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Star Trek: The Man Trap

Stardate: 1513.1 When the crew goes to a distant archaeological outpost to conduct routine medical examinations, they find the husband and wife team healthy. However, each of the Enterprise’s away team seems to see the woman with a different familiar face. The wife becomes a major threat to the Enterprise crew when it appears that she is responsible for the death of several crewmen who died after the removal of all salt in their body. The lone male survivor is unconcerned and hostile toward the crew's plight, and resists their attempt to evacuate him from the planet.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 6149-06
Airdate: Thursday September 08th, 1966



  • Currently 7.5/10
7.5/10 (6 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy
Recurring
Grace Lee WhitneyGrace Lee Whitney
As Yeoman Janice Rand
Recurring
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Recurring
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Recurring

Guest Stars
Alfred RyderAlfred Ryder
As Prof. Robert Crater

Co-Guest Stars
Michael ZaslowMichael Zaslow
As Green
Recurring
Jeanne BalJeanne Bal
As Nancy Crater
Bruce WatsonBruce Watson
As Darnell
Vince HowardVince Howard
As Crewman
Francine PyneFrancine Pyne
As Nancy III

Uncredited
Budd AlbrightBudd Albright
As Barnhart
Recurring
Eddie PaskeyEddie Paskey
As Leslie/Conners
Recurring
Frank Da VinciFrank Da Vinci
As Brent/Vinci
Recurring
John ArndtJohn Arndt
As Sturgeon
Recurring
Larry AnthonyLarry Anthony
As Transporter Chief
Recurring
William BlackburnWilliam Blackburn
As Lt. Hadley
Recurring
William Knight (2)William Knight (2)
As Guard
Recurring
Bob Baker (1)Bob Baker (1)
As Beauregard Puppeteer
Garrison TrueGarrison True
As Crewman Guard #1
Sharon GimpelSharon Gimpel
As M-113 Creature
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock

Recap

The Enterprise enters orbit around M-113 and Kirk, McCoy, and Crewman Darnell beam down for a routine medical examination of Dr. Crater and his wife Nancy… who is McCoy’s old flame. The planet has a number of archaeological ruins and Crater and his wife are conducting a dig. They go into the Craters’ quarters and McCoy wonders about how he let her go. Nancy arrives and McCoy thinks she hasn’t aged a day. She appears substantially older to Kirk, and a totally different attractive woman to Darnell. Taken aback, Kirk orders him outside and after Nancy leaves to get her husband, she entices him into following her...

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Episode Notes
This is the first episode, production-wise, in which Captain Kirk (William Shatner) refers to Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) as "Bones."

This is the only time in the series when the camera view of a phaser is from the top instead of from the side.

Although this was the first episode to air, it was the sixth produced.

Alfred Ryder's right arm was broken during the filming of this episode.

Crewman Darnell (Bruce Watson) was the first Star Trek character to die.

This is the only episode in which Dr. McCoy's quarters are shown.

The original title of this episode was "The Unreal McCoy."

Alexander Courage composed the musical score during this episode that would be later be re-used throughout the first season.

The sound of the phaser beam striking Professor Alfred Ryder (Alfred Ryder) is, in fact, that of a ricocheting bullet.

The opening credits simply say "William Shatner" and "Leonard Nimoy" with no "Starring."

James Doohan doesn't appear, but they use a dubbed line of dialogue from another episode, played over the communicator, when Kirk beams up to the ship.



Episode Quotes
Kirk: Shall we pick some flowers, Doctor? When a man visits an old girlfriend... she usually expects something like that.
McCoy: Is that how you get girls to like you--by bribing them?

Kirk: Something wrong, Darnell?
Darnell: Excuse me, sir. Ma'am, if I didn't know better... I'd swear I knew you on Wrigley's Pleasure Planet. You're exactly like a girl...
McCoy: Less mouth, Darnell!

Kirk: How your lost love affects your vision is not my concern, Doctor! I've lost a man! I want to know what killed him!

Uhura: Starship base requesting explanation of our delay, sir. Space Commander Dominguez says we have supplies he urgently needs.
Kirk: Tell Jose he'll get his chili peppers soon. They're prime Mexican reds. I handpicked them. But he won't die without them.

Kirk: It's a mystery. I don't like mysteries! They give me a bellyache, and I've got a beauty right now.

Sulu: May the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless your planet.

Spock: Why risk your life for his?
Kirk: He's just trying to frighten us... and he's doing a pretty good job.

Crater: Earth history, remember? Like the passenger pigeon or the buffalo. Ooh! I feel strange.
Kirk: Just stunned. You'll be able to think in a minute.
Spock: The Earth buffalo. What about it?
Crater: Once there were millions of them; prairies black with them. One herd covered three whole states. When they moved -- like thunder.

Kirk: You bleed too much, Crater. You're too pure and noble. Are you saving the last of its kind... or has this become Crater's private heaven here? This thing becomes wife, lover, best friend, wise man, fool, idol, slave. It isn't bad to have everyone in the universe at your beck and call. You win all the arguments.



Analysis
What Changed in the Remastered Version
Along with the usual HD improvements, M-113 gets an orbital upgrade and there are several panoramic shots of M-113 incorporating the sound stage constructs. The phaser shot that knocks out Crater isn't retouched, and the "ricochet" sound effect is still used.




Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene Roddenberry
Associate ProducerRobert H. Justman
Production DesignerWalter M. Jefferies
EditorRobert L. Swanson
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
First Assistant DirectorMichael S. Glick
MusicAlexander Courage
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
Music SupervisorWilbur Hatch
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss  |  Marge Makau
HairstylistVirginia Darcy
Make-upFred B. Phillips
GripGeorge Rader
Set DecoratorCarl Biddiscombe
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Script SupervisorGeorge A. Rutter
Post Production SupervisorBill Heath
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)  |  Julian Davidson (Music Coordinator)
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Production SupervisorBernard A. Widin
Art DirectorRolland M. Brooks
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Sound MixerJack F. Lilly
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
 
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