The Galileo, under Spock's command, crash-lands on a hostile planet. As the Enterprise races against time to find the shuttlecraft, Spock's strictly logical leadership clashes with the fear and resentment of his crew.



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Crawford ...
Commissioner Ferris
Peter Marko ...
Phyllis Douglas ...
Rees Vaughn ...
Lieutenant Latimer
Lieutenant Kelowitz
Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei ...
Creature (as Buck Maffei)
David L. Ross ...
Lt. Galloway (as David Ross)


A shuttle craft under Mr. Spock's command is forced to land on a hostile planet. His emotionless approach to command does not sit well with some crew members, particularly Mr. Boma who challenges Spock at every opportunity. The Enterprise and Captain Kirk meanwhile have only a short time to find the lost shuttle craft as they must deliver urgent medical supplies to Markus III in only a few days. Written by garykmcd

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5 January 1967 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In the novel Dreadnought!, it is stated that Scott demanded (and got) a court-martial against Boma due to his insubordination toward Spock. (Spock had not mentioned anything about Boma's attitude in his own report.) As a result, Boma was discharged from the fleet. See more »


Latimer was hit in the back with a spear and fell forward. Spock pulled the spear out. But when Boma and Gaetano picked up the body, Latimer was face up. They would have had to roll him over first. See more »


Capt. Kirk: Look, these people are my friends and my shipmates. I intend to continue this ship's search for them until the last possible moment.
Commissioner Ferris: Very well, Captain. But not one second beyond that moment. Is that clear?
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits of the show, the title for Script Supervisor, George A. Rutter, is misspelled "SCPIPT SUPERVISOR". See more »


Referenced in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) See more »

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This is awfully dull, but it is a good episode for Spock as a character
6 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

For the most part, all the episodes up until this one kept Spock in the background--allowing him no room to grow as a character or have all that much screen time. However, this is definitely his episode--as he is in command of a group aboard the shuttle craft (the Galileo). And I liked how the Vulcan logic, for once, was quite inadequate to handle a situation where logic was NOT the best approach to their dilemma. He tried using reason to predict the actions of a group of savage humanoids who were like giant cavemen--or so we think, as the folks at Paramount Studios/Desilu were too cheap to show them!! Instead, you saw bits and pieces and heard about them or saw shadows, but that was all! The problem is that this episode, despite its emphasis on Spock, was incredibly dull compared to the average show. Sure it's watchable, but that's all. I think a lot of the problem was the script. In particular, the crew members seemed awfully disloyal and were like a bunch of "armchair quarterbacks"--always second-guessing Spock. This tension seemed out of place and it just did nothing to help improve the overall image of the series.

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