Star Trek

Season 2 Episode 22

By Any Other Name

Aired Unknown Feb 23, 1968 on NBC
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The Enterprise's command crew must thwart an invasion by aliens from another galaxy who plan to conquer this one.

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  • Members of an alien race take human form and assume control the Enterprise by turning the majority of the crew into tetrahedron blocks.

    This cute episode balances drama and humor with a heavy premise that seems more fitting for a Star Trek movie: an invasion from another galaxy. It's another interesting concept by Jerome Bixby, the writer of "Mirror, Mirror", with the ideas of a multigenerational ship and first contact with the residents of another galaxy being spectacular even for Star Trek. (With our galaxy being one of dozens in a local cluster, and the closest spiral galaxy being the biggest of the Local Group, it's great to see Star Trek to step outside its usual box and look at this bigger picture). And yet to finesse the grand concept into the weekly budget, the show has to turn the extraordinary idea into something more mundane. The Andremodans have lost their spaceship before we ever meet them and always assume human form, making them seem more like they're from Pennsylvania than another galaxy. They have magic belts that can remove all the extras from a scene and turn them into blocks, which is only one step away from the silliness of "Spock's Brain". And even the story seems a patchwork of past ideas with Kirk himself pointing it out: "This reminds me of Eminar VII!","The galactic barrier? Yes, we've been there before".

    And yet director Marc Daniels somehow merges the various ideas together into a cohesive episode that succeeds as a small scale offering. Moving from a planet-based prison story to ship-based occupying force tale, Daniels gives it all a light touch that keeps the ideas fresh and reminds us not to take anything too seriously. It might not be anything we haven't seen before, but he's determined to make the patchwork of greatest hits a fun ride.

    Remastered Version: Just like the original version, the upgraded counterpart reuses footage of the galactic barrier from "Where No Man Has Gone Before". This frees up some money to allow CBS Digital to extend the planet set with a gorgeous matte painting for an establishing shot as the crewmembers beam down. In addition to new shots of the Enterprise and a class M planet (originally a reuse of the "Operation: Annihilate!" planet and now looking more Earth-like), the team gives us a better image of Andromeda as well.moreless
  • This is a job for ... Super-Alien!

    Oh, brother ... it's incredible that the STAR TREK producers never tired of this storyline. It goes: a group of (often renegade) super-powered aliens defeat the crew and take possession of the Enterprise in order to conquer the universe/return home/open a fast food franchise. Luckily, recourceful Kirk figures out a way to defeat the aliens, by using superior Earthman logic/illogic/cooking skills. Once the aliens are defeated, Spock admires Kirk's use of logic and McCoy finds time for just one more insult on Spock before everyone chuckles and the final credits roll.

    What's more astonishing is that the episode is credited to sf writer Jermoe Bixby (also responsible for the fabulous "Mirror, Mirror" episode). I can only assume that Gene Coon did a heavy re-write in order to make this conform to his idea of the perfect ST episode (though it's my idea of the worst!)moreless
  • Beings from another galaxy seize command of the Enterprise, holding the crew captive with their paralysing rays, as they attempt to return home to their own galaxy. Not totally outstanding, but a good story...moreless

    This is very much an episode of two halves. The first half is a drama as the Andromeda-ains take over the Enterprise and keep the crew at bay with their paralysing rays. Later on, things become a comedy.

    I like the respect that Rojan has for Captain Kirk. It reminds me of the respect that the Romulan Commander had for Kirk in the classic first season episode "Balance of Terror".

    The Andromedians (or however you'd term them) turning crewmen into cuboctahedreal blocks of chalk is an interesting threat. It is unusual that a female crewmember is the subject of such a death, and the moment when Rojan crushes her block up into dust is quite chilling.

    There is some nice continuity as Kirk mentions that the Enterprise has already been at the galaxy (in the first season episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before"), and also mentions Spock's previous use of telepathy ("A Taste of Armageddon", also in the first season). It is touches like this that give the series more depth.

    Presumably Rojan had a great many more people to take over the Enterprise than we see on-screen. We only see a couple of them, and even with their paralysis rays, it would surely have taken many more to seize command of the ship.

    (Without meaning to sound chauvinist) Kelinda is one of the loveliest women seen in the Original Series. Of course, Captain Kirk has to seduce her! I think it must have been part of William Shatner's contract that he had to seduce a gorgeous woman at least two out of every three episodes!

    As I say, the second half of the episode goes from being a drama to a comedy, as Kirk and co. set out to 'over-stimulate' Rojan and his people. The comedy highlight – and one of the best sequences of the second season – is as Scotty sets out to get one of the beings stone drunk, and literally drinks him under the table.

    One thing that I did wonder is what happened to the modifications that the beings made to the Enterprise's engines to make it faster. Surely the Federation could have made use of this advanced engineering, but what becomes of it is never explained. Maybe it was found to be too unstable for regular space travel?

