Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 12

The Deadly Years (8 Dec. 1967)

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A landing party from the Enterprise is exposed to strange form of radiation which rapidly ages them.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Charles Drake ...
Sarah Marshall ...
Felix Locher ...
Carolyn Nelson ...
Yeoman Atkins
Laura Wood ...


Rapid aging afflicts all six colonists on Gamma Hydra IV and five members of Kirk's six-man landing party - all but Chekov. With the Neutral Zone so close, suspicion falls on the Romulans testing a new weapon, but is it? With time running out, answers are elusive. As Kirk's memory progressively deteriorates, regulations necessitate a competency hearing no one wants - the outcome of which may eventually lead the Enterprise to its destruction with all aboard. Written by statmanjeff

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No special effects shots were filmed for this episode. The entire Romulan attack is created by using stock footage from Star Trek: Balance of Terror (1966) and Star Trek: Errand of Mercy (1967). In addition, no actual Romulans appeared in this episode. They would not be seen again until Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident (1968). See more »


After the Enterprise crew established zero-tolerance viral quarantine protocols in Star Trek: Miri, their lack of concern about beaming up the infected landing party is a bit odd. See more »


[Lt. Galway sees her aged image in a mirror in the Sick Bay doorway]
Arlene Galway: What a stupid place to hang a mirror!
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Edited from Star Trek: Balance of Terror (1966) See more »

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What a Drag it is Getting Old
3 October 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise is shuttling a Commodore back to the star base he commands and enters orbit to make a routine check on a scientific expedition. They find that the scientists have aged at an alarmingly accelerated rate and are senile and on the brink of death. Soon the entire away team, with the exception of Chekhov, are experiencing the same symptoms, and Kirk is actually becoming senile. As things get worse, the Commodore takes over the ship and blunders into the neutral zone.

The problem with this episode is that it started out with a poor premise and never really improved its plot at all. It is predictable, and even recycles a plot device from the first season in the most obvious manner possible. The episode is decently directed scripted, shot and acted. But it started out with questionable material and those involved could only do so much to improve upon what they were given.

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