Star Trek

Amok Time

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 9/15/67
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  • Episode Description
  • Spock must go to Vulcan in order to perform the Vulcan mating ritual.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • William Shatner

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

  • Theodore Sturgeon

  • Joseph Pevney

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Kirk must rush Spock to Vulcan for a mating ritual which turns into a battle to the death.

    By Celedorian, Oct 19, 2010

  • It could be a little better, but this is a unique look into the "Vulcans."

    By The_MOW, Jun 22, 2006

  • Spock givesKirkthe gong during the Vulcan version of Spring Break.

    By millerem99, Aug 21, 2011

  • Nurse Chapel upsets Spock by forgetting to put cloves in his Plomik soup

    By hrtonslv, Dec 25, 2006

  • Spock is behaving very out of character, and requests that the Enterprise divert to planet Vulcan. It transpires that he must return home in order to perform the Vulcan mating ritual, or he will die. Not one of my Top 10 favourites, but a notable episode.

    By Jay-Spacedust, Nov 13, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Sulu: How do you figure it, Chekov? First we're going to Vulcan, then we're going to Altair, then we're headed to Vulcan again. Now we're headed back to Altair. Chekov: I think I'm going to get spacesick.

    • T'Pau: Spock, are our ceremonies for outworlders? Spock: They are not outworlders. They are my friends.

    • McCoy: Jim, when I suggested to Spock that it was time for his check-up, your logical, unemotional first officer turned to me and said, "You will cease to pry into my personal matters, Doctor, or I shall certainly break your neck."

    • Spock: Captain, there is a thing that happens to Vulcans at this time. Almost an insanity, which you would no doubt find distasteful. Kirk: Will I? You've been most patient with my kinds of madness.

    • Spock: It has to do with...biology. Kirk: What? Spock: Biology. Kirk: What kind of biology? Spock: Vulcan biology. Kirk: You mean the biology of Vulcans? Spock: Biology as in... reproduction? Kirk: Well, uh... there's no need to be embarrassed about it, Mr. Spock. It happens to the birds and the bees. Spock: The birds and the bees are not Vulcans, Captain. If they were... if any creature as proudly logical as us...were to have their logic ripped from them...as this time does to us. How do Vulcans choose their mates? Haven't you wondered? Kirk: I guess the rest of us assume that it's done...quite logically. Spock: No. Kirk: No.

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    Notes (14)

    • It is said that Celia Lovsky (T'Pau) was unable to spread her fingers unassisted in order to make the Vulcan hand salute, and needed to do it off camera. As such, while Spock separates his fingers with his hand already raised, T'Pau raises her hand with her fingers already spread.

    • This episode was originally (and perhaps rather unfortunately) summarized by TV Guide with the double-entendre "Mr. Spock succumbs to a powerful mating urge and nearly kills Captain Kirk."

    • Starting with this episode the episode titles are in the Star Trek main title font, and the episode's writer and director credits get moved from the end of the episode to the beginning shown directly after the episode title.

    • Introduction of "Mr. Spock's Theme" by Gerald Fried, frequently reused in mind-meld scenes. Also introduced is Fried's "The Ritual/Ancient Battle" themes often reused for fight scenes in subsequent episodes.

    • Lawrence Montaigne (Stonn) previously portrayed Decius in "Balance of Terror". He is also the first of two actors to play both a Vulcan and a Romulan on the series, the other being Mark Lenard.

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    Trivia (8)

    • (Translation) Vulcan: [Koon-ut] English: [Marriage] or [Marriage or] (Translation) Vulcan: [Pon Farr] English: [Time of Mating] (Translation) Vulcan: [Plak Tow] English: [blood Fever] (Translation) Vulcan: [Kroykah] English: [Stop] (Translation) Vulcan: [Kal-if-fee] English: [Challenge]

    • Spock throws the soup out of his quarters, then Kirk has a conversation of several minutes with him. When Kirk leaves, the soup is still on the wall, which doesn't speak well for the crew's clean-up efficiency.

    • Trivia: This episode introduces the concept of Pon Farr.

    • In this episode, Kirk can barely get Spock to talk about the Pon Farr. It is said to be "a very personal thing to the Vulcan people." However, in "The Cloudminders" in the third season, Spock talks about it casually to a local. In Star Trek III when the young Spock enters Pon Farr, Saavik nonchalantly tells David about Pon Farr without so much as batting an eye. In the ensuing years between the episode and the movie, has the Pon Farr now become common knowledge? Worse, in Star Trek: Enterprise, which precedes this episode by almost a century, they talk about Pon Farr freely as well. This is basically the only episode where they don't talk about it freely.

    • When Kirk, over the intercom, tells Spock that they are diverting to Vulcan, Spock pounds his computer. In the next scene, his computer appears to be undamaged!

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