Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Wink of an Eye 

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) | 1 more credit »

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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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot for this episode (hyper-accelerated movement) was also used in The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Burning Diamond (1966) of The Wild, Wild West. That episode was produced by Gene L. Coon, who wrote this episode under the screen name Lee Cronin. 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 »


Mr. Spock: It seems that we may look at it, Captain, but that is all.
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Referenced in Clockstoppers (2002) See more »

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11 June 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Star Trek

A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it. The series didn't seem to mature as it should have but definitely has improved on terms of implementing smarter approach, parallel plot lines and thought provoking concept.

Season 03

Contrary to expectations, second season failed to project the essential character development which would have give a perfect arc to the series and instead focused on different cases. In this final season the expectations are still higher as they have somehow glued their audience with their gripping screenplay and innovative imagination that doesn't flinch on pushing the boundaries.

Wink Of An Eye

Captain Kirk's love track is repetitive, exhausting and walk on the same path and fumbles its way down to the road too, but Spock and his crew members has interesting input on some technical aspects that saves this sinking ship.

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