Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 9

Dagger of the Mind (3 Nov. 1966)

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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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The title is a line from William Shakespeare's Macbeth. It is in the title character's soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 1. 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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Dr. McCoy: It's hard to believe that a man could die of loneliness.
Captain James T. Kirk: Not when you've sat in that room.
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The Overly-Trusting Kirk
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James Gregory manages a penal colony for the criminally insane. When one of his patients, the former manager, Van Gelder, gets on board the Enterprise. He acts mad, and Kirk doesn't listen to him. Gregory tells Kirk that he is welcome to come to the surface and check out the story that Van Gelder is spouting. Spock, meanwhile, continues to investigate the invader, who doesn't get much more lucid. Kirk insists that a person with great knowledge of the mind go to the surface as well. She is a gorgeous Brunette who is apparently one of the Captain's previous conquest. Dr. Adams (Gregory) shows Kirk and the young woman a machine that scans and corrects brain functions. Kirk falls for the charade and soon finds himself in grave danger, having his own consciousness messed with. We soon find out that the inmates are literally running the asylum. We have to ask why, with all the medical knowledge that should have evolved, people are being treated this way, it begs that question. The gullibility of Kirk gets him in trouble many times during this series and this is another time when his judgment is respected.


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