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|1||1||3.6||The Cage||Stunt double||Whilst heading back for base after a stressful mission, the USS Enterprise picks up a distress signal from the Talos star group. Since the signal was transmitted 18 years previously, Captain Pike elects to disregard it and continue on course. Pike is stressed and despondent after losing crew members on a recent mission on Rigel VII, to the extent that he is considering resigning from the service.
A follow up transmission indicates survivors on Talos IV, so Pike directs the ship to head there. They beam down and find a group of survivors in an encampment on the surface, including the young and beautiful Vina, who seems very interested in Pike. Vina was born just about the time the party was stranded on Talos, and seems to have a strange manner of talking. She leads Pike away from the camp, promising to show him something, but it is a trap - a group of aliens stuns and capture Pike, taking him below ground, and the camp and all the human survivors suddenly vanish into nothing. The Enterprise crew try to blast their way into the alien base, but have no success.
Pike wakes in a cell with a large glass wall, one of many specimens in some form of alien zoo. The Talosian aliens return, communicating with him via telepathy. They are able to use this power to make Pike experience illusory worlds, worlds that feel very real to him. Vina is in each illusion, always attempting to convince Pike to go along with the Talosians and participate in their telepathic worlds. Eventually she reveals that the Talosians have lost their civilisation because of their great mental power, as all they do now is seek out new telepathic experiences rather than trying to build or expand their culture. They want Pike to breed with Vina to create a new slave species, so that they can enjoy their imaginings and use them to maintain their world. The Talosians punish Vina for revealing this information by inflicting visions of pain on her, much to Pike's anguish.
Meanwhile, the Enterprise's First Officer orders a heavy weapon transported down and used to blast into the alien base. The attempt fails, but as the ship's doctor points out they really can't be sure of anything that is happening around them. For all they know they did blast into the alien base, but the Talosians simply projected an image into their minds saying otherwise.
As Pike continues to resist the Talosians, they decide that perhaps Vina is the problem and so abduct two female officers from the Enterprise to provide him with more choices. Pike, having discovered that the Talosians have difficulty reading minds that are filled with primitive emotions like hate, uses this to capture one of the Talosian jailers. He threatens the man with a weapon, stating that even though the Talosian can make it seem like it isn't working this won't help if Pike shoots him with it. He is able to make his way to the surface with the rest, discovering that the Enterprise crew did indeed blast through the entrance of the base, but the Talosians reveal that this was their plan all along - Pike and the others will now begin to create the new human slave race.
The First Officer decides that this would be wrong, and sets her weapon to produce a forced chamber explosion, a detonation that will kill everybody present. Pike allows the Talosians to leave, whilst Vina decides to stay with them as having even one Human on hand might prompt the Talosians to try again.
Before the explosion, the Talosians reveal that they have scanned the Enterprise's databanks and found that Humans have a strong disgust for slavery, and would honestly rather die than live the life the Talosians have planned for them. They decide to free Pike and the rest, mourning the fact that their society will now stagnate and fall into oblivion.
Pike suggests that it might be possible to establish a mutually beneficial relationship of trade and technology exchange but the Talosians decline, stating that Humans would learn their telepathic powers of illusion and destroy themselves just as the Talosians have. Pike offers to take Vina with him but she reveals the truth - she was not in fact born on the planet but was an original member of the expedition, the only one to survive the crash. Whilst the Talosians could heal her body they had no idea what a Human was supposed to look like, so she is badly deformed as well as being rather old. Her youthful, beautiful appearance was merely another Talosian illusion. She feels that this means she has no place in Human society, and Pike agrees. As the Enterprise prepares to leave, the Talosians show Pike that they will provide Vina with one last illusion - that he chose to remain behind with her, allowing her to live out her life in happiness.
|1||14||1.4||The Galileo Seven||Spock's stunt double||The Enterprise has taken time out from a mission to deliver vital medical supplies to investigate Murusaki 312, a "quasar like phenomena". High Commissioner Ferris is aboard the ship to travel with the medical supplies, and is very unhappy about the delay in delivering them. However, Kirk points out that they have five days until they are due to rendezvous and pass the supplies on, a trip that will only take three days. Since they gain nothing by arriving early, and since there are standing orders to investigate phenomena like Murusaki, Kirk is determined to take the time to do so. The ship launches the shuttlecraft Galileo to probe Murusaki, with seven crew aboard; Commander Spock in command, supported by Lieutenant Commander Scott, Doctor McCoy, Lieutenant Latimer, Lieutenant Gaetano, Lieutenant Boma, and Yeoman Mears.
However, once it enters the area around Murusaki the shuttle encounters turbulence and is knocked off course. With sensors and communications rendered useless by the huge interference in the area the shuttle manages to crash-land on a nearby M Class planet, Tarsus II. Kirk now has two days to find his missing crew before the Enterprise will be forced to depart.
