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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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, was 19. See more
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
It's dead. It's incredible.
It's metabolic rate. It's impossibly high, as if it burning itself up. Almost as if it aged a century in just the past few minutes.
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