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Elaan of Troyius 

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While transporting an arrogant, demanding princess for a political marriage, Captain Kirk must cope both with her biochemical ability to force him to love her and sabotage on his ship.


Gene Roddenberry (created by), John Meredyth Lucas | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
France Nuyen ... Elaan
Jay Robinson ... Petri
Tony Young ... Kryton
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
George Takei ... Sulu
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Lee Duncan Lee Duncan ... Evans
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Watson
Dick Durock ... Guard #1
Charles Beck Charles Beck ... Guard #2


The Enterprise transports Elaan, a member of the ruling dynasty of the warrior Elasians, to the planet of their enemy, the Troyians, so that her arranged marriage will halt their interplanetary war. Kirk must teach the arrogant, vicious princess the ways of polite society but falls victim to the legendary weapon of Elasian women: their tears serve as a love potion. Spock tracks what may be another ship shadowing the Enterprise and Kirk, distracted by Elaan, must fight against other parties interested in preventing the Federation's peace efforts. Written by Tom D.

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20 December 1968 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


William Shatner and France Nuyen appeared in a 1974 episode of Kung Fu, playing a sea captain and his wife. See more »


When Elaan throws her dagger at Kirk, it barely misses his shoulder and instead gets lodged into a piece of art on the wall. In later scenes in Elaan's quarters, the piece of art is still present, but there's no hole where the dagger was stuck. See more »


Nurse Christine Chapel: Ambassador, if Elasian women are that vicious, why are men so overwhelmingly attracted to them? I mean, what magic do they possess?
Ambassador Petri: It's not magic, it's biochemical. A man whose flesh is once touched by the tears of a woman of Elas has his heart enslaved forever.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in The Toys That Made Us: Star Trek (2018) See more »

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If they could bottle what the Dolem has
28 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Over the course of the series run Captain James T. Kirk has had a few romantic entanglements. But nothing like France Nuyen as the Elaan who is going quite unwillingly to another planet in a state arranged marriage. It's an obligation of royalty, but not one that the hot blooded and quite spoiled princess wants to make.

Watching this episode I was wondering if Daphne Zuniga borrowed some of France Nuyen's character for playing Princess Vespa in Spaceballs. As a Druish princess she had enough of the character, but not the powers.

The women of Nuyen's planet do a little crying and if their tears touch the man they want, those men are hooked. To get what she wants Nuyen pouts and sobs on William Shatner's shoulder and that's it. He's got a bit of problem paying attention to duty.

But duty does call when the Klingons start interfering.

An interesting and one of the better episodes of the last season.

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