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|2||34||2.1||Who Mourns for Adonais?||Scott's stunt double||As the Enterprise approaches the planet Pollux IV a gigantic glowing green hand appears in space before the ship. Attempts to evade it are futile, and the hand grabs hold of them. The image of a man appears on the screen, claiming the Enterprise crew as his "beloved children" and congratulating them on their bold venture into space - a venture which is now over. He is dressed in ancient Greek style and reels off the names of various mythological figures such as Agamemnon, Hector and Odysseus. When Kirk repeatedly demands to have his ship released the being threatens to "close my hand" and destroy the Enterprise. Suddenly the force field holding them exerts a terrible pressure on the hull, threatening to destroy it.
Under this threat Kirk agrees to beam down to Pollux IV with some officers. He takes along McCoy, Scotty, Chekov and Lieutenant Carolyn Palamas, an officer trained in archology, anthopology and this history of ancient civilizations.
On the surface they meet the being, who claims to be the god Apollo. McCoy's scans show him to be a simple humanoid, though not quite Human. Apollo claims he and his kind lived amongst Humans in the distant past, coming to be worshipped by the natives for their power and sophistication. He wishes to recreate that situation, with the Enterprise crew living simple lives and worshiping him. He demonstrates his power by fusing their weapons and firing a lightning bolt which injures Scotty.
The crew work on the problem from both ends; on the surface Kirk and the others try to work out who and what Apollo is, exactly, and what weaknesses he may have. Meanwhile in orbit Spock analyses the forcefield holding the ship and probes for weaknesses in it.
Apollo develops a liking for Lieutenant Palamas, and takes her away for a private discussion. It becomes clear that he is attracted to her, and to some extent she returns this attraction. She finds that the "gods" departed Earth because their worshipers turned away from them. Although immortal the group was left hopeless and forlorn without purpose in their lives. One by one the others "spread themselves on the wind", gradually becoming "thinner and thinner... until only the wind remained." Apollo is the last remaining one of his kind, and determined to recreate his glory days of godhood.
Back with the Enterprise officers, they have located a power source in the vicinity and speculate that it seems to feed into Apollo somehow - he has an extra organ in his chest that McCoy cannot make sense of, which may allow him to gather and utilise this energy source somehow. Chekov notes that Apollo often looks tired or pained when he leaves, and they speculate that he has a limited ability to expend energy. It is thus possible that they can provoke him into exhausting himself.
On the Enterprise, Spock proposes to penetrate the forcefield in a few selected areas by generating M-rays on discrete wavelengths. This, he hopes, will allow the ship to then act further against Apollo.
When Apollo next appears Kirk and his officers attempt to goad and provoke him into attacking them, thus weakening himself. Lieutenant Palamas, not knowing the plan, urges mercy and compassion on Apollo, and he relents and departs. Kirk has a talk with her and explains that even if she has some feelings for Apollo, her duty is to her fellow Humans and requires her to act against him. He essentially orders her to spurn Apollo's advances in the most cruel and painful way possible, reasoning that if he thrives on adulation and worship then such an approach may weaken him.
Spock gets sensor readings through the field and is able to determined that the energy source is the Greek-style temple the officers are at. Kirk orders him to be ready to fire on the temple. Meanwhile Lieutenant Palamas spurns Apollo as ordered, laughing at his suggestion that she could possible have loved him and describing him as merely an interesting study project for her work. Combined with the rejection of the other officers Apollo is suitably weakened, and Spock fires a sustained phaser barrage at the temple as the officers take cover. Apollo attempts to fight back, but although his energy blasts rock the Enterprise the ship proves equal to the task, and the temple is reduced to a burned out ruin and Apollo defeated.
A tearful Apollo practically begs Kirk for worship, but Kirk demurs. With no other choice, Apollo "spreads" himself out into nothingness, effectively ending his life. A victorious but saddened Kirk wonders if it wouldn't have harmed them to have given Apollo at least some small part of what he needed, and they depart.
|2||43||2.4||The Trouble With Tribbles||Stunt double||The Enterprise is in the vicinity of Sherman's Planet, a world claimed by both the Federation and the Klingon Empire, when they pick up a Code One Emergency from the nearby Deep Space Station K-7. The code is reserved only for the most dire disasters, so Kirk takes the ship in expecting the worst. On arrival, though, he finds the station apparently peaceful and untroubled. The commander of the station, a Mr. Lurry, asks Kirk to come over to the station to talk. On arrival, a furious Kirk finds the Federation Under-Secretary for Agriculture, Nilz Baris, in Lurry's office with his assistant Arne Darvin.
Baris admits that he ordered the emergency code because the station is currently holding a large stock of Quadrotriticale, a genetically engineered grain to be used on Sherman's Planet. He is worried that the Klingons will attempt to sabotage the grain, as this would seriously hamper the Federation's attempts to develop the planet - and under the terms of the Organian peace treaty, the planet will belong to whomever can best use it. Kirk is increasingly annoyed by the use of the emergency code for what he sees as such a trivial reason, but is forced to concede that Baris has the authority to issue it and to order Kirk to provide security. He reluctantly assigns two guards to the storage compartments and returns to the ship.