Everybody survives the crash landing. Spock sets Scotty to work trying to repair the craft whilst Latimer and Gaetano scout the area. Up in space the Enterprise comes to the planet as the logical place to search, but is hampered by the sensor and communication interference. Kirk is reduced to sending shuttle missions out to the planet to search visually, a daunting prospect. Matters are not by Farris, who insists on reminding Kirk at every opportunity they they will soon have to leave, and that under his authority he can and will order Kirk to do so. Kirk makes it equally clear that he will spend every second that he can trying to find his lost shipmates before he is forced to depart.
On the planet, Scotty has bad news for Spock. The ship has lost a great deal of fuel, making it impossible to reach escape velocity. Even getting into orbit is out of the question unless they can shed at least 500 pounds of weight before taking off. Spock comments that this is the weight of three men, prompting everyone to wonder if he is actually going to order people to remain behind. Whilst Spock makes no decision on this, he seems to think that it would be perfectly logical and reasonable to do so. They set about removing whatever extraneous equipment they can from the shuttle to lighten it, although there is little aboard that is not required for normal operation. The crew gradually become unnerved by the purely rational way that Spock is approaching his command of the mission.
Whilst on their scouting mission Latimer and Gaetano hear strange rasping sounds nearby. They cannot identify the source at first but then a huge furry apelike creature looms out of the mist towards them. They retreat, but a giant spear catches Latimer in the back, killing him. Gaetano fires with his phaser to drive the creature off. The sound brings Spock and Boma to the scene. Boma is horrified when Spock casually disregards the dead officer to examine the spear and comment on the construction method used to create it. When he expresses his anger Spock simply replies that his concern for the dead will not bring them back to life. When Spock offers to help the two men carry the body back they bluntly decline his assistance, obviously frustrated and angry with him.
Kirk increasingly desperate, orders the shuttles to begin widening their search pattern over the planet. This will leave large gaps uncovered in the search area, but will at least result in the bulk of the surface being covered in the time they have.
On the surface McCoy and Mears have managed to dump 150 pounds of machinery. Spock accepts this but comments that with the loss of Latimer they still have a good 150 pounds left to lose. McCoy is disgusted by the idea of leaving somebody behind and tries to talk Spock out of it, but they are interrupted when Boma returns to ask Spock to come and hold Latimer's burial ceremony. Spock seems uninterested in doing so, suggesting that McCoy would be a better choice, but finally agrees to hold the ceremony so long as they continue with the repairs during it. Although he does say that his policy of expending all possible effort on the practicalities of their situation is aimed at ensuring the survival of the remaining crew, his attitude continues to provoke increasing hostility.
However, disaster strikes. As Scotty and Spock work on the shuttle a pipe ruptures, and all of the remaining fuel leaks away. Spock asks Scotty to continue working on any possible alternative, though the engineer sees no solution. Meanwhile the rasping sounds have returned again, noises that Spock identifies as wood on leather. He suggests that there might be some sort of tribal culture at work, which would mean that the Taureans have some sense of unity. Hitting them hard with phasers might therefore drive them off. Although disapproving of the idea of using force Spock concedes that it is logical. However he insists that they fire warning shots only, intending to frighten the creatures away instead of injuring them. The plan appears to work, and the aliens retreat.
Spock orders Gaetano to stand guard whilst he and Boma go back to the shuttle.
There, Scotty has come up with a solution to their problems. With no fuel to use, they can nevertheless drain energy from their hand phasers to power the ship into space. Whilst this offers them some chance to get clear, it does mean sacrificing their only defence against the Taureans. Seeing no choice, Spock orders the procedure carried out.
On the Enterprise they have managed to get the transporters working despite the interference, and Kirk beams several landing parties down.
The Taureans soon return, surrounding the terrified Gaetano. He is attacked, losing his phaser, and tries to run. A Taurean kills him. When Spock, McCoy, and Boma arrive they find no trace of his body, promoting Spock to order the others to return whilst he searches - citing a "scientific curiosity" regarding what happened to Gaetano. He sends his hand phaser back with them, leaving him unarmed. After he leaves, a bemused McCoy comments that Spock will risk his life to find his officer, and yet if he does he is just as likely to order him to remain behind as the rest escape.
Spock succeeds in finding Gaetano's body and carries it to the shuttlecraft. The Taureans attack, but he makes it back to the shuttle. He seems deep in thought after the encounter. McCoy comments that Spock's plan has brought the creatures down on them. Spock cannot understand why the creatures are acting as they are, but to McCoy it is obvious - the phaser fire angered them, something Spock cannot understand. Spock predicts that the creatures will study them for a while but seconds later one one of them begins smashing a huge rock against the craft. Spock is deeply confused by the sequence of events, given that he has made the logical decisions at every point along the way, and yet the results have been less than ideal with two men dead and resentment from the crew boiling over. They electrify the hull to drive the creature off. When Spock states that Gaetano's body will have to be left behind Boma demands a burial, now openly contemptuous of Spock. Spock decides to allow the funeral whilst they creatures are gone.
