Very alien visitors to our galaxy attempt to connect with human consciousness but miss, winding up tapping into the regions of human nightmares instead.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Korob (as Theo Marcuse)
Michael Barrier ...
DeSalle (as Mike Barrier)
John Winston ...
Rhodie Cogan ...
Maryesther Denver ...
Jay D. Jones ...
Crewman Jackson (as Jimmy Jones)


When Captain Kirk and his landing party arrive on Pyrus VII, they are met by eerie mists, a dark castle, wailing 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. This beautiful witch, Sylvia, who wears a diamond pendant on her black dress, explains that they are explorers from another galaxy. However, Kirk and Spock must find a means to escape their grasp before they return to the Enterprise. Written by garykmcd

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27 October 1967 (USA)  »

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Several bloopers from this episode can be found in the second season blooper reel. See more »


When Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down and see the Castle for the first time, McCoy is holding the phaser the wrong way. He holds it this way until they actually enter the Castle. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: Bones... Doc?
[sees a skeleton next to 'Bones', which is, like them, chained to the wall]
Dr. McCoy: You were saying something about trick or treat...
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What's with this awful episode?!
7 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Despite my sometimes acerbic reviews of the Star Trek series, I actually do love the show and have seen the episodes again and again and again. However, unlike most reviewers, my reviews tend to run the gamut in score--from 1 to 10. And, while I score most of the episodes in the 7 to 8 range, there are just a few that are so dreadful I must admit it and score them much lower. Yes, I have seen every episode of every Trek series and all the movies, so I do have at least an informed opinion. But, because I hated STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE and STAR TREK V and loved STAR TREK II, III and others, you know my opinions can be trusted to be somewhat balanced. I think this makes me a big fan, but not a zombie-like person who loves and accepts everything provided it's Star Trek. I really think there are many out there that give an automatic 10 to anything Trek.

Now this episode is the closest thing I can think of to a Star Trek Halloween special!! The crew land on a weird foggy world and it's inhabited by a couple of freaky witches--complete with black cats and monsters, etc.. This concept is so fundamentally silly that I think this is all I really need to say about the episode. It might be interesting only if you turn off your brain and enjoy it on a completely non-intellectual level.

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