Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 15

Shore Leave (29 Dec. 1966)

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The past three months has left the crew of the Enterprise exhausted and in desperate need of a break, but does this explain McCoy's encounter with a human-sized white rabbit or Kirk ... See full summary »



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The past three months has left the crew of the Enterprise exhausted and in desperate need of a break, but does this explain McCoy's encounter with a human-sized white rabbit or Kirk crossing paths with the prankster who plagued his days at Starfleet Academy? Written by Steve Green

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Shot on the same wildlife reserve that Daktari (1966) was filmed. See more »


After Mr. Spock beams down and speaks to Kirk and Sulu, the three of them walk away from the camera in a medium-to-long shot. Just before the scene cuts away from them, bluish puffs of smoke (probably from a crew member smoking) can be seen issuing from the lower left side of the screen. See more »


Mr. Spock: I picked this up from Dr. McCoy's log. We have a crew member aboard who's showing signs of stress and fatigue, reaction time down 9-12%, associational reading Norm Minus 3.
Captain James T. Kirk: That's much too low a rating.
Mr. Spock: He's becoming irritable and quarrelsome, yet he refuses to take rest and rehabilitation.
Captain James T. Kirk: Mm-hm.
Mr. Spock: Now, he has that right, but we've found...
Captain James T. Kirk: A crewman's right ends where the safety of the ship begins. Now, that man will go ashore on my orders. What's his name?
Mr. Spock: James Kirk. Enjoy yourself, Captain.
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A little R&R is needed
27 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This was the first Star Trek episode to have its accent on comedy. The Enterprise crew most especially its captain have been operating at 125% especially when you consider that previous episode where they did a close run battle with the Romulans. A little R&R is needed.

Such is provided by this planet which has a perception about what's needed. DeForest Kelley makes a remark about Alice and Wonderland and soon a Harvey like rabbit appears followed by a little girl and off they run and off Dr. McCoy runs after them. Similar things happen to others like George Takei being chased by a Samurai.

Best of all is an offhand remembrance of his days in Star Fleet Academy and a pest of a cadet named Finnegan and up pops Finnegan and William Shatner is all for getting in a long delayed pop at him.

Of course this all controlled and eventually the Enterprise crew meets the Controller played by Oliver McGowan. His place may be fun, but it's also draining all the power from the Enterprise.

As compared with other episodes that involved Harry Mudd and a bunch of Tribbles this one wasn't all that good. Good thing Gene Roddenberry and his crew got better.

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