Category:Star Trek: The Original Series (season 1) episodes
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The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. The City on the Edge of Forever – The City on the Edge of Forever is the 28th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek, and the penultimate episode of the first season. It was first broadcast in the United States on NBC on April 6,1967, set in the 23rd century, the series follows the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew aboard the Starfleet starship USS Enterprise, in this episode, after Doctor Leonard McCoy travels back in time and changes history, Kirk and Spock follow him to correct the timeline. In doing so, Kirk falls in love with Edith Keeler, the writing of this episode took over ten months, from the initial pitch by Harlan Ellison to the final re-write by Gene Roddenberry. Steven W. Carabatsos and D. C, Fontana, both story editors on the show, undertook re-writes of the teleplay, and changes have also been attributed to producer Gene L. Coon. The episode went over budget by more than $50,000, mistakes were made in the set design with an instruction for runes misconstrued as a request for ruins. With Matt Jefferies ill, Rolland Brooks designed the set and the Guardian of Forever, to the surprise of Jefferies on his return. The City on the Edge of Forever placed second in the ratings, with Nielsen ratings showing 11.64 million viewers watching the first half hour and a 28.4 percent audience share for the remainder. The episode received critical acclaim and has been frequently stated to be the best episode of the entire franchise, with it fondly received by cast, crew. Elements such as the ending were highlighted by several reviewers. It won several awards, including the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama on Television, despite claims by Roddenberry, it did not win a Nebula Award. The Guardian of Forever later re-appeared in the Star Trek, The Animated Series episode Yesteryear and it has been included in a variety of Star Trek novels, comic books and video games. The City on the Edge of Forever was one of the first instances of hell being used as profanity on television. Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy is treating an injured Lt. Hikaru Sulu when the Enterprise is rocked by a distortion, delusional, he flees from the bridge to the transporter room, beaming himself down to a nearby planet. Kirk leads a party to look for McCoy, and they come across an ancient glowing stone ring. The Guardian of Forever explains that it is a doorway to any time, while Spock is recording historic images from the portal, McCoy escapes through it, into the past. The landing party suddenly loses contact with the Enterprise and is informed by the Guardian that the past has been altered, the ship—along with the entire Federation—no longer exists. The Guardian permits Kirk and Spock to follow McCoy in an effort to repair the timeline and they arrive in New York City during the 1930s Great Depression
2. Space Seed – Space Seed is an episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek. It is the 22nd episode of the first season and was first broadcast by NBC on February 16,1967, Space Seed was written by Gene L. Coon and Carey Wilber and directed by Marc Daniels. Set in the 23rd century, the series follows the adventures of Captain James T, Kirk and his crew aboard the Starfleet starship USS Enterprise. In this episode, the Enterprise crew encounter a ship holding selectively bred superpeople from Earths past. Their leader, Khan Noonien Singh, attempts to control of Enterprise. The episode also guest stars Madlyn Rhue as Lt. Marla McGivers, Wilber conceived the general plot for a different series, Captain Video and His Video Rangers, which featured humans from Ancient Greece who were preserved in cryogenic suspension and revived. The script changed numerous times during preproduction as producer Bob Justman felt that it would be too expensive to film, eventually Gene L. Coon and series creator Gene Roddenberry also made alterations. These revisions include the marooning of the criminals at the end of the episode, Roddenberry attempted to claim the primary writing credit for Space Seed, a request turned down by the Writers Guild of America. Montalbán was the directors first choice for Khan and described the role as wonderful. Despite being planned as a bottle episode, the special sets and shots using starship miniatures caused the episode to go over budget. On first broadcast, the episode held second place in the ratings for the first half-hour with 13.12 million viewers, Space Seed has been named one of the best episodes of the series by Cinefantastique, IGN, and other publications. The 1982 film Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan serves as a sequel to this episode. Plot elements of the episode and The Wrath of Khan were also used in the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness, on stardate 3141.9, the Federation starship USS Enterprise finds the derelict SS Botany Bay floating in space. Botany Bay was launched from Earth in the 1990s, a landing party comprising Captain James T. Kirk, Doctor Leonard McCoy, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, and historian Lieutenant Marla McGivers beams over to the freighter. The landing party finds a cargo of 84 humans,72 of whom are alive in suspended animation after nearly 200 years, the occupant begins to revive, but Kirk brings him to Enterprise for a medical examination when his chamber fails. Kirk has Botany Bay taken in tow by a tractor beam, in sickbay, the groups leader awakens and attacks McCoy but, impressed by McCoys bravery, releases the doctor and introduces himself as Khan. Lt. McGivers marvels over Khan, a relic from the 20th century. First Officer Spock discovers that their guest is Khan Noonien Singh who, the genetic superhumans instead became warlords and conquered more than a third of the planet, sparking the Eugenics Wars, Earths last major global conflict
