The Eye of the Beholder

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (9)

  • Kirk: The captain of a ship, no matter his rank, must follow the book.
    Spock: A capability, I'm afraid, out of the reach of most humans.
    McCoy: You Vulcans are the most impossible, unimaginative...
    Kirk: Bones, that's not helping the situation.

  • Kirk: According to their log they beamed down six weeks ago.
    Spock: Five weeks, three days, two hours, and four minutes to be exact, Captain.
    Kirk: Careless of me, Mister Spock.

  • McCoy: Strange you didn't get a voice reply.
    Spock: There could be many reasons why we did not.
    McCoy: Well, never mind counting them.

  • McCoy: Thanks. The--the air was running out under there.
    Kirk: Were you hurt?
    McCoy: No, just surprised. It isn't every day a dinosaur falls on you.

  • McCoy: My shoes are full of sand.
    Spock: Doctor, your lack of scientific interest is amazing.
    McCoy: I'll be happy to discuss that with you, Mr. Spock, next time you drop into my medical lab.

  • Kirk: This seems like random choice.
    Spock: Unless, of course, the random choice is the pattern.
    McCoy: Spock, do you ever say anything straight out?
    Spock: I thought I just did, Doctor.

  • Kirk: A forcefield. It seems harmless enough.
    McCoy: So do the bars of a jail unless you're on the inside.

  • Kirk: You seem to be getting a response.
    Spock: My impression is that... they're laughing at me.
    Markel: So far, Mr. Spock, we haven't found anything funny in this.
    Spock: Animals in a zoo rarely do.

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Notes (4)

  • George Takei and Nichelle Nichols are credited but have no dialogue.

  • This title is a popular one - both a Next Generation episode and a Trek novel also use it. Neither one bears any relation to this episode.

  • Allan Dean Foster's Star Trek Log novelization of this episode added on a second "half" of original material which had the Enterprise seeking out a huge flat transparent alien organism, capable of swallowing suns, for the Lactran's collection.

  • Author David P. Harmon had previously written "A Piece of the Action" and "The Deadly Years" for the original series.

Trivia (4)

  • In one shot, the Ariel crew have their insignia on the wrong side of their uniforms.

  • Lt. Cmdr. Markel has Commander stripes.

  • In one shot Spock has normal human eyebrows.

  • The Ariel crew appear to wear the same insignia as the Enterprise. During the original five-year mission, different starships had different insignia.