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Star Trek: Return to Tomorrow

The Enterprise receives a distress call from a planet that is too far away from Earth to have been visited by the Federation. When the Enterprise reaches the planet, a telepathic voice address the crew as his children and directs them to assume orbit around the planet. The planet's energy source is a hundred miles below the surface and Kirk and a landing party go and investigate.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x20
Production Number: 60351
Airdate: Friday February 09th, 1968



  • Currently 6/10
6/10 (2 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Recurring
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Recurring
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Recurring
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
As Nurse Christine Chapel
Recurring

Guest Stars
Diana MuldaurDiana Muldaur
As Dr. Anne Mulhall
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Cindy LouCindy Lou
As Nurse
Recurring

Uncredited
Eddie PaskeyEddie Paskey
As Lt. Leslie
Recurring
Roger HollowayRoger Holloway
As Guard #1
Recurring
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

An unidentified signal draws the Enterprise off course to a distant planet on the edge of the galaxy. Spock determines that the planet is uninhabitable due to some ancient cataclysm. They’re interrupted when a voice mentally speaks to them, identifying itself as Sargon. It refers to them as his “children” and asks that they approach the planet below...

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Episode Notes
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Anne Mulhall) would later play Dr. Miranda Jones in "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" and Dr. Katharine Pulaski throughout the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The voice of Sargon was provided by James Doohan (Scotty).

John T. Dugan wrote the story under the pseudonym of "John Kingsbridge," with Roddenberry doing the teleplay.

Footage of a test android was filmed but not used. A clip of it appears in the end credits of the episode "The Immunity Syndrome."



Episode Quotes
Spock: Someone, or something, is attempting to attract our attention.
Kirk: Someone, or something, has succeeded!

Sulu: Planet dead ahead, Captain. Becoming visual.
Spock: Class M planet, Captain.
Kirk: Close to Earth conditions.
Spock: With two very important exceptions: it is much older than Earth, and about a half million years ago its atmosphere was totally ripped away by some sort of cataclysm. The planet has evidently been dead since then. Sensors detect no life of any kind.
Sargon: ALL YOUR QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED IN TIME, CAPTAIN KIRK...

Kirk: The planet is dead... there's no possibility of life there, as we understand life...
Sargon: AND I AM AS DEAD AS MY PLANET. DOES THAT FRIGHTEN YOU, JAMES KIRK? FOR IF IT DOES... IF YOU LET WHAT IS LEFT OF ME PERISH... THEN ALL OF YOU, MY CHILDREN... ALL OF MANKIND... MUST PERISH, TOO.

Sargon: (Sargon has placed his mind within Jim Kirk's body.) Lungs filling with air again... to see again... heart pumping, arteries surging with blood again... after a half a million years... to be again!

Sargon: The records of our travels were lost in the cataclysm which we loosened upon ourselves.
Kirk: A war?
Sargon: A struggle for such goals, and the unleashing of such power, that you could not comprehend...
Kirk: Then perhaps your intelligence wasn't so great, Sargon. We faced a similar crisis in our early nuclear age. We... found the wisdom not to destroy ourselves.
Sargon: (patronizingly) And we survived our primitive nuclear era, my son. But there comes to all races an ultimate crisis... which you have yet to face.
Kirk: I don't understand...
Sargon: One day our minds became so powerful, we dared think of ourselves as gods!

Kirk: They used to say, if man could fly, he'd have wings. But he did fly; he discovered he had to. Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon, or that we hadn't gone on to Mars and then to the nearest star? That's like saying you wish that you still operated with scalpels and sewed your patients up with catgut, like your great, great, great-grandfather used to do... Dr. McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any contact with life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this. But I must point out that the possibilities--the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great. Risk--risk is our business.

Thalassa/Mulhall: I require only your silence. Only you and I will know that Dr. Mulhall has not returned to her body. Isn't that wroth your captain's life?
McCoy: I will not peddle flesh! I'm a physician!
Thalassa/Mulhall: A physician? In contrast to what we are, you are a prancing, savage medicine man. You dare defy one you should be on your knees worshiping?



Episode Goofs
Although Dr. Mulhall's doctorate was in a science department, she wore the red uniform of the engineering and security division.



Analysis
What Changed in the Remastered Version
Sargon's world gets the expected upgrade, with nice attention paid to the detail that it lacks an atmosphere. The surface is clearly dead, and there is at least one significant meteor crater. The crimson fire Thalassa unleashes against McCoy is a bit nastier looking.




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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