Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 13

Elaan of Troyius (20 Dec. 1968)

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While transporting an arrogant princess for a political marriage, Capt. 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 act 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 »


During the attacks of the Klingon warship, Chekov serves as the right navigator. But for the shots taken from Uhura's place to the front screen, he is obviously replaced by a blond and quite taller person. See more »


Nurse Christine Chapel: Ambassador, if Elasian women are that vicious, why are men so overwhelmingly attracted to them? I mean, what magic do they possess?
Ambassador Petri: It's not magic, it's biochemical. A man whose flesh is once touched by the tears of a woman of Elas has his heart enslaved forever.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Relics (1992) See more »

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Is it just me, or did you, too, want to see Kirk spank this lady?!
8 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise is directed to transport a princess (Elaan) from her world to their enemy's world in an effort to marry her off to the enemy and thus ensure peace. The problem is that Elaan is a barbaric "female dog" and has no intention of fulfilling her duties. And, once she comes aboard, she is a prima donna who need civilizing before she's ready to marry anyone. So, it's up to the Enterprise's version of Henry Higgens (Kirk) to civilize the beast. There's a subplot of an assassination attempt through sabotage that's thrown in for a little bit of tension.

Overall this is a sub-par episode--mostly because the character of Elaan was so gosh-darn annoying and unlikable. Now this isn't to say that it's so bad that you shouldn't watch it. No, but it's just a little tough to see when Kirk eventually falls for her--I was really hoping he'd just put her over his knee and spank her for her utter rudeness. Plus, although Kirk falls in love with Elaan due to a chemical process for which McCoy says there is no cure, Kirk being the incredibly macho guy he is, is able to overcome this by the end of the episode. Another galactic babe tamed by the Kirk-Meister!

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