The U.S.S. Constellation and its crew were destroyed by a giant robot ship which consumes planets for fuel, leaving only a guilt-ridden Commodore Decker aboard the crippled ship. Kirk beams over to begin repairs while Decker beams aboard the Enterprise. After Kirk loses radio contact with the Enterprise, the obsessed Commodore seizes command of the starship, determined to destroy the planet-killer, even at the cost of Kirk's ship and the entire crew.
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has expressed disappointment that the actor whom he envisioned playing Decker, Robert Ryan
, was not cast. Ryan was a fan of the series and wanted to do the episode. Scheduling conflicts prevented this, so William Windom was cast. See more
As is typical in "space opera", when the Enterprise changes direction, it dips and turns as an aircraft would, interacting with the atmosphere surrounding it. There is no atmosphere in space, and a spacecraft can change direction freely, without having to consider aerodynamics. Of course, the dipping and turning look a lot nicer. See more
Random chance seems to have operated in our favor.
In plain non-Vulcan English, we've been lucky.
I believe I said that, Doctor.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song. Highlights include Decker's shuttle impatiently taking off before the hangar doors had fully opened. See more
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