Star Trek (1966–1969)
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What Are Little Girls Made Of? 

Nurse Chapel is reunited with her fiancé; but his new obsession leads him to make an android duplicate of Captain Kirk.

Director:

James Goldstone

Writers:

Robert Bloch, Gene Roddenberry (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Michael Strong ... Dr. Roger Korby
Sherry Jackson ... Andrea
Ted Cassidy ... Ruk
Majel Barrett ... Christine Chapel
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Harry Basch ... Brown
Vince Deadrick Sr. Vince Deadrick Sr. ... Mathews (as Vince Deadrick)
Budd Albright Budd Albright ... Rayburn
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Storyline

The crew of the Enterprise arrive at the planet EXO-III with some trepidation and great anticipation. They are there to see if hey can locate the renowned scientist Dr. Roger Korby. The man hasn't been heard of for 5 years and the general belief is that he is dead. For Nurse Christine Chapel however, a reunion with Corby will be a reunion with her fiancé. They find Korby alive but when Kirk and Chapel beam down to the planet, they find a man obsessed who is using alien technology to reproduce the humans around him in the form of androids. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Are Little Girls Made Of? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

James Goldstone, who directed the second pilot, Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966) was hired to direct this episode, because the production staff greatly praised his work. However, filming of this episode went two days over schedule (mostly due to the aforementioned script problems), resulting in eight shooting days. Goldstone was never re-hired. See more »

Goofs

One close-up of Kirk during his last conversation with Ruk is flipped. Notice that his hair is parted the opposite way and the colors of the costume are reversed. See more »

Quotes

Ruk: You brought him among us! You brought the inferior ones! We had cleansed ourselves of them. Now you bring the evil back.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »

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Edited from Star Trek: The Man Trap (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Star Trek
(uncredited)
Written by Alexander Courage
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Superb Dark Story, Not A Typical Star Trek Episode
25 October 2016 | by Dan1863SicklesSee all my reviews

This is not a typical episode of STAR TREK. There is no happy ending. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, don't work together as a team. Kirk fights, but he doesn't win; in fact he gets thrown around like a rag doll! He doesn't come up with any answers, and he doesn't make any heroic speeches. The main villain and his followers aren't really outwitted, they almost literally self-destruct. Nothing changes for the better, and when the truth is revealed no one is happy with what they discover!

Yet with all that, this is one of the strongest early episodes. Dr. Korby is one of the most sinister and chilling of all Star Trek villains. His downfall is chilling because his goals are so very seductive and universal. Who doesn't want to cheat death? Who wouldn't make the choice he made, and who wouldn't be driven mad by turning into what he became?

Michael Strong is superb as the most tormented of mad scientists, a villain who becomes increasingly repulsive until the shocking truth makes him appear more pitiable than anything else. Bear in mind, Strong was an actor who could play any part, from cold, calculating scientist to a blue collar slob. It's a hoot to watch this episode and then catch him in the old American Playhouse production of THE ICEMAN COMETH, where he plays Chuck the Bartender. ("Can ya imagine me having a robot wife, Kirk? The kind of robot that, if you lined up all the other robots she stayed with, they'd reach to Chicago!")

And speaking of robot wives, the stunningly beautiful Sherry Jackson is one of the most memorable and frightening of Kirk's many conquests, since she takes a stock fantasy figure and turns her into someone . . . or something . . . both chilling and pitiable. Her final cry ("love me") is a mini- tragedy that matches the major tragedy of Dr. Korby.

Robert Bloch wrote an incredible story here, a tragedy that has all the clammy, claustrophobic terror of PSYCHO and the creeping paranoia of the Cold War. The horror grips you and never lets you go. I don't know if this is great STAR TREK. But I know it's art. And I like it!


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