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
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In the original script, Lazarus romantically came on to Lt. Charlene Masters to gain her assistance. The two subsequently fell in love, but when an African-American actress was cast as Masters, the romantic angle was dropped. See more
Kirk tells Lazarus, "Let's have it. The truth this time." His lips do not move during the second sentence. See more
Sir, you shouldn't be in here.
Oh, I didn't know!
[hits him in the stomach
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