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
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The title of this episode, "Catspaw", is a term that describes a person used by another as a dupe. As McCoy points out, Scott and Sulu are used as catspaws to lure more crewmen down. 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
[examining Crewman Jackson
The man is dead.
[voice, through Jackson's open mouth
Captain Kirk, can you... hear me? There is a curse on your ship. Leave this place, or you will all... die.