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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Despite being transmitted by the BBC in the UK in December 1970, "Miri" was not broadcast again until the '90s. An official BBC statement by Sheila Cundy of the Programme Correspondence Section reads: "After very careful consideration a top level decision was made not to screen the episodes entitled Star Trek: The Empath
(1968), Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy
(1969), Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren
(1968) and "Miri", because they all dealt most unpleasantly with the already unpleasant subjects of madness, torture, sadism and disease" (BBC form letter, undated, Reference 28/SPC). Apparently, when "Miri" was first broadcast by the BBC (in black and white), several viewers wrote to complain about its content and the BBC reviewed the remainder of the episodes, deeming the three mentioned above as being unsuitable. When the BBC came to restart its showing of the first season (having acquired colour film prints), "Miri" and the others were omitted; in 1984 when the BBC decided to show Star Trek
(1966) in prime-time, these episodes were still omitted, despite the continuity announcer telling the audience that they would be "beaming up the whole series." Clips from "Miri" were shown circa 1984 on the I Love TV quiz show, broadcast on a rival station (ITV), possibly because the BBC did not have exclusivity on this episode; a clip was shown of the "glandular changes" scene on a brief late night documentary feature on Star Trek: The Next Generation in late 1987. A little time after this, the UK satellite channel Sky had acquired rights to show all the episodes, and included all the banned ones. Finally, when the BBC was forced to acquire videotape copies of the original series circa 1991 (the film prints being in too poor a condition to broadcast again), they included the banned episodes in their repertoire. 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. Update: When Jahn steals the communicators, he is seen to steal 5 of them - he puts the first 2 in his pockets, then picks up 3 more before leaving. See more
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