Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 17

That Which Survives

Aired Unknown Jan 24, 1969 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: This episode establishes that people can move and are still aware of their surroundings while in the midst of being dematerialized by the transporter. This concept would be continued in the following movies and series, such as in Wrath of Khan in which Kirk manages to continue a conversation with Lt. Saavik while beaming; and the Next Generation episode "Realm of Fear" in which Lt. Barclay becomes aware of beings existing within the transporter beam.

    • The Enterprise is able to travel 1000 light years to retrieve the Captain in approximately 12 hours. This is a much faster speed than we have seen in previous episodes. It would make it possible for the Enterprise to reach Andromeda in a year and a half, whereas in "By Any Other Name" such a journey would have taken thousands of years.

    • When Kirk and the crew land on the planet and an earthquake hits, the stones bounce and roll around like the lightweight objects they are.

    • Trivia: While the landing party discusses the fact that the tricorder cannot detect Losira, Sulu suggests that she might be a silicon based lifeform like the one encountered on Janus VI. He is referring to the Horta from "Devil in the Dark."

    • When Losira sabotages the Enterprise engines, Scotty states "This thing is going to blow up, and there's nothing in the universe that can stop it". However, a few minutes later, Spock figures out a solution to the problem.

    • When Kirk tries to dig D'Amato a grave, he only takes two shots of the soil with his phaser before McCoy says "This entire planet must be made up of this substance, covered over by topsoil". That a pretty big assumption. That would be like landing on Earth in the Sahara Desert and then saying "This entire planet must be a desert!" This happens all the time in Star Trek.

    • In this episode, when Kirk's phaser was on overload, it made a small explosion, but in "The Conscience of the King", a phaser on overload would destroy 2-3 decks of the Enterprise.

    • The first time Losira shows up and attacks D'Amato, McCoy registered a tremendous biological lifeform, but when she comes for Kirk, McCoy doesn't detect anything - why the difference?

    • Scotty continues to work on the engines after the deadline of the Enterprise's engines comes and goes - so was Spock wrong in his estimate?

    • As the Enterprise prepares to blow up, Spock first tells Scotty they have 14.87 minutes left, then "12 minutes and 27 seconds" - you'd think Spock of all people would be consistent.

    • It's not totally impossible, but...what did Kirk write D'Amato's name on his gravestone with? It's clearly written, not carved, but we've never seen a Starfleet crewmember carry paint or a magic marker.

    • Kirk sends the landing party out to do a "detailed" analysis of the planet. Then they get together, report, and Kirk sends D'Amato out to look for water - shouldn't that have been part of the analysis?

  • Quotes

    • Uhura: Mr. Spock! Are you all right?
      Spock: Yes. I believe no permanent damage was done.
      Uhura: What happened?
      Spock: The occipital area of my head seems to have impacted with the arm of the chair.
      Uhura: No, Mr. Spock. I meant what happened to us?

    • Kirk: Mr. Sulu, if I had wanted a Russian history lesson I'd have brought along Mr. Chekov.

    • Rahda: Hmm. A positional change. It doesn't make any sense. But somehow I'd say that in a flash we've been knocked 1,000 light-years away from where we were.
      Spock: 990.7 light-years to be exact, Lieutenant.
      Scotty: But that's not possible. Nothing can do that.
      Spock: Mr. Scott, since we are here, your statement is not only illogical but also unworthy of refutation.

    • Spock: Can you give me warp 8?
      Scotty: Aye, sir. And maybe a wee bit more. I'll sit on the warp engines myself and nurse them.
      Spock: That position, Mr. Scott, would be not only unavailing, but also... undignified.

    • Rahda: We're holding warp 8.4, sir. If we can maintain it, our estimated time of arrival is 11 and 1/2 solar hours.
      Spock: 11.337 hours, Lieutenant. I wish you would be more precise.

    • Scotty: Mr. Spock, the ship feels wrong.
      Spock: "Feels," Mr. Scott?
      Scotty: I know it doesn't make sense. Instrumentation reads correct, but the feel is wrong! It's something I can't put into words.
      Spock: That is obvious, Mr. Scott. Avoid emotionalism and simply keep your instruments correct. Spock out.

    • Dr. M'Benga: Well, the pattern of cellular disruption was the same, but as to the cause, well, your guess is as good as mine.
      Spock: My guess, Doctor, would be valueless. I suggest we refrain from guessing and find some facts. Spock out.

    • Uhura: Mr. Spock what are the chances of the captain and the others being alive?
      Spock: Lieutenant, we are not engaged in gambling. We are proceeding in the only logical way to return to the place they were last seen, and factually ascertain whether or not they still live.

    • Spock: Interesting.
      Scotty: I find nothing interesting in the fact we're about to blow up.
      Spock: No, but the method is fascinating.

    • Scotty: I'm so close to the flow now, and it feels like ants crawling all over my body.
      Spock: Mr. Scott, I suggest you refrain from any further subjective descriptions. You now have 10 minutes and 1 9 seconds in which to perform your task.

    • Spock: You have 8 minutes, 41 seconds.
      Scotty: I know what time it is. I don't need a bloomin' cuckoo clock.

    • Losira: I am for you, D'Amato.
      D'Amato: Lucky D'Amato.

    • Kirk: A remarkable woman.
      McCoy: And beautiful.
      Spock: Beauty is transitory, Doctor. She was however, quite intelligent.
      Kirk: I don't agree with you, Mr. Spock.
      Spock: Indeed, Captain?
      Kirk: Beauty...survives.

    • Spock: What is it in you humans that requires an overwhelming display of emotion in a situation such as this? Two men pursue the only reasonable course of action indicated, and yet you feel that something else is necessary.

    • (Scotty and Spock are discussing a repair procedure.)
      Scotty: Any matter that comes in contact with antimatter triggers the explosion! And I'm not even sure a man can live in the crawlway in the energy stream of the magnetic field that bottles up the antimatter!

    • (Scotty is concerned because the ship "feels" wrong)
      Scotty: Watkins. Check the bypass valve on the matter-antimatter reaction chamber. Make sure it's not overheating.
      John Watkins: But Mr. Scott, the board shows correct.
      Scotty: I didn't ask ye to check the board, lad!

    • Sulu: Poor D'Amato. What a terrible way to die.
      Kirk: There are no good ways, Sulu.

    • Scotty: Aye, Mr. Spock, and I found out why. The emergency bypass control of the matter/antimatter integrator is fused. it's completely useless. The engines are running wild. there is no way to get at them. We should reach maximum overload in 15 minutes.
      Spock: I would calculate 14.87 minutes Mr. Scott.
      Scotty: Those few seconds won't make any difference Mr. Spock. because you and I and the rest of the crew will no longer be here to bandy it back and forth. this thing is going to blow up, and there's nothing in the universe that can stop it.

  • Notes

    • Dr. M'Benga makes his second and last appearance. He was previously seen as the backup physician with special knowledge of Vulcans in "A Private Little War."

    • A phaser set to disintegrate apparently generates a temperature of 8,000 degrees Centigrade (just under 14,500 degrees Farenheit). By comparison, the surface temperature of the Sun (based on blackbody radiation theory) is around 5,500 degrees Centigrade (note that the core temperature is far higher -- well into the millions of degrees).

    • D.C. Fontana wrote the story for this episode under the pseudonymn Michael Richards.

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