Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Wink of an Eye 

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A group of aliens who exist in a state of incredible acceleration invade the Enterprise and abduct Capt. Kirk.


Jud Taylor


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Arthur Heinemann (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Kathie Browne ... Deela
Jason Evers ... Rael
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Christine Chapel
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Ekor
Geoffrey Binney Geoffrey Binney ... Compton


The Enterprise responds to a distress call from the planet Scalos, but when Kirk and a landing party beam down to the planet they find no living beings. It turns out that the Scalosians live at a much higher rate of acceleration, rendering them invisible to the human eye. One of the Scalosians, the beautiful and seductive Deela, accelerates Kirk so they can interact, where she tells him he cannot return to his normal life. For the crew, Kirk has virtually disappeared before their eyes. The Scalosians want to turn the Enterprise into a cryogenic storage facility for the crew. Kirk learns that at his current state of acceleration, they are subject to cellular degeneration and rapid aging should they suffer the slightest cut. He leaves a message for the crew but it is left to Mr. Spock to find a way to decipher it. Written by garykmcd

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29 November 1968 (USA) See more »

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The Scalosian weapon was made from lathe-turned aluminum, and measured approximately 6 ¾" in length. A sketch of the design appeared in the Star Trek: The Original Series Sketchbook (p. 91). The weapon made a sound identical to Klingon disruptors and the Ardana torture device in "The Cloud Minders". See more »


Because archive footage (including footage from Star Trek: The Empath, which was filmed before this episode) is used for most of the first minute of the episode, several continuity errors are caused. Scotty, when making the opening log entry, has the brushed-back hairstyle James Doohan was forced to use for the first few episodes of the third season; in the rest of the episode, he has his normal hairstyle. A woman other than Uhura is at the communications station in the opening scene, but Uhura is there when Kirk returns to the bridge. Perhaps most amusingly, Mr. Hadley is at the navigation station when Scotty makes the opening log entry, but when the shot changes to archive footage of the viewscreen, he is at the helm. See more »


Scott: Captain Kirk! Where the blazes did you come from?
Captain James T. Kirk: Out of the nowhere, into the here.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


References The Twilight Zone: A Kind of a Stopwatch (1963) See more »

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A Creative Idea
6 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a case of clashing cultures caught in conflicting time accelerations. After a visit to a barren planet, people begin to disappear on board the enterprise. Kirk and one of the unfortunate red shirted crewman have been moved to a ship where time is passing at an alarming rate. This is with coffee that's not on Starbuck's menu. A small group of aliens wearing shiny Mylar suits (well, I take that back. The women wear almost nothing) are on the brink of extinction and must bring people from a different time designation to mate with. Kirk, of course, gets the queen of the whole bunch. She likes him because he is a "pretty" one. She is quite sexy and doe eyed. Because they don't fear Kirk, he is allowed access to the ship. This is a mistake because he is nothing but trouble. There is also jealousy at work on the ship. Kirk's mission is to get a message to the crew who are moving at an indecipherably slow speed. This is a good concept. It comes up short but is engaging enough to keep one's attention.

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