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The Eye of the Beholder 

While investigating the disappearance of Federation members, Kirk and his landing party find themselves placed in an alien zoo.


Hal Sutherland


Gene Roddenberry (created by), David P. Harmon | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock (voice)
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy (voice)
George Takei ... Sulu (voice) (credit only)
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura (voice) (credit only)
Majel Barrett ... Lt. M'Ress / Randi Bryce (voice)
James Doohan ... Scott / Tom Markel / Arex (voice)


Kirk takes the Enterprise to Lactra VII to investigate the disappearance of a Federation science team. While on Lactra, large slug-like aliens add them to their zoo (uniting them with members of the missing science team). Communication proves difficult, even for Mr. Spock, as the telepathic alien minds process information faster than humanly possible. An escape attempt goes south, riling two parents over the sudden disappearance of their child. Written by statmanjeff

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This takes place in 2269. See more »


In the transporter room scene, Scott's sleeves bear the two and a half strips of a full captain. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: The captain of a ship, no matter his rank, must follow the book.
Mr. Spock: A capability, I'm afraid, out of the reach of most humans.
Doctor McCoy: You Vulcans are the most impossible, unimaginative...
Captain James T. Kirk: Bones, that's not helping the situation.
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We're Going to the Zoo
21 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The Enterprise crew goes to a planet where six people have disappeared. Three of them left their ship in search of a landing party. When Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down, they encounter some dangerous creatures and different kinds of terrain that should not be there. Soon they are captured by things that look like giant snails with tentacles. It turns out that they are going to be exhibited in a zoo. This is what has happened to the others who were kept here. The species on the planet have telepathic powers and while looking like slugs are formidable and highly intelligent. It all depends on Scottie back at the ship.

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