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.
Did You Know?
Lazarus manipulates several components in a "high voltage" access tray in order to create an overload, and eventually steal several dilithium crystals. These objects are simply dual banana plugs often used by electronics technicians. See more
Even after Spock has proved Lazarus to have lied, Kirk allows Lazarus to roam unguarded aboard the ship. See more
He's in a lot of pain!
Sometimes pain can drive a man harder than pleasure. I'm sure you know that, Doctor!
The closing credits are set against a combination background of stills from that episode and previous episodes. See more
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
Referenced in Weird Science: Magnifico Dad
Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage See more