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Return to Tomorrow

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Series : The Original Series Rating : 2
Disc No : 2.6 Episode : 52
First Aired : 9 Feb 1968 Stardate : 4768.3
Director : Ralph Senensky Year : 2268
Writers : John Kingsbridge Season : 2
Guest Cast :
Cindy Lou as Enterprise nurse
Diana Muldaur as Dr. Ann Mulhall
Diana Muldaur as Thalassa
Eddie Paskey as Lieutenant Leslie
James Doohan as Voice of Sargon
Leonard Nimoy as Henoch
William Shatner as Sargon
Moral :
Loan : Be careful what you lend to people, you may not get it back
YATI : Supposedly, the aliens transfer their host's personality into the spherical containers when they take control of the body. Yet at the end Sargon and Thalassa occupy Kirk and Mulhall for a last moment, after all the containers have been destroyed. So where do the host's minds go?

In Kirk's quote, he asks whether McCoy wishes that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon. In point of fact the first Apollo mission didn't reach the moon - it never even launched, thanks to the tragic fire which killed the astronauts. Several more flights tested various systems and procedures, and although some of these orbited the moon - which may be close enough to count as reaching it, in Kirk's mind - it was not until Apollo 11 that a landing took place.
Great Moment : Scotty's incredulity at the plan to lend Sargon his friend's body.
Body Count : Kirk, but he comes back alive again. All three of the super-aliens end up dead.
Factoid : Diana Muldaur who plays Dr. Mulhall and Thalassa in this episode, will later play Dr. Pulaski in TNG season 2. She also appears as Dr. Miranda Jones in TOS episode "Is There In Truth No Beauty".

Writer John T. Dugan's original script had Sargon and Thalassa become disembodied spirits who would float around the universe. Roddenberry changed the ending to have them fade into oblivion instead, which prompted Dugan to use his pen name John Kingsbridge for the episode.

George Takei's returned to Star Trek in this episode, having taken a few months off to film his role in the John Wayne movie "The Green Berets". In all he missed ten episodes following his appearance in "I, Mudd".

James Doohan performed the voice of Sargon, one of many voiced he did during the series.

Quote : "One day our minds became so powerful, we dared think of ourselves as gods." - Sargon to Kirk.

"Oh, you are a lovely female. A pleasant sight to wake up to after half a million years!" - Henoch to Chapel.

"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 great grandfather used to. I'm in command. I could order this... but I'm not. Because Doctor 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, that's what this starship is all about. That's why we're aboard her!" - Kirk to crew.

Plotline

Kirk, Spock and Dr Ann Mulhall agree to surrender their bodies to alien hosts for a time. But then the aliens don't want to leave.


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