Galactic alien scouts capture the Enterprise for a return voyage and a prelude to invasion. Kirk's one advantage - they're not used to their adopted human form.



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Kirk, Spock, McCoy and a couple of red shirts beam down to the surface of a planet in answer to a fake distress call. There they are overpowered by a small group of human-looking aliens from the Andromeda galaxy, led by Rojan. Their galaxy will be uninhabitable within a few thousand years, so they intend to conquer ours, to give themselves a new home. The aliens' spacecraft had been damaged by the energy barrier around the galaxy, and they need the Enterprise to return home, enhancing its engines so that the journey will "only" take 300 years. They take over the Enterprise using their two main weapons - a paralyzing beam, and a ray that can reduce a person to a gray block of material - revival only being possible if the block is not damaged. After successfully negotiating the energy barrier, the aliens reduce all the crew into the gray blocks, with the exception of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scott, who must somehow overcome the aliens, revive the crew and return home. Written by Dave Brown

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23 February 1968 (USA)  »

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When Spock goes into his 'rest trance', Dr. McCoy checks for a pulse, and indicates his heartbeat really is slow, and that the pulse is almost non-existent. However, in Star Trek: The Omega Glory, it is established that Spock has no audible heartbeat. See more »


[McCoy has given Hanar another injection]
Hanar: How many more of these?
Dr. McCoy: Well, now, let's see. You've had three shots. I think you better stay on them for a few days, and then we'll see how you respond.
Hanar: [slightly irritated] I see no reason for you to refer to yourself in the plural.
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Into Andromeda Galaxy With Kelvans
11 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season 2, episode 21. The Enterprise receives a distress call from an uncharted planet and answer it. Spock, Kirk, McCoy and red shirts beam down. Two of the people on the planet walk up to the group and use a device that holds all the party as still as statues then releases them. Rojan is the leader of these "humans" and he proceeds to tell Kirk and the others they are from Andromeda galaxy and what they want is the Enterprise to get back to there. Next the group is imprisoned, then attempts to escape, a red shirt killed then they are held again in a cell. In order to get back to the ship, Spock goes into deep meditation to appear very ill then Kirk & McCoy tell a guard that they must get to Sickbay or he'll die. One of the Kelvans beam up with Spock & McCoy to watch what happens in Sickbay. Kirk tries to talk the lead Kelvan into getting back to the ship - he agree and all head to the Andromeda galaxy. Now the crew of the Enterprise must find a way to overcome the Kelvans - their only hope, Kelvans are not used to their current human forms.

Another neat episode concerning aliens in human bodies or form. Most intense when they attempt to cross the energy barrier into Andromeda galaxy - once there the situation becomes more intense.


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