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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The voice of Sargon was played by James Doohan. Sargon of Akkad was a Mesopotamian king, who by most accounts, began ruling around 2269 B.C. In the show the year is around 2268 A.D. See more »

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Kirk and his crew disbelieve that fully functioning android bodies can exist, apparently forgetting their encounters with such beings in Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of? and Star Trek: I, Mudd. See more »

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Thalassa: Oblivion together does not frighten me, beloved.
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Worth seeing just to see an evil Spock
8 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, this is an average episode that is still pretty interesting,...though I've gotta admit that the plot is pretty hard to believe--even for a sci-fi series. Think about it--some god-like and practically immortal beings are stuck inside orbs well beneath the surface of a planet. They need to borrow some of the bodies of the Enterprise crew in order to then fashion android bodies for themselves. You'd really think that being that powerful, they wouldn't need to go through all this rigmarole! Well, regardless, there are three super-beings still alive after all these many, many millenia and so Kirk, Spock and Diana Muldaur's character allow the three beings to use their bodies temporarily. However, the being inside Spock is selfish and evil and tries to kill off his rival being and he has no intention of giving Spock back his body. It's all very unusual, but not super-compelling. The episode is worth watching but is not among their best.


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