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



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Episode complete credited cast:
Amanda (as Miss Jane Wyatt)
William O'Connell ...
John Wheeler ...
James X. Mitchell ...
Lt. Josephs
Reggie Nalder ...


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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[first lines]
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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A Much More Complex Episode Than Most
29 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This offering brings Spock together with his parents. Spock's father is Sarek, a serious diplomat, and his mother, played by Jane Wyatt (interesting that the mother on "Father Knows Best" is in this episode; Elinor Donahue, who played the daughter was just in "The Metamorphosis"). Sarek shows obvious disappointment with his son because of his choice to join Starfleet. This is a major diplomatic gathering. There are hopes that a particular planet, rich in resources, can join the economic union but there is a lot of disdain among planets that would need to resolved to get a positive result. Three major events take place. Kirk is stabbed by an Andoriean, Serak has a heart attack and needs his son to allow a transfusion, and another diplomat is also killed. There are also warlike forces out there, trying to prevent any kind of alliance. The byplay between Spock and his father as the maintain their stoic being, is quite entertaining. Also, it portrays the difficulties that among planetary entities that are normally presented as simple. Nice episode.

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