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?
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
Near the end of the scene as the Kingons are coming in for their final attack, as Capt Kirk says "Chekhov, photon torpedoes, fire!" In the background behind and to the right of Kirk you can see Elaan sitting in a chair with Scottie standing next to her, and you see the camera caught the actress breaking character looking at or towards Scottie to her right smiling, as if she was reacting to something funny being said just before the camera started filming and then, still smiling, looking towards her left. See more
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