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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France Nuyen, who plays Elaan, starred opposite William Shatner on Broadway in "The World of Suzie Wong" in 1958. See more »


Uhura mentions that she has given up her quarters to the Dolman. However, the Enterprise has guest accommodations for considerably more than one high-profile passenger (for example, the multiple ambassadorial staffs in "Journey to Babel"), so it is difficult to see why this would be necessary. See more »


Elaan: You are warned, Captain, never to touch me again!
Captain James T. Kirk: If I touch you again, Your Glory, it'll be to administer an ancient Earth custom called a spanking, a form of punishment administered to spoiled brats!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Relics (1992) See more »

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'Trek' has it's share of babes, but Elaan is...
27 March 2008 | by (ohio, usa) – See all my reviews

...a super-babe. Make no mistake, this episode is a showcase for the exotic and ethereal beauty of Eurasian actress France Nuyen as Elaan. The storyline is secondary to the display of her charms and their predictable effect on perpetually-aroused James Kirk. Skimpy costumes and form-fitting gowns accentuate Nuyen's lithe, but femininely muscular build. Her vaguely French accent adds to her allure. Kirk can't help but fall prey to her feminine charms, with near-catastrophic results.

That's not to say it's a bad story. The acting, especially by Nuyen, is first-rate. It's a fun twist on the "Taming Of The Shrew" theme, and when Elaan comes around at the end one feels a sense of completion as well as a lingering sense of desolation. She has to go on with her slated "role" as consort to the enemy society's ruler for the sake of peace between their people. But I have a feeling the bridegroom-in-waiting has more of a treat in store for him than he might otherwise have anticipated.

Probably one of the better Season 3 episodes, which were generally lacking in pace and punch compared to seasons 1 and 2.

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