Star Trek

Season 3 Episode 11

Wink of an Eye

Aired Unknown Nov 29, 1968 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • When Kirk first encounters Deela on the bridge, Scotty was standing up looking into a scanner when the crew slowed down. Even though the crew is moving very slow, he could not have sat back down in the short amount of time when the shot snapped back to Deela standing next to his station.

    • In one of the shots where Spock, McCoy, and Nurse Chapel are standing together and supposed to be frozen, you can see Spock nod his head.

    • Even if Kirk couldn't talk directly to the crew, he could've communicated by writing something down. Printed matter wouldn't be too fast for their eyes...

    • Kirk fires the phaser at Deela and she easily dodges the beam. But why didn't the bridge crew see the phaser shot? The phaser wasn't accelerated in time - otherwise the shot would have hit Deela.

    • The time compression throughout the episode is inconsistent. When Kirk and Deela are in his cabin, the Enterprise crew have time to review the tapes from the planet surface, for McCoy to come up to the bridge, to figure out the contents of the tape, and for Scotty to return to the transporter room. This means about half an hour of real time equals at most a few hours of Scalosian time. Yet at the end, Spock is able to affect hours of repairs on the ship in only seconds.

    • McCoy develops an antidote to the water. So why don't they offer the antidote to the Scalosians? There are only a few of them left and they'd like to be normal again, but Kirk and Spock don't say one word to them about the antidote. And while it's true that Deela says that others have died before when making the attempt to return to normal speed, obviously McCoy and Spock have found a solution that doesn't result in death.

    • The physics here don't make any sense. If the Scalosians are moving 840 times faster, that means when they walk down a corridor (at 2 miles/hour, their speed) they are really moving at about 1680 miles per hour - that's Mach 2! The Scalosians don't create sonic booms, and they don't have any trouble stopping and turning corners despite the Mach 2 speeds they're moving at. You try turning a corner at Mach 2...

    • Another amazing discovery that no one ever remembers. As long as someone was careful, they could bring along some Scalosian water, drink some, superspeed around to make superfast ship repairs or do surgery, then take the antidote.

    • Originally McCoy said something about the lack of life on Scalos and then Kirk mentioned an insect. When Spock reviews the log later, Kirk talks first and then McCoy.

    • How do the Scalosians get around the ship? The turbolifts would take forever, and each sliding set of doors would take about 14 Scalosian minutes to open. Conveniently, every turbolift door we see is open even though no one is near them.

    • To be invisible, a Scalosian can't stand still for more then 1/60th of a second, so they have to be at least that fast. Later Kirk talks with Deela for about 7 minutes in the transporter room when Scotty takes one step for about half a second. So the Scalosians move about 840 times as fast as a normal human. takes them eight hours (28,800 seconds) to install the deep freeze. That only 34 seconds of normal time for the Enterprise crew. A lot more time then that passes for them!

    • How do the Scalosians beam aboard the Enterprise without anyone noticing them? They'd have to stand still and be frozen in the transporter beam for a considerable period of time. They have to move to be too fast to be seen.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Scotty: Captain Kirk, where the blazes did you come from?!?
      Kirk: Out of the nowhere, into the here.

    • Deela: Do I displease you so much?
      Kirk: I can think of nothing I'd rather do... then stay with you. Except staying alive.

    • Deela: Don't you dare do anything like that again. It's contemptible.
      Rael: Then don't torment me. You know how I feel.
      Deela: I don't care what your feelings. I don't want to know that aspect of it. What I do is necessary and you have no right to question it. Allow me the dignity of liking the man I select.

    • Spock: Mr. Scott, we cannot cope with them on our level.
      Scotty: Can we find some way of coping with them on theirs?
      Spock: That is a very logical suggestion.

    • Deela: (after Kirk tries to take her weapon while kissing her) I wouldn't allow you to take that, no matter how much we trust each other. But I would have been disappointed if you hadn't tried.

    • Deela: Are you married, Captain? No family? No attachments? I know. You're married to your career, and you never look at another woman.
      Kirk: Well, if she's pretty enough... I'll look.
      Deela: I was wondering when you'd say something nice to me.

    • Deela: (defending the Scalosians' solution to their problem) We are handling it in the only way we know how. The way our parents did, and their parents before them.
      Kirk: Did they solve anything?

    • Deela: The species is capable of much affection.
      Rael: I have noted that.
      Deela: I wonder if they will demonstrate it to us.

    • Kirk: A room should reflect its occupant.

    • Deela: Captain, we have the right to survive!
      Kirk: Not by killing others.

  • Notes

    • 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.

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