Kirk and a landing party beam down to what seems to be an ideal, Eden-like planet. They soon find however that the planet is ruled by a powerful computer that keeps its local inhabitants - primitive and simple tribesmen - happy and healthy. With the Enterprise locked in a tractor beam and slowly being dragged into the planet's atmosphere, Kirk and Spock must find a way to disable the computer. Realizing the threat to its existence, the computer orders the tribesmen to kill the visitors. Written by
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This episode contains confirmation of a much-speculated upon topic: whether the Enterprise could separate the Engineering section and warp nacelles from the primary vessel. Mentioned in Kirk and Scotty's conversation by communicator, half-way into the show, after Kirk beams down to the planet with an away team, and Scotty takes a seat in the captain's chair on the bridge. However, no starship was ever shown doing this until Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint
(1987), and shown only a few times even after that. See more
Ground-level shots of the planet show a red-orange sky, yet clouds are shown forming in a bright blue sky. See more
[on bridge of the Enterprise
Captain, we pulled away a little, we gained... maybe an hour... but we blew almost every system in the ship doing it. There's nothing left to try again. I guess you'll have to fire me, sir.
[on planet surface
[closes communicator absentmindedly
They'll die because I couldn't see a warning sign. I had to follow orders, always orders.