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Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 80. Turnabout Intruder




 

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Episode 80. Turnabout Intruder


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STAR TREK

Episode 80. Turnabout Intruder



Season:    3
Air Date:    1969-06-03
Stardate:    5298.5
Writer:    Arthur Singer
Story:    Gene Roddenberry
Director:    Herb Wallerstein
Guests:    Sandra Smith (Janet Lester), Harry Landers (Dr. Coleman)

After receiving a distress call from a science party on Camus II exploring the ruins of a dead civilization, the Enterprise rushes to assistance. All members of the party appear to be dead except the leader Dr. Janice Lester and the medical officer Dr. Arthur Coleman. Kirk and Lester had been in love in Starfleet Academy, but Lester's inability to rise to command status because of her gender led them to drift apart.

According to Dr. Coleman, Lester is suffering from some unknown sort of radiation poisoning. However, when the rest of the Enterprise landing party goes to aid a dying science party member and leaving Kirk and Lester alone, she activates an alien device she has discovered and exchanges bodies with Kirk. Lester is driven by jealousy and a persecution complex and complains to Kirk of the agony of being a woman. Now in the body of Kirk, she then tries to strangle Lester and kill the real Kirk. Kirk, McCoy, and Coleman return before she can finish, having been too late to save the scientist from selebium poisoning. Lester-as-Kirk orders everyone to be beamed about, and takes over the role of Kirk.

Aboard the Enterprise in secret consultation with Lester-as-Kirk, Dr. Coleman reveals that Dr. Lester deliberately sent the science team where she knew the selebium shielding was weak, and that she was supposed to kill Kirk during the interval provided by Coleman on the planet.

Lester-as-Kirk removes Bones as chief medical officer and installs Dr. Coleman, a former starship doctor who has been found incompetent by the Starfleet Surgeon General, in his place. Dr. Coleman attempts to prevent Kirk (in Dr. Lester's body) from interacting with the crew by sedating her, but she escapes to sickbay to talk to Bones and Spock. However, Lester-as-Kirk is there as well waiting for a physical examination ordered by McCoy. He proceeds to knock Kirk-as-Lester out and orders her be put in isolation and incommunicado.

Meanwhile, Lester-as-Kirk delays a rendezvous with the Potemkin to conduct gravitational studies of the Beta Aurigae binary system and insists that course be set for the Benicia colony, despite the fact that Starbase 2 is on the way and that Benecia possesses only primitive medical facilities.

Spock suspects something amiss, and goes to speak to (the real) Kirk in solitary confinement. At Kirk's request, Spock does a Vulcan mind probe and discovers the truth. Meanwhile, McCoy tests Lester-as-Kirk's dermaloptic reaction to color wavelengths using a Rubiana dermaloptic test to compare his basic emotional structure to previous results. Spock tries to escape with the real Kirk, but is stopped by Lester-as-Kirk and security guards.

This leads to a court martial trial for Spock. Spock puts Kirk (in Lester's body) on the stand and testifies that Kirk's mind is in actually in her body. Scotty talks to Bones in the hallway about the vote, and the conversation is recorded by Lester-as-Kirk. Lester-as-Kirk then orders the death penalty for Scotty, Bones, Lester (who is actually Kirk), and Spock, despite the fact that general order 4 is the only crime for which the death penalty is still in effect.

In the meantime, Sulu and Chekov refuse to obey Lester-as-Kirk's orders, and Kirk and Lester experience a temporary reversion of minds. In fact, to prevent reversion, Coleman informs Lester-as-Kirk that Lester must be killed. However, Coleman is too late carrying out the task, and Kirk's and Lester's minds revert to their appropriate bodies.






SCRIPT
(Transcript)


