drugs, bank, grocery store and the building with the small porch into which the crew runs is the old Hotel Mayberry. Michael J. Pollard
, who plays Jahn, the leader of the Onlies, played Barney Fife's bumbling cousin in The Andy Griffith Show: Cousin Virgil
(1962). And, when Kirk asks Spock to estimate in what time period the town seems to be, Spock responds with "1960," the year that series debuted. See more
It is established that the children do nothing but play all day, but it has been 300 years since any non-infected adult has lived, so what do the children eat? The landing party makes frequent references to the children's food sources running out soon, but there was no technology in 1960s Earth (which this planet's civilization was identical to) that could have kept foodstuffs edible for this long, so it's unlikely children would have survived this long without starving to death or at least developing severe vitamin deficiency. See more
You two will have to recreate their thinking. If you can isolate that virus, you'll be able to develop a vaccine.
[Spock and McCoy trade incredulous looks
Is that all, Captain? We have five days, you know.
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