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|1||11||1.2||Dagger of the Mind||Dr. Noel's stunt double||On a routine mission to deliver some cargo to the Tantalus Penal Colony, the Enterprise takes has a little trouble beaming down the crates because the colony has a shield around it. Quickly correcting the problem the ship is able to complete its mission. However, unknown to them one of the inmates has stowed away in a crate beamed up to the ship. He makes his way to the bridge, demanding asylum. Spock renders him unconscious and he is taken to sickbay. However, things don't quite seem to add up. The man proves to be Van Gelder, one of the Tantalus staff rather than an inmate there. He was assigned only six months earlier, and it seems strange that he would have deteriorated quite so much in such a short time.
Kirk beams down with Doctor Helen Noel, a psychiatrist. He's rather embarrassed to be in her company as the two shared a little private time at the Christmas party, but continues regardless. Beaming down the pair meet Adams, who tells them than Van Gelder injured his mind during the testing of an experimental therapy device called the neural neuralizer.
On the ship McCoy tries to care for Van Gelder, but the man is raving. Whenever he tries to discuss the situation on Tantalus he acts as though he is deeply traumatised and in extreme pain. Spock suggests that he may be able to help by performing an ancient Vulcan procedure called a "Mind Meld", a form of touch telepathy that may allow him to probe Van Gelder's mind despite the resistance and learn what has happened to him. Although McCoy is a little dubious they proceed. Spock is able to contact Van Gelder, effectively merging their minds for a period. He learns that Adams has been carrying out experiments on the inmates of Tantalus, altering their thoughts.
Back on the surface Kirk and Noel wait for a quiet time and slip in to take a look at the neuralizer. Kirk sits in the treatment chair and Noel turns it on. The effect is startling - Kirk's face and mind go completely blank whilst the machine is on, leaving him with no idea that any time has passed. They try again, and this time she suggests that he is hungry. When the machine is turned off, Kirk comes to and instantly starts talking about how hungry he is. When Kirk suggests she try a more unusual suggestion, Noel paints a somewhat more romantic picture of their Christmas party meeting in his mind. However, Doctor Adams arrives and takes over. He turns the machine to a higher setting, causing Kirk considerable pain, and tells him that he is madly in love with Noel. The two are locked in together in a room. When Kirk recovers he is instantly in love with Noel, much to her discomfort. She manages to talk him around a little and they decide to make an escape attempt. They open up one of the ventilation ducts and Noel crawls down it, trying to find the shield controls.
Adams arrives to take Kirk for more "treatment". Meanwhile Noel reaches the shield system. She is attacked by a man but fight him off successfully, and ultimately shoves him into a high voltage circuit panel, electrocuting him. With the shield down Spock and a security team are able to beam down to the facility. In the struggle Adams is accidentally left on the neuralizer chair with it set to high. He is not found for some time, by which prolonged exposure to the machine with no orders to be implanted has resulted in his mind being all but wiped clean away. Van Gelder, cured of his own condition, takes over the running of the colony. He reports that he has dismantled and destroyed the machine.
|1||18||1.4||Shore Leave||Teller's stunt double||The Enterprise is visiting an apparently uninhabited planet after a gruelling few months. They are hoping to give the crew a little down time on the planet to rest. With that in mind a landing party is investigating the surface. They find the planet a veritable Eden, with no people or even animal life. As Sulu and McCoy enjoy the surroundings, however, McCoy wanders off and is startled to be greeted by a large rabbit who declares "Oh my paws and whiskers! I'll be late!" before hopping off into the bushes. The rabbit is then followed by a young girl.
Although he can hardly believe what he saw, McCoy dutifully calls the ship to report it. Kirk smilingly accepts the report before dismissing it out of hand, assuming it to be a practical joke on McCoy's part. Spock approaches Kirk with news of a crewmember who is displaying signs of stress and poor performance. Kirk orders the person to take a break on the planet, only for Spock to reveal that he is talking of Kirk himself. The Captain beams down with Yeoman Barrows for a little R&R. However, we see that somehow, a pistol has appeared on the surface. Kirk meets up with McCoy, who has found paw prints confirming his rabbit. Kirk signals the Enterprise and orders them to hold off on beaming down their crew for shore leave. Suddenly shots ring out in the distance; the officers race over to find Sulu shooting the pistol, enthused at the antique which is as good as anything in his collection. Spying the footprints again Kirk orders Barrows and Sulu to follow them whilst he and McCoy check out the glade. As they head there an antenna pops up behind them, apparently scanning them.
