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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This takes place in 2268. See more
Because archive footage (including footage from Star Trek: The Empath
, which was filmed before this episode) is used for most of the first minute of the episode, several continuity errors are caused. Scotty, when making the opening log entry, has the brushed-back hairstyle James Doohan
was forced to use for the first few episodes of the third season; in the rest of the episode, he has his normal hairstyle. A woman other than Uhura is at the communications station in the opening scene, but Uhura is there when Kirk returns to the bridge. Perhaps most amusingly, Mr. Hadley is at the navigation station when Scotty makes the opening log entry, but when the shot changes to archive footage of the viewscreen, he is at the helm. See more
Captain Kirk! Where the blazes did you come from?
Captain James T. Kirk
Out of the nowhere, into the here.