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.
Did You Know?
The story includes elements of both Homer
's "Iliad" (Helen of Troy, represented as Elaan of Troyius) and William Shakespeare
's "Taming of the Shrew" (the battle between the clever rational male and the unreasonable temper-tantrum-throwing female). See more
Near the end of the scene as the Kingons are coming in for their final attack, as Capt Kirk says "Chekov, photon torpedoes, fire!" In the background behind and to the right of Kirk you can see Elaan sitting in a chair with Scotty standing next to her, and you see the camera caught the actress breaking character looking at or towards Scotty to her right smiling, as if she was reacting to something funny being said just before the camera started filming and then, still smiling, looking towards her left. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
Mr. Spock, the women on your planet are logical. That's the only planet in this galaxy that can make that claim.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
theme music by
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