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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A three-dimensional chess set is often seen in the series, but a three-dimensional checkers set can be seen in the rec room in this episode. It is later destroyed in a fight. See more »

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When Kirk gets paralyzed (when they first escape the cave) the wide shot has his arms in a natural running position, in the closeup shot his arms are wide apart. See more »

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Kelinda: These are lovely. Captain Kirk, what is it you call them?
Captain James T. Kirk: Flowers. I don't know the variety.
Kelinda: Our memory tapes tell us of such things on Kelvan - crystals that form with such rapidity, they seem to grow. They look like this fragile thing, somewhat. We call them sahsheer.
Captain James T. Kirk: [mumbles] A rose by any other name.
Kelinda: Captain?
Captain James T. Kirk: A quote from a great human poet, Shakespeare. "That which we call a rose by any other name... would smell as sweet."
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Relics (1992) See more »

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A Human will always be a Human
23 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A small group of superior alien beings take the form of humans in order for them to hijack the Enterprise. They need the ship so they can return to their old world that is beyond the Great Barrier. They turn almost the whole crew into these clay balls, except for Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and Bones, whom they need to help them run the ship. The only weakness the hijackers seem to have is that since they're in human form for the time being, they're vulnerable to human emotions. The episode starts out very serious and dreary, but ends up to the amusing as the crew exploits the human emotions of these so called, "superior beings". The best one is Kirk and Spock driving their leader insane with jealously over a woman. Excellent episode.


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