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. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. The Enemy Within (Star Trek: The Original Series) – The Enemy Within is an episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek. It was first broadcast on October 6,1966 and it is the fifth episode of the first season, written by Richard Matheson and directed by Leo Penn. On stardate 1672.1, the Federation starship USS Enterprise is on an exploration of the planet Alpha 177. Geological Technician Fisher is injured after a fall and transported aboard the Enterprise, later, Captain Kirk transports back to the ship. The transporter apparently works correctly, but Kirk experiences some disorientation and they are unaware when the transporter activates a second time, materializing a second version of Kirk which behaves more maliciously than his counterpart. This evil Kirk begins to wander the ship, and those he encounters are confused by his behavior, Scott assists in beaming a dog-like animal specimen from the planet, but he and the others are surprised when two identical creatures materialize - one completely docile and the other vicious. Scott surmises that the ore dust has caused the transporter to split the personalities of those they beamed up, creating a good and evil counterpair. Scott reports this to Mr Spock and then orders the transporters taken out of service to investigate, elsewhere on the ship, the good Kirk begins to feel uncertain, and is unable to make decisions that could affect the safety of the ship and crew. Meanwhile, the evil Kirk, in a state, attempts to assault Yeoman Janice Rand in her quarters. When she tries to escape and gain help from Fisher, the evil Kirk attacks and knocks him out, the evil Kirk hears this announcement and finds makeup to mask his injury, while securing a phaser from another security officer, before going into hiding in Engineering. The good Kirk considers what his evil self would do, though there is a brief scuffle, Spock is able to disable the evil Kirk with a Vulcan nerve pinch. Spock recognizes both Kirks are suffering fatigue, and they must find a way to reverse the accident, not only to save Kirk. Spock and Scott attempt to use power from the impulse drive to reverse the transporter on the dog-like specimen. The two continue to work on making sure Kirk will not suffer the same fate, in Sickbay, where both Kirks wait, the evil Kirk appeals to the good Kirks compassion, to release his bonds, allowing him to overpower his other self and escape to the bridge. There, he orders the crew to orbit, telling the navigator that the landing party cannot be saved. The good Kirk and McCoy race to the bridge, where the two Kirks face off, distressed, the evil Kirk begs for mercy, claiming he only wants to live, to which the good Kirk reassuringly replies they will both live on as parts of each other. The process is completed successfully, with Kirk rejoined as one being, with his sense of command and good will restored, Kirk quickly orders the landing party beamed up, where they are found to be safe despite the cold. Kirk gives Spock his thanks - from both of us and this episode is one of the small group for which a full score was written, in this case by Sol Kaplan
6. The Galileo Seven – The Galileo Seven is the sixteenth episode of the first season of the original science fiction television series, Star Trek, broadcast by NBC on January 5,1967. It was written by Oliver Crawford, inspired by the film Five Came Back, in this episode, which featured the debut of the shuttlecraft, First Officer Spock leads a scientific team from the Enterprise aboard the shuttlecraft Galileo on an ill-fated mission. The ship passes close to a formation of four star systems identified as Murasaki 312. Soon after launch, the shuttle is pulled off course and out of the Enterprises sensor range, Spock makes an emergency landing on the planet Taurus II, a rocky, fog-shrouded world in the middle of the Murasaki phenomenon. Crewmembers Latimer and Gaetano scout the area, eventually encountering Taurus IIs native inhabitants, giant ape-like creatures armed with enormous spears, Latimer is killed when he is impaled by one of the creatures giant weapons. The others soon come running to investigate, chasing off the creature with phaser fire, when Spock shows more interest in the Folsom point on the spear than Latimers death, Lieutenant Boma begins to criticize Mr. Spocks methods of command. The crew retreat to the Galileo, only to discover that the creatures seem to be preparing for an organized attack, despite objections from the others, Spock insists that it should only be necessary to frighten the creatures, not kill them. The shuttlecraft Columbus is dispatched to search the planet from orbit, one of the three landing parties sent to search the planet surface returns to the Enterprise with casualties and reports being attacked by the large, furry creatures. Lieutenant Kelowitz, leader of the party, explains that the creatures are similar to creatures on Hansens planet. Between boulder-throwing attacks by the giants and quarrels amongst themselves. Mr. Scott concludes that he will need to siphon the energy from all the power packs in order to fuel the ship. The frightened crew members do not want to hear they must give up their only means of if they are to get off the surface. In the meantime there is friction between the crew and Spock, the former of which want to formally bury Latimer and Gaetano, Gaetano was killed while on guard outside. Spock advises against pointless actions that could endanger them further, the creatures attack the shuttle and Scotty generates an electric field that briefly scares them off. However, Kirk decides to follow his orders to the letter and orders the Enterprise to proceed at space-normal speed, hoping to catch the Galileo at the last moment. The shuttle is too low on power to escape the gravity or even to achieve a stable orbit. With communicators scrambled by the ionization from the phenomenon, the Galileo has no way to call the Enterprise for help before it will fall back into the atmosphere and burn up. Spock suddenly gets an idea and decides to dump and ignite all the fuel from the shuttles engines
