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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 »




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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Second appearance of the Galactic Barrier at the edge of the galaxy. The first was Star Trek: The Original Series: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966). See more »


Rojan explains to the landing party that his neural field technology paralyzed their voluntary muscles, which held them still until they could be disarmed. However, moments before, as Rojan was making his initial demands, Kirk's eyes were darting back and forth, quite voluntarily. See more »


Rojan: Within ten millennia, high radiation levels in our galaxy will make life there impossible. So the Kelvan Empire sent forth ships to explore other galaxies, to search for one which our race could conquer and occupy.
Captain James T. Kirk: Well, sorry, this galaxy is already occupied.
Rojan: Captain, you think you are unconquerable, and your ship impregnable. But while we've talked, the capture has already begun.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Featured in Mr. Plinkett's Star Trek 2009 Review (2010) See more »


Music credited to Alexander Courage
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman
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Into Andromeda Galaxy With Kelvans
11 January 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 2, episode 21. The Enterprise receives a distress call from an uncharted planet and answer it. Spock, Kirk, McCoy and red shirts beam down. Two of the people on the planet walk up to the group and use a device that holds all the party as still as statues then releases them. Rojan is the leader of these "humans" and he proceeds to tell Kirk and the others they are from Andromeda galaxy and what they want is the Enterprise to get back to there. Next the group is imprisoned, then attempts to escape, a red shirt killed then they are held again in a cell. In order to get back to the ship, Spock goes into deep meditation to appear very ill then Kirk & McCoy tell a guard that they must get to Sickbay or he'll die. One of the Kelvans beam up with Spock & McCoy to watch what happens in Sickbay. Kirk tries to talk the lead Kelvan into getting back to the ship - he agree and all head to the Andromeda galaxy. Now the crew of the Enterprise must find a way to overcome the Kelvans - their only hope, Kelvans are not used to their current human forms.

Another neat episode concerning aliens in human bodies or form. Most intense when they attempt to cross the energy barrier into Andromeda galaxy - once there the situation becomes more intense.


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