Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Man Trap 

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:
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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8 September 1966 (USA)  »

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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 »


At the beginning of the show, Kirk picks up a bunch of "flowers" (actually some scrub brush) for McCoy to give to Nancy. Kirk then throws them on the ground. The camera pulls back, and the "flowers" are nowhere to be seen. They should be lying on the ground. 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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Unexpected hostility
21 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Star Trek's debut episode has the Enterprise going to a remote planet where Alfred Ryder and his wife Jeanne Bal who is DeForest Kelley's old girlfriend are doing research. They are met with an unexpected hostility from Ryder who orders them away and asks that enormous quantity of salt be left.

A few Enterprise crewman die and a chameleon like creature gets on the Enterprise. Ryder knows what's going on, but won't spill. In fact his relationship with Jeanne Bal is positively freaky.

The creature needs salt to live and when it can't get it, it kills to drain the salt from the human body. Leonard Nimoy's different anatomy as a Vulcan gave it something unexpected and not welcome in what I thought was the best scene in the show.

Not one of the better episodes in the show, but better was to come.

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