Captain Kirk is haunted by a creature from his past when conducting a mining survey on a planet. He first encountered it as a lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Farragut and blames himself for freezing in a moment of crisis, causing the death of many crewmen. The creature is a cloud-like, gaseous being that lives on the red blood cells found in humans. Obsessed by his desire for revenge and to erase the memory of 11 years ago, he pursues the creature relentlessly, putting in jeopardy an assignment to collect essential medical supplies. Written by
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The ship which Kirk served on for his first deep space mission is disclosed to be the USS Farragut, and was named after David Glasgow Farragut, a flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral in the United States Navy and is credited for uttering the phrase, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!," disregarding all danger while charging into enemy waters off the Alabama Coast. See more
In the first scene, Spock phasers off a sample of rock, which has been clearly pre-cut to fall off on command. See more
Your self-pity's a terrible first course. Why don't you try the soup instead?
I told you, Christine, I'm not hungry.
Dr. McCoy thought you might say something like that. This is his officially logged prescription for you. It has one word on it: eat. Now if you don't follow his orders, Dr. McCoy could and possibly would have you hauled down to Sickbay and fed intravenously.