[Kirk] Captain's Log : Star date 5928.5.
The Enterprise has received a distress call...
from a group of scientists on Camus 11,
who are exploring the ruins of a dead civilization.
Their situation is desperate.
Two of the survivors are the expedition surgeon, Dr. Coleman,
and the leader of the expedition, Dr. Janice Lester.
- What's wrong with her? - Exposure to radiation.
What form of radiation was it?
Nothing I've ever encountered.
[Moaning]
Janice.
You must remain absolutely quiet.
Those are doctor's orders, not mine.
- [Tricorder Whistling] - [Spock] Captain.
Tricorder picking up very faint life readings.
Approximately 700 meters from here.
Help will have to be immediate.
[ Moaning ]
Perhaps your presence will quiet her.
I hoped I wouldn't see you again.
I don't blame you.
The year we were together at Starfleet...
is the only time in my life I was alive.
I never stopped you from going on with your space work.
Your world of starship captains doesn't admit women.
- It isn't fair. - No, it isn't.
And you punished and tortured me because of it.
I loved you.
We could've roamed among the stars.
We'd have killed each other.
It might have been better.
[High-Pitched Tone]
[Kirk] Space -- the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission-- to explore strange new worlds,
to seek out new life and new civilizations,
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
[ Laughs ]
You had your chance, Captain Kirk.
You should've smothered the life in me.
Then they would have said Dr. Janice Lester...
died of radiation poisoning in the line of duty.
Why didn't you do it? You always wanted to.
Didn't you?
You had the strength to do it.
But you were afraid. You were always afraid.
Now Janice Lester takes the place of Captain Kirk.
I already possess your physical strength.
Only this Captain Kirk...
is not afraid to kill.
- [ Moans ] - Now you'll know...
the indignity of being a woman.
[ Moaning Continues ]
For you this agony will soon pass, as it has for me.
Quiet. Quiet!
Believe me, it's better to be dead...
than to live alone in the body of a woman.
- It's better to be dead-- - [Thump]
[Footsteps Approaching]
Dr. McCoy, your report.
We were too late, Jim. There's nothing could be done.
[Kirk] Was it radiation as suggested?
No, I believe it was celebium, however, Dr. Coleman disagrees.
To be specific is essential. The treatment of celebium is--
Dr. McCoy!
Did you notice any unusual symptoms while we were gone?
[Kirk] Nothing at all. She was unconscious all of the time.
Dr. Lester is near death.
Perhaps the shock of knowing what happened to her staff...
is part of her problem.
I'm sure it is.
Beaming her up to the Enterprise will be less harmful than waiting.
Uh, I don't know. I-I'm not sure.
[Communicator Beeping]
Captain Kirk to the Enterprise. Captain Kirk to the Enterprise.
- [ Scott ] Mr. Scott, sir. - Mr. Scott.
Prepare to beam the landing party aboard,
plus two others, one critically ill.
Have a medical team standing by to receive the patient.
Captain Kirk, out.
[Communicator Cover Closes]
Prepare to beam aboard.
[ Beeping ]
Dr. Coleman, accompany the patient to the sick bay.
Mr. Spock, take the ship out of orbit.
Resume designated course.
Dr. McCoy.
Dr. McCoy, you and Dr. Coleman...
seem to disagree on diagnosis.
No, not entirely. We both agree it's radiation.
Dr. Coleman isn't prepared to say what form of radiation.
Will it affect your arriving at a correct treatment?
It's crucial.
Well, this is especially disturbing to me...
for... uh, personal reasons.
Oh? I didn't know you knew her that well.
Oh, yes. Been a long time since I saw her.
I walked out on her when it became serious.
Well, you must have been very young at the time, Jim.
Youth doesn't excuse everything, Dr. McCoy.
It's a very unhappy memory for me.
I didn't realize that.
- I shall do everything in my power. - Thank you very much.
Dr. Lesteris certainly a very lucky young person to have escaped.
Yes, very lucky. Very lucky.
[ Moaning ]
- It just began. - You'd better put a stop to it!
If you allow Dr. Lester to become fully conscious...
she'll know what has happened.
- Probably no one will believe it. - Probably?
- [ Moaning Continues ] - That's all we can ask for.
How can death be explained now?
I tell you, it can't continue.
You killed every one of the staff.
You sent them where you knew the celebium shielding was weak.
Why didn't you kill him? You had the perfect opportunity.
There wasn't enough time.
I gave you every minute you asked for.
He hung onto life too hard. I couldn't--
You couldn't because you love him!
You want me to be his murderer.
''Love''? Him?
I love the life he led, the power of a starship commander.
- It's my life now. - I won't become a murderer.
You are a murderer!
You knew it was celebium. You could've treated them for it.
You're a murderer many times over.
Jim, what are you doing here?
I thought my presence might quiet Dr. Lester.
- It had the opposite effect. - It has nothing to do with you.
It's a symptom of the developing radiation illness.
Tests with the ship's equipment shows...
no signs of internal radiation damage, Dr. Coleman.
Didn't Dr. Lester's staff become delirious before they died?
- [Moaning Continues] - Uh, yes, Captain. Yes.
Dr. Lester could be suffering from a phasers tun...
as far as the symptoms I can detect, Jim.
Dr. Coleman, Dr. McCoy has had a great deal of experience...
with radiation exposure on board the Enterprise.
I am guided by his opinion.
Dr. Lester and her staff have been under my supervision for two years.
If you don't follow my recommendations,
responsibility for her health or her death...
will be yours.
Dr. McCoy, I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to take you...
off the case and turn it over to Dr. Coleman.
You can't do this! On this ship my medical authority is final!
If Dr. Coleman wants to assume the full responsibility, let him do it.
- I won't allow it! - It's done!
Dr. Coleman, your patient.
[ Moaning ]
Dr. Coleman, didn't you suggest a sedation to rest the patient?
- Yes, Captain. - It's not necessary, Jim.
- Can't you see she's coming around? -[ Panting ]
[ Moaning Continues ]
Dr. Coleman.
Nurse, administer the sedative.
A sedative is not wise at this time, Captain.
Nurse Chapel, you have your orders.
Nurse Chapel, follow your instructions.
[Moaning, Breathing Heavily]
Oh... no. Am l... really...
losing command of the Enterprise?
[Breathing Heavily] Oh, no. A bad dream.
A bad dream.
[Dr. Lester As Kirk]James Kirk is returning to consciousness...
in the body of Janice Lester.
The Enterprise is proceeding to its next mission,
on the course set before I took over command.
Now the years I spent studying every detail of the ship's operation...
will be tested.
With a little experience, l will be invulnerable to suspicion.
At last I attain what is my just due-- command of a starship.
All the months of preparation now come to fruition.
[Man On Intercom] Engineering to Bridge. Engineering Control.
[Man On Intercom] Environmental Control.
- Forward phaser, affirmative. - Course, Mr. Chekov.
1-2-7, mark 8.
Mr. Sulu, set speed at warp factor two.
Warp factor two, sir.
[Man On Intercom] Aft phaser, affirmative.
Engineering to Bridge. Engine, green.
Port scanner to Bridge, green.
- Engineering Control. - Aft scanner to Bridge, green.
Environmental Control, affirmative.
Forward phaser, affirmative.
Bridge, all systems show green. Security Control cleared.
Mr. Chekov, plot a course for the Benecia Colony.
Direct course to Benecia, 3-7-3, mark 8.
How long to the colony at our present speed?
Forty-eight hours, sir.
Mr. Sulu, set course for the colony.
- 3-7-3, mark 8. - Aye, sir. 3-7-3, mark 8.
Captain, that will delay our work at Beta Aurigae.
- It means reversing course. - Yes, it can't be helped.
We must take Dr. Lester where she can be treated.
May I point out that Star base 2...
is on the direct route to our destination.
- How long to Star base 2? - Seventy-two hours, Captain.
It's 24 hours too long. Dr. Lester's condition is increasingly serious.
- Continue present course. - Aye, sir.
If the diagnosis of Dr. Lester's illness is the critical problem,
then the Benecia Colony is definitely not the place for her.
Their medical facilities are the most primitive.
- They will have to serve. - Star base 2 is fully equipped...
and staffed with the necessary specialists...
to determine exactly what is wrong with the doctor.
Is that not crucial to your decision?
Thank you, Mr. Spock.
But the facilities will be of little use if Dr. Lester's dead.
Time is of the essence. Continue present course.
At maximum speed,
Star base 2 would still meet the emergency.
Captain, shall I advise Starfleet Command of the change of plan?
No change of plan has been ordered, Lieutenant.
Our arrival at Beta Aurigae will merely be delayed.
Our gravitational studies of that binary system will not suffer,
and a life may be saved!
That is not unusual procedure for the Enterprise.
Sir, I believe Starfleet will have to be notified...
that our rendezvous with the starship Potemkin...
will not take place as scheduled.
If you’d concentrate on the areas for which you are responsible,
Starfleet Command would've been informed already.
Since the captain usually deals with Starfleet in these matters,
I assume that my suggestions might be deemed interference.
Inform Starfleet of the delay, Lieutenant.
- Aye, sir. - Continue present course.
Increase speed to warp factor six.
I'll let my record speak for me.
Why are you being so defensive? There's no implied criticism...
