Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 27

The Alternative Factor (30 Mar. 1967)

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While investigating and scanning an uncharted planet, the Enterprise and its quadrant of space are subjected to a violent force that seems to cause a 'blinking out' of everything near them.... See full summary »

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While investigating and scanning an uncharted planet, the Enterprise and its quadrant of space are subjected to a violent force that seems to cause a 'blinking out' of everything near them. When the scanners resume, where once there was no life on the planet, now there is one life sign. Kirk, Spock and a security force beam down to investigate and find a man named Lazarus who collapses and is brought aboard the Enterprise for treatment. To complicate things further, the initial phenomenon almost totally drained their dilithium crystals. Starfleet and Kirk suspect this phenomenon could be a prelude to invasion. While interrogating Lazarus he tells Kirk that he's locked in a struggle with another being who is 'anti life' and is behind the phenomenon. The disruptions continue to occur and the ship's situation grows worse. Written by tomtrekp

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Lazarus manipulates several components in a "high voltage" access tray in order to create an overload, and eventually steal several dilithium crystals. These objects are simply dual banana plugs often used by electronics technicians. See more »

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Lazarus never introduces himself by name to Kirk, yet Kirk calls him by name during the first planet search. See more »

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Capt. Kirk: You'll be trapped inside that corridor with him forever. At each other's throats throughout time.
Lazarus: Is it such a large price to pay for the safety of two universes?
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Let's see. I'm no Bible scholar, but I know that Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus. He arose, half decayed, but a good bath probably took care of that. However, I don't think that has much of anything to do with this episode. Kirk encounters a man who needs to be destroyed. Apparently there are forces at odds in the universe. Should these not be reconciled, it could mean the end of everything. Luckily, Kirk comes along. Or does it matter. I don't know. We have matter and anti-matter issues. We have the universe represented by anthropomorphic beings. Where have they been? How long? Where did they come from? Where did they go? I'll skip Cotton Eyed Joe. Suffice it to say that their détente infested reality just goes on.


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