Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 1

The Man Trap (8 Sep. 1966)

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Dr. McCoy discovers his old flame is not what she seems after crew members begin dying from a sudden lack of salt in their bodies.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Ryder ...
Bruce Watson ...
Michael Zaslow ...
Vince Howard ...
Francine Pyne ...
Nancy III


In the series premiere, the Enterprise visits planet M-113 where scientists Dr. Crater and his wife Nancy, an old girlfriend of Dr. McCoy, are studying the remains of an ancient civilization. When Enterprise crewmen begin turning up dead under mysterious circumstances, Kirk and Spock must unravel the clues to discover how, why, and who is responsible. Written by JW Kearse

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James Doohan does not appear in this episode, but he is briefly heard on Kirk's communicator in dialogue lifted from another episode. See more »


The "vampire" has lived without salt for a year, yet once prey shows up, it seems to desperately need salt every few minutes. However, it could be stocking up on salt supplies within its body just as a camel stocks up on water, or as humans and many animals store calcium and other rarer minerals into bone tissue. See more »


[first lines]
Captain James T. Kirk: Captain's log, stardate 1513.1. Our position, orbiting planet M-113. On board the Enterprise, Mr. Spock, temporarily in command. On the planet, the ruins of an ancient and long-dead civilization. Ship's surgeon McCoy and myself are now beaming down to the planet's surface. Our mission: routine medical examination of archeologist Robert Crater and his wife Nancy. Routine but for the fact that Nancy Crater is that one woman in Dr. McCoy's past.
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Referenced in Starship Exeter: The Tressaurian Intersection (2005) See more »

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This episode sucks in more ways than one
5 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, you Trekkie/Trekker trivia freaks, this is the first Star Trek episode that was aired, even though it was not the first filmed. Apparently, NBC wanted a "bug-eyed monster" episode and made them show this one first since it features a giant body-changing sucking hairy monster. The problem is that despite having the monster, there really isn't all that much to recommend the episode. It's pretty dull and a terrible way to initiate the series. Not among the very worst, but far, far from the best.

Strengths are the monster itself--it looked cool and compared to later episodes, the production values are pretty good. Negatives were the incredibly low energy of everyone in the episode (I actually would have welcomed some of Kirk's hysterics) and the static nature of the episode.

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