When Kirk and his landing party arrive on the planet below, they are met by eerie mists, a dark castle, witches, zombies and a black cat. They soon learn that they are under the influence of a wizard, Korob, who tries to bend them to his will. They also soon learn that the black cat they saw is more than she appears and is in fact a powerful witch in her right. It is left to Kirk and Spock to find a means to escape their grasp. Written by
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Korob and Sylvia refer to their leaders as the Old Ones, and imply that they are close by. Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft
referred to the inhuman gods in his short stories as Old Ones; their being "nearby" was standard fare in his writings. Episode author Robert Bloch
was a friend and disciple of Lovecraft. A similar reference occurs in Bloch's Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of?
(1966). See more
When the little creatures are shown at the end, the wires animating the puppets are visible. (Corrected in the Remastered Edition) See more
Captain James T. Kirk
You can't think a man to death.
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