of you in my order to remove you from the case.
That is not the reason I'm here.
I'm here because Dr. Coleman's record states that he's incompetent.
That's the opinion of an individual.
No, sir. That is the opinion of Starfleet Command.
I checked with them. Dr. Coleman was removed from his post...
as chief medical officer of his ship for administrative incompetence.
There are no administrative duties required here.
As well as flagrant medical blunders.
Promotions and demotions can be politically maneuvered.
- You know that, Bones. - Not in Starfleet Headquarters.
And certainly not in the surgeon general's office.
I'm afraid the order will have to stand.
I can only say...
that Dr. Coleman's experience with what happened on the planet...
had to be the deciding factor here.
I’m sure that you can appreciate that.
I appreciate the fact that you had a decision to make.
I also find myself in that position now, Jim,
and I'm asking you to report for an examination.
What? What do you base that on?
Development of emotional instability...
and erratic mental attitudes...
since returning from that planet.
You'll never make that charge stick.
Any fool can see why you're doing this.
I'll let Starfleet Command be the judge of my motives.
I won't submit to this petty search for revenge!
But you will submit to Starfleet regulations.
They state that the ship surgeon will require full examination...
of any crew member that he has doubts about, including the captain.
[Intercom Whistle]
- Captain Kirk here. - Sulu here, Captain.
Starfleet Command is requesting additional details on the delay.
I'll be right there.
Pulse. Pressure.
Blood count, all body functions normal. Then why am I here?
Dr. McCoy.
Dr. McC--
Quiet would be best for you.
- Where's Dr. McCoy? - I'm in charge now.
Bring Dr. McCoy at once! He is in command of medicine on this ship.
He was taken off your case... by Captain Kirk.
By Captain Kirk?
It was done for your own protection, Dr. Lester.
I am not Janice Lester! She did this to me!
How can I make you understand?
Janice has driven herself mad with jealousy, hatred and ambition.
Nurse Chapel.
Bring Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy to me at once!
They must believe lam not Janice Lester.
I am imprisoned in her body, but I am not Janice Lester!
She is suffering from the delusion of being Captain Kirk.
lam not Janice Lester!
The paranoia has been developing for the past six months.
The radiation seems to have intensified it.
She must be kept sedated.
- Shall prepare a mild sedative? - Of course.
You are insane, Dr. Lester.
[Kirk As Dr. Lester] Captain's Log. : Star date unknown.
I have lost track of time.
I am still held captive in a strange body...
- [Door Slides Open, Shut] - and separated from all my crew.
I must've sounded quite mad to you before.
What you've been through would've completely broken most of us.
Well, I'll be all right now.
Could I see your Dr. McCoy?
I'm afraid that's against Dr. Coleman's orders.
Oh.
Is a visit by that very kind Mr. Spock to be allowed?
Perhaps that can be arranged before we reach the Benecia Colony.
Benecia? Isn't the Enterprise going to rendezvous...
with the Potemkin at Beta Aurigae?
Well, first we have to let you recuperate at Benecia.
You'll feel better if you have a little.
I'll try. Thank you.
Oh, it is good. Thank you.
Could I finish it slowly, Nurse Chapel?
- Well-- - I promise I'll be good.
Well, I'll be right back.
I'm glad you're feeling so much better.
[ High-Pitched Tones ]
These tests should help me pinpoint the cause of Jim’s illness.
Good. Knowledge of the captain's...
aberrant behavior is spreading through the ship.
The crew is becoming increasingly tense.
What worries me most is that Jim seems completely unaware...
that something is wrong with him.
We've got to make him realize something serious is happening...
before treatment can even begin.
I'm afraid that is a forlorn hope, Doctor.
The illness appears to be primarily mental.
Well, one of us should be able to get to him.
I keep looking for an approach, but the speed at which...
the illness has traveled makes it doubly difficult.
Perhaps the surgeon general's office should be alerted.
You know headquarters. They're only interested...
in results of specific tests.
So far all we have to offer are our opinions.
Are you sure that the captain will comply...
with your order in his present state of mind?
I'll use my medical authority to enforce it if necessary.
Doctor, we are treading on very thin ground.
Actions such as these might be misinterpreted.
Well, then, so be it.
Our responsibility is clear.
Whatever happened to the captain on that planet must've taken place...
in the short space of time that he was alone with Dr. Lester.
Perhaps a conversation with her might shed some light.
Well, it's worth a try.
You try to get to Dr. Lester while I examine Jim.
Well, gentlemen.
I'm here, Doctor.
Spock! Bones! Help me!
Don't let them lock me away from you! I've got to talk to you!
Jim!
She might have killed someone.
Put her in isolation in her room, maintain a 24-hour watch!
No one, absolutely no one, is to talk to her without my permission!
Yes, sir.
Captain.
-How is the doctor? -She regained consciousness quickly.
- Good. I have questions to ask her. - Did the captain order it?
Why should he? They are my questions,
therefore I am ordering it, Lieutenant.
The captain said no one is allowed to speak to Dr. Lester.
Has such an order ever included his senior officers?
No, sir.
Mr. Spock, I think the captain meant that a guard should be present.
By all means, Lieutenant.
That's enough. That's enough.
Your heart will last forever, Captain.
- How am I otherwise? - In the pink, as usual.
Liver, kidney,
blood count, metabolic rate.
Everything, even your glands,
functioning at their usual, normal peak of efficiency.
Good. I hope you're as pleased about it as I am.
Don't get dressed yet.
You said I was in perfect condition.
Physically.
I don't think another test is necessary.
The Robbiani dermal-optic is crucial.
It reveals the basic emotional structure.
You had one once before.
Now I need another one to compare with that previous test.
There should be no change in your dermal-optic reactions...
to the color wavelengths.
- [ High-Pitched Whistling ] - Over here, Captain.
Over here, Captain.
Complete life-entity transfer...
with the aid...
of a mechanical device.
Yes, that's what it must've been.
To my knowledge, such total transfer...
has never been accomplished with complete success...
anywhere in the galaxy.
It was accomplished and forgotten long ago on Camus II.
- I'm a living example. - That is your claim.
As yet, it is unsubstantiated...
by any... external evidence...
or objective tests.
Nevertheless, Spock, it is the truth I'm speaking.
[ High-Pitched Whistling ]
Now lower your arms and open your eyes.
At this moment...
Dr. McCoy is examining the captain...
for psychological changes.
If any facts are uncovered, that would be acceptable evidence,
the only kind which is acceptable to Starfleet Command...
and to the crew of the Enterprise.
Spock, when I was caught...
in the interspace of the Tholian Sector,
you risked your life and the Enterprise to get me back.
Help me get back now.
When the Vians of Minara demanded that we let Bones die,
- we didn't permit it. - That is true.
The captain did not. However, those events have been recorded.
They could've become known to you.
You are closer to the captain than anyone in the universe.
You know his thoughts.
What does your telepathic mind tell you now?
I believe you.
However, my belief is not acceptable evidence.
Evidence must be factual.
Dr. McCoy may be of help.
Come with me.
I’m sorry, sir,
but Dr. Lester cannot leave here.
Well, are you satisfied with the results of the tests?
There is no positive evidence of any disorder.
You're asking me to violate the captain's orders.
- He is not the captain. - You're as mad as she is!
You're to leave here at once. I'd follow orders.
Certainly, Lieutenant. We all must do our duty.
Security-- Aaah!
No hard feelings, Bones. You did your usual thorough, good job.
I'm sure everything's going to be all right.
- [ Intercom Whistle ] - [ Man On Intercom ] Captain Kirk!
- Captain Kirk here. - Escape attempt by Dr. Lester.
Captain Kirk to Security.
On the double to Dr. Lester's room!
It's quite all right, Ensign. Everything is under control.
Phasers.
A repetition of your physical violence is not called for... sir.
No physical resistance will be offered.
Attention, all personnel.
First Officer Spock has been placed under arrest.
He has conspired with Dr. Lester...
to take over the ship from your captain.
A hearing will be immediately convened...
to consider the charges and specifications...
of a general court-martial...
on the charge...
of mutiny.
[ Speaking, Indistinct ]
[Dr. Lester As Kirk] Captain's Log. : Star date 5930.3.
The results of Dr. McCoy's examination...
have given me complete confidence in myself.
My fears repast. Is hall function freely as the captain.
l am the captain of the Enterprise, in fact.
Surely you must have more than that to go on.
I have stated my evidence--
telepathic communication with the mind of Captain James T. Kirk.
Your evidence is completely subjective.
We have to have evidence that we can examine out in the open.
You've had great deal of evidence, except that of the chief witness.
The one who should be the real subject of this investigation...
is kept locked away and in isolation.
Why... Captain?
She's dangerously insane. We've seen the evidence.
She is dangerous only to your authority, sir.
Mr. Spock.
