Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 13

Elaan of Troyius (20 Dec. 1968)

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

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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 act 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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When Star Trek: The Next Generation raided the original Star Trek series for story ideas to revamp, "Elaan of Troyius" became "The Perfect Mate" (episode #21 of season #5), where Kamala, also the selected mate for an arranged marriage between two warring planets, selected Captain Picard instead but came to adopt the Enterprise captain's sense of duty and went through with the arranged marriage anyway. See more »

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(at around 21 mins) When Kirk responds to the intercom hail from Security reporting a disturbance in the Dohlman's quarters, he is clearly located at Spock's science station. Note the audio speaker, tape player, array of five double switches and earpiece. The subsequent mid-conversation wide shot shows Kirk (and Spock) standing at Kirk's command chair. See more »

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Dr. McCoy: Now listen, Jim. Petri told Christine that the Elasian women have a sort of a biochemical substance in their tears that acts like a super love potion. And according to him, it doesn't wear off.
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Captain Kirk transports a spoiled, reluctant and beautiful bride, Elaan, to her repugnant groom.
20 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The exotic France Nuyen as the angry bride, Elaan, is displayed beauteously. Coiling, raven locks and searing, jet-black eyes engage with Cleopatra styling to hold our attention, and one wonders what snake-like moves she will utilize to gain her way. Elaan is captivating to her subjects, but her magical tears must flow to tempt our powerful Captain Kirk. After Kirk uncovers the psychology behind Elaan's temper, I ceased the wish for her quick drop into the dilithium chamber. Running opposite to Trek's usual choice for a beauty, Elaan is dark and petite, with a thicker accent slightly reminiscent of latter Gen's Counselor Troi. Trek reminded viewers that fulfilling duty is inevitable in order to be honorable. I felt the loss incurred in more than one of the characters' hearts at the finale. Kirk and Elaan will engender a range of memorable emotions.


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