Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 17

That Which Survives (24 Jan. 1969)

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After the Enterprise landing party beams down to investigate a geologically interesting planet, their ship is hurled across the galaxy. Kirk and company find a deserted outpost guarded by the deadly image of a beautiful woman.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Arthur Batanides ...
Lt. D'Amato, Geologist
Naomi Pollack ...
Brad Forrest ...
Kenneth Washington ...


As Kirk, McCoy, Sulu and geologist D'Amato beam over to a geologically unique planet, an attractive woman suddenly appears in the transporter room and, with but a touch, kills Transporter Chief Wyatt. They're not quite sure who or what she is. They also find themselves unable to contact the Enterprise, which has been flung nearly a thousand light years across the galaxy. The woman soon re-appears, both on the Enterprise and on the planet, touching/killing D'Amato and Engineer Watson. While the landing party faces extermination from this mysterious woman, the Enterprise, endeavoring to return, faces possible destruction from a subtle malfunction administered to their warp engines. Written by garykmcd

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Lt. Radha, is both the first obviously Hindu person (the bright red dot on her forehead, known as a Bindi) to appear on the series, and the first Enterprise helmswoman to appear on the series. See more »


Lt. Radha's countdown of the final minute before the engines overload does not match the elapsed time of the scene. e.g., she states 57 seconds to overload, then 79 seconds later she says 20 seconds; then almost another minute elapses to zero. See more »


Losira: I am only for D'Amato.
D'Amato: Lucky D'Amato.
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The beautiful guard they left behind
26 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Star Trek story has the Enterprise coming upon a seemingly deserted planet which has some strange life patterns. Almost as if life was grafted on to it as opposed to evolving naturally. But the away team of Kirk, McCoy, Sulu and a geologist is stranded when a beautiful woman gets on the Enterprise and kills the transporter technician. And then the Enterprise is hurled almost a 1000 light years away.

The beautiful woman is former Miss America Lee Meriwether and she's deadly to the touch as she kills both another Enterprise crew member on board and the geologist on the away team. Remarkable she turns up in two places light years away and causes considerable damage.

But there is a logical explanation for all this and more than Spock endeavor to find it. Her people are the Calandrans and they've left ages ago.

An interesting Star Trek saga.

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