Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 9

The Tholian Web (15 Nov. 1968)

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While Capt. Kirk and the derelict USS Defiant apparently lost, the Enterprise grapples with an insanity causing plague and an attack by the Tholians.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sean Morgan ...
Lt. O'Neil


Kirk and the derelict starship Defiant vanish into a spatial interphase between universes. To rescue him, Spock must maintain position despite a growing, violent hysteria aboard the Enterprise, like that which destroyed the Defiant's crew, as well as a force field being laid around the Enterprise by Tholian patrol ships. Written by Tom D.

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Actor Chad Everett has an uncredited cameo as the crewman in Engineering who becomes dizzy and leans against one of the engines. See more »


The first shot of Chekov in the Defiant's engineering room shows him bobbing back and forth unnaturally, because the film was rolled backward and forward a few times as filler. See more »


Dr. McCoy: [about Kirk] He was a hero in every sense of the word, yet his life was sacrificed for nothing. The one thing that would have given his death meaning is the safety of the Enterprise. Now you've made that impossible, Mr. Spock.
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Now you see him, now you don't
8 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Kirk is on a ship that is somehow losing its integrity--literally vanishing. While the rest of the party investigating this derelict ship get back safely to the Enterprise, Kirk is stuck as the ship disappears forever! It appears he is dead and Spock officiates his memorial service. However, later Uhura and others begin seeing the Captain in his cheesy space suit as he magically appears and disappears in the ship. Perhaps he really isn't dead after all. Unfortunately, although they want to stay and investigate further, the stupid Tholians arrive and try to trap them forever in a giant space web unless they leave.

This is a space-bound episode and because they never land on any planets or see any aliens face-to-face, this is a duller and more static episode than average. While it isn't bad, it is poor enough to feel right at home with all the other weaker episodes of season 3 (by most every opinion, the quality of the series dropped in this final year).

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