Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 20

Return to Tomorrow (9 Feb. 1968)

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The Enterprise is guided to a distant, long-dead world where survivors of an extremely ancient race - existing only as disembodied energy - desiring the bodies of Kirk, Spock and astro-biologist Ann Mulhall so that they may live again.



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From a planet bereft of life for half a million years, the Enterprise hears the voice of Sargon, who is able to control the ship and tells them to transport to specific coordinates which target them to a subterranean chamber. The away party consisted of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and astro-biologist Ann Mulhall; the security guards they planned to take along were prevented from de-materializing. Sargon is one of only three survivors of the planet's intelligent race - pure energy, matter without form. They tell the away party that they once started life on Earth and many other places. Suddenly Sargon possesses Kirk's body, saying he requires Spock and Ann Mulhall's bodies, too, in order to give the only other survivors of his race new life. He promises the bodies will be returned after they build superior mechanical robots as their definitive bodies, then leaves Kirk's and allows them to beam up and freely make up their minds. McCoy isn't tempted by curiosity and potential benefits, but Kirk ... Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2268. See more »


Although there are inconsistencies on this matter, it is generally accepted that when beaming down from the transporter room it is necessary to be standing directly on the plates in the floor. In "Tomorrow is Yesterday", Spock takes Captain Christopher by the arm and points to the plate to get him positioned correctly, but in "The Savage Curtain", no one notices that President Lincoln is not positioned correctly on the plate, yet he successfully beams down anyway. In this episode the two security guards are not standing fully on their plates and indeed neither of them beam down - although the reasoning for this is that Sargon does not want them to do so. See more »


Capt. Kirk: When Sargon and I exchanged, as we passed each other, for an instant, we were one. I know him now. I know what he is and what he wants, and I don't fear him.
Dr. McCoy: That's the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard. An alien practically hijacks your body and then corks you into a bottle, and you...
Ann Mulhall: [interrupting] I'm afraid that I must agree with Dr. McCoy. You could be suffering from a form of... of false euphoria.
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That Diana Muldaur Was a Cutie
2 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An outrageous plot. Sappy music. Spock acting evil. What more could you ask for. Another advanced civilization with immense power, their bodies confined to spheres that look like those beach balls you can buy at grocery stores. Kirk and his friends are approached by the leader (his voice, anyway) and asked if they would grant these beings a favor. They have been in these spheres for centuries and they would like to become corporeal for a while. After McCoy issues his usual paranoiac message, Kirk gives a speech, and the good doctor succumbs. Enter Diana Muldaur who is really striking (amazing eyes). She, along with Spock and Kirk, willingly allow the takeover. The problem is that the guy who is in Spock's body has designs on the pretty young woman. He takes over the brain of nurse Christine Chapel. She assists him in his endeavors, putting an end to his unsuspecting friend. He also destroys the beach balls where Kirk and Diana's real essence is kept. The more I write, the more stupid this all sounds, but it allows for some fun acting, especially Spock playing Snidely Whiplash. One thing that bothered me. These creatures are incredibly advanced. They enlist Scotty and the technical guys to build artificial bodies. They create store mannequins. It seems they could have done a little better with their implied talents. Just saying.

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