7. 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
8. The Naked Time – The Naked Time is an episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek. It was first broadcast September 29,1966, and repeated on April 27,1967 and it is the fourth episode of the first season, written by John D. F. Black and directed by Marc Daniels. The story has a sequel in Star Trek, The Next Generation, in the episode, a strange affliction infects the crew of the Enterprise, destroying their inhibitions. On stardate 1704.2, the Federation starship USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, arrives in orbit around the dying planet Psi 2000. Though their mission is to observe and document the planets breakup, a landing party led by Mr. One Enterprise crewman, Lt Joe Tormolen, removes his environmental suit glove to scratch his nose, the landing party is beamed back to the ship and quarantined by Chief Medical Officer Dr. McCoy. McCoy finds no issues with them and allows them to return to duty. He acts irrationally, expressing hostility towards other members in a crew lounge. He threatens Lieutenants Sulu and Riley with a knife before turning it on himself and his wound is minor and not life-threatening, but in Sick Bay he dies after a successful surgery, to McCoys bewilderment. Meanwhile, both Sulu and Riley also begin to behave irrationally and those whose skin they have touched soon follow suit, and the infection quickly spreads through the crew. As they abandon their posts, the ships orbit destabilizes and she begins to fall into the planets gravity well. As the Enterprise enters the atmosphere, the hull begins to heat. Chief Engineer Scott eventually regains control of Engineering from Riley, and it would take more time than the ship has in her decaying orbit to restart them before the Enterprise crashes into the planet. Spock becomes infected when Nurse Chapel takes his hands and confesses her love for the Vulcan science officer, Spock struggles to contain his emotions, and infects Captain James T. Kirk when Kirk tries to help and he develops a serum to reverse the effects, administering the initial doses to the command crew to allow them to bring the ship back under control. This is suggested by a theory postulating a relationship between time and antimatter, but it has never before been attempted, the restart is successful, propelling the Enterprise at impossible speed away from the planet into a space-time warp that sends the ship back 71 hours in time. While Kirk hopes reliving the last 3 days is nothing like what they have already experienced, kirks response is We may risk it someday, Mr. Spock. The Naked Time was originally intended to be a two-part episode, the ending was revised so it would become a stand-alone episode
9. The Return of the Archons – The Return of the Archons is a first season episode of the original American science fiction television series Star Trek. It is episode #21 and was first aired February 9,1967 and it was repeated by NBC on July 27,1967. The screenplay was written by Boris Sobelman, based on a story by Gene Roddenberry and this episode contains Star Treks first reference to the Prime Directive. Lt. Sulu is the member of the landing party who beams up from the planets surface. Kirk beams down with another party to investigate and they find the inhabitants living in a static, 19th-century Earth-style culture, with little or no individual expression or creativity. The entire culture is ruled over by cloaked and cowled Lawgivers, kirks landing party seeks shelter from the mob at a boarding house owned by Reger, A friend of Regers suspects that the visitors are not of the Body, and summons Lawgivers. The Lawgivers kill Regers friend, Tamar, for resisting the will of Landru, when the landing party refuses to do as the Lawgivers say, the Lawgivers become immobile and Reger leads the Enterprise landing team to a hiding place. Reger reveals that Landru pulled the Archons down from the skies, contacting the ship, Kirk learns that heat beams from the planet are attacking the Enterprise, which must use all its power for its shields. Its orbit is deteriorating and it crash in 12 hours unless the beams are turned off. A projection of Landru appears in the place, and Kirk and his team are rendered unconscious by ultrasonic waves. The landing party is imprisoned in a dungeon, and Dr. Leonard McCoy is absorbed into the Body, Kirk is taken to a chamber full of high technology, where he is to be absorbed. But Marplon, one of the priests of Landru who is immune to Landrus control, rescues him, returning to the dungeon, Reger and Marplon tell how Landru saved their society from war and anarchy 6,000 years ago and reduced the planets technology to a simpler level. McCoy summons the Lawgivers to absorb Kirk and Spock, who subdue them, Marplon takes Kirk and Spock to the Hall of Audiences, where priests commune with Landru. A projection of Landru appears and threatens Kirk, Spock, Kirk and Spock use their phasers to blast through the wall and expose the truth, the reclusive Landru is actually a computer and Landru who built the machine had died 6,000 years ago. Kirk argues with the machine, telling it that it has destroyed the creativity of the people—killing the Body, concluding that the computers prime directive is to destroy evil, Kirk forces the computer to self-destruct, freeing the people of Beta III. The heat beams stop, and the Enterprise is saved, Kirk agrees to leave Federation advisors and educators on the planet to help the civilization advance, free of Landrus dominance. The episode was written by Boris Sobelmen, based on a story by Gene Roddenberry, the episode was directed by Joseph Pevney. The name of the Earth ship which crashed a century earlier was named Archon after a student group Roddenberry belonged to, the Return of the Archons was the first appearance in Star Trek for actor Charles Macaulay
10. 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