A mysterious signal from an unexplored planet somehow mesmerizes the male crew members into daydreaming of fantasy women. The women crew members are unaffected, though. Following the signal, Kirk beams down with an all-male landing party and is quickly subdued. Awakening, the landing party find themselves with headbands on that are siphoning off their life force, making them age quickly. They discover that the long-lived and all-female residents of the planet obtain their long life and beauty by luring male spacefarers and draining their life force. The weakened landing party manages to escape and hide from their captors in a hollow sculpture. Meanwhile, Uhura has taken command of the Enterprise, seeing that the men have become completely useless, constantly daydreaming. She assembles another landing party (all-female) to rescue the first. They win a battle over the female inhabitants, who are willing to release Kirk and his party, but they don't know where they are. Using a locater ... Written by
Did You Know?
This episode features the one and only time in all of the Star Trek series and films that Captain Kirk says, "Beam us up, Scotty!" It has long been thought of as one of those made up phrases connected to the franchise (in the original Star Trek
(1966), Kirk and others always said something like "Scotty, three to beam up." or "Enterprise, beam us up."). But Kirk does say it in this episode. See more
In one scene a couple of crewman are suddenly not wearing their headbands. In the next scene, the headbands reappear. See more
I am Theela, the head female. Welcome, James Kirk, Dr. McCoy, Mr. Spock, welcome.
The form is humanoid, but there are many internal differences. Their bodies appear to function in an unusual psychokinetic level.
First time I ever admired a body function.