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"Star Trek" The Naked Time (1966)

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Original Air Date:
29 September 1966 (Season 1, Episode 4)
The crew is infected with a mysterious disease that removes people's emotional inhibitions to a dangerous degree. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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No Beach to Walk on... as The Ship Spirals Down See more (12 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Stewart Moss ... Tormolen

Majel Barrett ... Christine
Bruce Hyde ... Riley

DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy

Grace Lee Whitney ... Yeoman Rand

George Takei ... Sulu

James Doohan ... Scott

Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura

William Knight ... Amorous Crewman
John Bellah ... Laughing Crewman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Blackburn ... Lt. Hadley (uncredited)
Frank da Vinci ... Lt. Brent (uncredited)

Eddie Paskey ... Lt. Ryan (uncredited)
Woody Talbert ... Crewman #2 (uncredited)
Ron Veto ... Crewman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Marc Daniels 
Writing credits
John D.F. Black (written by)

Gene Roddenberry (created by)

Produced by
John D.F. Black .... associate producer
Robert H. Justman .... associate producer
Gene Roddenberry .... producer
Original Music by
Alexander Courage 
Cinematography by
Gerald Perry Finnerman (director of photography) (as Jerry Finnerman)
Film Editing by
Bruce Schoengarth 
Casting by
Joseph D'Agosta 
Production Design by
Walter M. Jefferies 
Art Direction by
Rolland M. Brooks 
Set Decoration by
Carl Biddiscombe  (as Carl F. Biddiscombe)
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss  (as William Theiss)
Makeup Department
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist
Production Management
Herbert F. Solow .... executive in charge of production
Bernard A. Widin .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregg Peters .... assistant director
Art Department
Irving A. Feinberg .... property master
Sound Department
Jack F. Lilly .... sound mixer
Joseph G. Sorokin .... sound editor
Special Effects by
James Rugg .... special effects (as Jim Rugg)
Visual Effects by
Melissa Berryann .... assistant to executive producer (remastered version)
Petri Blomqvist .... technical consultant (remastered version)
Chris DeCristo .... 2D supervisor (remastered version)
Doug Drexler .... technical consultant (remastered version)
Max Gabl .... matte painter (remastered version)
James Holt .... digital compositor (remastered version)
Jena Huynh .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
Robert H. Justman .... technical consultant (remastered version)
Gary Kerr .... technical consultant (remastered version)
David LaFountaine .... visual effects executive producer (remastered version)
Denise Okuda .... producer (remastered version)
Michael Okuda .... producer (remastered version)
Luis F. Pazos .... production assistant: visual effects (remastered version)
David Rossi .... producer (remastered version)
Wendy Ruiz .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
Heekyung Shin .... digital artist (remastered version)
John Small .... systems support engineer (remastered version)
Chris Tezber .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
Brian Vogt .... lead lighting technical director (remastered version)
Craig Weiss .... director of visual effects: CBS Digital (remastered version)
Niel Wray .... visual effects supervisor (remastered version)
Darrell A. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Howard A. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Toni Pace Carstensen .... visual effects producer (uncredited) (remastered version)
Camera and Electrical Department
George H. Merhoff .... gaffer
George Rader .... head grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marge Makau .... wardrobe mistress (as Margaret Makau)
Editorial Department
Bill Heath .... post-production executive
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... conductor
Julian Davidson .... music coordinator
Wilbur Hatch .... music consultant
Robert H. Raff .... music editor
Other crew
George Rutter .... script supervisor (as George A. Rutter)
Bill Blackburn .... stand-in: DeForest Kelley (uncredited)
Frank da Vinci .... stand-in: Leonard Nimoy (uncredited)
Jeannie Malone .... stand-in: Grace Lee Whitney (uncredited)
Eddie Paskey .... stand-in: William Shatner (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

50 min | Argentina:60 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (video rating) | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

This episode was long a particular favourite among fans at conventions. At various points they would hiss in imitation of the passage of the virus, sing along with Riley, applaud Sulu's initial appearance as a swashbuckler, and cheer Kirk when he declared that he would never lose the Enterprise.See more »
Factual errors: 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:And now, crew, I will render 'Kathleen'... ONE MORE TIME!
Capt. Kirk:[murmuring to himself] Please, not again.
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34 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
No Beach to Walk on... as The Ship Spirals Down, 17 June 2006
Author: Bogmeister from United States

Here, we learn that Kirk yearns to walk on a beach somewhere, perhaps with Yeoman Rand. This episode is probably best known as the one with Sulu, stripped to the waist, running around the ship's corridors with a sword. But, it's this episode where we learn a lot of interesting things about the main characters, so all the actors get a chance to shine a bit, including Hyde as young crewman Riley in the first of his two appearances on the show. Hyde provides most of the amusing scenes in this episode, but it's not really a comedy, such as "I,Mudd" or a "A Piece of the Action." It's a grimly amusing tone as Hyde manages to take over the engine room and the ship then starts to spiral downward towards the planet the Enterprise is orbiting, it seems to certain doom. What Kirk really needed to refine after this episode is ship's security; not only do they ignore Spock's request to escort Riley to sickbay, they then let him take over the ship - all by his lonesome!

Besides Riley, a nutty Irishman at heart, Sulu reveals his secret taste for swashbuckling, nurse Chapel turns out to be secretly in love with Spock, who shows a tendency to weep uncontrollably over his lot in life (half-Vulcan, half human) and, finally, Kirk seems caught between his love of the Enterprise and more normal desires. I was puzzled as to why Uhura wasn't affected by this strange space disease (altered water, it turned out), since she had prolonged contact with the sweaty Sulu (that's how the disease spreads). The disease forces all the hidden desires and emotions of the affected crew to the surface. It's a far better depiction of released inhibitions than the later retread on TNG - "The Naked Now," where everything was very one-note by comparison.

The episode is brilliantly paced and directed. It begins rather slowly and uneventfully, not quite routine since they find a scientific party which is dead by mysterious circumstances. There's an ominous tone to this first act, but it gives no hint of the wild madness to come. Things escalate rapidly to a delirious pitch, with Kirk near panic as he loses all control of the ship and then himself. There are some great stylistic flourishes during the final act, such as a fevered Kirk's entry into one of the lifts, where he sees the words written in red paint - it's almost surreal. And, of course, his confrontation with Spock and their mutual slapping scene is one of the all time classics. You never look at any of these characters in quite the same way after this episode.

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