As the Enterprise approaches planet Omega IV, they find another starship, the U.S.S. Exeter, in orbit. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam aboard to find the ship abandoned but strewn with uniforms and crystals. The last log entry from the ship's surgeon tells them they have been infected with a deadly virus brought aboard from a returning landing party. Kirk's party beams down to the planet's surface and finds there is one Exeter survivor: Captain Ron Tracey. He has apparently ignored the Prime Directive and has taken sides in a local dispute supporting the Kohms against their arch-rivals, the Yangs. As McCoy tries to find a cure for the virus, Spock and Kirk try to make sense of the situation. They eventually realize there is an odd parallel with Earth's own history.
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This episode marks the first and only time in the original series that reference is made to phaser "power packs." See more
Early on, when Kirk is calling from the Exeter's engineering section to the rest of the ship, we see various shots of different parts of the ship. One of those shots is of an empty engineering deck, which makes no sense - that is where he is calling from. Also, the two shots of the curved corridors are the same corridor, just shot from different ends. See more
My need for attention is vital, Doctor, but our need for departure is even more immediate.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
Music credited to Alexander Courage
, although it strongly resembles the main title music for 'Hollow Triumph (1948)' by Sol Kaplan
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman See more