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|1||21||1.7||The Alternative Factor||Lazarus' stunt double||The Enterprise is surveying an uncharted planet when it experiences a strange anomaly. The ship and everything within sensor range suddenly "blinks", as if the universe itself had momentarily been on the edge of vanishing from existence. Immediately afterwards they detect a ship on the surface with a life form reading nearby. Kirk leads a landing party to the location and finds a man there. They bring him back to the ship where they learn some worrying news - the odd anomaly has drained the dilithium crystals almost completely. Worse, Starfleet has issued an emergency code indicating a possible hostile invasion. The anomaly has apparently been felt throughout the entire galaxy and beyond.and it is feared that it might be a preparation for invasion by some hostile power.
Kirk talks to the man, learning that his name is Lazarus. he claims to be pursuing a monster, a "thing" who he claims destroyed his entire civilisation. Yet Kirk can find no sign of any other person anywhere on the planet. The "blink" phenomenon happens again and Lazarus seems to be subtly changed by it, a wound on his head which had been bandaged suddenly vanishing. This version of Lazarus seems much more reasonable, but as time goes on he switches back and forth between the two states.
On the bridge, Spock has found the beginnings of a explanation. There appears to be radiation emanating from what he describes as a "rip" in the universe, a point where the regular laws of physics do not apply. Spock suggests that the dilithium crystals could be used to locate the exact point, causing an excited Lazarus to ask for the crystals. When Kirk refuses he steals them anyway.
Kirk confronts Lazarus and he confesses that he is a time traveller from the planet below, which in the past supported his civilisation. Kirk and Spock begin to realise that there are two versions of Lazarus, one from this universe and one from another antimatter universe. They are periodically swapping places via the rip. Should one ever catch the other and exist in the same time and place then the resulting annihilation would destroy everything in the entire universe in a massive explosion.
Eventually Kirk is able to come up with a plan; the more reasonable of the two will enter the rip at the same time as his antimatter counterpart and hold him there. The Enterprise can then destroy the ship on the surface, sealing the rip. Although this will make both universes safe, the two Lazarus's will be trapped in the rip forever.
The plan works, and the universe is saved.
|1||26||1.6||This Side of Paradise||Spock's stunt double||The Enterprise visits Omicron Ceti III, the site of a recent Federation colony effort. Unfortunately the effort was believed to be doomed to failure - it was discovered after the ship left that the planet was flooded with berthold rays a deadly form of radiation which no human can survive. Amazingly, though, when the landing party beams down they discover that the colonists are in fact still alive and well!
The colony is led by a man named Elias Sandoval, and includes Leila Kalomi, a botanist Spock knew some years ago. Leila was in love with Spock and always hoped that he might come to love her in return, but was disappointed when his predominantly Vulcan nature led him to deny any such feelings.
As McCoy checks the colonists out he is amazed to find that every single one of them is in absolutely perfect health. Remarkable enough in a large group of people, the change has apparently even erased any trace of previous ailments or injuries. Sandoval claims this is simply a result of their healthy lifestyle and diet, but it is clear that something strange is going on. The Enterprise crew also notice that there is a total lack of any animals life on the planet, and that the colonists don't actually seem to have done much work on the colony in all the time they have been there.
Leila tells Spock there is a great secret on the planet, and promises to show it to him. She leads him to a nearby plant which blasts him with spores. Instantly his emotional barriers disintegrate, and he immediately confesses his love to Leila. Spock leads Sulu and Kelowitz to the flowers to be infected too, and the landing party is quickly overcome. McCoy even beams specimens of the plants up to the ship to spread the infection. In each case the spores give the infected person a feeling of utter peace and tranquility and completely cure any physical injury or ailment, even the effect of berthold rays. However, with their minds completely at peace the infected have no drive, no ambition. The colony is undeveloped because they have spent almost all their time there simply idling. Kirk argues that humanity should not live in such a state, seeing it as simple stagnation, but nobody will listen to him. He returns to the ship to find that the crew have sabotaged it to prevent him from communicating with Starfleet, and almost everybody has beamed down.
Left alone on the bridge and powerless to do anything, Kirk begins to make a log entry when a plant on the bridge finally manages to infect him. He calls Spock to let him know he is on their side now and goes to beam down... but at the last moment he shakes the effect of the spores off and returns to normal. He realises that the prospect of losing the Enterprise for good sent him into an emotional storm and that this cleared the spores from his body. Sensing a weapon of sorts, Kirk calls Spock and convinces him to come up to the ship. He taunts Spock with insults, including racial bigotry. Spock becomes agitated and finally snaps, attacking and almost killing Kirk before he suddenly calms, having restored his emotional blocks as the spores lose their grip. Spock is able to create a subsonic sound transmitter that will provoke the crew below into increasing anger, prompting fights and breaking the control of the spores. Leila beams to the ship, desperate to convince Spock to rejoin her below, but he is immovable in following his duty. The distressed Leila breaks down and cries, and her grief breaks the spores control over her in turn.
The transmitter works, and the crew are soon back to normal. Sandoval comes to realise that their time on the planet has been wasted, and swears to leave and begin over on another world. As Kirk and McCoy reflect on their 'expulsion from paradise' Spock notes that, for the first time in his life, he was truly happy here.
|3||78||3.5||The Savage Curtain||Lincoln's and Surak's stunt double||Abraham Lincoln appears flaoting in space before the Enterprise (!). Understandably surprised, Kirk accepts the former president aboard the ship and gives him a guided tour. Lincoln invites Kirk and Spock to beam down to Exo III, a planet utterly hostile to Human life except for an unexplanable "oasis" spot on the surface. The invitation is accepted, and the officers beam down. They are met by an Excalbian, a silicon being who informs them that his people wish to investigate the Human concepts of good and evil to discover which is stronger. The good are to be represented by Kirk and Spock, Lincoln and Surak of Vulcan; their evil opponents are Ghengis Khan, Kahless the Unforgettable, Zora and Colonel Green. The aliens threaten to destroy the Enterprise in a matter of hours unless Kirk wins the battle.
The two groups skirmish on the surface, improvising weapons from whatever materials are to hand. Eventually Kirk and Spock manage to prevail, and the Excalbians release them and free the Enterprise to continue on its way.
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