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Journey to Babel 

The Enterprise hosts a number of quarrelling diplomats, including Spock's father, but someone on board has murder in mind.


Joseph Pevney


Gene Roddenberry (created by), D.C. Fontana




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Jane Wyatt ... Amanda (as Miss Jane Wyatt)
Mark Lenard ... Sarek
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
William O'Connell ... Thelev
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
John Wheeler ... Gav
James X. Mitchell James X. Mitchell ... Josephs
Reggie Nalder ... Shras


The Enterprise is transporting several diplomatic delegations to a conference on Babel regarding the future of the mineral-rich planet Coridan. Among the passengers are Spock's parents, Ambassador Sarek and Amanda. There is obviously a chill between father and son owing to Spock's choice of pursuing a career in Starfleet. Unknown to Spock or his mother is the fact that Sarek is seriously ill. There is also much tension among the delegations and a spy on board is transmitting coded messages to a ship that attacks the Enterprise. With Captain Kirk wounded in an earlier knife attack, Spock is in temporary command just as his father needs a transfusion that only he can provide. Written by garykmcd

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Spock's decision to join Starfleet rather than attend the Vulcan Science Academy is seen in the film Star Trek (2009), wherein he makes the choice after being told by the head of the VSA admissions board that his academic accomplishments were all the more impressive given the "disadvantage" of having a Human parent. While this occurs after Nero's incursion changes the time-line, screenwriter Roberto Orci stated that this took place in the prime time-line as well. See more »


After the Orion ship is destroyed, and Thelev's suicide, Kirk leaves the bridge to head for the sick bay. Before he does, he tells Mr. Chekov to take over. Why would Kirk leave Chekov in command when Chekov is only an ensign? The helmsman, navigator, and Uhura are all Lieutenants, so one of them should have been left command of the bridge. See more »


[first lines]
McCoy: [Captain Kirk is adjusting uniform in mirror, Dr. McCoy pacing behind him, tugging at tight collar] Dress uniforms - spit and polish. I don't know how much longer I'm gonna be able to stand this. I feel like my neck's in a sling.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in The Flash: The Man Who Saved Central City (2015) See more »


Music credited to Alexander Courage
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman
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Spock exposes his hybrid Vulkan-Human mindset!!!
6 May 2020 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

The Vulcan's mindset expressed by the cold Spock on the show was one the most engrossing behavior in hybrid Vulkan-Human offspring, which he is quite drift as true Vulcan mostly, in this episode his parents finally are introducing to us, he father Sarek (Mark Urko Lenard) is utterly phlegmatic, otherwise his mother Amanda (Jane Wyatt) is widely warming and very friendly, they are heading with several leaders to interplanetary conference at Babel through the Enterprise, Sarek represents as Vulkan's diplomat, but had other leadership aboard, many them with competing interests, it doesn't matter at all, the most exiting is about the extremely nonchalance which Sarek treats Spock, however when he needs a sudden heart surgery, Spock ought donate their Vulkan blood to save his father, to worst Capt. Kirk is deadly wounded by the insider Thelev, then Spock as second in command refuses drop out his duty for saves just one unique life, even it means his father's life, he sounds illogical, here we learn explicitly a high Vulkan's beliefs, great study of the Vulcan's characters, very unusual to us!!


First watch: 2020 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 7.75

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