    This isn't an outstanding episode, but none-the-less still has some very good moments and concepts, and makes for a good story.moreless
  • Scotty gets so drunk he mistakes a bottle of Gatorade for Green alcohol

    A terribly tragic and gripping episode turned comical by the last scene. And well done, I might add. The story is a good one and holds my interest from start to finish. I was however totally and completely distracted by Kelinda. She simply made my mouth drop open wide. That has got to be one of the most exciting fantasies ever to have a woman with a face and body like that to discover "making out" for the first time and want to experience it over and over again on you. (or Captain Kirk in this situation. I'll live vicariously through him for the time being.) I absolutely get weak in the knees when she says to Kirk with a slightly embarrassed shy manner, "Would you please apologize to me again?"moreless
William Shatner

William Shatner

Captain James Tiberius Kirk

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

Mr. Spock

DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley

Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

Warren Stevens

Warren Stevens


Guest Star

Barbara Bouchet

Barbara Bouchet


Guest Star

Stewart Moss

Stewart Moss


Guest Star

James Doohan

James Doohan

Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Recurring Role

Eddie Paskey

Eddie Paskey

Lt. Leslie (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Lt. Nyota Uhura

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • The planet from this episode and the previous one ("Patterns of Force") look exactly the same from orbit.

    • In the wide shots of Kirk and Rojan fighting, the faces of the stunt doubles can be seen.

    • Trivia: There are some nice nods to previous events. Rojan mentions the energy barrier at the edge of the galaxy and Kirk nods that they've encountered it -- as they did in "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Later, Kirk reminds Spock of his use of telepathy to confuse a guard in "A Taste of Armageddon."

    • Rojan states that they can't send a message to Andromeda because no transmission can penetrate the energy barrier. So why not just go past the barrier and then transmit? But they never do this.

    • Spock states, once on board the ship, that they cannot destroy the central projector because it is constructed out of material they cannot breach. So why not just use the transporter to beam it out into space? As a matter of fact, why not just transport the whole lot of Kelvans out into oblivion?

    • In the scene where Spock and Rojan are playing chess and they are talking about Kirk kissing Kelinda, when Spock says "Captain Kirk seems to find her quite attractive", the camera is close up on his face but his lips do not move.

    • Kirk moves his eyes and Uhura blinks when they're paralyzed, despite the fact that Rojan neutralizes "nerve impulses to the voluntary muscles."

    • When Scotty gets drunk and tosses an empty bottle away, there's a dubbed-in sound of glass breaking, but when he collapses, the bottle is unbroken at his feet.

    • The Kelvans neutralize all non-essential personal. This includes everyone except Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty. Why are Kirk and Spock essential? With Rojan commanding, what is Kirk really supposed to be doing? Also is a science officer really needed now that the ship's mission is no longer to explore. Yet Rojan keeps them around but he doesn't keep around the helmsman or navigator.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Scotty: (kissing his empty bottle of liquor) We did it, you and me. Put him right under the table.

    • Rojan: We do not colonize. We conquer. We rule. There is no other way for us.

    • Kirk: Being human does have certain advantages -- being able to appreciate the beauty of a flower, of a woman.

    • Kirk: (while fighting with Rojan) You thought I was taking your woman away from you. You're jealous! You tried to kill me with your bare hands. Would a Kelvan do that? Would he have to? You're reacting with the emotions of a human. You are a human!
      Rojan: No, I cannot be! (shoves Kirk to the door as Spock and McCoy enter and catch him)
      Kirk: I'm stimulating him. (McCoy pushes him back into the fight)

    • Spock: Humans are very peculiar. I often find them unfathomable, but an interesting psychological study.

    • Rojan: These shells in which we have encased ourselves -- they have such heightened senses. To feel, to hear, to smell. How do humans manage to exist in these fragile cases?

    • Rojan: At least we'll be away from all this openness. No, this is too strange for us. We are creatures of outer space. Soon, we will be safe in the comforting closeness of walls.

    • Rojan: Captain, we can control the Federation as easily as we can control you. The fate of the inferior in any galaxy.

    • Kelinda: This business of have devoted much literature to it. Why do you build such a mystique around a simple biological function?
      Kirk: We enjoy it.
      Kelinda: The literature?
      Kirk: Kelinda, I'm sorry I brought up the whole subject.
      Kelinda: Do you really regard this touching of the lips as pleasurable?
      Kirk: I did.
      Kelinda: Curious. Let me try.

    • Scotty: I found this on Ganyroom... uh Ganymede.
      Tomar: What is it?
      Scotty: It', green.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Rojan is played by Warren Stevens, who co-starred as "Doc" in the 1956 movie, Forbidden Planet. Creator Gene Roddenberry has been quoted as saying Star Trek was heavily inspired by that movie, often regarded as the first serious, big budget, high concept science fiction movie.

    • Desilu No: 5149-50.


    • Title
      References a line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Speaking about Romeo, the man she loves but who bears the name of her family's enemy, Juliet says "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet", in other words even he were not called Romeo he would still be the man she loves.