Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Alternative Factor 

Existence itself comes under threat from a man's power-struggle with his alternate self, with the Enterprise's strained dilithium crystals presenting his key to a final solution.

Director:

Gerd Oswald

Writers:

Don Ingalls, Gene Roddenberry (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Robert Brown ... Lazarus
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Janet MacLachlan ... Lt. Charlene Masters
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Richard Derr ... Barstow
Arch Whiting ... Assistant Engineer
Christian Patrick Christian Patrick ... Transporter Chief
Eddie Paskey ... Lesley
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Storyline

While investigating and scanning an uncharted planet, the Enterprise and its quadrant of space are subjected to a violent force that seems to cause a 'blinking out' of everything near them. When the scanners resume, where once there was no life on the planet, now there is one life sign. Kirk, Spock and a security force beam down to investigate and find a man named Lazarus who collapses and is brought aboard the Enterprise for treatment. To complicate things further, the initial phenomenon almost totally drained their dilithium crystals. Starfleet and Kirk suspect this phenomenon could be a prelude to invasion. While interrogating Lazarus he tells Kirk that he's locked in a struggle with another being who is 'anti life' and is behind the phenomenon. The disruptions continue to occur and the ship's situation grows worse. Written by tomtrekp

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Along with Star Trek: Friday's Child (1967), this is one of the only two episodes where outdoor planet scenes were filmed both on Desilu Stage 10 and on location (both times at Vasquez Rocks). Originally, all planet-side scenes were scheduled to be filmed on location, but due to the turmoil during production, director Gerd Oswald couldn't finish shooting at Vasquez. Matt Jefferies and the art department prepared a spot on Stage 10 which could accomodate the missing "alternate universe" sequence. See more »

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Kirk wants "every inch" of the planet searched, but Starfleet is on the metric scale. See more »

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Dr. McCoy: Well, as you know, we both brought Lazarus in here and I treated a deep abrasion on his forehead, right?
Capt. Kirk: Right.
Dr. McCoy: And then I bandaged it, I stepped into this room for just a moment...
Capt. Kirk: Bones, I have a lot of things to do. Get to the point.
Dr. McCoy: Well, say he's got the constitution of a dinosaur, recuperative powers, ditto.
Capt. Kirk: Mm-hm.
Dr. McCoy: And, as we both know, I'm a bright young medic with a miraculous touch.
Capt. Kirk: Mm-hm.
Dr. McCoy: Well, why, then, when I returned, there wasn't a trace of that wound on his forehead? Not even a ...
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

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Referenced in The X-Files: Fight Club (2000) See more »

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Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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i fail to comprehend your indignation..
20 March 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Star Trek

The Alternative Factor

A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it.

Unlike any other hit series, it only has 3 seasons so luckily it means that they will be covering up all their ideas within it until they are satisfied. As it often happens, the first season is always promising and has potential (or else it won't lift up for further more seasons) in it and is utilized with fine detailed work like focusing on different new breeds and characters bonding through this journey.

The Alternative Factor had a potential premise which unfortunately was spent in an hour long episode with not enough grip in the script to hold the audience (maybe that's why it isn't one of the favourite) for it merely had the concept of half of it so another sub plot would have been suffice.


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