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
Did You Know?
In The World of Star Trek, William Shatner
relates that he endured an excruciating make-up session for this episode - all for nothing, because the shooting day was just about to end. The producers caught his exasperation in an infamous blooper, wherein he declares, "Robert H. Justman
, I'm going home now, after spending three hours putting this [expletive deleted] make-up back on - and it's your fault!" See more
Early in the episode, Commodore Stocker consistently addresses Captain Kirk as "Sir", even though it has been established in previous episodes (and in naval protocol) that commodores outrank captains. See more
Anytime you're ready, Mr. Spock.
I am quite ready now, Doctor.
Because of your Vulcan physique, I've prepared an extremely potent shot for you. However, I thought you'd might like to know that I've removed all the breakables from sickbay.
That is very considerate of you, Doctor.