Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Amok Time 

In the throes of his Pon Farr mating period, Spock must return to Vulcan to meet his intended future wife, betrothed from childhood.


Joseph Pevney


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Theodore Sturgeon

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Celia Lovsky ... T'Pau
Arlene Martel ... T'Pring
Lawrence Montaigne ... Stonn
Majel Barrett ... Christine Chapel
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Byron Morrow ... Admiral Komack


Lately, Spock's behavior has been increasingly and unprecedentedly erratic. When McCoy finds it to be a growing medical risk, Kirk drags the truth out of him: it is the 'blood fever', the one time in a Vulcan's life he regresses to a primitive, hormonal state of mind, setting out to mate for life. He is granted the first request for shore-leave in his entire career to go to Vulcan, asking Kirk and McCoy to join him in his equivalent of a marriage ceremony with his since-age-seven arranged fiancée, T'Pring. But, once on Vulcan, T'Pring halts the matrimony by calling the ancient challenge, whereby a champion of her choice will fight Spock for her. Surprising all, she selects Jim Kirk. He accepts after due consideration only to find, when the first of two dueling weapons are handed out, that the fight is to the death - too late to decline in front of T'Pau, the presiding top official for Spock's family and the most powerful of all Vulcan dignitaries. Written by KGF Vissers

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15 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Stonn is the only male Vulcan without a letter "K" in his name. See more »


Spocks hands change from one shot to another. They start off together as if he is meditating and in the next shot you can see Spock with hands behind his back. See more »


Sulu: How do you figure it, Chekov? First we're going to Vulcan, then we're going to Altair, then we're headed to Vulcan again, and now we're headed back to Altair.
Chekov: I think I'm going to get space sick.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song. Highlights include a new aerial view of the arena with a city in the distance. See more »


Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »

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Pon Farr - Vulcan Mating Season For Spock
7 January 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 2, episode 1. The Enterprise is heading to Altair VI when Mr. Spock starts acting erratic and not wanting to explain his actions and behavior to anyone - not even to Kirk or Bones. Bones notices that Spock's vital signs are not right and he's not eating and he tells Kirk that they have to bring Spock to Vulcan or he will die. Kirk keeps prodding Spock to tell him what is going on and Spock finally opens up. Starfleet orders Kirk to head to Altair VI but he defies the orders to bring Spock to Vulcan. Pon Farr time for Mr. Spock, his Vulcan blood is burning, he is married to T'Pring and must mate with her. T'Pring chooses a challenge - her champion Kirk. Kirk has the option to say "No" but Bones feels that Spock cannot take on the other challenger and Kirk feels he might have a plan but he soon finds out that this is a fight to the death. T'Pring is wanting a divorce and to marry Stonn. Kirk and Spock must fight to the death but McCoy has something up his sleeve.

Good episode, fun to watch Kirk and Spock battle it out.

I've got to love the relationship between Kirk, Spock and Bones. There is always one of them with something up their sleeve to surprise the other two.


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