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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Filming took place during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Director Ralph Senensky
was an observant Jew and left the set at sundown. Producer John Meredyth Lucas
took his place. Lucas went on to officially direct three episodes of this series. See more
At the hearing, Ensign Garrovick describes the creature as being "several cubic meters" in size, but his distance as "about twenty feet away," mixing two different systems of measurement. It's unlikely that people in the Trek Universe would have any use for the antiquated, inefficient system of feet and miles. 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.
Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact