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
Did You Know?
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
(1967). 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
Do you know what it is, Captain?
[referring to the lethal gaseous entity
Something that can't possibly exist... but it does.
[looks on to dead crewmen sprawled on the ground
Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact