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Requiem for Methuselah 

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On a planet, looking for an urgent medicinal cure, Kirk, Spock and McCoy come across a dignified recluse living privately but in splendor with his sheltered ward and a very protective robot servant.


Murray Golden


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Jerome Bixby | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
James Daly ... Flint
Louise Sorel ... Rayna
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura


When Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to a supposed uninhabited planet to gather the mineral ryetalyn to fight a plague of Rigelian fever on-board the Enterprise, they find a fellow Earth-man called Flint and his extremely intelligent female ward Rayna with whom Kirk begins to fall in love. Flint then proceeds to trap them and the Enterprise on his planet. Written by laird-3

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14 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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Flint's viewscreen appears to be a fairly close predictor of the modern flat panel TV that would become a commonplace household device decades later, except in 4:3 rather than widescreen format. See more »


At the beginning, Spock says that the ship's sensors did not pick any life forms on the planet. A few minutes later Flint says that his planet is shielded from outsiders. Once inside Flint's home, Kirk communicates with Scotty on the ship and tells him to do a full scan of Flint. How is this possible if the planet is shielded and the sensors can't pick up life forms? See more »


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Capt. Kirk: Captain's log, stardate 5843.7. The Enterprise is in the grip of a raging epidemic. Three crewmen have died and twenty-three others have been struck down by Rigelian fever. In order to combat the illness, Dr. McCoy needs large quantities of ryetalyn, which is the only known antidote for the fever. Our sensors have picked up sufficient quantities of pure ryetalyn on a small planet in the Omega system. We are beaming down to secure this urgently needed material.
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Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

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Bixby also wrote "The Man from Earth"
3 February 2008 | by bizarre_worldSee all my reviews

Jerome Bixby also wrote the script (his last one) for the very low budget 2007 movie "The Man From Earth":


which explores a similar theme. In this film, professor John Oldman reveals that he has been alive for 14,000 years. What kind of life would that be? Is he joking?

The approach is different from "Requiem for Methuselah" in that the focus is less on character development and more on a discussion of certain historical topics and the issue of how an immortal would fit into normal life on Earth: Would he become a genius? Would he get married? Would he have children?

Bixby completed "The Man from Earth" on his deathbed in 1998.

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