3. Arena (Star Trek: The Original Series) – Arena is an episode of the original American science fiction television series Star Trek. It is a first season episode, #18, production #19, first broadcast January 19,1967 and it was written by Gene L. Coon, based on a short story of the same name by Fredric Brown, and directed by Joseph Pevney. Set in the 23rd century, the series follows the adventures of Captain James T, Kirk and the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise. In this episode, while pursuing an unknown enemy for an unprovoked attack. The USS Enterprise arrives at the Cestus III Outpost by invitation of its commanding officer, but the crew find the outpost obliterated. Captain James T. Kirk, First Officer Spock, Chief Medical Officer Dr. McCoy, the away team find themselves under fire from nearby, with two of the security team killed in the initial volley. The Enterprise is also under attack from a vessel, preventing the crew from beaming up the away team. On the surface, Kirk finds a grenade launcher from the outposts stores, the alien ship recovers its crew from the surface and begins to retreat. The away team is beamed aboard the Enterprise before they give chase. Both ships enter an unexplored sector of space, and shortly thereafter, the Enterprise is contacted by a species calling themselves the Metrons, who zealously guard their sector of space from intrusion. Captain Kirk is suddenly transported to the surface of a rocky, barren planet along with the captain of the other ship, Kirk is told that the planet has numerous resources either captain can use to defeat the other. Aboard the Enterprise, the crew are allowed to watch Kirks actions, Kirk attempts to communicate with the Gorn, but receives no response. The Gorn tracks down Kirk, and Kirk realizes he is outmatched physically, Kirk gets caught in a rope trap set by the Gorn that injures his leg and slows him down. The Gorn finally communicates with Kirk via the device and offers to put him out of his misery. Kirk accuses the Gorns of being butchers, but the alien defends their attack on Cestus III and they viewed the Federations presence in this part of space as an intrusion and a possible prelude to full-scale invasion. Trying to stay ahead of the Gorn, Kirk discovers numerous valuable minerals and resources on the planet and he is inspired upon finding stalks of bamboo and raw chemicals that can be mixed into a black powder formula. He constructs a makeshift weapon, using chunks of diamond as ammunition, Kirk lies in wait for the Gorn and fires on him, severely wounding the alien. Kirk prepares to strike the Gorn to kill him, but realizes the Gorns attack on Cestus III was likely only in self-defense, and allows the Gorn to live
4. The Corbomite Maneuver – The Corbomite Maneuver is a first season episode of the science fiction television series, Star Trek, first aired November 10,1966, and repeated May 11,1967. 3, the first regular episode of Star Trek produced after the two pilots, although it was aired later in the season, the episode features a young Clint Howard, brother of actor-turned-director Ron Howard, who plays the alien child at the end. First Officer Spock orders Helmsman Sulu to sound an alert, down in sickbay, Chief Medical Officer Dr. McCoy is giving Captain Kirk his quarterly physical exam. McCoy notices but does not mention the alert light. Spock informs Kirk about the cube, which is maintaining its position relative to the Enterprise, Kirk is annoyed that McCoy didnt mention the alert but McCoy stubbornly states that he isnt about to jump at every flashing light. Chief Engineer Scott cannot explain how the cube works, a nervous and inexperienced Bailey advocates attacking it with phasers. Kirk instead orders the ship to back away from the object, the cube comes even closer and emits harmful radiation and Kirk reluctantly destroys it. In Kirks quarters, Yeoman Rand brings him an unappetizing salad per Dr. McCoys medical orders as Kirk has gained weight, Sulu interrupts a series of attack drills and calls battle stations for real. Spock says that a larger object is rapidly approaching. A gigantic glowing sphere quickly approaches the Enterprise, filling the bridge even at low magnification. Commander Balok identifies his ship as the Fesarius, the flagship of the First Federation, mr. Spock gets a visual of Balok, a grotesque, blue-skinned humanoid with a frightening face. Balok ignores Kirks greetings and announces that he destroy the Enterprise for trespassing into First Federation territory. He gives the only ten minutes to pray to their deities. Bailey succumbs to his fears, rants irrationally and Kirk orders him off the bridge, in a side conversation, McCoy says he will formally report that Kirk promoted Bailey too quickly. Kirk angrily accuses him of bluffing and cuts him off, mr. Spock compares the situation to a game of chess, In chess, when one player is outmatched, the game is over. He regrets having no logical answer, Kirk, inspired by his argument with McCoy, replies that the solution is not chess, but poker. He bluffs, telling Balok that the Enterprise contains Corbomite, a substance that automatically destroys any attacker. Balok apparently falls for the ruse and does not destroy the ship, a calmer Bailey returns to the bridge and Kirk lets him return to his station
