The crew is infected with a mysterious disease that removes people's emotional inhibitions to a dangerous degree.



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John Bellah ...
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When Lieutenant Junior Grade Tormolen brings aboard an infection that killed the science team on Psi 2000, the crew of the Enterprise soon find themselves unable to control their most pre-dominant emotions. Soon the entire starship is in a shambles and plummeting toward the self destructing planet. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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29 September 1966 (USA)  »

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A late script revision came during post-production, as the episode needed some additional captain's log entries. See more »


When Scotty finishes cutting through the bulkhead in order to regain entry to Engineering, the piece he cut out is very hot and in fact is smoking, but Scotty grabs it with his bare hands to remove it and yet doesn't get burned. Update: Note that Scotty grabs the cut panel at the bottom-right, where he had cut it much earlier. The panel was only smoking from the top, where he had just finished cutting it. The panel would have had time to cool at the bottom-right by the time he grabbed it. And, given the location of the cut panel, and the equipment behind it, the material used in the bulkhead would almost certainly have properties that would insulate the crew from any heat generated by the equipment behind the panel, so the cut piece would have been cool enough to handle. See more »


Riley: [over the intercom] Lt. Uhura, you've interrupted my song, uh... I'm sorry but there'll be no ice cream for YOU tonight.
Capt. Kirk: Cut him off.
Uhura: I can't, sir. There's no way to do it.
Riley: Attention, crew, this is Capt. Riley. There will be a formal dance in the bowling alley at nineteen hundred hours tonight.
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Written by Thomas Payne Westendorf
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Fears, desires and swords
29 March 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The Naked Time is one of the more entertaining Star Trek episodes, even though there is the usual percentage of danger involved. It's also one of those stories that uses its central plot device (in this case a virus) as a means to explore the essence of the show's characters, which is always welcome, given the series' general lack of long-term psychological development.

The aforementioned virus is brought on board after the exploration of a planet where everyone was killed without a logical explanation. Soon enough, though, it becomes apparent that the cause of death has reached the Enterprise: the disease removes the infected person's inhibitions, unveiling his or her most hidden desires. Because of this, Sulu starts running around shirtless with a sword in his hand, Spock discovers a female crew member is in love with him (it also turns out he isn't as cold and rational as he likes to make us believe, thanks to his human half) and Kirk is torn between his duties as captain and wishes of a more personal nature. Someone must come up with a solution fast, or this kind of behavior could mean the end of the Enterprise.

The Naked Time is essentially a 45-minute extravaganza where we get to see how Kirk and the others would behave if they lost their common sense and reverted to the animal side of their nature. The story is rather thin (it's basically a succession of entertaining skits), but the performances make it worth watching, especially Nimoy's work, which apparently was so well received by fans that the writers decided to play on Spock's dual nature as often as they could. A very wise decision indeed.

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