Mr. Spock, my authority has been given to me by Starfleet Command,
and only that high authority can take it away.
The witness, sir. Bring on the witness.
Let your officers put the questions.
Mr. Nunnely, have Dr. Janice Lester brought here.
Aye, sir.
Dr. McCoy, while Mr. Spock was busy...
with his ambitious plot, what were you doing?
- Examining you. - Oh, yes.
You were deeply concerned about my health, emotional and physical,
- since leaving Camus II, correct? - Yes, that's correct.
Instead of trying to destroy me, you were searching for ways to help me.
Dr. McCoy, for the record,
will you tell the court your findings?
The captain is in the best of physical condition.
His emotional and mental state is comparable...
to the time he assumed command of the Enterprise.
Thank you, Dr. McCoy.
Mr. Spock, were you aware of Dr. McCoy's findings?
- I know them now. - And what have you to say... now?
I am disappointed and deeply concerned...
that there is no objective evidence to support my position... so far.
Dr. Coleman, if you’re required here, we'll call you.
We certainly appreciate your being here.
Everyone is deeply aware...
that you have been subjected to inordinate emotional stress.
We had hoped to avoid any further stress, but...
Mr. Spock disagrees.
It is his opinion that your testimony is important...
in determining the merits of his case.
And since we are solely interested in arriving at a just decision,
I'm going to have to ask you a few more questions.
I'll try not to upset you.
You, uh, claim that, uh--
[ Chuckles ]
that you are Captain James T. Kirk?
No. I am not Captain Kirk.
That is very apparent.
I claim that whatever it is...
that makes James Kirk a living being special to himself...
is being held here in this body.
Oh. Well--
However, a-a-a-as I understand it,
l... am Dr. Janice Lester.
[ Chuckling Quietly ]
That's very clever, but I didn't say it.
I said, the body of James Kirk is being used by Dr. Janice Lester.
Mm-hmm. A subtlety that somehow escapes me.
I assume that this, uh,
switch was arrived at by mutual agreement.
No. It was brought about by a violent attack by Dr. Lester...
and the use of equipment she discovered on Camus II.
Violence...
by the lady, perpetrated on Captain Kirk? Tsk, tsk, tsk.
I ask the assembled personnel to look at Dr. Janice Lester...
and visualize that historic moment.
Can you-- Can you tell me why, uh, Dr. Janice Lester...
would agree to this ludicrous exchange?
Yes. To get the power she craved:
to attain a position she doesn't merit...
by temperament or training.
And most of all, she wanted to murder James Kirk,
a man who once loved her.
But her intense hatred of her own womanhood...
made life with her impossible.
Are you prepared with witnesses? One will do.
Sir, there is only one issue here.
Is the story of life-entity transfer believable?
This crew has been to many places in the galaxy.
They've been witness to many strange events.
They're trained to know that what seems to be impossible...
often is possible,
given the scientific analysis of the phenomenon.
Mr. Spock, have you ever heard of a case...
such as described by Dr. Janice Lester?
- Not precisely, no. - Oh.
Assuming that you are correct in your belief,
do you expect Starfleet Command to place this, uh,
this, uh, person...
in command of the Enterprise?
I expect only to reveal the truth.
And with the truth revealed, that I am not really the captain,
and knowing that she would not be allowed to serve as the captain,
then you would be the captain-- it is inevitable!
Spock. Spock, give it up!
Return to the Enterprise family. All charges will be dropped...
and the madness that temporarily overcame all of us...
on Camus II will fade and be forgotten.
And what will become of Dr. Lester?
Dr. Lester will be cared for always.
It is a debt and a responsibility I owe her from the past.
No, sir. I shall not withdraw a single charge that I have made.
You are not Captain Kirk.
You have ruthlessly appropriated his body.
But the life entity within you is not that of Captain Kirk.
You do not belong in charge of the Enterprise...
and I shall do everything in my power against you.
Lieutenant Lisa, play back those last two sentences...
from Mr. Spock's tirade.
You do not belong in charge of the Enterprise...
and I shall do everything in my power against you.
You heard the statements placed into the record by you.
-Do you understand the nature of it? -I do. And I stand by it.
It is mutiny! Deliberate, vindictive, insane at its base!
But mutiny is charged, and encouragement to mutiny.
Dr. McCoy, Mr. Scott, you heard it!
On the basis of these statements, I call for an immediate vote,
by the powers granted to me as captain of the Enterprise.
A recess is declared, to be followed by a vote.
Yes. An immediate vote before our chief witness can be left to die...
on some obscure planet with the truth locked inside of her.
Silence. You will be silent!
A recess has been declared. There will be no cross-discussion.
When I return, we will vote on the charge of mutiny.
The evidence presented here is the only basis of your decision.
[Door Slides Open, Shut]
- Scotty. - Doctor.
Doctor,
I've seen the captain feverish, sick, drunk,
delirious, terrified,
overjoyed, boiling mad.
But up to now,
I have never seen him red-faced with hysteria.
I know how I'm going to vote.
I've been through this with Spock.
He's not being scientific and neither are you.
It may not be scientific,
but if Mr. Spock thinks it happened, then it must be logical.
Don't you think I know that?
My tests show there's nothing wrong with the captain.
That's the only fact Starfleet's going to be interested in.
Headquarters has its problems, and we have ours.
And right now,
the captain of the Enterprise is our problem.
They're going to call for the vote in a few minutes.
Let me put one last question.
Suppose you vote with me, in favor of Spock.
That means two votes to one and Spock is free.
What do you think the captain will do?
- I don't know. - Aye, you know, all right.
It'll stick in his craw. He'll never accept it.
We don't know that.
I tell ya, he won't.
Then, Doctor, that's the time we move against him.
We'll have to take over the ship.
We're talking about mutiny, Scotty.
Aye.
Are you ready for the vote?
Yes. I'm ready for the vote.
Play the tapes of the conversation in the corridor.
- Aye, sir. - [ Machine Beeping ]
[ Scotty ] Then's the time we move against him.
We’ll have to take over the ship.
[McCoy] We're talking about mutiny, Scotty.
[Scotty] Aye. Are you ready for the vote?
That's enough. We know what was said.
Enough to convict you of conspiracy with mutineers.
And you're so charged. The sentence-- death.
Mr. Nunnely.
Starfleet expressly forbids the death penalty.
All my senior officers turning against me?
The death penalty is forbidden.
- There's only one exception. - General Order 4.
It has not been violated by any officer on the Enterprise.
I am responsible. The execution will be immediate. Go to your posts.
Go to your posts.
Mr. Nunnely, take them to the brig. Prepare for execution.
Go on!
The captain must be mad if he thinks he can get away with an execution.
Captain Kirk wouldn't order an execution even if he were going mad.
That cannot be the captain.
What difference does it make who he is?
Are we going to allow an execution to take place?
If security backs him up, how will we fight him?
I'll fight them every way and any way I can.
Lt. Lisa, inform all sectors of my decision. Have each section...
send a representative to the place of execution on the hangar deck.
- How far to the Benecia Colony? - Coming within scanning range.
Plot coordinates for orbit.
Mr. Sulu, lock into coordinates as soon as orbit is accomplished.
Interment will take place on Benecia.
You have received your orders!
You will obey my orders...
or you’ll be charged with mutiny!
You will obey my orders or-- or--
[ Gasps ]
[ Panting ]
For a moment, I thought that I was up on the bridge.
Perhaps you were.
Then it's possible the transference can be broken.
[ Panting ] Well, if it happens again, I'll fight to stay there.
The bridge is where you belong.
To accomplish that, each one of us must be ready...
to seize any opportunity to break out of here...
- and attack. - [ Gasps ]
- The transference is weakening. - What happened?
For a moment, I found myself back with the prisoners.
I will not go back to being Janice Lester!
You must help me prevent it.
The only way to prevent the transference...
is by the death of Janice Lester.
You must carry out the execution.
I can't. I can't.
The crew is in mutiny.
You must kill her for me.
I have done everything else for you.
- But I will not murder for you. - Then do it for yourself.
If Kirk doesn't die,
we'll both be exposed as murderers.
Does that give you any choice?
The dosage should be doubly lethal.
It is.
To prevent further conspiracy, you will be removed to separate cells.
If there’s any resistance, you'll be given a sedative...
until you learn cooperation.
Dr. Lester will be first.
Follow Dr. Coleman.
May I point out, Captain--
[Grunting]
Kill him!
Kill him! Ohh!
I've lost to the captain. I've lost to James Kirk!
I want you dead!
[ Sobbing ] I want you dead! I want you dead!
Oh, I'm never going to be the captain.
[Sobbing Continues] Never. Kill him.
You are--
You are as I loved you.
Kill him.
Can you do anything for her?
I'd like to take care of her.
[Crying]
Of course. Come with me.
I didn't want to destroy her.
I'm sure we all understand that, Captain.
Her life could have been as rich as any woman's. If only--
If only--





