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Dagger of the Mind 

Kirk and psychiatrist Helen Noel are trapped on a maximum security penal colony that experiments with mind control and Spock must use the Vulcan mind-meld to find a way to save them.

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After a psychologically disturbed patient from the Tantalus penal colony, Dr. Simon Van Gelder, manages to escape to the Enterprise, Dr. McCoy begins to suspect that something is amiss on the colony. Captain Kirk and Dr. Helen Noel beam down to the planet to investigate. Written by garykmcd

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3 November 1966 (USA)  »

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The chair used in the neural neutralizer room was later re-used by Garth in Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy (1969). See more »

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When Van Gelder reaches the Enterprise's bridge, he attacks and disables a security guard. McCoy is on the bridge at the time, but even after Van Gelder is subdued, he never so much as glances in the unconscious guard's direction. See more »

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Mr. Spock: Interesting. You Earth people glorify organized violence for 40 centuries, but you imprison those who employ it privately.
Dr. McCoy: And, of course, your people found an answer?
Mr. Spock: We disposed of emotion, Doctor. Where there is no emotion, there is no motive for violence.
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Would make Dr. Moreau proud
15 November 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A distress call from the prison planet Tantalus has the Enterprise investigating. When an escapee from the colony Morgan Woodward manages to board the Enterprise William Shatner together with psychiatrist Marianna Hill goes to investigate.

Of course they're given a grand tour by the head of the colony James Gregory. On board the Enterprise we see the first use of the Vulcan mind meld as Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley investigate themselves with Woodward as a subject.

Gregory must have studied under Dr. Moreau because he's turned one room of his prison into the house of pain. He's got a machine up there that can cause all kinds of psychological damage if people are exposed too long. Gregory is taking a sadistic delight in his work even practicing on a colleague like Woodward

Gregory has an appropriate ending much like Bela Lugosi in The Island Of Dr. Moreau.


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