While beaming back aboard the Enterprise, a transporter malfunction results in two vastly different Captain Kirks being beamed aboard. His personality has in effect been split into two. One Captain Kirk is weak and indecisive, fearful of making any kind of decision; the other is a mean-spirited and violent man who likes to swill brandy and force himself on female crew members. Meanwhile, as Scotty struggles to repair the transporter, the landing party is stuck on the planet below with temperatures falling rapidly. Written by
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Unable to beam up Lieutenant Sulu in this episode, the transporter was a plot device intended to eliminate the pacing and production problems involved in depicting the ship landing and taking off all the time. Budgetary constraints on effects were also a consideration. The first landing of a starship would not occur until Star Trek: Voyager: The 37's
(1995), broadcast 28 August 1995. See more
While the Enterprise does house a fleet of shuttlecraft, this feature of the ship had not yet been introduced in the series, thus the reason they are not suggested to retrieve Sulu's endangered away-team. See more
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