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
Did You Know?
John Drew Barrymore
was originally cast as Lazarus, but failed to show up for shooting and had to be replaced by Robert Brown
, causing the episode to go two days over schedule. Star Trek
(1966)'s producers subsequently filed and won a grievance with the Screen Actors Guild, which suspended Barrymore's SAG membership for 6 months. See more
Lazarus never introduces himself by name to Kirk, yet Kirk calls him by name during the first planet search. See more
He's in a lot of pain!
Sometimes pain can drive a man harder than pleasure. I'm sure you know that, Doctor!
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