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Spock's Brain 

The crew of the Enterprise pursues a mysterious woman who has abducted Spock's brain.

Director:

Marc Daniels

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Gene L. Coon (as Lee Cronin) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Marj Dusay ... Kara
James Doohan ... Scott
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
James Daris James Daris ... Creature
Sheila Leighton Sheila Leighton ... Luma
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Storyline

The Enterpise is approached by an ion-propelled craft (much to Eng. Scott's liking); from it enters a female who renders everyone unconscious. When the crew wakes up, McCoy finds Spock alive in sick bay but with his brain surgically removed. McCoy urges its quick restoration if he's to survive at all. Desperately Kirk follows an ion-trail to a system where he gambles on an icy planet populated by a simple-minded all-male race of large cavemen who attack them. The landing party captures one, who says Kirk and crew are small like 'The Others' - bringers of pain and delight - whom they fear. McCoy brings down Spock's body, mobilized with a mechanical brain-substitute installed. They enter the acclimatized, underground dwelling of 'The Others' - a similarly simple-minded all-female race of enslavers - and overpower female Luma by surprise. Kirk makes communicator contact with Spock, who knows not where he is but is aware of autonomic functions. As they finally find Kara, the female ... Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In informal surveys taken at science fiction conventions, this episode is promptly and almost universally named as the worst of the original series. See more »

Goofs

The planet in question has repeatedly been labeled as "Sigma Draconis 6," but when in the lair of the Eymorg, Kirk's log entry refers to it as "Sigma Draconis 7." Sulu's subsequent log entry also refers to the planet as "7." See more »

Quotes

Captain James T. Kirk: You'll be without your Controller for the first time; but... you'll be much better off, I think.
Kara: We will die!
Captain James T. Kirk: No. You'll live, and develop, as you should have. All this shouldn't have been done for you. Now the women here below and the men here above will control together.
Kara: They will not help us without the pain.
Captain James T. Kirk: There are other ways. You'll discover them.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Magnificent Ferengi (1998) See more »

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My brain hurt's...........
13 November 2009 | by prowler0000-2See all my reviews

OK, so it's not the greatest of the original trek's, & for what it's worth i don't think that "City on the edge of forever" is either, but it's not as bad as some would have you believe! Synopsis: female organ-snatchers filch yer fave science officer's cranial organ. Crewmates, well Kirk & McCoy really, go on "great quest" to re-unite said missing mind with original owner.

Ummm, thats about it...

Bearing in mind this is a 3rd season episode, AKA Fred Freiberger's death-knell, it could have been worse. Yes there is some eye candy. Yes, there is something for De Kelly to do other than pronounce another death.

Deep meaning: No, not really.

Deus Ex machina: not so much..........

Cheerful resolution: for Spock, yes. For Fred, go watch The way to Eden...

Mindless fun(sorry, i'm so, so sorry): well, yeah.

It's camp, Technicolour & entertaining. Not every hole can be a goal. But at least it's not too insulting. That's to follow in later episodes!


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