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Lovely telepath Miranda is aide to Ambassador Kollos, in a box to stop insanity when humans see Medusans. She rejects Larry, a designer of Enterprise, and senses murderous intent nearby.



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The Enterprise transports the Medusan Ambassador Kollos; his telepathic interpreter, Dr Miranda Jones; and Engineer Laurence Marvick. Only Vulcans and those trained in Vulcan self-control can handle the horrible sight of a Medusan (and then only with eye protection). Attempting to kill Kollos, Marvick (jealous of Miranda's interest in Kollos) goes insane at the sight of the Mudasan ambassador. Before dying Marvick, one of the designers of the Enterprise, takes the ship outside the galaxy where it is hopelessly lost. Once it is discovered that Miranda is blind (she had fooled them with a complicated neural sensor in her dress) and cannot guide the Enterprise, Spock mind-melds with the navigationally proficient ambassador who quickly gets the Enterprise back in known galactic space. However, while severing the mind-meld, he forgets the visor, sees Kollos, and goes insane. Because of her jealousy of Spock's relationship with Kollos, Miranda hesitates to give help, but with Kirk's urging ... Written by JW Kearse

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Although often cited by some fans as evidence of a "larger message" in Star Trek, the "IDIC" ("Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations") medallion that Spock wears during the dinner scene had much baser origins. Leonard Nimoy was originally supposed to give a lengthy speech about the medallion and what it represented. Nimoy found the speech completely out of context in the scene and the episode and refused to say the lines until he got an explanation from producer Gene Roddenberry, who had had the lines and the use of the medallion inserted into the episode. Roddenberry came to the set and admitted to Nimoy that he was selling the "IDIC" medallions through his personal marketing company, Lincoln Enterprises, and inserted the scene about the "IDIC" purely as product placement to generate sales. Nimoy ultimately refused to say the lines, and instead the scene was re-written with Capt. Kirk and other characters commenting on Spock's wearing of the medallion instead. See more »


Towards the end of the scene where Kirk and McCoy discuss Miranda, Kirk finishes his drink swallowing the very last drop. The next cut then shows the cup is still quarter full without sufficient time for a re-fill. See more »


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Captain James T. Kirk: Captain's log, stardate 5630.7. We have been assigned to convey the Medusans' ambassador to the Federation back to their home planet. While the thoughts of the Medusans are the most sublime in the galaxy, their physical appearance is exactly the opposite. They have evolved into a race of beings who are formless, so utterly hideous that the sight of a Medusan brings total madness to any human who sees one.
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Medusans Will Make Humans Go Crazy If The See Them
12 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season 3, episode 5. The Enterprise must transport the Medusan Ambassador Kollos and his lovely telepathic interpreter, Dr Miranda Jones as well as Engineer Laurence Marvick. A trained Vulcan can handle the sight of the Medusan with special vision glasses. It is Spock that will have to greet the Ambassador. The Ambassador is kept in an protective box and when opened for Spock to see it's a mass of blinding, sparkling light. Dr. Jones being an empath, has studied on Vulcan and learned the discipline needed to work with the Medusan with special glasses on. While at a special dinner, Dr. Jones tells the group that someone near is thinking of murder. Bones feels that Dr. Jones is vulnerable and there is something disturbing about her... Kirk thinks she's "quite a woman". Engineer Marvick is in-love with Dr. Jones but she does not respond to him as he wants... she wants to be with Kollos, the Ambassador. In talk with Marvick who knows her special abilities, Jones learns that he is the one wanting to murder - but he won't answer who it is. Marvick gets mad and enters into the quarters where the Ambassador is, sees it, and goes mad. The crazy Marvick sabotages the ship and they end up in an unknown void. Spock has to mind-meld with the Ambassador to get it back on course, to become one with Kollos. The crew then learn that Jones is blind. Now they have to get Jones' help with Kollos and Marvick to get everything back straightened out.

Still enjoyable to watch but it is one of the lesser episodes. Of course Star Trek fans will watch even the worst of the episodes as well as the best ones.


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