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Star Trek: The Naked Time

The crew of the Enterprise is infected with a alien compound that alters crewmens' minds and emotions in a way similar to alcohol and is spread by contact. The compound's effects led to the destruction of a science outpost's crew and is inadvertently brought aboard the Enterprise. One crewman locks himself in the engine room and shuts down the warp core, just as the planet beneath them begins to break up.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 6149-07
Airdate: Thursday September 29th, 1966

Starring Roles
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
As Nurse Christine Chapel
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy
Grace Lee WhitneyGrace Lee Whitney
As Yeoman Janice Rand
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura

Co-Guest Stars
Stewart MossStewart Moss
As Joe Tormolen
Bruce HydeBruce Hyde
As Lt. Kevin Thomas Riley
William Knight (2)William Knight (2)
As Amorous Crewman
John BellahJohn Bellah
As Laughing Crewman

Bud Da VinciBud Da Vinci
As Crewman #3
Christin DucheauChristin Ducheau
As Crewman #1
Woody TalbertWoody Talbert
As Crewman #2
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock


The Enterprise 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...

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Episode Notes
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.

Stewart Moss (Joe Tormolen) would later play Hanar in "By Any Other Name".

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.

Scotty (James Doohan) would later refer to the events of this episode in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Relics".

This episode would later essentially be re-made as the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Naked Now".

Episode Quotes
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.

Episode Goofs
It's never accounted for how the virus somehow attacks Tormolen in the opening scene, somehow sensing that he's nearby and leaping onto his hand. Nothing in McCoy's later explanation would account for this hunting behavior.

Cultural References
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...

Episode References
This is the first of several episodes in which Spock loses his emotional control.

This episode reveals that Vulcan blood is green.

What Changed in the Remastered Version
All shots of Psi-2000 were replaced by a more realistic looking CGI planet. Viewscreen sequences of the Enterprise spiraling into Psi-2000 were vastly improved and including a nice re-entry heat corona visible in the bottom of the viewscreen. A beam was added to one scene where Scotty cuts through a bulkhead with a phaser. Sulu's "odometer" style chronometer replaced by a much nice CGI version complete with accurate time keeping.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene Roddenberry
Associate ProducerJohn D. F. Black  |  Robert H. Justman
Production DesignerWalter M. Jefferies
EditorBruce Schoengarth
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
First Assistant DirectorGregg Peters (1)
MusicAlexander Courage
Music EditorRobert H. Raff
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
Music ConsultantWilbur Hatch
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