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Star Trek: Journey to Babel

The Enterprise is transporting ambassadors and mediators to a conference on the planet Babel. There the delegates will determine if admitting Coridan to the Federation is feasible. While in route, one of the ambassadors is murdered and the prime suspect is the Vulcan Ambassador, Sarek... who is Spock's father.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x10
Production Number: 60344
Airdate: Friday November 17th, 1967

Director: Joseph Pevney
Writer: D.C. Fontana


  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
Nichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Recurring
Majel Barrett
As Nurse Christine Chapel
Recurring
Walter Koenig
As Ensign Pavel Chekov
Recurring

Guest Stars
Mark Lenard
As Sarek
Recurring
Jane Wyatt
As Amanda

Co-Guest Stars
James X. Mitchell (3)
As Lt. Josephs

Uncredited
Cindy Lou
As Nurse
Recurring
Frank Da Vinci
As Sarek's Aide
Recurring
Jerry Catron
As Montgomery
Recurring
Paul Baxley
As Capt. Kirk's Stunt Double
Recurring
William Blackburn
As Lt. Hadley
Recurring
Billy Curtis
As Copper-Skinned Alien
Jim Shepherd
As Thelev's Stunt Double
Main Cast
William Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock
DeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

Recap

The Enterprise arrives at Vulcan to pick up the planet's diplomatic delegation for the Babel Conference. Kirk and McCoy meet Spock at the shuttlebay hanger and greet the Vulcan ambassador Sarek and his human wife Amanda as they comes on board. Sarek seemingly ignores Spock and Kirk offers the first officer as a guide, but the ambassador asks for someone else. Kirk then suggest Spock take the chance to visit his parents... and the science officer reveals that Sarek and Amanda are his parents...

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Episode Notes
This episode features the first appearance of two common Trek races: the Andorians and the Tellarites.



Episode Quotes
McCoy: How does that Vulcan salute go? (Spock tries to demonstrate) That hurts worse than the uniform.

Amanda: After all these years among humans, you still haven't learned to smile.
Spock: Humans smile with so little provocation.

Amanda: You don't understand the Vulcan way, Captain. It's logical. It's a better way than ours. But it's not easy. It has kept Spock and Sarek from speaking as father and son for 18 years.
Kirk: Spock is my best officer... and my friend.
Amanda: I'm glad he has such a friend.

Sarek: Tellarites do no argue for reasons; they simply argue.

McCoy: Mrs. Sarek, I know about the rigorous training of the Vulcan youth, but tell me, did he ever run and play like the human children, even in secret ?
Amanda: Well, he, uh... he did have a pet sehlat he was very fond of.
McCoy: Sehlat?
Amanda: It's sort of a... a fat teddy bear.
McCoy: A teddy bear? A teddy bear.
Spock: Not precisely, Doctor. On Vulcan, the teddy bears are alive, and they have six-inch fangs.

Amanda: Sarek, you're proud of him, aren't you? You're showing almost human pride in your son.
Sarek: It does not require pride to ask that Spock be given the respect which is his due, not as my son, but as Spock.
Do you understand?
Amanda: Not really, but it doesn't matter. I love you anyway. I know. It isn't logical.

Gav: There will be payment for your slander, Sarek.
Sarek: Threats are illogical, and payment is usually expensive.

McCoy: Mrs. Sarek, you must understand the chances are extremely small to find a way to produce sufficient T-negative blood.
Spock: Indeed. I would estimate the odds...
Amanda: Please don't.

Spock: There is no logic in the attack on the Captain. There is no logic in Gav's murder.
Shras: Perhaps you should forget about logic, and devote yourself to motivation and passion again. Those are reasons for murder.

Amanda: When you were five years old and came home stiff-lipped, anguished, because the other boys tormented you saying that you weren't really Vulcan, I watched you knowing that... that inside... that the human part of you was crying... and I cried, too. There must be some part of me in you, some part that I still can reach. If being Vulcan is more important to you, then you'll stand there speaking rules and regulations from Starfleet and Vulcan philosophy and... and let your father die and... and I'll hate you for the rest of my life.

Chapel: Mr. Spock. Where do you think you're going ?
Spock: I must see the captain.
McCoy: My patients don't walk out on an operation.

Amanda: Oh, logic. I am so tired of hearing about your logic.
Spock: Emotional, isn't she?
Sarek: She has always been that way.
Spock: Indeed. Why did you marry her?
Sarek: At the time it seemed like the logical thing to do

McCoy: If you keep arguing with your kindly family doctor, you're going to spend your next 10 days right here. If you cooperate, you'll be out in two.
Spock: Doctor, I'll return to my station now.
McCoy: You are at your station.
Kirk: Dr. McCoy, I believe you're enjoying all this.
Spock: Indeed. I've never seen him look so happy.
McCoy: Shut up. Shh. Shh! Well, what do you know? I finally got the last word.



Analysis
What Changed in the Remastered Version
A new CGI image of Vulcan, and new CGI imagery of the hanger deck for the shuttlecraft landing sequence open the show. This includes motion suggesting people in the hanger deck observation galleries, and a second shuttlecraft. The enemy vessel received an upgrade that maintained the spinning motion suggested in the original shots. The successful phaser attack includes pieces shed by the alien. The alien's self-destruct is also improved considerably.



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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