Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Elaan of Troyius 

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While transporting an arrogant, demanding princess for a political marriage, Captain Kirk must cope both with her biochemical ability to force him to love her and sabotage on his ship.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
France Nuyen ... Elaan
Jay Robinson ... Petri
Tony Young ... Kryton
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
George Takei ... Sulu
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Lee Duncan Lee Duncan ... Evans
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Watson
Dick Durock ... Guard #1
Charles Beck Charles Beck ... Guard #2


The Enterprise transports Elaan, a member of the ruling dynasty of the warrior Elasians, to the planet of their enemy, the Troyians, so that her arranged marriage will halt their interplanetary war. Kirk must teach the arrogant, vicious princess the ways of polite society but falls victim to the legendary weapon of Elasian women: their tears serve as a love potion. Spock tracks what may be another ship shadowing the Enterprise and Kirk, distracted by Elaan, must fight against other parties interested in preventing the Federation's peace efforts. Written by Tom D.

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20 December 1968 (USA) See more »

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When the camera slowly tilts up Elaan's skimpily clad body (bikini bottom and top) in the transporter, her belly button is covered as per the 1951 Code of Practices for Television Broadcasters, which prohibited female navel exposure. However, by the Fall of 1966, this guideline was no longer being enforced. While it's true costumes on Star Trek often obscured women's navels, the network did not require it, contrary to a popular myth. In Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967), both Nyota Uhura's and Marlena Moureau's navels were often seen, and the first time this happened was in Star Trek: Shore Leave (1966). See more »


(at around 15 mins) When Kirk responds to the intercom hail from Security reporting a disturbance in the Dohlman's quarters, he is clearly located at Spock's science station. Note the audio speaker, tape player, array of five double switches and earpiece. The subsequent mid-conversation wide shot shows Kirk (and Spock) standing at Kirk's command chair. See more »


Mr. Spock: But why do the Klingons consider the possession of this system so vital?
Captain James T. Kirk: Yes, a very good question, Mr. Spock.
Mr. Spock: I have another question, Captain. Is not the bridge the wrong place for the Dohlman at a time like this?
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Perfect Mate (1992) See more »

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Captain Kirk transports a spoiled, reluctant and beautiful bride, Elaan, to her repugnant groom.
20 May 2006 | by svogelsong7See all my reviews

The exotic France Nuyen as the angry bride, Elaan, is displayed beauteously. Coiling, raven locks and searing, jet-black eyes engage with Cleopatra styling to hold our attention, and one wonders what snake-like moves she will utilize to gain her way. Elaan is captivating to her subjects, but her magical tears must flow to tempt our powerful Captain Kirk. After Kirk uncovers the psychology behind Elaan's temper, I ceased the wish for her quick drop into the dilithium chamber. Running opposite to Trek's usual choice for a beauty, Elaan is dark and petite, with a thicker accent slightly reminiscent of latter Gen's Counselor Troi. Trek reminded viewers that fulfilling duty is inevitable in order to be honorable. I felt the loss incurred in more than one of the characters' hearts at the finale. Kirk and Elaan will engender a range of memorable emotions.

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