Star Trek (1966–1969)
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All Our Yesterdays 

When Kirk, Spock and McCoy investigate the disappearance of a doomed planet's population, they find themselves trapped in different periods of that world's past.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Kermit Murdock ...
Ed Bakey ...
The First Fop
Scott (voice)
Anna Karen ...
Sarpeidon Mort
Albert Cavens ...
Second Fop (as Al Cavens)
Stan Barrett ...
Johnny Haymer ...
The Constable


When the planet Sarpeidon is about to be destroyed by its star Beta Niobe becoming a supernova, Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down and find it evacuated except for its librarian, Mr. Atoz, tending with his replicas a collection of unusual discs, which play the planet's history and (to their surprise) allow their users to travel into the past trough the atavachron, a time machine, into the periods each was studying on disc, but they travel unprepared. McCoy and Spock find themselves locked in a frozen ice age 5,000 years ago, where Spock reverts to the barbaric age of the Vulcans, hence touchy and intensely attracted to the political prisoner Zarabeth, who enjoys getting company but tells them return is impossible. Kirk arrives in a Cromwellian period, where he's arrested and suspected of witchcraft, but realizes the magistrate must be a time traveler like him, and learns not being prepared at molecular level he can return through the time portal, and in fact must do so and contact Spock ... Written by KGF Vissers

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This is the penultimate episode of the original Star Trek series. See more »


When in the Ice Age period, Spock starts regressing at the level of his ancestors five thousand years earlier. However, McCoy does not. Behaviorally speaking, humans have remained relatively unchanged over the past 5,000 years, despite our technological advances. The Vulcan people were on the brink of oblivion not because of what they could do technologically, but who they were emotionally. Humans now are similar to humans at the beginning of the Bronze Age, regardless of our technological advances. See more »


Dr. McCoy: Zarabeth, you are a beautiful cook. Have you ever been told that?
Zarabeth: Not recently.
Dr. McCoy: Oh, well, you'll find that Spock is quite delinquent in those matters.
Zarabeth: I hadn't noticed it.
Dr. McCoy: Oh? Well, now that I'm feeling better, you'll notice a distinct difference in our approach.
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References Macbeth (1948) See more »

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The wonders of the Atavacron
6 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Watching this particular Star Trek episode I find it hard to believe that a humanoid civilization that was able to master time travel as well as it did could not master space travel at all. Then again had they done so we would not have this episode at all.

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are an away team which beams down to a planet which has a humanoid civilization and orbits a sun about to go supernova in a matter of hours. All they find a library with a Gazillion discs showing the planet's history. The librarian Ian Wolfe and his duplicates are all that is left.

William Shatner goes through the portal called the Atavacron after he hears a scream coming from the other side. He finds himself in a world that resembles Restoration England with people costumed that way. When Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley follow Shatner through they are in a prehistoric Ice Age and they are given shelter by Mariette Hartley who is an exile of sorts and understandably lonely for some company.

I won't go into how the three got out of their predicament, but going back through time won't solve the planet's problem with the supernova when it does come. Unless those that go back change history so that research into space travel is done. I would have exacted that pledge from those going through the Atavacron.

Interesting story, but the series has done better.

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