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.
Did You Know?
'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
While Scott and Tomar are drinking various liquors, Scott tosses an empty bottle to the floor off-camera and the sound of it breaking is heard. Later, when Scott passes out, the discarded bottle is at his feet, intact. See more
[upon being kissed
Is there some significance to this action?
Captain James T. Kirk
Well, among humans, it's, uh, meant to express warmth and love.
Oh. You are trying to seduce me.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more