Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 13

Elaan of Troyius (20 Dec. 1968)

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While transporting an arrogant, demanding princess for a political marriage, Captain Kirk must cope both with her biochemical ability to force him to love her and sabotage on his ship.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Robinson ...
Tony Young ...
Lee Duncan ...
Victor Brandt ...
Dick Durock ...
Elasian Guard #1
Charles Beck ...
Elasian Guard #2


The Enterprise transports Elaan, a member of the ruling dynasty of the warrior Elasians, to the planet of their enemy, the Troyians, so that her arranged marriage will halt their interplanetary war. Kirk must teach the arrogant, vicious princess the ways of polite society but falls victim to the legendary weapon of Elasian women: their tears serve as a love potion. Spock tracks what may be another ship shadowing the Enterprise and Kirk, distracted by Elaan, must fight against other parties interested in preventing the Federation's peace efforts. Written by Tom D.

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This takes place in 2268. See more »


When Elaan throws her knife at Kirk, its guide wire is visible as it hits the wall next to him. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: Mr. Spock, the women on your planet are logical. That's the only planet in this galaxy that can make that claim.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Relics (1992) See more »

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Best Episode of 3rd Season
9 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While many of the scripts from the 3rd Season were mediocre and, in some cases, awful, this one maintained a level equal to the better stories of the first two seasons. A couple of things stand out. The battle sequence near the end, incorporating music that was never heard before or after, is tightly done with some good touches. Note Sulu's smile of admiration as Kirk announces the strategy to "pivot at Warp 2". Sulu's no dummy; he knows a great strategy when he hears one. Also, watch for the momentary glance to the left and right by Kirk after they engage warp power to the shields. He's alone, he's in command, and his next words will result in the crew's survival or death. This brief moment is utterly consistent with Kirk's character. He has voiced a fear of failure in the "critical moment" to McCoy in past conversations. This golden moment reveals his vulnerability and fear, but it's gone quickly, and he recovers to give the order. An outstanding moment in the Star Trek universe. Finally, the long-anticipated appearance of a Klingon ship was revealed for the first time. This original brilliant design by Jeffries remains the basis for Klingon ships to this day. You saw it here first. That, at the very least, makes this a notable episode.

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