The Enterprise is transporting its first Captain, Robert April to Babel where he will reluctantly accept his retirement. When they attempt to stop an unidentified vessel on a collision course with the Beta Niobe nova, they accidentally pass into an alternate dimension where time flows in the opposite direction. Thus, the crew of the Enterprise rapidly begins to grow younger in age and soon becomes unable to man the consoles. Written by
The TV Archaeologist
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Writer Fred Bronson
chose to be credited with the pseudonym "John Culver". Bronson, who worked as an NBC publicist, thought it might create a conflict by working as a writer for the show that he was publicizing. But NBC corporate policy did allow that. Bronson chose "Culver" because he grew up in Culver City, California. See more
The entire crew of the Enterprise becomes younger at an alarming rate, even Mr. Spock who says he ages the slowest. However, Commodore April and his wife cease to become younger after he's taken command. They too should have become children by the time the ship was out of danger. See more
Gentlemen, I'm sure none of us mind growing younger instead of older for a change.
Commodore Robert April
It pleases me, Jim. If we stay here long enough I'll no longer be at the mandatory retirement age.