Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 7

What Are Little Girls Made Of? (20 Oct. 1966)

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Nurse Chapel is reunited with her fiancé; but his new obsession leads him to make an android duplicate of Captain Kirk.

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The crew of the Enterprise arrive at the planet EXO-III with some trepidation and great anticipation. They are there to see if hey can locate the renowned scientist Dr. Roger Korby. The man hasn't been heard of for 5 years and the general belief is that he is dead. For Nurse Christine Chapel however, a reunion with Corby will be a reunion with her fiancé. They find Korby alive but when Kirk and Chapel beam down to the planet, they find a man obsessed who is using alien technology to reproduce the humans around him in the form of androids. Written by garykmcd

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In Robert Bloch's original script, a wealthy socialite named Margo hired the Enterprise to look for Doctor Korby, whom she greatly admired. In his script re-writes, Gene Roddenberry felt the role would be better filled by Korby's wife or fiancé, which would play well with the doctor's alleged intimate relationship with Andrea and his emotional coldness. Finally, he wrote the part to feature Christine Chapel, who was previously featured in "The Naked Time" (and was played by Roddenberry's lover, Majel Barrett). See more »

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When Kirk pulls the stalactite from the roof, it does not snap like limestone. Instead, it bends the way that only polystyrene can. See more »

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Dr. Roger Korby: You might as well try to outthink a calculating machine.
Captain James T. Kirk: Obviously I can't.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Man Trap (1966) See more »

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"Androids don't eat, Miss Chapel."
7 April 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

What Are Little Girls Made Of? is a little classic in the Star Trek saga, primarily because it features one of the best uses of Majel Barrett (Gene Roddenberry's wife at the time) as Nurse Chapel, a fact that proves no role is really secondary in this series.

Nurse Chapel's expanded presence is dictated by the fact that Kirk is going to beam down on the planet where her fiancé, Dr. Roger Korby, from whom no one has heard anything in a long time, and she insists on joining him since she can't wait to see if Korby is still alive. Once they're on the planet, however, a nasty surprise awaits them: Korby's obsession with technology has driven him insane, and his new expertise regarding the construction of androids prompts him to build a replica of Kirk that could take over the Enterprise.

Predating Balde Runner by sixteen years, this episode, like many others, provides a riveting and well-written exploration of the theme of humanity, more specifically what makes man different from machines (or aliens for that matter). Tha script is praiseworthy because it depicts Korby as a genuinely flawed human being, not a traditional mad scientist, just like Nurse Chapel isn't another heartbroken woman who serves as a mere plot contrivance. Plus, much like The Enemy Within, any episode where Kirk has to face another version of himself is a lot of fun to watch. A little classic, indeed.


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