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|1||2||1.1||Where No Man Has Gone Before||Stunt double||The Enterprise is travelling near the edge of the Galaxy when it discovers an object floating in space. Beaming it aboard they find that it is an old-style ship recorder, something vessels would jettison in case of an emergency. Since it is damaged Spock surmises that the vessel it belonged to was destroyed. The recorder is triggered and begins transmitting its records.
The officers go to the bridge where Spock scans the message. The recorder was jettisoned by the SS Valiant some 200 years ago. Kirk informs the crew about the discovery and meets Dr. Dehner, a psychologist who is aboard to study the effects the stresses of shipboard life have on Starfleet personnel. Gary Mitchell tries to flirt with Dehner, and is strongly rebuffed - prompting him to refer to her as a "walking freezer unit".
Spock interprets the rest of the Valiant's message, reporting that the ship was thrown clear of the Galaxy by a magnetic storm. Although the record is damage he finds repeated references to ESP capability in Humans, including searches of the computer for information of the subject which he classifies as being almost frantic. Dehner claims that there are some Humans who can see the future or manipulate objects with their minds, though this is never very powerful in Humans. Spock continues with his report - he finds records of deaths aboard the Valiant, more ESP research, and then a self-destruct order by the captain.
Although concerned, Kirk decides to proceed with his mission to probe beyond the edge of the Galaxy and takes the ship ahead. They discover a massive energy barrier and are able to penetrate it, but the ship is badly damaged and both Mitchell and Dehner seem to suffer some physical distress as a result. When Mitchell opens his eyes, they have become silver in colour.
Kirk takes the ship back on impulse power, with the warp drive damaged beyond repair. Spock does some research and finds that both Mitchell and Dehner have been recorded to have a high ESP rating, with Mitchell the highest. Others killed during the encounter with the barrier suffered damage to a specific region of the brain.
Meanwhile Mitchell is reading in sickbay. He claims to feel fine - better than he ever has, in fact. But his manner seems odd, arrogant and almost threatening. After Kirk leaves he begins to read at an extraordinary rate, digesting whole pages in an instant. Spock is monitoring this, and he and Kirk assign security to keep an eye on Mitchell. In sickbay Dehner talks with Mitchell and he begins to demonstrate unusual abilities - causing his life signs to blank out at will, showing his as dead on the monitor. He also reveals that he has not only read by perfectly memorised countless books. Lieutenant Kelso arrives for a visit, reporting on the sad state of the engines. Mitchell warns him to check the starboard impulse engine packs, explaining that there is a problem which they have missed and which will cause the entire deck to explode if they don't correct it.
Kelso checks and reports to Kirk that Mitchell was indeed correct. The officers discuss the situation, with Scotty reporting that the controls in engineering started working on their own a short time ago - and each time it happened, Mitchell could be seen smiling on the monitor. Spock suggests that Mitchell's power is growing exponentially, and that he will inevitably come to see Humans as insignificant compared to himself. They decide to hear for a nearby automated outpost on the planet Delta Vega, hoping to cannibalise it to repair the warp drive and strand Mitchell there where he can do no harm.
They successfully repair the engines, but Mitchell kills Kelso by using his powers to strangle him, and escapes his confinement. He knocks out the others and finds that Dehner has also developed silver eyes - she is undergoing the same transformation, just more slowly since she had a lower ESP rating in the first place. The two escape the station together. When Kirk recovers he takes a phaser rifle and goes after them.
Mitchell and Dehner begin converting part of the desolate surface of Delta Vega into a garden-like environment. Mitchell is declares himself a God, with Humans suitable only to be his worshippers. He tries to kill Kirk when he finds the pair, but Dehner rebels against his arrogant attitude and attacks him with her powers. He survives the attack and strikes back, killing her, but his abilities are temporarily drained. Kirk fights with him, and finally uses the phaser to blast a large rock off a cliff side, killing Mitchell when it falls onto him.
