On an urgent medical emergency, Kirk, Spock and McCoy encounter an alien society that had once flourished on earth during the time of Plato. Since reaching their current planet, they've developed psychokinetic powers while also losing their bodies' ability to combat even the simplest infection, making the need for a physician newly apparent. When Dr. McCoy declines their invitation to stay, they begin to make sport with Kirk, Spock, Nurse Chapel and Lieutenant Uhura using their psychokinetic powers. Written by
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In the UK, where interracial romance had already been depicted on television, the BBC dropped this episode and subsequent repeats purely on the violence factor: on the grounds that the sadistic treatment of the Enterprise Crew was not suitable for its early evening time slot. It was first shown in the UK on satellite television some 25 years later and on the BBC in December 1993. See more
's double is just visible as Mr. Spock loudly dances "flamenco" dangerously beside Captain Kirk's face. When the dance finishes, it is obvious that the dancer's boots have higher heels than the ones Spock is wearing. See more
Uncontrolled, power will turn even saints into savages, and we can all be counted upon to live down to our lowest impulses.
Captain James T. Kirk
You're very good at making speeches, Parmen. Just make sure that this one sinks in. Now move aside.