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.


Gene Roddenberry (created by), John Meredyth Lucas | 1 more credit »





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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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.
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Referenced in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: War Bride (1997) See more »


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One of my favorite TOS Episodes
19 December 2016 | by jerry-58820See all my reviews

I know a lot of fans dislike most of Series 3 and some reviewers take issue with "Kirk as white knight conquering the damsel". But I tend to judge an episode on entertainment value and block-by-block performance from the cast. I think France Nuyen is a wonderful actor in this episode and totally dominates every scene she appears in. The first act sets up the conflict between Elas and Troyius, two feudalistic planets with the power to destroy each other, seeking to form a constructive alliance through the marriage of two royal families. And these two families couldn't be more different from each other. Troyius is obsessed with tradition and "manners" while Elas is as savage and brutal as we image the Roman barbarians were. The second act brings Kirk and Elaas closer together through a biological "love potion" and exposes the treachery of a trusted Elasian guard. Some reviewers do not like how the script transitions Elaan from "shrew" to "compliant mistress" but I disagree. I think Elaan was simply attempting to use the forced attraction she infected Kirk with initially for her own ends, but in the process discovered a man she felt was worthy of her love. As a princess on Elaas she was denied nothing. But on the Enterprise, she would discover that she could not have Kirk whether the attraction was physical or chemical. The third act brings in the Klingons! Perfect timing! I love the action and tactical maneuvering here and I think the script for Kirk, Spock, Sulu, and Scotty plays right on to strengths of each character. The final scenes are romantic and emotional. The classic line "Are you out of your Vulcan mind!" This is an episode that is foundational to the TNG and reboot episodes that would follow. I'm a fan from 1970 and although there are episodes I like better than others, the original series inspired me to become an engineer. But I wanted to be Spock because he was intelligent, loyal, and mostly un-emotional. I highly recommend this episode.

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