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By Any Other Name 

Galactic alien scouts capture the Enterprise for a return voyage and a prelude to invasion. Kirk's one advantage - they're not used to their adopted human form.

Director:

Marc Daniels

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), D.C. Fontana (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Warren Stevens ... Rojan
Barbara Bouchet ... Kelinda
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Majel Barrett ... Christine
Stewart Moss Stewart Moss ... Hanar
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Robert Fortier Robert Fortier ... Tomar
Lezlie Dalton Lezlie Dalton ... Drea
Carl Byrd Carl Byrd ... Lt. Shea
Julie Cobb ... Yeoman Leslie Thompson
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Kirk, Spock, McCoy and a couple of red shirts beam down to the surface of a planet in answer to a fake distress call. There they are overpowered by a small group of human-looking aliens from the Andromeda galaxy, led by Rojan. Their galaxy will be uninhabitable within a few thousand years, so they intend to conquer ours, to give themselves a new home. The aliens' spacecraft had been damaged by the energy barrier around the galaxy, and they need the Enterprise to return home, enhancing its engines so that the journey will "only" take 300 years. They take over the Enterprise using their two main weapons - a paralyzing beam, and a ray that can reduce a person to a gray block of material - revival only being possible if the block is not damaged. After successfully negotiating the energy barrier, the aliens reduce all the crew into the gray blocks, with the exception of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scott, who must somehow overcome the aliens, revive the crew and return home. Written by Dave Brown

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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4:3
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Trivia

This is the tenth consecutive episode in which Sulu is absent. But he returns to the series in the next episode to be produced, Star Trek: The Original Series: Return to Tomorrow (1968). See more »

Goofs

A hairnet appears and disappears on Kelinda. See more »

Quotes

Rojan: We do not colonize. We conquer. We rule! There's no other way for us.
Dr. McCoy: In other words, "The galaxy isn't big enough for both of us!"
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you would extend welcome to invaders..
17 May 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Star Trek

By The Other Name

A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it.

After a good run on its first season, the second season has more expectations to fulfill and hopefully they will try to develop the character a bit more and focus on the relations between the crew members on the enterprise to blend in and communicate easily with the audience despite of just focusing on more mind-numb missions that sometimes feel like they are filling their time and work in.

It was fast, gripping and more importantly a new concept where the episode takes the audience somewhere light and breezy (despite the stakes projected in here) as it keeps it simple and sensible throughout the course of it and gives enough reason for the viewers to stick by.


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