As the Enterprise orbits the station a Klingon cruiser arrives, prompting Kirk to go to battle stations. However the ship's commander beams over to the station and merely requests shore leave for his crew there; under the treaty Mr, Lurry must agree, but Kirk is deeply suspicious of the Klingon Captain, Koloth, and places limits on the number of crew who can come aboard at any given time. He also informs Koloth that he will assign a security guard to follow each and every Klingon on the station. Baris is extremely unhappy with this development, and wastes no time in venting his anger on an increasingly frustrated Kirk.
On K-7 Uhura and Chekov are enjoying some time in the station bar where an independent trader named Cyrano Jones is trying to sell his wares. These include a Tribble - a small creature which looks like a spherical ball of fur with no visible limbs or features. Tribbles emit a soft purring sound when stroked, and Uhura finds it adorable. Jones gives her one as a free sample and agrees a deal with the bar owner to supply some more.
Uhura's tribble quickly reproduces, giving birth to a whole litter of small Tribbles which she distributes them to the crew as gifts. The Tribbles in the bar also reproduce, making it impossible for Jones to sell more. He tries to sell them to the Klingons, but the Tribbles react to proximity to a Klingon with a distressed shrieking sound - and the Klingons seem to like Tribbles no better than the Tribbles like them.
The Klingons begin needling Enterprise personnel in the bar about what a terrible person Kirk is. Scotty, as the senior officer present, restrains Chekov from starting a fight - but when the Klingons begin to mock the Enterprise Scotty himself throws the first punch and a large bar brawl breaks out. Kirk logs the incident as a 'small disturbance' and confines Scotty to his quarters, which delights the Engineer as he will have time to read up on his technical journals.
Meanwhile the Tribbles are reproducing at a fantastic rate, every one of them giving birth to large litters of offspring every twelve hours. Soon thousands of them are overrunning the ship, and much to Kirk's annoyance there seems to be no way to stop them. When he tries to order a meal he finds that the Tribbles have gotten into all the ship's machinery, including the food system, and are consuming their supplies rapidly. Spock notes that the Quadrotriticale is being stored under similar conditions on K-7, which is also being overrun by the furry menace.
Kirk beams to K-7 and hurries to the storage compartments to check on the grain - only to find that the compartments are stuffed with almost two million Tribbles who have eaten all the grain in the process of reproducing. However, a scan reveals that many of the Tribbles are dead, and the rest are rapidly dying - victims of the grain, which had been poisoned.
A furious Baris blames Kirk for the fiasco, threatening to have his career in ruins. Koloth also demands an apology for the brawl, which he blames purely on Kirk's men. Koloth also demands the removal of the Tribbles which are crowding the room, as he suffers from the same dislike of them as other Klingons. As Kirk moves to take them away he passes Baris's aide, Arne Darvin - and the Tribbles shriek as soon as they get close to him. A quick examination by McCoy shows that Darvin is a Klingon, a spy working to sabotage the Sherman's Planet project - it was he who poisoned the grain with a virus which prevented the food being absorbed into the body.
With his own aide shown to be the cause of all the trouble Baris's threats against Kirk are rendered moot, and with the Klingons shown to be behind the sabotage Kirk is able to brush off Koloth's complaints and order him out of Federation space. A new shipment of grain is ordered for Sherman's Planet, which now should fall quite easily under Federation control. Kirk orders Cyrano Jones to clear up all the Tribbles on the station, a task Spock estimates will take him 17.9 years - his alternative being to be charged with disrupting a space station, a crime which carries a 20 year sentence.
A victorious Kirk returns to the Enterprise to find it wholly Tribble free. After some prevaricating, his officers admit to the method they used - they beamed the entire population of Tribbles into the engine room of the Klingon ship just before it went to warp. Where, as Scotty puts it, 'they'll be no Tribble at all'. Imagining the chaos that must be going on aboard the Klingon ship, the officers share a laugh as the episode ends.
|3||61||3.1||And the Children Shall Lead||Crew stunt double||Investigating a remote outpost, the Enterprise finds a a group of children alive among the dead bodies of their parents. As the ship leaves it becomes clear that there is more to the children than meets the eye.|
|3||64||3.3||The Empath||Kirk's stunt double||The Enterprise arrives at the star Minaria, due to go nova in a short time, to evacuate a Federation research outpost which has been monitoring the system. On arrival Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to find the facility deserted. They choose to remain on the planet when a giant solar flare forces the Enterprise to leave the system for several days, confident that the atmosphere will protect them from any radiation. No sooner has the ship left than the landing party is beamed to a chamber deep underground where they encounter Gem, a mysterious alien woman with empathic powers but no language capability. A pair of aliens called Vians appear and explain that they are testing Gem to see if her species is worth of salvaging from the effects of the nova. Gem is capable of using her mental abilities to absorb the pain and injuries of others into herself; the Vians intend to torture the Enterprise officers in order to find out whether Gem will cure them despite the suffering it will cause her. If she is ultimately willing to sacrifice herself for others, the Vians will take this as a sign that her life is worth saving.
The Vians put the Enterprise officers through a series of ordeals, with the three practically fighting amongst themselves to be the one who will be tortured in place of their friends. Ultimately Gem does indeed take all of their suffering upon herself, ending her own life. Declaring themselves satisfied, the Vians return the Enterprise officers to their ship and the Enterprise continues on its way.
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