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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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 »


Elaan: You dare touch a member of the royal family?
Captain James T. Kirk: Only in self-defence. Now, are you gonna behave or not?
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Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »

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They are probably still not stopped grinning having made this...
22 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

No, this is not top flight TOS. But it is Season Three slipping its shackles and supplying a top 20 (of the TOS 70-odd) episode.

Early on, as the exclamations and cushions fly, the story is briefly in danger of becoming a serious embarrassment.

But the interaction of Kirk and transported princess is as galaxy-popping as Kirk's romances get... you can enjoy similar escapades in, say, Mirror Mirror, and respect more solemnly the doomed love in City on the Edge of Forever, but the second half of Elaan of Troyius is pure first love/crush aboard combat mode spaceship.

In entrapping Kirk Elaan's calculations are clear, but she gains much sympathy as someone who (First real love? Erstwhile impossible child suddenly develops maturity? Emotional depth prompted by probable immediate obliteration?) becomes responsible and even perhaps an asset to her fellow travellers.

But – issues raised on marriage and diplomacy apart – this is from the first frame a comedy turn/showcase for one of SciFi's greatest guest stars. If you like your TOS austere and intelligent you shall despair, but if you prefer it to rove through every emotional high and moreover to do so with a unending belting grin, draw up a chair. There's no deep sci fi complexity here, but there is ample genius of acting, push-boat-out costume design, and eternal questions probed of youth, beauty, marriage and - duty.

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