Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Elaan of Troyius 

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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Jay Robinson ...
Lee Duncan ...
Victor Brandt ...
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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20 December 1968 (USA)  »

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A scene with Spock playing his Vulcan harp in the recreation room set was filmed but then edited out. See more »


Elaan locks herself away from Kirk and says: "If I have to stay here for ten light-years I will not be soiled by any contact with you." The term "light-year" is a measure of "distance" (the distance traveled by light in one year), and not of time. However, it is not unreasonable for a person on a voyage to refer to a distance the same way they would a time period (e.g. on a 24-hour train ride one might say, "I'm feeling tired - I'm going to lie down for a few dozen miles/kilometers for a nap"). See more »


Dr. McCoy: Are you out of your Vulcan mind?
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Perfect Mate (1992) See more »

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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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