Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 19

Requiem for Methuselah (14 Feb. 1969)

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On a planet, looking for an urgent medicinal cure, Kirk, Spock and McCoy come across a dignified recluse living privately but in splendor with his sheltered ward and a very protective robot servant.



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When Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to a supposed uninhabited planet to gather the mineral ryetalyn to fight a plague of Rigelian fever on-board the Enterprise, they find a fellow Earth-man called Flint and his extremely intelligent female ward Rayna with whom Kirk begins to fall in love. Flint then proceeds to trap them and the Enterprise on his planet. Written by laird-3

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Jerome Bixby revisited the "immortal man" theme in a novel filmed as The Man from Earth (2007) which has also been performed as a stage play. See more »


When M4 turns over the processed Ryetalyn to McCoy, the wire suspending the robot model can be clearly seen. See more »


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Capt. Kirk: Captain's log, stardate 5843.7. The Enterprise is in the grip of a raging epidemic. Three crewmen have died and twenty-three others have been struck down by Rigelian fever. In order to combat the illness, Dr. McCoy needs large quantities of ryetalyn, which is the only known antidote for the fever. Our sensors have picked up sufficient quantities of pure ryetalyn on a small planet in the Omega system. We are beaming down to secure this urgently needed material.
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Referenced in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »

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"You've been all these people"
16 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this episode we find the starship Enterprise deep in trouble with an epidemic that is taking over the crew. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to a private planet where the inhabitant and owner James Daly at first is most inhospitable. After a while though he gets a bit friendlier with the Enterprise away team and offers them the hospitality of his estate. Charles Foster Kane's Xanadu has nothing on the digs Daly has constructed on his own planet.

There is also a girl there played by Louise Sorel who is Daly's ward and he seems to be pushing her to be with Kirk and Kirk being human responds in kind. Spock has to remind him constantly that they are there to get a needed ingredient for an antidote to the Enterprise epidemic.

As it turns out Daly is a most extraordinary individual, a man over 6000 years old, an immortal that Duncan MacLeod of the clan MacLeod has nothing on. When Spock discovers some of what Daly has in his possession, Daly confesses that at times in earth's history he's been Leonardo DaVinci, Johannes Brahms, Methuselah and a few others known and not known. You get 6000 year under your belt you can make and lose a lot of fortunes.

What is also involved is that your life experiences are an incalculable figure. They've made Daly quite understandably cynical far more than most. He's on his private planet and he's using the Enterprise away team in his own experiment, especially Kirk. What that experiment is and the result is for you to see.

There are some obviously flaws and I could be picky and point them out. But the players do a splendid job in making you suspend your disbelief.

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