When Lester orders Kirk's execution, Chekov and Sulu object that Starfleet have forbidden the death penalty. Sulu states that "There's only one exception," and Chekov adds "General Order 4. And it has not been violated by any officer on the Enterprise." Well in point of fact, according to "The Menagerie" General Order 7 is the only order in Starfleet which carries the death penalty. And that order forbids any Starfleet vessel from visiting the planet Talos IV... which is an order Spock, specifically, HAS broken - and so has every other officer on the Enterprise!
Of the main cast, only Nichelle Nichols does not appear in this episode.
Regula extra Roger Holloway speaks for the first time in this episode when he says "Aye, sir."
The sceen of Kirk and Lester standing in front of the alien machine was the last scene ever shot for the original series.
Now in control of the landing party Lester orders the planet evacuated and proceeds to its next mission. Lester has long dreamed of obtaining a Starship command, and has planned this switch long in advance in order to steal Kirk's position. However, Lester's inexperience soon shows and she becomes increasingly agitated when the crew question her dubious decisions. When Kirk regains consciousness and tells the crew who he really is they doubt his sanity, but further doubt is nevertheless sown. Spock attempts to investigate, but is charged with mutiny by Lester. Lester orders Spock executed, but the crew refuse the illegal order. Faced with open rebellion, Lester begins to become hysterical and the transfer between her and Kirk breaks down, restoring each to their own body. Lester and Coleman are both arrested and charged with causing the deaths of the other members of their expedition.
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