Star Trek (1966–1969)
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By Any Other Name 

Galactic alien scouts capture the Enterprise for a return voyage and a prelude to invasion. Kirk's one advantage - they're not used to their adopted human form.


Marc Daniels


Gene Roddenberry (created by), D.C. Fontana (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Warren Stevens ... Rojan
Barbara Bouchet ... Kelinda
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Majel Barrett ... Christine
Stewart Moss ... Hanar
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Robert Fortier Robert Fortier ... Tomar
Lezlie Dalton Lezlie Dalton ... Drea
Carl Byrd Carl Byrd ... Lt. Shea
Julie Cobb ... Yeoman Leslie Thompson


Kirk, Spock, McCoy and a couple of red shirts beam down to the surface of a planet in answer to a fake distress call. There they are overpowered by a small group of human-looking aliens from the Andromeda galaxy, led by Rojan. Their galaxy will be uninhabitable within a few thousand years, so they intend to conquer ours, to give themselves a new home. The aliens' spacecraft had been damaged by the energy barrier around the galaxy, and they need the Enterprise to return home, enhancing its engines so that the journey will "only" take 300 years. They take over the Enterprise using their two main weapons - a paralyzing beam, and a ray that can reduce a person to a gray block of material - revival only being possible if the block is not damaged. After successfully negotiating the energy barrier, the aliens reduce all the crew into the gray blocks, with the exception of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scott, who must somehow overcome the aliens, revive the crew and return home. Written by Dave Brown

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23 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Jerome Bixby's original script was much darker than the filmed episode. The Kelvans (then called the Dvenyens) executed ten Enterprise crewmembers by opening the shuttlebay doors and let them sucked out into space. Kirk was put through "hellish torture". Also, crewmembers were chosen to mate with each other (Kirk was paired with Yeoman Leslie Thompson) to eventually breed slaves to the Kelvans. NBC objected against all these, which led producer Gene L. Coon to order a heavy rewrite on the material. The production staff also deemed the mating aspect too similar to Star Trek: The Cage (1986). See more »


When Kirk gets paralyzed (when they first escape the cave) the wide shot has his arms in a natural running position, in the closeup shot his arms are wide apart. See more »


Kelinda: Do you really regard this touching of the lips as pleasurable?
Captain James T. Kirk: I did.
Kelinda: Curious. Let me try.
[She kisses him. Rojan enters]
Rojan: Is there some problem, Captain?
Captain James T. Kirk: Not when I came in.
[Kirk exits]
Rojan: What did he want here?
Kelinda: He came to apologize for hitting me. Apparently it involves some peculiar touching contact.
Rojan: In what manner?
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Referenced in Star Trek: Discovery: The Vulcan Hello (2017) See more »

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you would extend welcome to invaders..
17 May 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Star Trek

By The Other Name

A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it.

After a good run on its first season, the second season has more expectations to fulfill and hopefully they will try to develop the character a bit more and focus on the relations between the crew members on the enterprise to blend in and communicate easily with the audience despite of just focusing on more mind-numb missions that sometimes feel like they are filling their time and work in.

It was fast, gripping and more importantly a new concept where the episode takes the audience somewhere light and breezy (despite the stakes projected in here) as it keeps it simple and sensible throughout the course of it and gives enough reason for the viewers to stick by.

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