Star Trek

NBC (ended 1969)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 24

    Turnabout Intruder

    Aired 6/3/69

  • S 3 : Ep 23

    All Our Yesterdays

    Aired 3/14/69

  • S 3 : Ep 22

    The Savage Curtain

    Aired 3/7/69

  • S 3 : Ep 21

    The Cloud Minders

    Aired 2/28/69

  • S 3 : Ep 20

    The Way to Eden

    Aired 2/21/69

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Shatner

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk

  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

  • George Takei

    Lt. Hikaru Sulu

  • James Doohan

    Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

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  • show Description
  • "Space...The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!" The series is set in the 23rd century where Earth has survived World War III then moved on to explore the stars. Humanity has allied with other alien races and formed the United Federation of Planets, and Starfleet serves as its exploratory and military branch. Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise explores the galaxy with a crew of 430 men and women, contacting new life forms, conducting diplomat missions, and exploring the unknown.Star Trek premiered on NBC after executive producer and creator Gene Roddenberry produced not one but two pilots to convince them of the quality of his show. The series ran two years but never achieved good ratings despite building a small but solid fan following. A letter-writing campaign convinced NBC to run a third season, but Roddenberry left in protest and the network buried the show in a late Friday night time slot.After its three-year run Star Trek began running syndication where it was discovered by legion of new fans and became a phenomenon. This led to an animated series, six movies, and four spin-off television shows. Despite its short network run, Star Trek has become one of the most successful shows in television history. Aside from its three main stars, Star Trek featured a large cast of reoccurring guest stars that includes James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, and Grace Lee Whitney. Other notable guest stars include Diana Muldaur, Gary Lockwood, Ricardo Montalban, Sally Kellerman, Julie Newmar, Frank Gorshin, John Colicos, Roger C. Carmel, William Campbell, Ted Cassidy, Michael Ansara and Elisha Cook, Jr. Notable writers for the series include Gene Roddenberry, Gene L. Coon, George Clayton Johnson, Jerry Sohl, Jerome Bixby, Robert Bloch, Theodore Sturgeon, Harlan Ellison, David Gerrold, and D.C. Fontana.moreless

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  • Quotes (968)

    • Pike: Are you real? Vina: As real as you wish. Pike: No. No. No, that's not any answer. I've never met you before, never even imagined you. Vina: Perhaps they made me out of dreams you've forgotten.

    • Vina: You're a fool. Pike: Since you're not real, there's not much point in continuing this conversation, is there?

    • The Magistrate: Since you resist the present specimen, you now have a selection. Pike: I'll break out of this zoo somehow and get to you. Is your blood red like ours? I'm going to find out. The Magistrate: Each of the two new specimens has qualities in her favor. The female you call Number One has the superior mind and would produce highly intelligent children. Pike: All I want to do is get my hands on you. Can you read these thoughts, images of hate, killing? The Magistrate: The other new arrival considered you unreachable but now realizes this has changed. The factors in her favor are youth and strength plus unusually strong female drives.

    • The Magistrate: She has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant.

    • Boyce: ...and now you're tired... Pike: You bet I'm tired! I'm tired of being responsible for 203 lives, and... I'm tired of deciding which mission is too risky and which isn't, and who's going on the landing party and who doesn't... and who lives... and who dies.

    • Dr. Boyce: Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he'll never tell his doctor.

    • Pike: The point is this isn't the only life available. There's a whole galaxy of things to choose from. Dr. Boyce: Not for you. A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away. Pike: Now you're beginning to talk like a doctor, Bartender. Dr. Boyce: Take your choice. We both get the same kinds of customers--the living and the dying.

    • Vina: I'm beginning to see why none of this has worked for you. You've been home and fighting, as on Rigel. That's not new to you either. A person's strongest dreams are about what he can't do. Yes. A ship 's captain--always having to be so formal, so decent and honest and proper.

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    Notes (387)

    • When the landing party arrives on the planet, Spock scans some blue plants with his tricorder, and then he has an emotional reaction to them... he smiles. Later, he yells, "The women!" in a very excited tone. It is clear that Spock's "non-emotional" character was not fully developed when this pilot was filmed.

    • When this episode was being prepared, the producers were concerned about the green body makeup for the "Orion slave girl". The shade of green on film might look different than it did in the studio. Majel Barrett did a screen test in green body makeup. The prints came back with her looking normal. They tried darker shades to no effect. Eventually, it was discovered the the film developers didn't know that she was supposed to be green and had been adjusting the color balance to make her look normal.

    • The filming of this episode, and Star Trek itself, began on November 27, 1964 with the scene between Jeffrey Hunter and John Hoyt in Captain Pike's quarters.