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TRIVIA


Episode 80. Turnabout Intruder


When Lester-as-Kirk sits in the captain's chair, Chekov vanishes/reappears in different shots of the bridge.
  
Spock claims complete entity transfer has never been done anywhere in the galaxy - they did it in "Return to Tomorrow" with Sargon and the others.
  
How is Lester-as-Kirk going to get Kirk's safe open? She doesn't have his memories of the combination or anything and it uses a number sequence to open.
  
Lt. Galloway was the character killed by Captain Tracey in "The Omega Glory" and yet here he is! Maybe he had a twin brother?
  
Chekov mistakenly claims that General Order 4 is the only death-penalty exception left in Starfleet. It is in fact General Order 7, prohibiting contact with Talos IV, established in "The Menagerie, Part I".
  
Lieutenant Uhura does not appear in this episode. She is the only "regular castmember" not to appear.
  
There has been much debate over Janice Lester's line of "Your world of starship captains doe not allow women", implying that women could not be starship captains. However, with the appearance of a female captain in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home", Captain Kathryn Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager" and Captain Hernandez on "Star Trek: Enterprise", that line has since been refuted. The most common explanations are that Lester was speaking figuratively; that ship captains (mainly male ones) have no time for women. Another common explanation is that Lester's mental condition led her to believe the only reason she could not attain command was because she was a woman.

"Turnabout Intruder" which is the final episode of The Original Series, takes place in 2269, 4 years before Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) which took place in 2273, even though they were released 10 years apart.
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William Shatner had a severe case of flu during filming of this episode. At one point he had to lift Sandra Smith in his arms, carry her to a couch and put her on it: during the first take he got as far as the couch and dropped her. Fortunately it was well padded, and Smith bounced several times; according to Joanie Winston, who was visiting the set, Shatner looked down at Smith and said, "You know I love you, baby, but you've got to lose about six inches off that ass."
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Gene Roddenberry regretted the line about The Federation supposedly not allowing female captains, as he felt it was sexist.
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This episode was originally scheduled for broadcast on March 28, 1969. Special network coverage of the death of Dwight D. Eisenhower pre-empted it, and it didn't air until June 3.
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The transposition sequence was the last footage shot for The Original Series.
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According to Harry Landers, he was very fatigued during this episode because he had just has his upper right lung removed due to an infection. He wanted to turn the role down but did it as a favor to producer Fred Freiberger.
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Nurse Chapel's (Majel Barrett) hair color is brown for this episode, not its usual blonde color.
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The production crew nicknamed this episode "Captain Kirk: Space Queen".
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In Roman mythology, Janus was a 2-faced head representing opposite aspects in nature such as chaotic nature and controlled civilization. "Lester" means in Old English: locality. Hence, Janice Lester. A split personality from nearby or within.
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Last show of the original Star Trek series.
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Though her voice is muffled, Dr. Lester protests to Dr. Coleman, "Go to Hell!" a rare case of a "swear" sneaking past the network censors.
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Lieutenant Uhura does not appear in this episode.
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This is the only time in TOS that Captain Kirk is portrayed by another actor, namely Sandra Smith.
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This takes place in 2269.


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Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 79. All Our Yesterdays




 

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)


Episode 79. All Our Yesterdays


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STAR TREK

Episode 79. All Our Yesterdays



Season:    3
Air Date:    1969-03-14
Stardate:    5943.7
Writer:    Jean Lisette Aroeste
Story:   
Director:    Marvin Chomsky
Guests:    Ian Wolfe (Mr. Atoz), Mariette Hartley (Zarabeth), Kermit Murdock (The Prosecutor)

On a mission to evacuate the population of the lone planet Sarpedon before its sun Beta Niobe novas, Spock, Kirk and McCoy beam down to investigate why sensors indicate no humanoid life remaining on the planet. They discover a "library" staffed by Mr. Atoz ("A to Z") and his clones which contains history tapes. Kirk offers to evacuate Mr. Atoz, but he tells them to hurry up and pick a destination, and that he himself plans to join his wife and family when the nova comes. It appears that by inserting the record tapes into a machine called the Atavachron, people can be sent back in time. Mr. Atoz confirms Kirk's suspicions that this is indeed what has happened to the inhabitants of the planet.

While viewing a tape, Kirk hears screams and accidentally sends himself to a time period of witch hunts. McCoy and Spock rush after him, but end up transporting themselves to 5000 years in the past when the planet was still in an ice age. Meanwhile, Kirk has "rescued" a woman from being poked with a sword by challenging her attacker to a swordfight. Only after chasing the man away does Kirk discover that the woman was a thief attempting to rob the gentleman and that furthermore, there is no entrance back to the library. Kirk goes to the wall from which he had emerged and is able to talk to McCoy and Spock, but cannot get to them. When Kirk is arrested by the authorities for aiding a thief, McCoy and Spock ask him what is going on, and the authorities also hear the voices. The woman then betrays Kirk and denounces him as a witch, claiming that he and the "spirits" made her steal against her will.

Spock and Bones, on the verge of freezing, are discovered an sheltered by a woman known as Zarabeth. She has been exiled because her kinsman tried to assassinate Zorkon the Tyrant.

