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Star Trek: That Which Survives

A landing party from the Enterprise transport down to investigate a planet that is only the size of the Moon, but has the mass of the Earth. The planet appears to be thriving despite its estimated age of only one thousand years. While they are there, a woman appears and then the Enterprise is pushed almost a thousand light years away.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x17
Production Number: 60043-069
Airdate: Friday January 24th, 1969

Starring Roles
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura

Guest Stars

Co-Guest Stars
Naomi PollackNaomi Pollack
As Rahda
Booker BradshawBooker Bradshaw
As Dr. M'Benga
Brad ForrestBrad Forrest
As Ensign

Frank Da VinciFrank Da Vinci
As Brent/Vinci
Roger HollowayRoger Holloway
As Mr. Lemli
William BlackburnWilliam Blackburn
As Lt. Hadley
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


The Enterprise explores a planetoid with several discrepancies: it is the size of the Moon but has an atmosphere and mass similar to Earth. Although the planet appears to be only several thousand years old, the vegetation couldn’t have developed within that timeframe. Even Spock is stumped by the anomalies. Kirk orders a landing party of himself, McCoy, Sulu, and Chief Geologist D’Amato. However, as they start to dematerialize a beautiful woman simply appears out of nowhere in the transporter room. She shouts at them not to go then touches her hand to the transporter officer’s shoulder… and he collapses, dead. The landing party rematerializes on the planet and Kirk starts to call up to the ship, only for a massive planet quake to sweep the planet. The Enterprise is violently shaken and finds itself in empty space with no sign of the planet...

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Episode Notes
This is the only time it's shown that someone can move while being transported.

No stardate is given for this episode.

D.C. Fontana wrote the episode under the pseudonym of Michael Richards.

Booker Bradshaw reprises his role as Dr. M'Benga from "A Private Little War" in this, his second and last appearance. Oddly, he doesn't appear with any other cast member, but is confined to Sickbay and talks to Spock over the intercom.

Episode Quotes
McCoy: What is it, Jim?
Kirk: A planet even Spock can't explain.

Uhura: Mr. Spock! Are you all right?
Spock: Yes. I believe no permanent damage was done.
Uhura: What happened?
Spock: The occipital area of my head seems to have impacted with the arm of the chair.
Uhura: No, Mr. Spock. I meant what happened to us?

Sulu: Once in Siberia, a meteor flattened whole forests.
Kirk: Mr. Sulu, if I had wanted a Russian history lesson I'd have brought along Mr. Chekov.

Lt. Rahda: Hmm. A positional change. It doesn't make any sense. But somehow I'd say that in a flash we've been knocked 1,000 light-years away from where we were.
Spock: 990.7 light-years to be exact, Lieutenant.
Scotty: But that's not possible. Nothing can do that.
Spock: Mr. Scott, since we are here, your statement is not only illogical but also unworthy of refutation.

Spock: Can you give me warp 8?
Scotty: Aye, sir. And maybe a wee bit more. I'll sit on the warp engines myself and nurse them.
Spock: That position, Mr. Scott, would be not only unavailing, but also... undignified.

Sulu: Poor D'Amato. What a terrible way to die.
Kirk: There are no good ways, Sulu.

Lt. Rahda: We're holding warp 8.4, sir. If we can maintain it, our estimated time of arrival is 11 and 1/2 solar hours.
Spock: 11.337 hours, Lieutenant. I wish you would be more precise.

Scotty: Mr. Spock, the ship feels wrong.
Spock: "Feels," Mr. Scott?
Scotty: I know it doesn't make sense. Instrumentation reads correct, but the feel is wrong! It's something I can't put into words.
Spock: That is obvious, Mr. Scott. Avoid emotionalism and simply keep your instruments correct. Spock out.

Scotty: Watkins. Check the bypass valve on the matter/anti-matter reaction chamber. Make sure it's not overheating.
Watkins: But Mr. Scott - the board shows correct...
Scotty: I didn't ask you to check the board, lad!
Watkins: Yes, sir!

