Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Is There in Truth No Beauty? 

Lovely telepath Miranda is aide to Ambassador Kollos, in a box to stop insanity when humans see Medusans. She rejects Larry, a designer of Enterprise, and senses murderous intent nearby.

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Ralph Senensky

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Jean Lisette Aroeste
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Diana Muldaur ... Dr. Miranda Jones
David Frankham David Frankham ... Larry Marvick
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
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The Enterprise transports the Medusan Ambassador Kollos; his telepathic interpreter, Dr Miranda Jones; and Engineer Laurence Marvick. Only Vulcans and those trained in Vulcan self-control can handle the horrible sight of a Medusan (and then only with eye protection). Attempting to kill Kollos, Marvick (jealous of Miranda's interest in Kollos) goes insane at the sight of the Mudasan ambassador. Before dying Marvick, one of the designers of the Enterprise, takes the ship outside the galaxy where it is hopelessly lost. Once it is discovered that Miranda is blind (she had fooled them with a complicated neural sensor in her dress) and cannot guide the Enterprise, Spock mind-melds with the navigationally proficient ambassador who quickly gets the Enterprise back in known galactic space. However, while severing the mind-meld, he forgets the visor, sees Kollos, and goes insane. Because of her jealousy of Spock's relationship with Kollos, Miranda hesitates to give help, but with Kirk's urging ... Written by JW Kearse

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USA

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English

Release Date:

18 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The episode title is from a poem by the 17th century English poet and clergyman George Herbert, from his poem "Jordan (I)", line 2: "Who says that fictions only and false hair/ Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty?" See more »

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When Marvick entered Miranda's quarters, the doors opened automatically when she 'authorized' him to enter, but when he left her quarters, he had to press the door button to open the doors. See more »

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Captain James T. Kirk: Captain's log, stardate 5630.7. We have been assigned to convey the Medusans' ambassador to the Federation back to their home planet. While the thoughts of the Medusans are the most sublime in the galaxy, their physical appearance is exactly the opposite. They have evolved into a race of beings who are formless, so utterly hideous that the sight of a Medusan brings total madness to any human who sees one.
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Referenced in Star Trek Continues: To Boldly Go: Part I (2017) See more »

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... fascinating and true sience -fiction.
1 August 2018 | by jamesvaughanantwerpSee all my reviews

A creature so strange and alien that humans cannot survive just seeing it! That is a strong and true science-fiction premise. Also with obvious classic overtones. The story is very compelling. Also one of the more genuinely frightening (the Medusa of Greek mythology). The Thing in the box! What it really is, is left up to our imagination. Yet when Spock is inhabited by the alien's consciousness, he proves to be kind and gentle. Experiencing existence inside the fragile, isolated shell of a human body the Alien/ Spock gives one of the most eloquent speeches of the series "... to be so -alone!"


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