Meanwhile, in prison, Kirk is questioned by the Prosecutor. When Kirk mentions the library, the Prosecutor becomes extremely uncomfortable. At first, he tries to maintain that Kirk might indeed be innocent. But when the guard insists that he heard voices talking to Kirk, he is forced to back off. When Kirk then starts repeating the word "library" to the Prosecutor, he gets flustered and rushes out saying he wants nothing to do with Kirk. Back in the ice age, Zarabeth tells Spock that the Atavachron alters cell structure and that he therefore cannot return to the future. Meanwhile, Kirk escapes from his cell when he grabs the guard who is trying to pour soup into his bowl and knocks the guard out. When the Prosecutor comes to take Kirk to the inquisition, Kirk realized that he is also sent from the future, and threatens to denounce him as a witch if he does not help Kirk. The Prosecutor then informs Kirk that the Atavachron alters cell structure and brain patterns to prepare people for the past. The Prosecutor has been prepared and cannot return, but Kirk can only survive a few hours and must return. Kirk then finds his way back to the brick wall from which he emerged, and steps back into the library. Mr. Atoz insists that Kirk be prepared, and Kirk is forced to lock one copy of him in a closet and knock out another. The real Mr. Atoz then arrives and zaps Kirk.

Back in the ice age, Spock's personality is slipping to that of the barbaric Vulcans of 5000 years in the past. He falls in love with Zarabeth and believes her when she tells him he cannot go back. McCoy notices the changes in Spock (especially when Spock responds to an insult by grabbing him by the scruff of the neck and announcing "I don't like that") and guesses that Zarabeth is not being completely truthful in order to keep Spock with her. Spock also begins to notice that he is not himself when he eats animal flesh and enjoys it. However, this knowledge does not stop him from telling Zarabeth that she is beautiful and then making love to her. While kissing her, he also cracks one of his rare smiles.

Meanwhile, Kirk has managed to recover enough to avoid having Mr. Atoz wheel him into the Atavachron. He overpowers Atoz and forces him to help him locate Spock and McCoy by trying various disks. McCoy has somehow figured out that it is only Zarabeth who cannot return, and confronts Spock with this fact as well as with the fact that he has reverted to the mental state of his barbarian ancestors. Spock manages to drag himself away from Zarabeth and returns with McCoy to the library by following Kirk's voice. With everyone back, Mr. Atoz puts in a disk and rushes to join his family before it is too late. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy return to the Enterprise, which warps out of orbit just as the star novas.






SCRIPT
(Transcript)

