The Enterprise hosts a number of quarrelling diplomats, including Spock's father, but someone on board has murder in mind.



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The Enterprise is transporting several diplomatic delegations to a conference on Babel regarding the future of the mineral-rich planet Coridan. Among the passengers are Spock's parents, Ambassador Sarek and Amanda. There is obviously a chill between father and son owing to Spock's choice of pursuing a career in Starfleet. Unknown to Spock or his mother is the fact that Sarek is seriously ill. There is also much tension among the delegations and a spy on board is transmitting coded messages to a ship that attacks the Enterprise. With Captain Kirk wounded in an earlier knife attack, Spock is in temporary command just as his father needs a transfusion that only he can provide. Written by garykmcd

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17 November 1967 (USA)  »

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Jane Wyatt was not familiar with the series and had assumed that it was a comedy after reading the script. But on her first day of work, she saw that the cast and crew took the show very seriously. See more »


When Amanda is telling McCoy about Spock's childhood pet, she calls it a sehlat, which she pronounces "say-lot." McCoy immediately after repeats the name but pronounces it "sell-it," indicating the two scenes were shot separately without each hearing how the other said it. See more »


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McCoy: [Captain Kirk is adjusting uniform in mirror, Dr. McCoy pacing behind him, tugging at tight collar] Dress uniforms - spit and polish. I don't know how much longer I'm gonna be able to stand this. I feel like my neck's in a sling.
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The Cultural and Political Complexities of Life in the 23rd Century
17 September 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

This excellent Joe Pevney/D.C. Fontana episode introduces Sarek and Amanda - Spock's mother and father - to the Star Trek canon. Mark Lenard and Jane Wyatt are two of the best guest stars in TOS, and they not only nail their characters, but help Journey to Babel to flesh out Vulcan psyche - in particular Spock's - more than any previous episode. Veteran character actor William O'Connell also does a nice job as Thelev.

All three of the series' main characters are nicely scripted and well played in this episode, and the only moment at which the directing slips slightly over-dramatized moment just after a fairly wild fight scene between Kirk and Thelev. The cinematography, special effects and editing are all about as good as TOS gets.

The Enterprise is delivering a number of diplomats from various cultures to the neutral planet Babel for a negotiation summit. After an argument with Sarek, one of the delegates turns up murdered by what appears to be a Vulcan martial arts technique. Soon after, Sarek falls ill with a cardio-vascular problem. And Spock, his disassociated son is his only hope for a blood donor. This takes us about 1/3rd of the way through the story..... Things get much worse later on.

Recommended for those generally familiar with TOS, not recommended as an introduction to the series.

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