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.
Did You Know?
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
[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.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
Music credited to Alexander Courage
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman See more