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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First Star Trek appearance of Diana Muldaur. She would also appear as Miranda Jones in the episode Star Trek: Is There in Truth No Beauty? (1968), and as Dr. Kathryn Pulaski in 20 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »

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Sargon says, "... the records of our travels were lost in the cataclysm that we loosened upon ourselves." The correct word is "loosed". See more »

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Capt. Kirk: That's twice you referred to us as "my children."
Sargon: Because it is possible you are our descendants, Captain Kirk. Six thousand centuries ago, our vessels were colonizing this galaxy, just as your own starships have now begun to explore that vastness. As you now leave your own seed on distant planets, so we left our seed behind us. Perhaps your own legends of an Adam and an Eve were two of our travelers.
Ann Mulhall: Our beliefs and out studies indicate that life on our planet Earth evolved independently.
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Reelin in the years
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This is one of two episodes that has Diana Muldaur, the actress that would play Dr. Pulaski for The Next Generation twenty years later. She happens to play a the female doctor that contains the love interest of the two disembodied spirits. One of the better episodes of the show, it still contains many of the irregularities that plagued the original. Dr Ann would only appear in one other episode despite her apparent importance to the ship at that moment. Also it seems unlikely that super intelligent beings wouldn't be able to create an android that would not be able to "feel" in the loose physical sense of the word. Also for some reason Dr McCoy becomes does not suspect anything is amiss although he is always the most paranoid character. Still a fun 60s SciFi memory.


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