Meanwhile Kirk gets reports of casualties from one of his landing parties, who were likewise attacked by the Taureans. Ensign O'Neill has been killed by a spear and Lieutenant Immamura is badly wounded. They state that the planet seems to be overrun with the hostile aliens, making it unlikely that the shuttle crew could survive long there. Matters are not helped when Commissioner Ferris arrives to order Kirk to depart. The Captain plays for time, saying that they need to recover their landing parties and shuttles first, but he has only minutes left.
Scotty finishes draining their phasers, announcing that this gives them enough power to attain orbit, hold it for a couple of hours, and then make a controlled landing somewhere on the planet. They go to hold the funeral but the ceremony is interrupted by the Taureans attacking again. Spock is pinned to the ground by a boulder and orders the others to leave him behind, but they refuse and manage to free him. All of them make it to the shuttle and it tries to take off, but the giant Taureans physically hold it down. Spock orders the boosters fired, and the shuttle manages to break free and ascend at last. However, the power drain means that they now cannot make a soft landing. They will fall from orbit in under an hour and burn up in the atmosphere. When Scotty reminds Spock of an earlier comment that "there are always alternatives." Spock ponders that he may have been mistaken about that.
With the shuttles back aboard Kirk reluctantly orders the ship to depart - but at "space normal" speed, a relative crawl. He has the planet brought up on the screen so they can watch as they depart.
Aboard the shuttle, Spock sits deep in thought. He finally reaches out and jettisons all of their remaining fuel in one dump, then ignites it. The others are astonished - the burn will last only seconds, and then the shuttle will fall into the atmosphere. Spock's action has, apparently, doomed them all. But Scotty realises his intent - the burn is a signal flare. Both Scotty and McCoy seem pleased that Spock has taken this illogical gamble as one of his last actions.
Aboard the Enterprise the flare is spotted, and the ship doubles back and beams the survivors off the shuttle just as it is about to burn up. A delighted Kirk proceeds on course at warp speed with everybody safe aboard. Later, he and McCoy needle Spock about his action on the shuttle. Spock calmly replies that he reasoned that with no logical options left, an act of desperation was the only remaining choice - a logical choice, logically arrived at. Kirk characterises it as "you reasoned that it was time for an emotional outburst!" Spock, whilst dubious about the choice of words, is forced to agree.
|1||21||1.7||The Alternative Factor||Crew stuntman||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.
|2||31||2.2||Catspaw||Kirk's stunt double||The Enterprise is investigating the planet Pyris VII, but the landing party - comprising Sulu, Scott and Crewman Jackson - is overdue for their routine check in. Jackson finally contacts the ship asking to be beamed aboard, but when he appears he collapses to the floor, dead. Amazingly, a voice from his mouth informs Kirk that the ship is cursed!
Kirk beams down with Spock and McCoy, leaving Assistant Chief Engineer DeSalle in command of the ship. They arrive in a fogbound environment, quite at odds with what their sensor readings indicated. Detecting lifeforms nearby the landing party investigates, only to be confronted with a ghostly apparition - three witches, warning them to leave or face disaster. Undaunted, the officers press on and discover a large castle. They enter and begin to explore, but a section of floor collapses beneath them, knocking them out.
They wake to find themselves chained in a dungeon. Scotty and Sulu appear, but they appear to by drugged or hypnotised, not recognising their fellow officers. They free the landing party and take them at gunpoint from the room to meet a robed man. He is, apparently, some kind of magician - complete with a wand and black cat. The man's name is Korob, and he appears intent on getting the Enterprise officers to leave as soon as possible. Korob claims that the events have been staged to test the Enterprise crew, but he clearly seems to be hiding the truth.
A woman, Sylvia, enters. She demonstrates her own power to Kirk, holding a small model of the Enterprise over a candle - and action which causes the real ship in orbit to grow unbearably hot! Although she spares the ship, Korob seals the model in a glass block, which paralyses the real ship within a strange forcefield.
Kirk and Spock are taken to the dungeon, whilst Sylvia questions McCoy. She argues with Korob about their plans - Sylvia states that she enjoys the sensations she is experiencing in her present form, as apparently their normal existence does not afford them such. Korob argues that they have a mission to complete, but Sylvia seems in favour of abandoning it.
Sylvia brings Kirk back to talk, and reveals that she has become enamoured of him. She is thinking of getting rid of Korob and keeping Kirk for herself. Kirk plays along for information, and learns that the "magic wand" is a transmuter, able to reform matter into different forms - this is how the pair create the various strange things Kirk has encountered. She realises the deception and has Kirk returned to the dungeon.
Korob, beginning to fear Sylvia's intentions, releases the Enterprise and Kirk and Spock. He expresses regret for how things have gone, wishing there could have been peaceful contact. As they attempt to flee, Kirk and Spock encounter Sylvia's black cat, only grown to enormous size. The cat kills Korob, and Kirk grabs his transmuter wand and escapes. Sylvia demands the transmuter wand, which is more powerful than her own device, but as Kirk begins to hand it over he instead smashes it. At once the castle and everything within it vanishes, leaving only Sylvia and Korob in their true form - two small, vaguely birdlike aliens who quickly die. With the menace defeated, the officers beam back to the ship.
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