||The Original Series
|Disc No :
|First Aired :
||9 Feb 1968
|Guest Cast :
|Guest Reviews :
||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 deaad.
||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".
||"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.
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.