While back in time observing Earth in 1968, the Enterprise crew encounters the mysterious Gary Seven who has his own agenda on the planet.

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When the Enterprise is assigned to observe Earth's history in 1968, suddenly it intercepts a transporter beam which originates at least a thousand light-years from Earth, bringing aboard a humanoid alien 'agent Gary Seven' holding a black cat called Isis, who warns them to step back and let him go to accomplish his mission to save Earth; initially phaser-struck down, he manages to beam himself away, actually on a mission to prevent a nuclear rocket being launched at McKinley base because earth is socio-politically not ready for its technological progress. He assumes a classified identity to override a powerful computer, and mistakes the wrong girl, Miss Lincoln, for another agent; the computer reports both other agents he seeks are deceased in an accident. Meanwhile Kirk and Spock beam down to investigate if the alien isn't hostile, realizing the risk of changing their own past. When they get on his trail, the girl sees Spock's ears, calls the police and Seven gets away; they must ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Three black cats were used for the role of Isis. See more »

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When Scotty is looking for Mister Seven, some of the shots of the Saturn rocket are of when it's being transported to the launch pad. See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: Captain's log. Using the light speed breakaway factor, the Enterprise has moved back through time to the 20th century. We are now in extended orbit around Earth, using our ship's deflector shields to remain unobserved. Our mission - historical research. We are monitoring Earth communications to find out how our planet survived desperate problems in the year... 1968.
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This could have been have been a great series.
15 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This could have been have been a great series. Very good episode. Why was Robert Lansin as Gary Seven uncredited? He was wonderful. Teri Garr was also very good. Together they brought a higher level of acting to the show.

This "Star Trek" episode is one of the best. The "Assignment: Earth" pilot could have gone on to push the space adventure line into a stronger direction. It was ahead of its time. It would take a decade before TV realized just how powerful and deserving this genre is.

NBC, blew it again. They dropped "Star Trek" after 3 years. They had it all right there for a franchise that would last decades and this episode could have been the foundation for an entirely new direction and yet another franchise. Sad it never worked out. Someone should give it another try as a movie!


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