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:
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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8 December 1967 (USA)  »

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Each crew member displays different symptoms of aging: Captain Kirk suffers from short-term memory loss and arthritis, Spock becomes hypersensitive to temperature changes, McCoy becomes more moody and irritable, Galway suffers from hearing loss, and Scotty finds that he is always tired. See more »


In the final shot, Chekov is suddenly wearing a wig instead of his natural hair. (The shot was obviously borrowed from an earlier episode.) See more »


Chekov: [darkly] Give some more blood, Chekov. The needle won't hurt, Chekov. Take off your shirt, Chekov. Roll over, Chekov. Breathe deeply, Chekov. Blood sample, Chekov. Marrow sample, Chekov. Skin sample, Chekov. If-if I live long enough, I'm going to run out of samples.
Sulu: You'll live.
Chekov: Oh, yes, I'll live, but I won't enjoy it.
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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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