The Enterprise travels to the planet Elba II, home of the last asylum for the criminally insane, to deliver a serum that should cure all of its remaining inmates. Kirk and Spock beam down to the planet's surface where all seems in order, but they soon find the inmates now run the asylum, led by Garth (at one time a starship Captain, whose exploits were required reading at the Academy). Garth, who's learned how to shape-shift, can take on the appearance of anyone, including Kirk or Spock. In the process of learning this ability, he lost his sanity. Garth plans to pose as the Captain, beam up to the Enterprise and take over the ship, but Kirk has a roadblock set up to overcome. Written by
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The title is based on a quote by the Greek playwright Euripides
(484 BC - 406 BC): Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. See more
Governor Cory explains to Kirk that Garth can change his appearance at will due to the control of his body cells, that does not explain how his clothing changes as well. See more
I may have you beaten to death.
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