As they walk Kirk muses about his academy experiences, where he was tormented by an upperclassman called Finnegan. Kirk was often the butt of Finnegan's practical jokes. They separate, McCoy following the rabbit prints whilst Kirk follows the girl's footprints. As he walks through the fields Kirk is astonished to encounter Finnegan, who jovially challenges him to a fight. After a little taunting Kirk begins to accept, only to hear screams in the distance. He breaks off and runs, meeting McCoy on the way. They find Barrows crying, her uniform torn. She reports being attacked by a mysterious man who she compares to Don Juan - a fictional character she was just thinking about. Kirk leaves McCoy with Barrows and chases off after Sulu, who had pursued the character. As he runs he fails to notice another antenna scanning him...
Kirk can't find Sulu but he encounters somebody even more startling - Ruth, an old flame of his. He is contacted by McCoy, but shrugs it off. Another member of the landing party, Rodriguez, reports that he saw a flock of birds - on a planet that is not supposed to have any animal life. Kirk orders everyone to assemble at the glade to compare notes and reluctantly leaves Ruth behind.
Spock signals with reports of a power source on the planet. It is a highly advanced source, indicating large scale industrial engineering of some sort - and worse, it is draining power from the Enterprise. The oddities continue to pile up. Barrows is commenting on the fairytale surroundings and how a girl should be wearing flowing gowns here, only to find exactly those clothes nearby. McCoy's urges her to change into the dress, promising not to peek as she changes. He gets a call from Esteban to head for the rendezvous, though communications is rapidly failing. Matters are further complicated by Esteban having to hide from a tiger!
Kirk talks to Spock on the ship, discussing what they have seen. He doubts that they can be hallucinations, but declines Spock's offer to beam down an armed party. Sulu arrives, having been chased by a Samurai warrior! Spock manages to beam himself down before power on the Enterprise falls too low. At the glade McCoy and Barrows arrive, only to find a knight prepared for jousting! McCoy declares that the mysterious appearances on the planet cannot be real, and therefore can't be capable of harming them - when the knight charges he stands his ground, only to be impaled and killed instantly. With their phasers now inoperative Kirk guns the knight down with Sulu's antique pistol.
Barrows blames herself for the death, but Kirk forces her to snap out of it and focus on their work. Sulu examines the knight only to find that it isn't a real person, but rather some sort of non living dummy. Spock scans it and finds that it is some sort of mechanical contrivance, a manufactured object - as are all the plants around them. Apparently everything on the surface is a mere artificial creation.
Nearby, Esteban and Angela Martine see an early aircraft flying around - something he was just talking about recently. The aircraft strafes them, killing Martine. Back in the glade the officers find that both McCoy and the knight have vanished. Spock thinks he has an answer, albeit an unlikely one. It appears that whatever people are imagining is coming to life before their eyes. He proves the point by asking Kirk to remember what he was thinking about earlier, only to see Finnegan pop up again. Kirk chases Finnegan down and demands to know what is going on, and the two engage in an extended fight. Kirk is finally victorious. Spock appears to reveal his theory; their thoughts are being read by whatever machines exist on the planet, and whatever they think of is being manufactured instantly and presented to them. Kirk and Spock race to the glade, dodging tigers and aircraft and Samurai along the way. Kirk assembles everyone and puts them to attention in an effort to focus their thoughts and prevent more things from appearing.
A strange man appears and announces that he is the caretaker of the place. He apologises for what has happened, saying that he has only just realised that they didn't understand what was happening. The whole planet was built for his race as an amusement park, a place where people could come and have absolutely anything they imagine appear, live out any fantasy or wish. Kirk is still angry about the deaths... but McCoy arrives with a chorus line girl on each arm to announce that nobody has died! He was taken to the subsurface support machinery and patched up, good as new.
The caretaker tells Kirk that he doesn't think the Federation is ready for contact with his people, but he does offer to let the Enterprise crew beam down and enjoy themselves on the planet for a while. Kirk agrees, telling the ship to prepare everyone to have the best shore leave of their lives. As Ruth reappears, he also decides to stay himself.
A while later everyone returns, having had a great time on the planet and looking much more relaxed for it. They ship heads out of orbit to resume their mission.
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