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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After D'Amato dies, Kirk uses his phaser to dig a grave for him. This is only the second time on Star Trek where a crewman is buried by the landing party on a planet, the first occurring in The Galileo Seven. Usually, dead crewman are returned to the ship. See more »


The Enterprise was thrown 990.7 light-years from the planet they were investigating, then return in about 1 day. However in "Star Trek: Voyager", it's established that it will take 70 years to travel the 70,000 light-years back to Federation space. With the rate stated in this episode, Voyager should've return in little over a month. See more »


Losira: I am only for D'Amato.
D'Amato: Lucky D'Amato.
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The Writers and Directors Blew This
8 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spock is absolutely insufferable in this. It's as if they decided to make his character so literal as to be ludicrous. His statement to the crew are almost hilarious. He can't seem to The crew beams down to a planet. As they are leaving, Lee Meriweather touches the technician and destroys every cell in his body. She and her copies seem to have a reverse Midas touch. Every once in a while, she shows up, says "I am for you" then touches them, destroying their cells, killing them. She also has incredible knowledge of Starships. She hits and runs. The guys realize that the planet is almost a living creature. The woman gets the geologist while he is investigating the planet. We've never seen him before so he is easy to bump off. There are also unfamiliar people on the bridge. The sad thing about this episode is that it's as if the writers had no familiarity with the characters who have been part of the series for nearly three years.

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