The Terratin Incident

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (3)

  • Kirk: Spock, are you slumping?
    Spock: I have never slumped in my life, Captain.

  • Mendent: I do not know how to beg. I can only request. Save as many of my people as you can.

  • Mendent: We name you honorary Terratins now and for all time to come.
    Spock: We came rather close to making it more than honorary.
    Kirk: Yes. I'd say about a 16th of an inch close.

Notes (1)

  • Author Paul Schneider scripted the original Trek episodes "Balance of Terror" and "The Squire of Gothos."

Trivia (11)

  • After becoming smaller, Lieutenant Arex mentions that his eyes no longer reach his station's opticals, but the navigator station has no opticals.

  • If the space between the atoms is reduced but the weight of the shrunken objects remain the same, the crew would soon find it hard to move under their own weight. To say nothing of what would happen to the ship to beam aboard an entire city of perhaps diminutive size but gargantuan weight.

  • The crew somewhat confusingly alternates between using metric measurements ("1 centimeter high") and imperial ("we are going down to 1/16th of an inch high").

  • Spock notes that the coral in the aquarium is shrinking along with them. However, as he states that, the shot shows the coral coming up to his neck. The aquarium was not large enough to hold coral that big in previous shots.

  • When Chapel recovers the miniature laser, it is a solid disk. It is still a solid disk when she walks along the shelf and trips. However, when she falls into the aquarium, it is a torus. When she gets out of the aquarium, it is solid but with an inscribed circular line in the center.

  • In one shot the elevator doors are light gray rather than their usual color.

  • Just after discussion how DNA is another substance that contracts, Spock turns away to do his calculations and his badge is gone, then flickers back in as he completes his turn.

  • Just as he prepares to beam down, Kirk describes the spiroid rays as "lethal," but there's no indication that they are, before or after.

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Allusions (1)

  • Kirk: The Lilliputian city is to be taken to Verdanis.
    The Terratin city is referred to as lilliputian. Gulliver's Travels, written by Irish clergyman Jonathan Swift and published in 1726, is a collection of the experiences of sea captain Lemuel Gulliver. Gulliver explorered a number of fascinating places; each journey carried a measure of social commentary. One journey carried Gulliver to the land of Lilliput, whose inhabitants were just a few inches tall. The word lilliputian came into the English language from this tale; although there was more to the tale than just the small of the inhabitants.