Dr. M'Benga: Well, the pattern of cellular disruption was the same, but as to the cause, well, your guess is as good as mine.
Spock: My guess, Doctor, would be valueless. I suggest we refrain from guessing and find some facts. Spock out.

Losira: I am for Lieutenant Sulu. Please, I must touch him.
Kirk: How can you destroy others and not me?
Losira: I don't want to destroy. I don't want to.

Kirk: Bones, did you see that? Maybe Spock was wrong. Perhaps this is a ghost planet.
McCoy: Well, all I know is she almost made a ghost out of Sulu.

Uhura: Mr. Spock what are the chances of the captain and the others being alive?
Spock: Lieutenant, we are not engaged in gambling. We are proceeding in the only logical way to return to the place they were last seen, and factually ascertain whether or not they still live.

Scotty: We should reach maximum overload in about fifteen minutes.
Spock: I would calculate 14.87 minutes, Mr. Scott.
Scotty: Those few seconds will not make any difference, Mr. Spock, because you and I and the rest of the crew will no longer be here to bandy it back and forth. This thing is going to blow up, and there's nothing in the universe can stop it.

Scotty: Well, it's fused, all right, but it would take all the power of our main phaser banks to do it.
Spock: Interesting.
Scotty: I find nothing interesting in the fact we're about to blow up.
Spock: No, but the method is fascinating.

Scotty: Whatever did this is still aboard this ship!! I fail to understand why you canceled the security alert!
Spock: A force that could hurl us 990.7 light years away, and at that distance still be able to sabotage our main source of energy, will not be waiting around to be taken into custody.
Scotty: Aye...

Scotty: I'm so close to the flow now, and it feels like ants crawling all over my body.
Spock: Mr. Scott, I suggest you refrain from any further subjective descriptions. You now have 10 minutes and 1 9 seconds in which to perform your task.

Spock: You have 8 minutes, 41 seconds.
Scotty: I know what time it is. I don't need a bloomin' cuckoo clock.

Spock: Mr. Scott; you have completed your task.
Scotty: You could at least say "thank 'ye."
Spock: For what purpose? What is it in you humans that requires an overwhelming display of emotion in a situation such as this? Two men pursue the only reasonable course of action, and yet you feel that something else is necessary.

Kirk: The computer was too perfect. It projected so much of Losira's personality into the replica that it felt regret, guilt at killing. That bought us the time we needed to destroy it. She must have been a remarkable woman.
McCoy: And beautiful.
Spock: Beauty is transitory, Doctor. However, she was evidently highly intelligent.
Kirk: Kirk to Enterprise. Five to beam up. - I don't agree with you, Mr. Spock.
Spock: Indeed, Captain?
Kirk: Beauty... survives.

Episode References
Sulu mentions the Horta, from "The Devil in the Dark."

What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. The orbital shots of the unnamed planet get a surface upgrade, although it appears to be the same size as most regular planets (despite the fact it's described as only the size of Earth's moon).

Why Doesn't the Federation Now Have Kalandan Technology?
To end the threat presented by the replica Losiras, the Security Ensign destroyed the main computer. This neutralized the defenses, presumably enabling a Federation engineering team to gain access to the entire base. Yet there is no evidence it benefited from Kalandan technology. The most likely explanation is that when the computer ceased to operate, some sort of fail-deadly mechanism destroyed all remaining Kalandan artifacts to prevent the "invaders" from benefiting.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerFred Freiberger
Associate ProducerGregg Peters (1)  |  Edward K. Milkis
CastingJoseph D'Agosta  |  William J. Kenney
Unit Production ManagerGregg Peters (1)
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
HairstylistPat Westmore
Make-upFred B. Phillips
GripGeorge Rader
Set DecoratorJohn M. Dwyer
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Script SupervisorGeorge A. Rutter
Re-Recording MixerGordon L. Day
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
OtherArthur H. Singer (Story Consultant)
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman  |  Al Francis
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Sound MixerCarl Daniels  |  Doug Grindstaff
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
Executive Vice President In Charge Of ProductionDouglas S. Cramer
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