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.
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According to guest star Stewart Moss, after filming was complete, he asked fellow guest star Barbara Bouchet out. She replied, "But for what purpose? You're an attractive man, but what can you do for me?" Bouchet later married Italian film producer Luigi Borghese. See more
When the Kelvans reduce the crew members to the "cuboctahedrons", their clothes are reduced with them. But items that they are holding (clipboards, pens, etc.) are not, and land beside the "cuboctahedrons". Since this is an imaginary technology, we just have to accept whatever we are shown regarding this matter. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
Turn this ship around. We're going home.
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