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
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did not film any new footage for this. Chekov appears briefly in the opening scenes but it's stock footage from earlier productions. He takes no part in the plot. See more
When Kirk is first accelerated he is on the bridge. No ratio is given for the accelerated speed but judging by how quickly Spock repairs things at the end, we can reasonably assume something in the region of 1000x normal speed or greater.
Consider this: If it takes the lift doors 1 second to open and close in real time, accelerated, that would take about 16 minutes. A 30-second ride in the turbo-lift would take 8.3 hours. How frustrating having to get anywhere that involves doors or lifts. See more
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