Star Trek

Is There in Truth No Beauty?

Season 3, Ep 5, Aired 10/18/68
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate 5630.7:...or is there in beauty no truth? Miranda Jones, a telepath who studied mental disciplines on Vulcan, arrives with Ambassador Kollos, a Medusan - an alien life form whose physical form is so hideous, humanoid life forms are driven insane if they look upon him. Also beaming aboard is Larry Marvick, one of the original designers of the Enterprise - and hopelessly in love with Miranda, although she has chosen to spend her life serving as a liaison between the Medusans and other humanoids. Miranda senses that someone is actively contemplating murder, and suspects Spock is envious of her once-in-a-lifetime mission - but even Miranda is unaware of the real would-be killer and their target.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • William Shatner

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

  • Jean Lisette Aroeste

  • Ralph Senensky

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Dr. Miranda Jones arrives with Ambassador Kolos, a Medusan, and senses someone plotting murder.

    By Celedorian, Dec 17, 2010

  • The Enterprise has been assigned to transport an alien ambassador, whose physical appearance causes insanity, and his telepathic aide. The closest the series has come to a filler episode at this point...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Dec 16, 2008

  • A blind woman claims she can beat Kirk in tennis.

    By hrtonslv, Dec 24, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • McCoy: How can one so beautiful condemn herself to look upon ugliness for the rest of her life? Miranda: How can one so full of the love of life condemn himself to look upon sickness?

    • Miranda: Ugly? What is ugly? Who is to say whether Kollos is too ugly to bear - or too beautiful to bear?

    • Miranda: (taking a rose from Kirk) I suppose it has thorns? Kirk: I never met a rose that didn't.

    • Miranda: The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity. Spock: And in the way our differences combine to create meaning and beauty.

    • Miranda: Joy can be many things.

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    Notes (1)

    • Diana Muldar makes her second appearance in Star Trek; The Original Series in this episode. Her first, being in "Return To Tomorrow". In later years, she will be in Star Trek: The Next Generation's second season as Doctor Pulaski, having replaced Doctor Crusher, from the first season.

    Trivia (6)

    • After Jones leaves Kollos' quarters, there's a cut to a reaction shot of Kirk with his hair parted in reverse.

    • At the end of the dinner, Kirk finishes off his glass, then the camera cuts to McCoy. Then it cuts back to Kirk and his glass is full.

    • Kirk aims his phaser at a berserk Spock's head and fires, but the beam hits him in the stomach.

    • At the beginning of the episode Kirk says they're taking the Medusan ambassador back to his home planet, but later Miranda says she's going to mind-meld with him when they reach a Medusan vessel.

    • Every time Miranda senses an intent to kill she gets an image from Larry's' mind of Kollos, but after the second time she asks him who or what he wants to kill - could it be...Kollos?

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    Allusions (1)

    • The concept of Kollos, the Medusan whose physical appearance drives people insane, comes from the Greek legend of Medusa, who would turn anyone who looked at her to stone.

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