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Star Trek: Catspaw

A landing party beams down to Pyrus 7 to survey the surface. The Enterprise loses contact with them, then gets a message from one crewman, Jackson, asking to be beamed up. When they do, he's found frozen dead and a voice speaking through him tells them to leave. Refusing to abandon Sulu and Scotty, Kirk, McCoy, and Spock beam down to encounter witches, castles, a black cat, a warlock, and a sorceress, all determined to have them leave.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x7
Production Number: 60330
Airdate: Friday October 27th, 1967

Director: Joseph Pevney
Writer: Robert Bloch


  • Currently 7/10
7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Recurring
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Recurring
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Recurring
Walter KoenigWalter Koenig
As Ensign Pavel Chekov
Recurring

Guest Stars
Michael BarrierMichael Barrier
As DeSalle (as Mike Barrier)
Recurring
John WinstonJohn Winston
As Transporter Chief
Recurring
Jay D. JonesJay D. Jones
As Crewman Jackson (as Jimmy Jones)
Recurring
Rhodie CoganRhodie Cogan
As First Witch
Gail BonneyGail Bonney
As Second Witch
Mary Esther DenverMary Esther Denver
As Third Witch

Uncredited
Bobby BassBobby Bass
As Scott's Stunt Double
Recurring
Eddie PaskeyEddie Paskey
As Lt. Leslie
Recurring
Frank Da VinciFrank Da Vinci
As Spock's Stunt Double
Recurring
Gary Downey (1)Gary Downey (1)
As Kirk's Stunt Double
Recurring
Jim Jones (1)Jim Jones (1)
As McCoy's Stunt Double
Recurring
Mike HowdenMike Howden
As Lt. Rowe
Recurring
William BlackburnWilliam Blackburn
As Lt. Hadley
Recurring
Carl SaxeCarl Saxe
As Korob's Stunt Double
Victor ToyotaVictor Toyota
As Sulu's Stunt Double
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

Recap

The Enterprise is exploring Pyrus 7 and Scotty, Sulu, and Jackson have beamed down but lost contact. Finally Jackson calls up to the ship and requests beam up, but is otherwise non-responsive. When they beam him up he collapses, dead. A man’s voice emanates from his mouth, telling them that there is curse on the ship and they are all doomed...

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Episode Notes
Writer Robert Bloch loosely based the script on his own short story Broomstick Ride.

Theodore Marcuse (Korob) was killed in a traffic accident one month after this episode originally aired, on November 29, 1967.

This is the first episode in production order to feature DeForest Kelley's name in the opening credits.

From this point on (in production order), the episode titles and end credits are in the same font as the main title of the series.

The science station scope undergoes a revision from the first season, with a lighter color and a circular knob on the style. It would remain unchanged for the next two years.

The metal Enterprise prop used to represent the miniaturized ship was donated to the Smithsonian Institute by Gene Roddenberry.



Episode Quotes
First Witch: Captain Kirrrrrk...
Second Witch: Captainnn Kirrrrrrk...
Third Witch: Captain Kirrrrrrrrrk...
Second Witch: Go baaaack...
First Witch: Go baaaaaaaack...
Third Witch: Go back. Remember the currrrrse...
First Witch: Winds shall rise!
Second Witch: And fog descend...
Third Witch: So leave here allllll, or meet your end...
(The witches fade out, cackling insanely)
Kirk: Spock. Comment?
Spock: Very bad poetry, Captain.
Kirk: (long suffering) A more useful comment, Mr. Spock...

Kirk: If we weren't missing two officers--and a third one dead--I'd say someone was playing an elaborate trick or treat.
Spock: Trick or treat, Captain?
Kirk: Yes, Mr. Spock. You'd be a natural. I'll explain it to you one day.

Sylvia: You'll all be swept away! You.. your men... your ship... YOUR WORLDS!!!

Korob: This is not over, Sylvia!
Sylvia: (ominously) But it may be over soon, old man...

Korob: Here. (Hands Kirk a phaser and communicator) You must go before she finds the weapon is missing!
Kirk: I'm not leaving without my men!
Korob: They're not your men anymore! They belong to Sylvia. I can no longer control them... or her. She's irrational! The strain of adopting to your form... the insatiable desire for sensation and experience. She's a great danger... and it was not necessary. We could have entered your galaxy in peace.



Episode Goofs
In the final scene, the strings of the puppets used to represent Korob and Sylvia in their true form are clearly visible.

The skeletons in the dungeon clearly show a horizontal line at about forehead level. During autopsy, the medical examiner commonly removes the calvarium (top of the skull) with a bone saw to permit examination of the brain. That process leaves exactly this sort of horizontal line. The property men made no attempt to hide it (with putty or makeup) and it was not erased in the remastered version.



Analysis
What Changed in the Remastered Version
Pyris VII gets a CGI upgrade. A new CGI shot of Korob's entire castle replaces the original scene showing only the tall door; the castle is very nicely done, with box towers, turrets, eerie lighting and an ominously self-opening door. The explosion at the end (when Kirk destroys Korob's wand) was enhanced and the obvious wires (see Goofs) used to operate the Sylvia and Korob puppets have been erased.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene L. Coon
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
Make-upFred B. Phillips
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
 
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