The Enterprise receives an old style SOS signal and finds on arrival a planet that is virtually identical to Earth. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Yeoman Rand beam down to the planet only to find that it is inhabited solely by children. Kirk befriends one of the older children, Miri, but they soon learn that experiments to prolong life killed all of the adults and that the children will also die when they reach puberty. They also learn that the children are in fact, very old. Soon, the landing party contracts the virus and has seven days to find a cure.
Did You Know?
In the original script, the action is basically the same, however around 80% of the dialogue is different from Steven W. Carabatsos
' rewrite and the aired episode. Janice is revealed to be 24 years old (James Blish
includes this bit in the novelization), and she is considering leaving the Enterprise. (Perhaps an in-story explanation as to why she left the show soon after.) Also, the character of the "Fat Little Boy" is extended, and more emphasis is put on the older kids taking care of the younger ones. See more
At the very beginning Kirk tells Spock they are "hundreds of light years from Earth" and then after the opening credits Kirk says "in the distant reaches of our galaxy..." Our Galaxy is approximately 100,000 light years in diameter so even "hundreds of light years" would still be relatively next-door rather than "distant reaches" See more
Back on the ship, I used to try to get you to look at my legs. Captain, look at my legs.
[as he looks, she involuntarily covers the blue scabs growing on them
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage See more