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 episode features the first appearance of the classic D7 Class Klingon battle cruiser, designed and built by Star Trek art director Walter M. Jefferies (prior to this episode, Klingon ships had been represented by blobs of light or blips on a computer screen). Star Trek: Day of the Dove (1968), which was filmed later, but aired earlier reused shots of the Klingon battle cruiser from this episode. 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: Well, we're still faced with the same problem.
Elaan: Problem?
Captain James T. Kirk: Yes, the problem of your indoctrination to Troyian customs and manners.
Elaan: I have eliminated that problem.
Captain James T. Kirk: You've eliminated the teacher; the problem still remains.
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If they could bottle what the Dolem has
28 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Over the course of the series run Captain James T. Kirk has had a few romantic entanglements. But nothing like France Nuyen as the Elaan who is going quite unwillingly to another planet in a state arranged marriage. It's an obligation of royalty, but not one that the hot blooded and quite spoiled princess wants to make.

Watching this episode I was wondering if Daphne Zuniga borrowed some of France Nuyen's character for playing Princess Vespa in Spaceballs. As a Druish princess she had enough of the character, but not the powers.

The women of Nuyen's planet do a little crying and if their tears touch the man they want, those men are hooked. To get what she wants Nuyen pouts and sobs on William Shatner's shoulder and that's it. He's got a bit of problem paying attention to duty.

But duty does call when the Klingons start interfering.

An interesting and one of the better episodes of the last season.

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