The Enterprise is in a remote section of the galaxy on a mission of star charting when they pick up mysterious radio emissions. While investigating they find themselves picking up speed. As they gain momentum they are being drawn towards a strange, dead star. They achieve orbit and discover an alien starship is also in orbit around the star. While investigating they discover that the ship has been badly damaged and is over 300 million years old. When they beam back they unknowingly bring back a malevolent energy source which attempts to take over Enterprise. Written by
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This episode did not air in Los Angeles until December 22, 1973 due to George Takei
's run for L.A. City Council. Takei's opponents claimed that if any episode that featured him aired before the election, it would violate the equal time law in which political candidates must have an equal amount of air time on non-news programs. See more
After having beamed on to the alien derelict, the force field surrounding Kirk is part way off him as if the animator didn't center Kirk into the outline. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
Captain's log, stardate: 5221.3. On outward course beyond the fringe of our galaxy towards Questar M-17, a source of mysterious radio emissions. Mission: Star charting.