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Star Trek: The Lights of Zetar

While on their way to Memory Alpha, the library of all cultural history and scientific knowledge of the Federation, the Enterprise detects a mysterious storm. The storm is traveling at speeds greater than Warp 2. When the storm hits the Enterprise, it affects each person differently from not being able to speak to partial paralysis.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x18
Production Number: 60043-073
Airdate: Friday January 31st, 1969



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Starring Roles
James Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Recurring
George Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Recurring
Walter Koenig
As Ensign Pavel Chekov
Recurring
Nichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Recurring
Majel Barrett
As Nurse Christine Chapel
Recurring

Guest Stars
Jan Shutan
As Lt. Mira Romaine

Co-Guest Stars
John Winston
As Lt. Kyle
Recurring
Libby Erwin
As Technician

Uncredited
Barbara Babcock
voiced Alien
Recurring
Bud Da Vinci
voiced Crewman
Recurring
Frank Da Vinci
As Brent/Vinci
Recurring
Roger Holloway
As Mr. Lemli
Recurring
William Blackburn
As Lt. Hadley
Recurring
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 is traveling to Memory Alpha, the Federation master library, to deliver newly designed equipment to Memory Alpha. The officer in charge of the equipment is Lt. Mira Romaine, who has become romantically involved with Scotty. As they approach the planet, they detect an unidentified storm that is heading past them toward Memory Alpha. It closes in on the Enterprise and strikes through the ship. The entire bridge crew seemed paralyzed, while Lt. Romaine collapses, her eyes glowing with the reflected energy of the storm. The storm moves off and everyone recovers except Mira. She speaks in a strange garbled alien tongue and then wakes up. McCoy takes her to Sickbay and Scotty insists on going along. The rests of the crew compare notes and determines that each one suffered some form of voluntary muscular paralysis of the throat, eyes, or hands. Spock and Kirk have no choice but to believe they were under some kind of attack...

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Episode Notes
This is the last appearance of Kyle (John Winston), and his only Season 3 appearance.

Shari Lewis wrote this episode with her husband Jeremy. She had hoped to be cast as Lt. Romaine but Jan Shutan was cast for the role instead.



Episode Quotes
Kirk: When a man of Scotty's years falls in love, the loneliness of his life is suddenly revealed. His heart once throbbed to the sound of the ship's engines; now, all he can see is the woman.

Chekov: I didn't think Mr. Scott would go for the brainy type.
Sulu: I don't think he's even noticed she has a brain.

Kirk: Scotty, where have you been? Where are you?
Scotty: In the sickbay.
Kirk: Are you sick?
Scotty: Ach, no. I was just checkin' on the lass. She's going to be fine though, there's nothing wrong with her.
Kirk: Well, I'm relieved to hear your prognosis, Mr. Scott. Is the doctor there with you or will I find him in engineering?

McCoy: Somehow I find transporting into the darkness unnerving.

Scotty: Listen to me. I've told ya what strange tricks a space trip can play on your mind. Now, that's all it is.
Mira: No, Scotty.
Scotty: Have ya ever had visions of the future events before this?
Mira: Never.
Scotty: Well, if you ask me, nobody ever has. That seein' to the future, it's pure bunk. Ya know that, don't you?
Mira: I've always believed it.
Scotty: And you were perfectly right.
Mira: Then what is it, Scotty? What's frightening me? Ever since that storm hit, I've, I've had such strange thoughts, such feelings of terror…
Scotty: Space!
Mira: Space.
Scotty: That's all it is.
Mira: Then I don't have to report it?
Scotty: Well, if you want to spend the rest of the trip in sick bay. But what good would that do? Dr. McCoy can no more cure it than he can a cold.

Kirk: You can't be from Zetar. All life was destroyed there long ago.
Alien: Yes, all corporeal life was destroyed.
Kirk: Then what are you? - The desires, the hopes, the mind... and the will of the last hundred of Zetar. The force of our life could not be wiped out.
Kirk: All things die.
Alien: At the proper time.

Lt. Mira Romaine: Life was given to me. It is mine. I want to live it out.

Kirk: Bones, are you able to judge the long-range effects on Lt. Romaine?
McCoy: When the personality of a human is involved, predictions are hazardous.
Spock: Particularly where humans are involved.

Kirk: Well, this is an Enterprise first. Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy and Engineer Scott find themselves in complete agreement-–can I stand the strain?



Episode Goofs
The overhead bridge shot in the teaser features Hadley (William Blackburn) at the navigator's position, and then switches to Chekov. Kirk's hair is also shorter. The shot is unused footage from "The Galileo Seven," accounting for the mistake.

For some reason, Scotty's uniform has a Science Division insignia, instead of Engineering/Ship's Services.



Analysis
What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. The orbital shots of the planet on which Memory Alpha is located get a surface upgrade and the Memory Alpha complex is clearly visible from orbit on what is now a smaller planet/planetoid. The space shots of the Zetar gestalt are significantly cleaned up and incorporated into new scenes with the CGI Enterprise.





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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