Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Is There in Truth No Beauty? 

Lovely telepath Miranda is aide to Ambassador Kollos, in a box to stop insanity when humans see Medusans. She rejects Larry, a designer of Enterprise, and senses murderous intent nearby.


Ralph Senensky


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Jean Lisette Aroeste | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Diana Muldaur ... Dr. Miranda Jones
David Frankham ... Larry Marvick
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov


The Enterprise transports the Medusan Ambassador Kollos; his telepathic interpreter, Dr Miranda Jones; and Engineer Laurence Marvick. Only Vulcans and those trained in Vulcan self-control can handle the horrible sight of a Medusan (and then only with eye protection). Attempting to kill Kollos, Marvick (jealous of Miranda's interest in Kollos) goes insane at the sight of the Mudasan ambassador. Before dying Marvick, one of the designers of the Enterprise, takes the ship outside the galaxy where it is hopelessly lost. Once it is discovered that Miranda is blind (she had fooled them with a complicated neural sensor in her dress) and cannot guide the Enterprise, Spock mind-melds with the navigationally proficient ambassador who quickly gets the Enterprise back in known galactic space. However, while severing the mind-meld, he forgets the visor, sees Kollos, and goes insane. Because of her jealousy of Spock's relationship with Kollos, Miranda hesitates to give help, but with Kirk's urging ... Written by JW Kearse

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18 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Spock/Kollos says to Miranda "O Brave New World that has such creatures in it". This is a line in As You Like It (1908)'s The Tempest Act V Sc. 1 (with "people" for "creatures"), spoken by a character named Miranda. See more »


Miranda states she can telepathically see what Marvick saw when he looked at the Medusan. Why didn't it drive her insane? See more »


[first lines]
Captain James T. Kirk: Captain's log, stardate 5630.7. We have been assigned to convey the Medusans' ambassador to the Federation back to their home planet. While the thoughts of the Medusans are the most sublime in the galaxy, their physical appearance is exactly the opposite. They have evolved into a race of beings who are formless, so utterly hideous that the sight of a Medusan brings total madness to any human who sees one.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »

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Okay character driven episode.
11 June 2017 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

A lot of people dump on this episode because it's a third season episode that doesn't have the plot driven punch of the first two seasons. It's essentially a science fiction love triangle that relies more on the abilities of the thespians to carry the story with their skill than the writers.

That's not to say that the story isn't interesting, but it's not as deeply thematic as the stories of the first two seasons, and there's a spartan quality that pervades the third season because of budget cuts. Therefore the story is kept simple. The story is essentially a love triangle when a jealous lover driven to rage acts out, and consequences ensue.

The performances are first rate. Where the plot is lacking (in fact, there's hardly a plot at all) the basic story and actors carry the episode. There is a distinct lack of action though a bit of interpersonal intrigue, and the exploration of a character who is unusually handicapped.

To me this is a decent episode, worthy of more than the mediocre criticisms and praise that have come from other fans of the show. It's actually better than a few of the second season episodes in spite of its lack of plot elements.

If you're not a fan, then give it a shot and see what you think.

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