Captain's Log : Star Date 5943. 7.
We have calculated that Beta Niobe will go nova...
in approximately three and a half hours.
Its only satellite, Sarpeidon,
is a Class-M planet, which at last report...
was inhabited by a civilized humanoid species.
Now our instruments show...
that no intelligent life remains on the planet.
The power source we detected is in this building, Captain.
- Any sign of survivors? - No signs of sapient life-forms.
How can a planet full of people Just disappear?
If they knew that their sun was dying,
it could be anything up to mass suicide.
Reports deny that they had any space flight capability.
This appears to be an archive or library of some kind.
Then we're certainly in the right place to find out what happened,
where the inhabitants are, and if there are any left now.
- That's fine. Where do we start? - [Man]May I help you?
I am the librarian. May I be of assistance?
Perhaps you can, Mr.--
Mr. Atoz. I confess that I'm a little surprised to see you.
I had thought that everyone had long since gone.
But the surprise is pleasant one.
After all, a library serves no purpose unless someone is using it.
You say everyone is gone? Where'd they go?
It depended on the individual, of course.
If you wish to trace a specific person,
I'm sorry, but that information is confidential.
No particular person, just people in general. Where did they go?
Ah, you find it difficult to choose. Is that it?
Yes, a wide range of alternatives...
is a mixed blessing, but perhaps I can help.
Would you step this way, please?
May I help you? You may select from more than 20,000 verism tapes,
several hundred of which...
have only recently been added to the collection.
I'm sure you'll find something here that pleases you.
You, sir, what is your particular field of interest?
- What about recent history? - Really? Oh, that's too bad.
We have so little on recent history. There was no demand for it.
It doesn't have to be extensive, Just the answers to a few questions.
Of course. Reference service is available...
at the desk.
You're very late. Where have you been?
You're a very agile man, Mr. Atoz. Just how many of you are there?
Space-- the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission-- to explore strange new worlds,
to seek out new life and new civilizations,
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
We came as soon as we knew what was happening.
Forgive me, sir. It is my fault. I must have miscalculated.
Our readings indicated that there was no one here at all.
Of course I know. Everyone on this planet...
was warned of the coming nova long ago.
They followed instructions and are now safe.
- And you had better do the same. - Did you say they were safe?
- Absolutely. Every single one. - Where did they go?
Wherever they wanted to go, of course.
It is strictly up to the individual's choice.
I see.
And you personally sent all these people on the planet to safety?
Yes, yes, yes, they are all gone!
Except you three. Of course, I had to delegate the simple tasks...
to my replicas.
- You are the real one, Mr. Atoz? - [ Tricorder Beeping ]
Of course. I am the real Mr. Atoz.
As a matter of fact, he's quite real, Jim.
Let us take you with us to a place of safety.
No, thank you.
I plan to join my wife and family when the time comes.
Now, don't be concerned about me. Think of yourselves.
I warn you most urgently. Make your escape before it's too late.
The library is at your complete service.
I will gladly supply you with all reference material to help you.
History of the planet is available in every detail.
Just choose what interests you the most.
The millennium, the century, the date, the moment.
- The library is your key. - [ Whirring ]
Oh! It's in the wrong file.
Make your own selection, but remember, you're very late.
We'll choose it as quick as we can.
- How long till nova? - Three hours, 1 3 minutes.
- This gentleman is not-- - Eh, you, sir.
I think you’ll find something interesting over here.
Now, if these won't do, I can bring you another file.
[ Clicking ]
[Machine Humming]
[Humming Continues]
Have you made your selection, sir?
Exactly what is it that I'm expected to select?
I'm sure I was clear. The period in which you're interested.
I see. This is a fascinating machine. What is it?
Ah, this is the atavachron.
[Spock]Interesting nomenclature. How does it work?
- [Spock]May l-- - [Atoz] Oh, no, sir, no.
I must ask you not to touch the controlling mechanism.
Return and make your selection. When you have chosen,
I will prepare you through the atavachron.
Thank you, Mr. Atoz.
[Woman Screaming]
Spock! Bones!
Wait! I haven't prepared you.
[Woman Screaming, Men Laughing]
You must be prepared!
What is this place?
Yes, and where is the captain?
[Woman] I didn't do anything. Let go of me!
[ Crowd Laughing, Woman Screams ]
Vile vixen!
Come when you are bidden, slave!
You need a lesson in how to use your betters.
- Who's your master? - I'm a free man, sir.
Then you want better manners, free man.
Defend yourself!.
[ Crowd Laughing ]
Heating this boulder may provide some temporary heat.
[ Phaser Clicks ]
What's wrong?
Something's preventing my phaser from operating.
[ Laughing ] Oh, thank you, man.
I thought I'd be limbered sure...
when that gull caught me cutting his purse.
What's that? Are you all right?
Oh, I took you to be an angler,
but you're none of us, are ya?
Well, you're a bully fine coe...
- for all of that. - Thank you.
What a handsome dish ya served them, the coxco-- Ooh.
You better come back with me to the library. You'll be safe there.
Dr. McCoy can see to those bruises.
I'm game, love. Lead and I'll follow.
- Where's "library"? - It's right over th--
Where's the captain, Spock? We were right behind him.
What's with ya, man? Let's make off...
before coxcombs come with shoulder clappers.
No, no, come here. Do you remember when you first saw me?
Do you remember whether I came through some kind of door?
Oh, I think the rum gull must've kicked you in the head.
Come on, love. I know a leech who'll ask no questions.
- No. No. It must be here someplace. - [McCoy]Jim!
-Jim, can you hear us? - Bones? Spock?
Captain, we hear you, but we cannot see you.
Are you all right?
- We must've missed each other. - [Spock]Agreed.
Apparently they've all escaped the destruction of their world...
by retreating into its past.
- Mercy on us. It's spirits. - No, no. No, no, no.
These are friends of mine. They're--
[Kirk]Spock, are you in the library?
Indeed not. We're in a wilderness of arctic characteristics.
He means it's cold.
- Can you get to the library? - There is no library, Captain,
at least not that we can see.
-We are at the base of an ice cliff. -Explain.
Just before you disappeared, Captain,
I discovered a machine which Mr. Atoz called the atavachron.
It must have been tied in to the tape viewer somehow.
Opening time portals to the past.
You crossed through into the period which you were viewing.
I was looking over some material about their Ice Age.
I am here, evidently, because I stepped through...
at the same instant as Dr. McCoy.
- Yes. - [Approaching Footsteps]
My friends are coming back with reinforcements.
There's the mort's accomplice. Arrest him.
We are the law, and do require that you yield to us.
- On what charge? - Thievery and purse cutting.
- That is a mistake. I'm no thief. - [McCoy] What’s happening?
- Lord help us. What's that? - It's spirits.
Away. Away, spirit, and let honest men approach.
- Keep talking! - [Spock] Captain!
[Man] They speak at his bidding. Stop his mouth and they'll quiet.
[Spock] You must be close to the portal.
Keep talking now!
- [ Kirk Groans ] -Jim, what's the matter?
Jim sounded like he was in trouble.
We may be in trouble ourselves. We must find shelter.
In this severe cold, we cannot survive much longer.
- Leave me here, Spock. - We go together or not at all.
Don't be a fool!
My hands and face are frostbitten. I can't feel my feet.
Alone you have a chance. Now do what I say. Go try to find Jim.
- We go together. - You stubborn, thickheaded Vulcan!
He's suffering from the severity of your weather.
Unfortunately, he is the doctor, not l.
[ Humming, Buzzing ]
I'll avoid giving him any medication at this time.
Perhaps, if he's kept quiet and warm, he may recover naturally.
It is agreeably warm here.
What are you called?
I'm called Spock.
Even your name is strange. [ Chuckles ]
Forgive me. I've never seen anyone who looks like you.
Why are you here?
- Are you prisoners too? - Prisoners?
This is one of the places Zor Kahn sends people...
when he wants them to disappear.
Didn't you come in through the time portal?
Yes, we came through the time portal, but not as prisoners.
- We were sent here by mistake. - Oh.
The atavachron is far away,
but I think you come from someplace farther than that.
That is true.
I am not from the world you know at all.
My home is a planet millions of light-years away.
Oh, how wonderful! I've always loved books about such possibilities.
[Chuckles]
But they are only stories.
This isn't real.
I-- I must be imagining all this.
[ Gasps ] I'm going mad!
[ Sobbing ]
Listen to me. I am firmly convinced that I do exist.
I am substantial.
You are not imagining this.
Oh, I've--
I've been here for so long, alone.
When I saw you out there, I couldn't believe it.
Is he dying?
Here. There's the mort.
And there's the mort's henchman.
Open up.
Rouse him.
You're the thief who talks to spirits.
No, I'm a stranger here.
Where are you from?
- An island. - What is this island?
It's called Earth.
I know no island Earths. But no matter. Continue.
I never saw that woman before tonight.
When she screamed,
as far as I could tell, she was being attacked.
- You deny being her accomplice? - Yes, I deny it.
I was reading in the library when I heard her scream.
My lord, the library.
Do you remember where the library is, my lord?
Uh, perhaps your part in this is innocent.
I believe you...
- to be an honest man. - He's a witch!
Take care, woman! I am convinced of your guilt.
Do not compound it with false accusation.
He speaks to unseen spirits. He's a witch! You heard the voices!
It's truth, my lord.
I heard the spirit talk to him.
He answered and did call it "Bones."
You're a witch!
He cast a spell. He made me steal against my wish.
Surely you don't believe--
You heard these spirits?
Aye, my lord. I'll witness to it.
What he heard, my lord,
were only my friends behind the wall in the library.
- In the library. The library. - I know nothing of this.
Send for someone learned in witchcraft and let him examine him.
I will have nothing to do with it.
My lord, at least arrange for me to meet Mr. Atoz.
