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.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Capt. Kirk
... Mr. Spock
... Dr. McCoy
... T'Pau
... T'Pring
... Stonn
... Christine Chapel
... Sulu
... Uhura
... Chekov
... 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)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spock would later use the ahn-woon and lirpa in combat in the book Time for Yesterday, by A.C. Crispin. 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 »


Dr. McCoy: Yeah. "Hot as Vulcan." Now I understand what that phrase means.
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Referenced in Stargate SG-1: Babylon (2005) See more »

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wonderful show
16 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Season 2 of Star Trek started off with a bang. This is one of the most memorable shows concerning Spock and his home planet of Vulcan. Plus the Vulcan's 7 year biological urge to mate. Only Harlan Ellison's "City on the Edge of Forever" exceeds the quality of Theodore Sturgeon's script here. It must surely rank among the Top 10 Star Trek shows that were ever produced.

We see Spock and Kirk fighting at the end and Spock is almost out of his mind since he is in the throws of Ponn Far--the Vulcan mating ritual. Who can forget Spock's poignant speech to Tpau that he shall not live long and prosper since he has killed his captain and his friend, Kirk.

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