While beaming down to the planet Gideon, Captain Kirk finds himself still in the transporter room. He can find no one on the ship, now apparently abandoned by the entire crew. He does find one other occupant on the Enterprise, a beautiful young woman, Odona, who does not know how she got there. Back on the real Enterprise, Spock tries to deal with Gideon's representatives who claim that Kirk never arrived and claim no knowledge of his whereabouts. Soon, Odona falls deathly ill, which is exactly what the leaders of Gideon were hoping for. Spock soon realizes that there is problem with the beam down coordinates they were provided. Written by
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Not being a member of the Federation, Gideon would not have access to a Federation Star Ship, and therefor would not have the plans and layout of a Star Ship, much less access to the personal effects in the captain's private quarters, in order to create a duplicate Enterprise. If it were that easy to know how the ship is laid out, then the Klingons and Romulans most surely would already know the same information, which in several previous Star Trek stories has shown not to be the case. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
Captain's Log, stardate 5423.4: We are orbiting the planet Gideon, which is still not a member of the United Federation of Planets. The treaty negotiations have been difficult because Gideon has consistently refused the presence of a delegation from the Federation on its soil or any surveillance by the ship's sensors. They have finally agreed to a delegation of one. They insisted it be the captain of the Enterprise. I am, therefore, beaming down at once.