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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In the medical records library between Spock and McCoy, there is a large object which looks like a vertical DVD rack. The same large object was in Harry Mudd's laboratory in Star Trek: I, Mudd
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The bomb used to destroy the creature is said to contain "less than an ounce" of antimatter. An ounce (28.3g) of antimatter would annihilate 28.3 g of ordinary matter, so according to E=mc^2 it would liberate about 1.2 megatons of TNT equivalent. This is a moderately sized thermonuclear weapon, far too small to throw off half an entire planet's atmosphere. See more
I'm aware of the situation, engineer, and I'm getting a little tired of my senior officers conspiring against me. Forgive me. Perhaps I shouldn't have used the word "conspire."
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