5. The Devil in the Dark – The Devil in the Dark is a first season episode of the original science fiction television series, Star Trek, first airing on March 9,1967, and repeating on June 15,1967. It was written by Gene L. Coon and directed by Joseph Pevney, william Shatner wrote in his memoirs that The Devil in the Dark was his favorite original Star Trek episode. He thought it was exciting, thought-provoking and intelligent, it contained all of the ingredients that made up our very best Star Treks, in this episode, Captain Kirk and Spock face off with a deadly subterranean creature. Enterprise arrives at the mining colony on planet Janus VI to help the colony deal with a creature that has killed 50 miners. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy meet with the supervisor, Chief Engineer Vanderberg and an engineer, Appel. Suddenly, they are alerted to a problem in the main nuclear reactor, and find its guard killed. Chief Engineer Scott rigs a temporary replacement, but warns, Thats the best I can do, shortly thereafter, the crude improvisation fails. Either the missing part, or a replacement, must be found in 48 hours. Kirk and his team begin to search for the creature, Spock, suspecting the creature may be a silicon-based lifeform, modifies their phasers to be effective against it. They encounter the creature, which has the appearance of rock, and fire upon it, breaking a part of it off. Spock analyzes the fragment, and confirms the creature is made of silicon and he deduces that it is able to burrow through solid rock by secreting the same corrosive substance that has killed the miners. They adjust their tricorders to scan for silicon-based life, and confirm that the creature is the only such lifeform for miles. Spock advises the captain that killing what appears to be the one of its kind would be a crime against science. The creature arrives, causing a cave-in that separates Kirk and the creature from Spock, though Spock now urges Kirk to kill it, Kirk observes the creature has not attacked him, instead presenting its wound to him. Spock finds a way around the cave-in and joins Kirk, observing the creature, Spock attempts to mind meld with the creature, but it is in far too much pain to complete, though Spock is able to learn that the creature is called a Horta. The Horta, having gained knowledge of them from the meld, is able to etch the words NO KILL I into the rock. Spock attempts a second meld, and learns that the Horta race dies out completely every fifty thousand years, the Horta, through Spock, tells them the location of the stolen pump. Kirk has Doctor McCoy beam down to try to heal the Horta while they recover the pump
6. The Menagerie (Star Trek: The Original Series) – The Menagerie is a two-part episode of the American science fiction television series, Star Trek. It consists of episodes 11 and 12 of the shows first season and is the only story in the original series. Part one of the episode was broadcast on November 17,1966, NBC repeated the two shows on May 18 and 25,1967. The episode was written by Gene Roddenberry, incorporating The Cage into the two-part episode, The Menagerie, was actually a solution to a large and growing problem with the shows production. Its special effects, unprecedented for a television production, were causing delays in the completion of each episode. The problem was cumulative, with shows getting delivered to NBC later and later, at its worst, episodes were being delivered to NBC only three days before their scheduled Thursday airing. Sensing impending disaster, Roddenberry solved the problem by writing an episode that needed only one week of production. He did this by writing an entirely new story, so that The Cage would serve as a backstory for the starship Enterprises early history. New footage would be combined with the old and placed into the continuity of the overall Star Trek storyline, the Menagerie won a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. This episode also served as the inspiration for the reality distortion field. Pike refuses to communicate with anyone except Spock, and Kirk and Mendez leave to discuss the situation, once they are gone, Spock informs Pike he will be taking him regardless of Starfleets orders. He overwhelms Pikes guards and takes him aboard the Enterprise, and through a series of deceptions, meanwhile, Mendez and Kirk are concerned with Spocks behavior and find that there was no record of Spock receiving any message. Mendez provides Kirk with classified information on Talos IV, a planet that was visited by the Enterprise previously under Pikes command and they are made aware of the departure of the Enterprise, and the two give chase in a Starbase shuttlecraft. When Spock learns they are trailing the Enterprise, he has them brought aboard and then gives himself up, the crew finds they are unable to stop the current course of the Enterprise, which Spock affirms is heading towards Talos IV. Mendez demands a hearing be held, which requires three command officers. Kirk objects that only he and Mendez are present, but Spock notes that Pike also is a command officer still listed for active duty, the tribunal begins, and Spock offers as his testimony video footage of the Enterprises earlier visit to Talos IV. In the original mission, the Enterprise traveled to Talos IV in response to a call from the survey ship Columbia. Pike, Spock and an away team beam down to the planet and they find a number of survivors including a young woman named Vina, who was born shortly after the crash of Columbia