In the series premiere, the Enterprise visits planet M-113 where scientist Dr Crater and his wife Nancy, an old girl-friend of Dr McCoy, are studying the remains of an ancient civilization. The Enterprise is charged with resupplying the couple, and Dr McCoy must give them medical exams. Shortly after their arrival, however, crewmen start turning up dead, drained of salt, and left with unusual red marks on their faces. Someone is not who they appear to be, and Kirk and Spock must unravel the clues to discover why, how, and who is responsible. Written by
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It is reported that Gene Roddenberry
's father was so embarrassed after the airing of this episode that he went throughout the neighborhood to apologize to his neighbors. See more
When Captain Kirk is talking to Professor Carter about going aboard the Enterprise for his protection, Kirk's arms are alternately folded/unfolded between shots. See more
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.
Spoofed in Red Dwarf: Psirens