Star Trek

Season 1 Episode 7

What Are Little Girls Made Of?

Aired Unknown Oct 20, 1966 on NBC
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Nurse Christine Chapel is reunited with her old fiance on Exo III, but the scientist has plans for Captain Kirk and the Federation.

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  • Kirk discovers a dangerous experiment being run by one of his crewman's former lovers.

    This episode has an old time sci fi feel to it (and a touch of Frankenstein) but is best remembered as "the android episode" or "the episode where Sherry Jackson is wearing that incredible outfit"

    Most of the episode takes place on a planet, beneath the surface, with five characters: Kirk and Nurse Chapel (Majel Barrett) from the Enterprise, and Dr. Roger Korby the genius (Michael Strong), Ruk the scary android (Ted Cassidy, . Lurtz), Andrea the megahot android (Sherry Jackson), and Kirk the evil android (William Shatner). (Yes, another double role for the leading man, though this time because one is our Kirk and the other is a machine, it's more interesting than "The Enemy Within").

    If this episode were to be made later in its run, Star Trek would likely add a shipboard story to give Spock, McCoy, and the others more to do; indeed, it would be interesting if Spock were to mount a rescue party and accidentally save the wrong Kirk, with the android "captain" finding ways to avoid a physical from McCoy. As is, Spock appears only briefly and McCoy, Scotty, and Sulu don't appear at all. The focus remains primarily on the planet (with dialogue Gene Roddenberry was literally writing at the last minute, scrambling to finish up Robert Bloch's script during the shoot). Dr. Korby believes androids are great, because they don't have feelings of hate or jealousy whereas Kirk believes they are dangerous because they don't have compassion. Inside this framework, the characters have some nice philosophical debates, with action mixed in as Kirk repeatedly tries to get back to his ship. (There's even a question about existence. If we put our mind into an android body to achieve immortality, is the android still us? Kirk seems to think not).

    James Goldstone doesn't cut the same pace here as "Where No Man Has Gone Before", but he keeps the wheels from falling of the wagon, giving the story enough movement (and enough shots of Sherry Jackson) to keep things interesting. Sadly, he doesn't get a third chance to sit in the director's chair (likely because production ran two days over schedule, although Shatner intentionally messing up his kissing scenes with Jackson so he could redo them probably didn't help).

    Also, I don't know if I mentioned this, but Shirley Jackson is in this episode, and she's smoking hot. (Nurse Chapel gets a good line in. When Korby asks her if she thinks he could love an android, she says, "Did you?" rather than "Do you?" Her real question is rather clear). Looking beyond Jackson's appearance, she really does give a good performance, giving Andrea a childlike innocence that Brent Spiner would tap into in Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Actually, it's too bad Andrea only makes a one time appearance as opposed to a coming on board the ship as a recurring character. As an android like Data, she'd lend herself to some interesting character moments and stories).

    In the end, "Little Girls" is fine early Trek, but Kirk and Nurse Chapel aren't nearly as interesting as Kirk, Spock, and McCoy.

    Remastered: With so much of the episode taking place underground, there's little for the CGI experts to do except for the "beauty passes" of the Enterprise in orbit and the planet itself.

  • Two Captain Kirk's.... again

    This episode is about a Dr. Roger Corby. He has not been heard from in 5 years. He found some caves on the planet he was studying to hide in from the extreme cold. Turns out he met an android from the old civilization there and he learns how to make these androids himself. He can clone people basically, transfer all the memories and everything into a robot. Its a decent episode and Dr. Corby's protector, Brock, looks pretty menacing. By the end Kirk seems to make all the androids short out because of his " superior logic ". And Spock gets called a half breed... a little intergalactic racism for the audience.moreless
  • A decent introduction to Nurse Chapel and a terrible android episode

    This episode serves as Nurse Chapel's introduction and one of the few episodes focused on her. She's a good character played by an interesting actress: she's tough enough to have played the XO in the first Star Trek pilot. That's just about the only good thing about the episode. There's very little Spock or Bones and Kirk's involvement in the story is boring.

    The rest of it is focused on a mad scientist and his androids. And what a terrible exploration of androids it is! This scientist, who is Chapel's lost fiance, can create android versions of people that retain their memories and personality. Yet his android version of his assistant has no recollection of Chapel, even though she knew him well.

    It's not that there are a few plot holes like that, it's that the androids are so poorly thought out that they don't raise any interesting questions. The scientist wants to make the entire human race into androids to give people immortal life, and Kirk objects because humanity could then be programmed. But programming isn't the problem with the androids in this episode. All of them end up doing irrational, emotional things. So what's the problem with androids - are they TOO emotional? It's never explained at all.

    There is an android version of Kirk in this story, but he doesn't make a lick of sense. The evil Kirk in the episode "The Enemy Within" was easily understandable - he was Kirk's Id, capable of acting on all of his darkest desires without restraint. The clone Kirk tries to replace Kirk on the Enterprise but acts nothing like him, being horribly mean to Spock. There's no explanation for this at all. Apparently the clones in this story just randomly act mean to people, even though it completely undermines their ability to infiltrate society. That's just bad writing.

