Rapid aging afflicts all six colonists on Gamma Hydra IV and five members of Kirk's six-man landing party - all but Chekov. With the Neutral Zone so close, suspicion falls on the Romulans testing a new weapon, but is it? With time running out, answers are elusive. As Kirk's memory progressively deteriorates, regulations necessitate a competency hearing no one wants - the outcome of which may eventually lead the Enterprise to its destruction with all aboard.
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Each crew member displays different symptoms of aging: Captain Kirk suffers from short-term memory loss and arthritis, Spock becomes hypersensitive to temperature changes, McCoy becomes more moody and irritable, Galway suffers from hearing loss, and Scotty finds that he is always tired. See more
Early in the episode, Commodore Stocker consistently addresses Captain Kirk as "Sir", even though it has been established in previous episodes (and in naval protocol) that commodores outrank captains. However, "sir" is also used as a means of polite address in conversation. Spock and Khan, for example, exchange "sirs" in the banquet scene in Star Trek: Space Seed
, and Kirk, McCoy, Hengist, and Jaris trade "sirs" among themselves in Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold
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[checking out the Captain's twinge
Jim, I think we'd better run a complete physical on you.
Captain James T. Kirk
Why? Just muscular strain, hmm?
No, Jim. It's advanced arthritis. It's spreading.
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