Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Very alien visitors to our galaxy attempt to connect with human consciousness but miss, winding up tapping into the regions of human nightmares instead.


Joseph Pevney


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Robert Bloch

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Antoinette Bower ... Sylvia
Theodore Marcuse ... Korob (as Theo Marcuse)
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Michael Barrier Michael Barrier ... DeSalle (as Mike Barrier)
John Winston John Winston ... Transporter Chief
Rhodie Cogan Rhodie Cogan ... First Witch
Gail Bonney ... Second Witch
Maryesther Denver Maryesther Denver ... Third Witch
Jay D. Jones Jay D. Jones ... Crewman Jackson (as Jimmy Jones)


When Captain Kirk and his landing party arrive on Pyrus VII, they are met by eerie mists, a dark castle, wailing witches, zombies and a black cat. They soon learn that they are under the influence of a wizard, Korob, who tries to bend them to his will. They also soon learn that the black cat they saw is more than she appears and is in fact a powerful witch in her right. This beautiful witch, Sylvia, who wears a diamond pendant on her black dress, explains that they are explorers from another galaxy. However, Kirk and Spock must find a means to escape their grasp before they return to the Enterprise. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

27 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 2267. See more »


Obvious wig on Chekov (see trivia). See more »


DeSalle: [of the force field around the ship] Maybe we can't break it. But I'll bet you credits to navy beans we can put a dent in it.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song. Highlights include a wider establishing shot showing the entire castle, not just the front door. See more »


Referenced in Star Trek Continues: To Boldly Go: Part II (2017) See more »

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I Think It Would Have Been Better With Herman Munster!
28 April 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Once again somebody decided to walk away from the true Star Trek, a science fiction series. The ridiculousness of this mess with wizards and transforming cats, further takes the credibility from the fan's one chance to see a quality item. When the scripts arrived at the homes of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, there must have been a lot of choking sounds. Jack Nicholson's first movie was called "The Terror." It has dueling wizards and goofy magic. It is often thought of as a terrible movie. Put aside this episode, it looks like "The Godfather." I suppose there is an audience out there that has no taste that thought this was quite clever, but they had 98 percent of television to appeal to their tastes. Enough criticism. It's a really bad episode.

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