Back on the Enterprise, Kirk grieves over the loss of his friend as the ship heads back on warp drive.
|2||37||2.3||Wolf in the Fold||Hengist's stunt double||The Enterprise is visiting Argelius II, a planet whose philosophy heavily emphasised hedonism and pleasure. Kirk and McCoy are accompanying Scotty on shore leave, enjoying some female entertainment in a local bar. Scotty recently suffered a near-fatal accident caused by a woman, and there has been some concern that he harbours a deep seated resentment of women as a result. The shore leave is an attempt to get him over this feeling.
The therapy seems to work, and Scotty accompanies one of the dancers home through the quiet night. However, shortly afterwards the woman is found stabbed brutally to death, with Scotty standing over the body paralysed with shock, holding a knife in hands covered with blood.
Scotty claims to have no clear memory of exactly what happened. Mr Hengist, the Chief Administrator of the planet, demands that Scotty be confined whilst the crime is investigated. However the planet's leader, Prefect Jaris, suggests that his wife Sybo may be of use. She has some form of empathic ability which he thinks may be of value. Kirk has Lt. Tracy beam down from the ship with a psycho-tricorder, which will be able to probe Scotty's memories of the event and determine his guilt or innocence.
As she prepares to administer the test they discuss another suspect, the dancer's former fiance Morla. He was jealous of the attention her dancing brought from other men, a reaction the Argelians consider to be shameful. Morla is questioned but claims that he had nothing to do with the crime. As the testing of Scotty begins the lights black out and there is a scream; when the lights come on again Lt. Tracy has been stabbed to death and once again Scotty is standing practically over the body. With the only other entrance to the room locked, it appears certain that he is the killer.
Prefect Jaris insists that his wife carry out a kind of seance. She appears to enter a trance-like state, speaking of a great evil, a hunger which can never be satisfied. She calls out several names, "Beratis", "Kesla" and "Redjac". As the seance reaches a crescendo the lights black out - and as they come back on Sybo lies dead, and once again Scotty is apparently the killer despite having no clear memory of what happened.
Mr Hengist is completely convinced that Scotty is guilty, but Kirk convinces Jaris to beam up to the Enterprise so that Scotty can be subjected to computer analysis - this will provide a definitive answer as to his guilt or innocence, regardless of any mental failings. The test shows both Scotty and Morla to be innocent of any wrongdoing. When Scotty talks of feeling a cold, evil presence in the room when the lights were out Kirk begins to suspect some form of creature may be responsible, something that feeds on negative emotions and attacks women to cause them. Although Hengist finds this answer incredible, the computer confirms that it is possible and Jaris seems open minded. The computer cites creatures native to Alpha Carina V who subsist on the emotion of love; this being apparently subsists on terror. It is suggested to be incorporeal, existing as a formless being but capable of taking solid form at will - much as the Mellitus cloud creature of Alpha Majoris I that can change from gaseous to solid forms.
They run the names spoken by Sybo through the computer and find that Beratis and Kesla are the names of mass murderers of women on Rigel IV Deneb II respectively, neither of whom were caught. Redjac is a mystery until the computer checks variations and finds 'Red Jack', another name for the infamous Jack the Ripper from Earth history. Further analysis shows a string of such murders throughout history - and the trail leads directly towards Argelius, with the Beratis killings happening on Rigel IV less than a year ago. Further, the knife used in the killings on Argelius is of Rigellian design. Kirk notes that Hengist is from Rigel IV, and arrived about a year ago.
As suspicion turns on Hengist he becomes agitated and attempts to flee, only to be knocked down by Kirk. However, he dies on the spot. The ship's computer begins to go out of control, telling the crew they will all die - apparently the Hengist creature has abandoned his physical body and infested the computer in an attempt to terrify the crew.
