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
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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
Are you out of your Vulcan mind?