Star Trek

Wink of an Eye

Season 3, Ep 11, Aired 11/29/68
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  • Episode Description
  • When a landing party investigating Scalos begins to vanish one by one, Kirk, Spock and McCoy try to find out what is happening before more of the crew disappears, until Kirk himself is abducted. Kirk finds the cause to be a group of endangered Scalosians who move faster than human sight or hearing can detect. They need to repopulate their species, and find that speeding human males up to Scalosian speed will meet their needs. Kirk must find a way to get a message to Spock and McCoy, who are working on a cure for the mystery "ailment," as well as stirring up fighting among the Scalosians, before they have control of the Enterprise.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

  • William Shatner

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk

  • Arthur Heinemann

  • Gene L. Coon

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Lousy physics, so-so characterization

    By Gislef, Aug 21, 2007

  • After responding to a distress call, Captain Kirk is abducted and accelerated by a group of Scalosians, humanoid aliens that move faster than human sight or hearing can detect.

    By Celedorian, Dec 24, 2010

  • Eye Candy!

    By GeorgeJobson, Jan 22, 2007

  • If Kirk has told the crew once, he’s told the crew a thousand times, “Bring bottled water from home on these type expeditions”, but does Compton listen? No!

    By hrtonslv, Dec 24, 2006

  • After the Enterprise visits planet Scalos, strange things begin happening. Kirk discovers that "time accelerated" aliens have come aboard the ship and are trying to take it over to use the crew as 'genetic stock'. An intriguing tale...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Dec 21, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Kirk: (to the apparently motionless Lt. Sulu) Lieutenant Sulu (turning to Deela) This is nothing?
      Deela: They cannot hear you, Captain. To their ears, you sound like an insect. That's your description, Captain. Accurate, if unflattering. Really there is nothing wrong with them.
      Kirk: What have you done?
      Deela: Changed you. So you are like me now. Your crew cannot see you or any of us because of the acceleration. We move in the wink of an eye. Oh, there is a scientific explanation for it, but all that really matters is that you can see me (moving closer to Kirk) and talk to me...and...we can go on from there.
      Kirk: Why?
      Deela: Because I like you. Didn't you guess? Or are you so accustomed to being kissed by invisible women?

    • Kirk: (after viewing the dead, prematurely aged crewman Compton) Is this what you have planned for us? Rael: We all die. Even on Scalos.

    • Kirk: Am I behaving incorrectly? Deela: No. It's just that I liked you the way you were before: stubborn, irritating, and independent.

    • Deela: If I had a suspicious nature, Captain, I would say that you sabotaged the transporter to buy time. Kirk: Yes of course. Deela: I'm glad we're both innocent. I despise devious people, don't you? Kirk: Oh I believe in honest relationships myself.

    • Kirk: Mr. Spock, my compliments to your repair work and yourself. Spock: Thank you, Captain. I found it... an accelerating experience.

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode features a rather daring (by 1960s network television anyway) scene of Kirk and Deela that strongly implies that the two had just had sexual intercourse. Kirk is seen sitting on the bed pulling his boots on, while Deela, with a rather pleased look on her face, brushes her disheveled hair in front of a mirror. Some Star Trek internet fans argue that this as one of only two times when it can be pretty much proved that Kirk had sex with a woman on the run of the Original Series.

    • Features recycled Eminiar VII matte painting from "A Taste Of Armageddon," both in beginning and end of this episode as background.

    • The story for this episode was written by Gene L. Coon under the pseudonym Lee Cronin.

    Trivia (17)

    • The opening scene of the Enterprise's bridge is using stock footage from another episode as it shows Scotty with the slick back hairstyle from an earlier season 3 episode (but is seen with his previous hairstyle throughout the rest of this episode), the rear profile of Chekov instead of another crewman to the right of the viewscreen (even though he didn't actually appear here), and a different woman sitting behind Scotty in place of Uhura who does appear, answering to Kirk at her comm station.

    • The turbolift door is open before Kirk drinks his coffee and accelerates, even though nobody is near them.

    • Nichelle Nichols doesn't do a very good job of remaining motionless as William Shatner walks by her. Also, her earrings move in the breeze as he goes by, even though they should be frozen.

    • When Deela introduces herself, Kirk turns to Spock. Despite the fact everyone is frozen, Spock slowly swivels on his chair, the same as everyone did just before they were frozen. Spock should be completely "frozen" at this point.

    • Despite they're on a planet where the inhabitants have mysteriously disappeared, and they have no idea what the local environment is like, Compton takes water samples with his bare hands then wipes his mouth with his hands.

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