The Enterprise is ordered to clean up the aftermath of a doomed colony on Omicron Ceti III, a planet under constant irradiation from deadly Berthold Rays. Upon arrival, however, the colonists aren't only alive but in perfect health, with no desire to leave their new world. They are in fact under the influence of plant spores which not only keep them in good and improved health but simultaneously keep them in a placid state of happiness and contentment. Mr Spock reacquaints with Leila Kalomi, an old friend who had been (and still is) in love with him. She leads Spock into being affected by the spores, and he is thereafter, for the first time, able to express love for her in return. Eventually the entire ship's crew is affected, leaving Kirk alone to wonder how he can possibly rescue them from perpetual bliss.
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This is the first episode in which Spock is shown to have superhuman strength. See more
Obvious stunt doubles for Kirk and Spock as they fight in the transporter room. See more
Captain, striking a fellow officer is a court-martial offense.
Captain James T. Kirk
Well, if we're both in the brig, who's going to build the subsonic transmitter?
That is quite logical, captain.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more
Referenced in Free Enterprise
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