Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 11

Wink of an Eye (29 Nov. 1968)

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A group of aliens who exist in a state of incredible acceleration invade the Enterprise and abduct Capt. Kirk.



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Episode complete credited cast:
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The Enterprise responds to a distress call from the planet Scalos, but when Kirk and a landing party beam down to the planet they find no living beings. It turns out that the Scalosians live at a much higher rate of acceleration, rendering them invisible to the human eye. One of the Scalosians, the beautiful and seductive Deela, accelerates Kirk so they can interact, where she tells him he cannot return to his normal life. For the crew, Kirk has virtually disappeared before their eyes. The Scalosians want to turn the Enterprise into a cryogenic storage facility for the crew. Kirk learns that at his current state of acceleration, they are subject to cellular degeneration and rapid aging should they suffer the slightest cut. He leaves a message for the crew but it is left to Mr. Spock to find a way to decipher it. Written by garykmcd

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The only time in the original Star Trek (1966) series in which Kirk is presumed to have had sex; he is seen zipping up his boots while sitting on the edge of his bed, with Deela standing nearby. See more »


Much of the general equipment on the ship operates at normal rate for Kirk (whilst accelerated), examples are the doors opening, the flashing lights on the transporter desk. It is also unlikely that the voice recorder would operate at a high enough frequency to be able to record the messages from the earlier crew. See more »


Dr. McCoy: There's no questions about it, Spock. I want you to take a look at this. The same substance is in the captain's coffee as in the Scalosian water and there's no trace of it in any of the other cups.
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Spoofed in Kim Possible: Queen Bebe (2003) See more »

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The Enterprise "goes fast"
21 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Voyager Episode "Blink of an Eye" has a similar premise - People living so fast you can't see em. Kind of like my neighbors (EX neighbors).

What was in The Scalosian Water, a super concentrated version of "That stuff that keeps you awake for a long time"?

Whatever it was, it really makes people go fast! In fact, when the "Landing Party" gets down there, Kirk thinks there are bugs flying around. Bugs that apparently talked all the time, to make that noise. Kirk finds out later, the Queen Scalosian "Deela" (Kathie Brown) was smooching him without his consent.

So, these parasites get Beamed up with The Landing party and immediately take over, changing the Enterprise into a huge refrigerator, so they can get "Take Out" food. Oops, would not the Transporter Chief see a sudden increase in MASS on the Transporter Pad, and the outlines of unknown people being beamed up? I dunno, I suspend a LOT of disbelief for some of these episodes. It's because I dug Bill Theiss' great costumes for these chicks, and none of those costumes ever cost more than a buck in material costs, so to say they are 'Skimpy' is an understatement of mass proportions.

It's actually because of the Scalosian Chicks, who can't get knocked up with their own men, so they have to kidnap unsuspecting spaceships passing by, pick a few choice morsels and freeze the rest, have several orgies, and then unfreeze more men. What do they do about the Women? Uhura would have been SOOL.

I just wanna say that, these people would have been dead after the first 10 minutes of real time on The Enterprise. Unless maybe they have a lifespan of several hundred years in comparative Earth-Time.

One thing they got relatively accurate is the DAMAGING EFFECT of substances that "stimulate" you - One guy dies of a mere scratch. So, as far as "Fair Warning" goes about abusing these kinds of things, this is a good horror story for that, an exaggeration, but true nevertheless.

If you think about this, how can you fight this kind of thing, being attacked by people who live at a different speed than you? It's utterly impossible, you have to fight them on their own level, which Spock does and he can do this because he himself has a very long life span.

The whole thing is so unbelievable that I loved it anyway. And Kirk BLATANTLY gets "Lucky" with Deela.

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