    • There was one scene in this episode that was edited out, but was later reintegrated into The Menagerie (1) and The Menagerie (2). The scene features a conversation between Captain Pike and the ship's Chief Medical Officer.

    • In this episode, the show title as well as the cast credits after the show are in white, with a blue shadow rather than the regular gold used in seasons one and two (blue in season three).

    • This is Leonard Nimoy's first appearance on Star Trek. Malachi Throne who plays the voice of the Keeper in this episode was also on hand for Nimoy's last Star Trek appearance on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Unification (2).

    • Leonard Nimoy is the only actor to appear in both this episode and the second pilot of the series Where No One Has Gone Before.

    • Leonard Nimoy and Majel Barrett are the only actors to appear in both this episode and the last episode of the series "Turnabout Intruder".

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    Trivia (908)

    • In the sequence where Captain Pike is fighting the Kelar in the fortress on Rigel 7, he points a long spear at the raging warrior. The tip of the spear bends as it touches the Kelar's chest.

    • Trivia: Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson can be seen during the sequence of downloaded information from the Enterprise files.

    • For all their intelligence and telepathic ability, the Talosians seem to have difficulty with the English language. When Pike is given a vial of liquid nourishment, the Keeper says, "If the form and the color is not appealing, it can appear as any food you wish to visualize." Shouldn't that be "…ARE not appealing"? And when Pike and the three women escape to the surface, only to discover that they are still under the Talosians' control, the Keeper says, "To help you reclaim the planet's surface, our zoological gardens will furnish a variety of plant life." Zoological gardens means a zoo. Surely the Keeper meant to say "botanical gardens."

    • The sound of The Keeper's voice constantly changes. This is because the video was put together from footage used in "The Menagerie" using Vic Perrin's voice, and 'rediscovered' footage with Malachi Throne's voice. Vic Perrin was used to dub the keeper in "The Menagerie" because Malachi Throne appeared in the episode in person as Commodore Mendez. Originally, the whole pilot episode used Malachi Throne's voice for the keeper.

    • The TV in Pike's quarters is a bit out of place. "Bread and Circuses" states that their century is beyond anything like TV, and the TNG episode "Neutral Zone" states that TV went out around 2040.

    • Talos IV is blue-ish at the beginning when they first show it on the screen, but later it is a mixture of different colors.

    • Trivia: This is the first episode where McCoy says, "He's dead, Jim."

    • Trivia: The designation on McCoy's stateroom is 3F 127.

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    Allusions (34)

    • Kirk: Nobody here but us chickens. This line is from a comical song classic by Louis Jordan, one of the first black recording artists to be on the charts for both black and white audiences. He played mostly R&B, urban blues, and also credited with starting the buildng blocks of rock 'n roll.

    • Spock: Take D’Artagnan down to sickbay. Sulu seems to think that he is the main character in a series of novels written by Alexandre Dumas that follows the adventures of a young man who leaves home to join The Three Musketeers. He sees Kirk as Cardinal Richelieu, the powerful and cunning advisor to King Louis XIII depicted as a power-hungry and greedy minister in the novels.

    • Episode Title The title refers to the nursery rhyme of the same name: What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice That's what little girls are made of.

    • Tantalus: A Greek myth about a man who commits crimes and is punished by the gods by never being able to satisfy his thirst or hunger. The stream of water would recede when he reached for it, the fruit trees' branches would raise when he reached for fruit.

    • Patient The patient who has had her memories removed is named Lethe, after a river in the classical Greek underworld that appears in Dante's Inferno. The river Lethe had a unique property that whoever drank of it would lose all memory of their previous life.

    • Title: Referencing Shakespeare's MacBeth: "Is this a dagger which I see before me, / The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. / I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. / Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible / To feeling as to sight? or art thou but / A dagger of the mind, a false creation..." In plotting a murder to gain the throne, Macbeth causes himself considerable mental anguish, seeing an unreal dagger that is really a symbol of his guilt.

    • Balok: In your culture, he would be Mr. Hyde, to my Jekyll. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, originally published in the late 19th century. In the tale, Dr. Jekyll, a peaceful man, created a potion that unleashed his "evil side", the murderous Mr. Hyde. Since its publication, the term "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" has come into colloquial use, to refer to the good and evil parts of a person.

    • Title:
      Referencing a line in Shakespeare's Hamlet: "The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king." (Act 2, Scene ). This is the play the Karidian players perform for the Enterprise crew, and at the same time subtle foreshadowing of the final scenes of the episode, between Karidian and his daughter.

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