Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 29

Operation -- Annihilate! (13 Apr. 1967)

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The Enterprise crew attempts to stop a plague of amoeba-like creatures from possessing human hosts and spreading throughout the galaxy.

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The Enterprise traces a virus-like outbreak that seems to be traveling in a direct line across a planetary system. The next planet is home to Kirk's brother Sam, his sister-in-law and their young son. The Enterprise arrives too late however for Sam. They find flying jellyfish-like creatures that attach themselves to humans. They take over the victims nervous system forcing them to bend to their will. Spock finds a weapon to use against the creatures but it leaves him hopelessly blind. Written by garykmcd

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There is an outtake on the Star Trek Blooper Reel showing the alien parasite attaching itself to Spock's buttocks by mistake. See more »

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(at around 10 mins) There is a person moving in and out of the frame way behind the action during the outdoor sequence. See more »

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Capt. Kirk: Anything, Lieutenant?
Uhura: No, sir. I've tried every major transmitting station on Deneva. None of them have acknowledged my contact signal.
Capt. Kirk: Try GSK-783, subspace frequency 3.
Uhura: But, sir, that's a call sign for a private transmitter.
Capt. Kirk: I'm very well aware of that, Lieutenant. Try it.
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Pretty Pedestrian Effort
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We sadly learn of the death of Kirk's brother, wife, and son. They have been victimized by an influx of rubbery creatures that latch on to their victims and do in their central nervous systems. Kirk vows to find a solution to this problem. Spock is investigating the things but fails to check out his surroundings. As he walks under an archway, one of the creatures, previously stuck to a wall, flies through the air and settles on his back. He is immediately overcome with excruciating pain. The crew is able to stun one of the creatures and it is brought to Dr. McCoy for analysis. McCoy tries every kind of approach he can think of from poisons to heat to shooting and stabbing but nothing works. It is when they realize that one of the victims said as he approached the sun that he was free that they try one last thing: light. The remainder of the episode involves their efforts to test their light theory, being stopped short because to do this, you need a host that has been assaulted by this creature. It is the quest for such a host and more tests that make the conclusion quite interesting.


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