Kirk has McCoy dope up everyone in the crew, putting them into a state of mild euphoria. Spock orders the computer to calculate the value of Pi to the last digit, an insoluble problem which will suck up most of it's resources. Hengist is forced from the computer and returns back to his body, but he is injected with the same drug the crew have taken. Although the entity cannot be killed in the conventional sense, Kirk has it beamed into space on a wide dispersion - scattering it across space and effectively destroying it.
|2||39||2.2||The Apple||Native stunt double||The Enterprise is visiting the planet Gamma Trianguli VI. A landing party finds the planet to be a paradise, with a planetwide warm climate. However, a call from Scotty on the ship brings trouble - the ship is experiencing a minor problem with the antimatter pods, possibly related to abnormalities in the magnetic field of the planet itself. Spock's tricorder detects underground vibrations coming from all directions, vibrations which he thinks are artificially produced. As the landing party scouts around they detect a life form nearby, apparently somebody watching them.
They proceed towards a nearby village, but along the way the planet offers up a few surprises. A rock explodes when tossed to the ground; a plant fires poison darts; a freak storm suddenly blows up and Spock is struck by lightning. It appears that Gamma Trianguli VI is not so pleasant a place after all!
Meanwhile on the Enterprise, the problem becomes worse - the antimatter pods have become completely inert, as if some external force had extinguished them. Without main power the ship is all but helpless and unable to beam the landing party up.
They reach the village, although two of the landing party are killed on the way by the planets strange dangers. Kirk manages to capture the native who is watching them, and they demand to know what is going on. The man claims to be the "leader of the feeders of Vaal." They continue on to the village with the man, who is named Akuta. He agrees to take them to Vaal - which proves to be a giant stone head reminiscent of a reptile. The head is surrounded by a powerful forcefield, making any approach impossible. They go back to the village to rest. Kirk notes that there are no children there - prompting confusion from the natives, who apparently have no idea what children are. Vaal, they say, has forbidden men and women to touch one another, and there is no reproduction allowed - much to McCoy's disgust. The Doctor scans the people and finds every one of them to be in perfect health, without any sign of ageing amongst them.
Vaal calls the villagers, and they bring supplies of food to place inside the head - the forcefield apparently allowing them in to feed their god. Kirk ponders whether Vaal might become weaker if it is denied the regular influx of food. Kirk and McCoy seem determined to destroy Vaal, claiming that it is stifling the right of the natives to a "free and unchained environment" and any chance to grow and develop as a culture. Spock warns that they are simply applying human standards to a culture which they may not apply to - the villagers surely have the right to choose a system that clearly works to provide them with long term stability.
Scotty reports that they are detecting a steady decrease in Vaal's power readings, possibly a result of the food being used up. He is working to boost the output of the ship's impulse engines, though this will take a good eight hours to accomplish. In not much longer than that the ship will fall into the atmosphere and burn up.
In the village, two of the natives observe Chekov kissing one of his female comrades and become curious as to what it is like. This apparently angers Vaal, who communicates with Akuta to tell him to kill the landing party. Vaal provides instructions on how to use violence, and the natives mount an attack. However, although one of the Enterprise crew is killed the natives are quickly defeated.
Scotty manages to complete his modifications and boost the ship into a slightly higher orbit, but he only gains an extra hour or so. Kirk decides to starve Vaal in an attempt to weaken it, and then orders the ship to direct a phaser barrage at the force field around it. Vaal is forced to expend its remaining energy to defend against the attack, and becomes inert. Without the field affecting the ship, full power is quickly restored.
Kirk tells the natives that the Federation will provide them with assistance until they can cope with life on their own. Although Spock expresses some concern with their actions the Captain is happy at the outcome, and the ship proceeds on course.
|2||44||2.7||Bread and Circuses||McCoy's stunt double||On another just-like-Earth planet, Kirk finds the Romans still in power and a Starship Captain assisting them.|
|2||46||2.5||A Private Little War||Kirk's and Apella's stunt double||Tyree's planet was a tranquil paradise when Kirk visited thirteen years ago. But now the villagers are armed with muskets and determined to slaughter the hill people - and Kirk wants to start dishing out weapons to even things up.|
|3||64||3.3||The Empath||McCoy'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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