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
Did You Know?
The story includes elements of both Homer
's "Iliad" (Helen of Troy, represented as Elaan of Troyius) and William Shakespeare
's "Taming of the Shrew" (the battle between the clever rational male and the unreasonable temper-tantrum-throwing female). See more
When the Klingon ship attacks, Chekov serves as the right-hand navigator. But when we switch to Uhura's POV, a taller blond man is suddenly in his place. This is stock footage where Sulu is also seen turning in his seat to look at the Captain, and then returns to look forward towards the view screen. See more
You dare touch a member of the royal family?
Captain James T. Kirk
Only in self-defence. Now, are you gonna behave or not?