    This episode should be skipped by all but the most die hard Nurse Chapel fans.moreless
  • Roots for the film Bladerunner?

    This is a great Star Trek Episode for fans of Sci-Fi. Kudos to the writers for Star Trek doing them first as several plot roots were taken from the show and re-done for my fav film Bladerunner. ! Notably, the scenes where Kirk says "Kiss Me" to the female Android and the scene where Kirk is chased but eventually pulled up and saved by Ruk from falling into the chasm. Also the Android memories(Kirk) could also be another plot idea developed further in Bladerunner.

    A good and classic episode that anyone who loved the film Bladerunner should watch just to see the similarities!moreless
  • Kirk and Nurse Chapel beam down to Exo III for Chapel to reunite with her old fiancé Dr. Korby, but the scientist turns out to be working on creating androids in a plan for galactic conquest. Although camp and kitsch in places, a very good episode...moreless

    This review contains moderate spoilers.

    This episode is very kitsch in places, and has a very dated feel to it, but that doesn't stop it from being a very enjoyable outing.

    It is one of the few that really gives Nurse Christine Chapel much to do, and it is nice to see another character, especially a semi-regular one, to get some of the limelight for a change.

    I really like the giant Rok (played by Ted Cassidy from 'The Adams Family'). He towers above Kirk and is really menacing.

    The whole method of creating androids is very silly and 1960s looking – at times, it looks like something out of 1960s 'Batman' or the like; but again, if you're willing to just go with it, it makes for a likeable story.

    The camp & kitch-ness continues as Kirk forces a kiss on Andrea, as if to try and overheat her (!) and cause her to doubt her programming. Only in '60s 'Trek'!

    A few episodes ago, in 'The Enemy Within', we saw a duplicate of Captain Kirk, and here in this episode, we see another, this time an android. There are some good split-screen techniques considering the limitations of the time, and I always like 'evil double' stories.

    If I have to be critical, it is the conclusion of the story; it all seems so rushed and forced. Rok, who was such a imposing villain, is just suddenly killed off with a phaser, and Andrea (who is one of the best looking guest 'Trek' girls, in my opinion!), presumably after overheating when Kirk kissed her (!), suddenly decides that the best solution is to phaser both herself and Dr. Korby. …I don't know, after such a promising story, involving the construction of androids, I just expected more from the ending.

    But the slightly disappointing ending is the only weak thing about an otherwise very enjoyable episode.

    It's very dated looking and quite different from some of the more serious stories of later 'Trek' incarnations (which I was not such a fan of), but if you like bright, colourful 1960s sci-fi, then this is a good place to look.moreless
Michael Strong

Michael Strong

Dr. Roger Korby

Guest Star

Sherry Jackson

Sherry Jackson


Guest Star

Ted Cassidy

Ted Cassidy


Guest Star

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Nurse Christine Chapel

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Lt. Nyota Uhura

Recurring Role

Vince Deadrick

Vince Deadrick


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When the android Kirk boards the Enterprise and takes a "command pack," he walks out and down to the transporter, but he doesn't have the pack in his hand (this is because they used a shot from "The Man Trap" to cut costs).

    • As Korby rotates the table to show Christine the real and android Kirks, in one shot as we see the real Kirk, on the turntable's opposite side you can see it's missing the depression both sides have.

    • Ruk stands behind and to the left of Kirk as he frees himself from the chair he's tied to with his left hand, but doesn't seem to notice a thing.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Spock: Are you sure you recognize his voice?
      Chapel: Have you ever been engaged, Mr. Spock?

    • Korby: Do you realize the discoveries lost because of superstition? Of ignorance? Of a layman's inability to comprehend?
      Kirk: A simple layman's question, Doctor--where is my other crewman?!?

    • Korby: Can you understand what I'm offering mankind?
      Kirk: Programming. Different word, but the same old promises made by Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Hitler, Ferris, Maltuvis.

    • Korby: You with me, Captain?
      Kirk: You've created your own Kirk. Why do you need me?
      Korby: I created him to impress you, not to replace you.
      Kirk: I'm impressed, Doctor... but not the way you think!

    • Spock: You're going back down?
      Android Kirk: Mind your own business, Mr. Spock. I'm sick of your half-breed interference, do you hear?
      Spock: Yes, very well, Captain.

    • Kirk: Something bothering you, Mr. Spock?
      Spock: Frankly, I was rather dismayed by your use of the term "half-breed," Captain. You must admit it is an unsophisticated expression.
      Kirk: I'll remember that, Mr. Spock, the next time I find myself in a similar situation.

    • Spock: Where's Dr. Korby?
      Kirk: Dr. Korby...was never here.

    • Kirk: We humans are full of unpredictable emotions that logic cannot solve.

    • Korby: Can you imagine how life could be improved if we could do away with jealousy, greed, hate....
      Kirk: It can also be improved by eliminating love, tenderness, sentiment -- the other side of the coin.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Episode Title
      The title refers to the nursery rhyme of the same name:
      What are little girls made of?
      Sugar and spice and everything nice
      That's what little girls are made of.