Star Trek

Season 2 Episode 1

Amok Time

Aired Unknown Sep 15, 1967 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • (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!

    • In an early flyby shot of the Enterprise in space, the right nacelle disappears. (This goof is fixed in the 2007 remastered version.)

    • Just before T'Pring calls for the challenge, there's a wide shot of her going toward the gong. Then they cut to a closeup and she is standing beside Stonn, and then she starts moving toward the gong again.

    • In the mid-episode with Christine in Spock's cabin, he wipes away a tear on her cheek and her face is clear. In the next shot a second later, what seems to be the same tear is back on her face again.

  • Quotes

    • 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."

    • 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.

    • McCoy: He's as tight lipped about it as an Aldebran Shellmouth.

    • 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 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.

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

    • T'Pau: If both survive the lirpa, combat will continue with the ahn woon.
      Kirk: Uh, what do you mean, 'If both survive...'?
      T'Pau: This combat is to the death.

    • Spock: After a time, you may find that "having" is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as 'wanting.' It is not logical, but it is often true.

    • Spock: Live long and prosper.

    • Kirk: I suppose most of us overlook that fact that even Vulcans aren't indestructible.

    • Kirk: Sailor's luck, Mr. Spock. Or as one of Finagle's Laws puts it: "Any home port the ship makes will be somebody else's, not mine!"

    • Spock: We shield it with ritual and custom shrouded in antiquity. You humans have no conception. It strips our minds from us. It brings a madness which rips away the veneer of civilization. It is the "pon farr" -- the time of mating.

    • McCoy: You can't tell me that when you first saw Jim alive, that you weren't on the verge of giving us an emotional scene that would have brought the house down!
      Spock: Merely my quite logical relief that Starfleet had not lost a highly proficient captain.
      Kirk: Yes, Mr. Spock, I understand.
      Spock: Thank you, Captain.
      McCoy: Of course, Mr. Spock, your reaction was quite logical.
      Spock: Thank you, Doctor.
      McCoy: In a pig's eye!

    • McCoy: Is this Vulcan chivalry? The air's too hot and thin for Kirk. He's not used to it.
      T'Pau: The air is the air.

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • The theme music now boasts a female soprano part.

    • Marks the first appearance of the Vulcan salute, another Nimoy contribution to the Star Trek universe.

    • DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy) becomes a regular in Season 2.

    • The second season episode 'Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love' (2000) of futuristic cartoon comedy Futurama is very much a spoof of this episode. In that story, that classic Star Trek "fight music" is even heard, as a national anthem in that episode.

    • Walter Koenig debuts on the series as Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov in this episode. The main reason Chekov was introduced was in order to attract more of a youth audience. The producers were influenced by characters like Robin on Batman and by shows such as The Monkees.

    • Desilu No: 5149-34.

    • 1980s pop group T'Pau took their name from the character of that name in this episode.

    • With its second season, Star Trek switches from Thursday nights @ 8:30 to Friday nights @ 8:30.

    • When Star Trek's fifth spin-off series, Enterprise was in its early planning stages, the producers wanted to call the ship's Vulcan Sub-Commander "T'Pau", a nod to the character in this episode, but there were complications over royalty rights to the name, so they settled for calling her "T'Pol" instead.

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