The Enterprise is sent to investigate the disruption of the Gamma VII-A solar system and the destruction of the U.S.S. Intrepid, staffed solely by Vulcans. When they arrive they find a large dark mass floating in space that is draining energy from everything around it, including the Enterprise. Drawn into the mass, they find a huge amoeba-like creature and Kirk must decide which of his two friends, McCoy or Spock, to send into it aboard a shuttle craft on a mission of no return. Written by
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The final bit of Kirk looking at a crew woman and repeating his line about hoping to "get some rest on some lovely... planet" was not in the script. It was added by William Shatner
and director Joseph Pevney
during filming. See more
At one point during Kirk, Spock, and McCoy's discussion of using a shuttle craft to determine how to destroy the organism, McCoy crosses over so that he is next to Spock, but the cuts between them show the same exact background, even though they are facing each other (This was done this way because there was no wall on the set behind McCoy, from Spock's point of view). See more
Captain's personal log - stardate 4309.2. We have established that the thing which destroyed the U.S.S. Intrepid and the Gamma 7A system is an incredibly huge but simple cellular being whose energies are totally destructive to all known life. Both Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy have volunteered to go in a specially equipped shuttlecraft to penetrate the cell, find a way to destroy it and free the ship. Dr. McCoy has the medical and biological knowledge. Mr. Spock is better suited physically and ...
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