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Journey to Babel 

The Enterprise hosts a number of quarrelling diplomats, including Spock's father, but someone on board has murder in mind.


Joseph Pevney


Gene Roddenberry (created by), D.C. Fontana




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Jane Wyatt ... Amanda (as Miss Jane Wyatt)
Mark Lenard ... Sarek
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
William O'Connell ... Thelev
Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
John Wheeler John Wheeler ... Gav
James X. Mitchell James X. Mitchell ... Josephs
Reggie Nalder ... Shras


The Enterprise is transporting several diplomatic delegations to a conference on Babel regarding the future of the mineral-rich planet Coridan. Among the passengers are Spock's parents, Ambassador Sarek and Amanda. There is obviously a chill between father and son owing to Spock's choice of pursuing a career in Starfleet. Unknown to Spock or his mother is the fact that Sarek is seriously ill. There is also much tension among the delegations and a spy on board is transmitting coded messages to a ship that attacks the Enterprise. With Captain Kirk wounded in an earlier knife attack, Spock is in temporary command just as his father needs a transfusion that only he can provide. Written by garykmcd

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17 November 1967 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Before he was cast as Sarek, Mark Lenard played the first major Romulan character seen on Star Trek, the Romulan Commander in Star Trek: The Original Series: Balance of Terror (1966). See more »


During one of the scenes in sickbay, during the operation, there is cigarette smoke to the left side of Dr. McCoy after a hit from the alien craft. See more »


[first lines]
McCoy: [Captain Kirk is adjusting uniform in mirror, Dr. McCoy pacing behind him, tugging at tight collar] Dress uniforms - spit and polish. I don't know how much longer I'm gonna be able to stand this. I feel like my neck's in a sling.
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29 November 2018 | by mac-20252See all my reviews

Probably one of the best character driven episodes of the entire series. There are several threads going on at once and all of them are effective and successful keeping audience members on their toes. We got a spaceship attack, a murder mystery, a blood transfusion, and of course space diplomacy. In most situations this would be too much, but the episode is so well paced, never staying on one part for too long. Spock is the clear highlight of this episode, but both him and Kirk have satisfying arcs full of twists and turns. If you want to know why the original series was so revered, this is a perfect episode.

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