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



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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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29 November 1968 (USA)  »

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Walter Koenig 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 »


Deela: I don't care what your feelings are; I don't want to know that aspect of it. What I do is necessary, and you have no right to question it. Allow me the dignity of liking the man I select.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Blink of an Eye (2000) See more »

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Don't drink the Scalosian water before bed.
24 October 2006 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

Star Trek always had what I called the "Macy's Parade" approach to working within a budget--especially in season three. Matte paintings, props,sets, visual effects shots, all were fair game for the producers to utilize, repaint and reconfigure to save money. They must have thought viewers had short memories. Not "Trek" fans. With that said, this episode did a great job of pulling off a lot with the barest of essentials. The Enterprise's landing party transports down to the planet's surface to find a deserted city. This is odd because they were recently sent a distress signal by the inhabitants of this world. A crew member, planet-side, stupidly, takes a drink from a cascading water fountain and disappears. Kirk and the others hear (but don't see) buzzing insects. They are, needless to say, a little perplexed by this turn of events. They scurry back to the ship. On the bridge, Kirk drinks a cup of coffee and he too disappears. The Scalosians, you see, have been able to accelerate themselves into a state of hyper-space. Their motives are not good--it's a trap. I wonder if one of the ideas for this wacky story, may have sprung from a movie titled "The Time Travelers," and it's low-budget remake, "Journey to the Center of Time." Something to keep in mind when you watch this episode, one of the best from Star Trek's final season. Space trivia alert: Kathie Browne, Kirk's love interest in this story and female leader of the Scalosians, was married to the "Night Stalker" himself, Darren McGavin. Sadly, Ms.Browne and her husband passed away in the last few years. But their cult status as icons of 60's television remains intact.

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