travels to the planet Psi-2000 to pick up a scientific party on the planet and watch the ancient planet's disintegration. Spock and Lt. Tormolen beam down and discover that all of the station personnel have frozen to death in the planet's sub-arctic conditions. They split up to investigate and Tormolen determines that the engineer turned off the heating systems and froze to death at his controls. One man strangled a woman, and another man died while taking a shower, fully clothed. Tormolen checks out a console and has trouble working the sensor control. He removes his protective glove and starts scanning, and inadvertently touches a bloodstain on a console. Spock contacts the ship and informs Kirk that the all six station crew are dead...Read the full recap
This episode marks the first appearance of Nurse Christine Chapel (Majel Barrett) on the series. Barrett previously played Number One in the first pilot, "The Cage
This is the first Star Trek episode to feature time travel.
This is George Takei's favorite episode of the series.
In the original version of the script, Sulu (George Takei) was terrorizing the ship with a samurai sword instead of a fencing sword. Takei objected to using a samurai sword, feeling it was too stereotypical, and the script was rewritten accordingly.
McCoy: Your pulse is 242. Your blood pressure is practically non-existent. Assuming you call that green stuff in your veins blood.
Spock: The readings are perfectly normal for me, Doctor, thank you. And as for my anatomy being different than yours, I am delighted.
Spock: Our spectro-readings showed no contamination, no unusual elements present.
Scotty: At least none your tricorders could register.
Spock: Instruments register only those things they're designed to register. Space still contains infinite unknowns.
Joe Tormolen: We're all a bunch of hypocrites. Sticking our noses into something that we've got no business. What are we doing out here, anyway?
Sulu: Take it easy, Joe.
Joe Tormolen: Bring pain and trouble with us. Leave men and women stuck out on freezing planets until they die. What are we doing out here in space Good? What good? We're polluting it! We're destroying it! We've got no business being out here! No business!
Chapel: I know he was a friend of yours. This must be a terrible shock.
Lt. Kevin Thomas Riley: You know what Joe's mistake was? He wasn't born an Irishman.
Sulu: I'll protect you, fair maiden.
Uhura: Sorry, neither.
Lt. Kevin Thomas Riley: Lt. Uhura, you've interrupted my song. Uh, I'm sorry but there'll be no ice cream for you tonight.
Lt. Kevin Thomas Riley: In the future, all female crew members will wear their hair... loosely about their shoulders. And use restraint in putting on your make-up. Women, women should not look made up. And now, crew, I will render Kathleen one more time!
Kirk: Please, not again.
Kirk: Love. You're better off without it and I'm better off without mine. This vessel. I give. She takes. She won't permit me my life. I've got to live hers.
The Comte (Count) d'Artagnan lived in the seventeenth century and served French King Louis XIV. Alexandre Dumas, building on the work of others, wrote a trilogy about his life (some aspects of which were complete fiction); the most famous of these books is doubtless The Three Musketeers. d'Artagnan served Louis XIV as captain of musketeers. Read more.
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
The song Kevin Riley sings to maddening repetition was written in 1875 by Thomas Westendorf - an Illinois schoolteacher. He wrote the song for his wife, whose name was not Kathleen. Nor was Mr. Westendorf Irish...