- I know of no Atoz. - Yes! Yes! Atoz!
I know nothing of this, nothing of these matters!
- I will not hear it! - Let me speak to you!
- [Woman] Witch! - At least let me talk to you!
[Door Slams Shut]
Witch!
Witch! Witch!
They'll burn ya.
[ Groans ]
McCoy.
McCoy, wake up.
[ Groans ]
- Who are you? - My name is Zarabeth.
Zarabeth.
Spock, are we in the library?
No, we are still in the Ice Age, but safe for the moment.
Jim. What about Jim?
Doctor, you're in no condition to get up. Lie down and rest.
I shall attempt to find the captain.
Well, you find him, Spock.
Don't you worry about me. You just find him.
Spock...
who is this Jim?
He's our commanding officer and our friend.
I saw only the two of you. I did not know there was another.
He did not come with us. He was sent through the time portal...
to another period in history much later than this one.
If I am to find him,
there is only one possible avenue.
Zarabeth, will you show me where the time portal is?
But your friend-- he is ill.
That is true.
If I leave him, he may never regain the ship.
He would be marooned in this time period.
But he is no longer in danger of death,
so my primary duty to him has been discharged.
And if I remain here,
no one of our party would be able to aid Captain Kirk.
Oh, you make it sound like an equation.
It should be an equation!
I should be able to resolve this problem logically.
Perhaps it has something to do with the atavachron.
If only I knew more about how it worked.
Zarabeth, you said that you were brought here as a prisoner.
- May I ask-- - Why?
My crime was in choosing my kinsmen unwisely.
Two of them were involved in a conspiracy to kill Zor Kahn.
I remember that name from the history tapes in the library.
Zor Kahn the Tyrant.
It was not enough that he execute my kinsmen.
Zor Kahn determined to destroy our entire family.
He used the atavachron to send us places no one could ever find us.
Zarabeth, I must return to Mr. Atoz and the atavachron.
We will carry Dr. McCoy, and you must come with us.
I will send you and the doctor to the ship,
and I shall search for Captain Kirk.
I can't go through the portal again.
If I do, I will die.
You cannot go back?
None of us can go back.
When we come through the portal, we are changed by the atavachron.
That is its function. Our basic cell structure is adjusted...
to the time we enter.
You can't go back. If you go through the portal again,
you will die by the time you reach the other side.
[McCoy]Spock!
Where are we?
You are safe here, McCoy.
Yes, I remember you.
Come, Doctor, back to bed.
Why are you still here, Spock? Why aren't you looking for Jim?
It is impossible to look for him, Doctor. We cannot go back.
What do you mean "impossible"? We've got to get back.
Zarabeth explained it to me.
When we came through the time portal,
it altered our physiological structure.
If we attempt to return to the library, we shall die.
Are you trying to tell me that we're trapped here?
Yes, Doctor, we are trapped.
Just as Jim is trapped wherever he is.
[Kirk] Captain's Log : Star Date 5943.9.
The people of this time believe in witches,
and witchcraft is what I've been accused of.
Five witnesses heard McCoy's voice speak to me...
and thought it was an evil spirit.
From what I know of witchcraft trials, I don't have much chance...
unless I can get to the prosecutor.
No supper for you, love.
Come on.
Up you go.
[Door Opens, Shuts]
Give me your cup.
[ Groaning ]
Cry out and I'll break it.
Don't move.
[Drops Keys]
[Approaching Footsteps]
Jailor!
Jailor!
I'm being falsely accused. You know that.
You will come with me before the inquisitional tribunal.
There the matter of your witchcraft will be decided.
There are no such things as witches!
Jailor! That is sacrilege.
If they hear you, they will burn you for such beliefs.
You're the only one that can hear me, and that's the truth.
There are no witches. Why do you deny it?
Do not let them hear you.
There are witches! There are!
You yourself may be discovered to be a witch by the inquisitor.
- [ Door Rattles ] - No!
What are you doing? No!
[ Screams ] Help!
I'll denounce you to the inquisitor.
You came here from the future Just as I did.
Therefore, you, too, are a witch.
I beg you. Do not implicate me.
- They would burn me. - Then help me.
I will do everything I can to prove you innocent.
I will disprove all the charges of witchcraft.
But you must never again speak to the comrades you left behind.
Help me return to the library. I've lost my way. I must get back there.
- You cannot get back. - I tell you I must!
I had two friends with me, who are lost in another time period.
I must find them. You'll come back with us.
We can never go back.
We must live out our lives here in the past.
The atavachron has prepared our cell structure and our brain patterns...
to make life natural here.
To return to the future would mean instant death.
Prepared? I was not prepared.
Your Mr. Atoz did not prepare me in any way.
Then you must get back at once!
If you were not transformed, you can only survive for a few hours...
here in the past.
Come. Hurry! Hurry!
Zarabeth, you are a beautiful cook.
Have you ever been told that?
- Not recently. - Oh, well, you'll find...
Spock is quite delinquent in those matters.
I hadn't noticed it.
Oh?
Well, now that I'm feeling better,
you'll notice a distinct difference in our approach.
- Really? - It’s something to look forward to.
I think you must be well enough, Doctor,
to try the few delicacies this climate has to offer.
- No, not yet. - At your rate of progress,
it will be soon, I can see.
Dr. McCoy is making excellent progress.
Mr. Spock has been practicing medicine without a license.
Don't let him doctor you. I'm the doctor around here.
And known as the worst patient...
in the entire crew of the Enterprise.
I wonder where she is.
Five thousand years in the future.
Thank you.
I wonder where Jim is.
Who knows.
We can only hope that he is well, wherever he is.
What do you mean, "we can only hope"?
-Haven't you done anything about it? -What was there to do?
Locate the portal. It can't be too far.
We've been through all that, Doctor.
What's the point of rehashing that subject? We can't get back.
- Wasn't that clear to you? - Yes, that was clear to me.
Then perhaps you were too ill to understand...
what "can't get back" means.
I don't believe it, Spock. It’s just not like you...
to give up trying.
Then I'll repeat it for you.
Get this through your head: We can't get back.
That means we are trapped here in this planet's past just as we are,
and we'll stay here for the rest of our lives.
Now do you understand?
Yes, I understand.
I never thought I'd hear it,
but I understand.
You wanna stay here. As a matter of fact,
you're highly motivated to stay in this forsaken waste.
The prospect appeared quite attractive to you a moment ago.
You listen to me, you pointed-eared Vulcan.
I don't like that. I don't think I ever did, and now I'm sure.
What's happening to you, Spock?
Nothing that shouldn't have happened long ago.
Long ago.
Of course.
Long ago.
This is where it is. I can't remember the exact spot.
That's it! That is the portal.
I cannot wait any longer.
Spock? McCoy?
- Kirk to Enterprise. Come in. - Scott here, Captain.
How much time before the sun blows up?
Seventeen minutes. You three had better come back right away.
We can't, Scotty. Spock and McCoy are missing.
I knew there was trouble. I got a landing party standing by.
No. Under no circumstances send anyone else here without my orders.
Prepare to warp out and stand by.
Kirk out.
- [Atavachron Humming] - Mr. Atoz, where are you?
May I help you? It’s you.
You're lucky you found your way back here.
Now let me process you through the atava--
No. Mr. Atoz, my friends and I are from another planet.
We don't belong in your history. We don't belong on your planet.
Just let me take care of you and get you back where you belong.
No. I want to find the exact disk that they were viewing.
- Please, go back! Please! - I'm sorry, Mr. Atoz. Mr. Atoz.
- I must prepare to escape. - [ Door Hums ]
I'll let you out in a minute.
Still up to your little game of replicas?
Which are you this time, real or not?
[Atavachron Still Humming]
You are evidently a suicidal maniac.
I don’t understand what you're trying to do,
but if you continue, both of us will die.
I, for one, do not wish death.
If you help me, we won't die. I promise you that.
- I don't trust you. - Which one are you now,
- the replica or the real one? - I am the real Atoz.
You've done away with my replicas.
I regret what I must now do.
You don't really want to hurt me, do you?
You've been trying to save my life. I realize that.
Put that thing away. [ Groans ]
I cannot pretend to be sorry that you are here,
though I realize it is a misfortune for you.
I'm here against my will too, Just as you are.
I'm sorry.
I know of no way to return you...
toy our own time.
It's not that I wish to return.
This is my time now. I've had to face that.
But it has been lonely here.
Do you know what it's like to be alone? Really alone?
Yes. I know what it is like.
I believe you do.
Have something to eat, please.
If it pleases you.
This is animal flesh?
There's not much else to eat around here, I'm afraid.
Naturally, because of the climate.
[ Sighs ]
What is the source of heat in the shelter?
- An underground hot spring. - Excellent.
Then it will be possible to build a greenhouse of sorts.
Meanwhile, this will have to do as the only source of nourishment.
There aren't many luxuries around here.
Zor Kahn only left me what was necessary to survive.
But he evidently intended that you continue living.
Yes. He gave me weapons, a shelter, food.
Everything I needed to live...
except companionship.
He did not want it said that he had me killed.
But to send me here alone-- If that is not death, what is?
A very inventive mind, that man.
But insensitive.
To send such a beautiful woman into exile.
The cold must've affected me more than I realized.
Please pay no attention. I'm not myself.
I'm behaving disgracefully.
I have eaten animal flesh and I've enjoyed it.
What is wrong with me?
I tell you you're beautiful.
But you are beautiful.
Is it so wrong to tell you so?
[ Sighs ] I have longed to hear you say it.
[ Sighs ] You are beautiful.
More beautiful than any dream of beauty I've ever known.
Just stay where you are, sir. I'll see you get to safety.
[ Both Groaning ]
[ Groaning ]
Now, you're gonna help me look for my friends.
- You're a most determined man. - [Communicator Beeping]
- Kirk here. - [ Scotty ] What's happening?
- Why are you waiting? - No time to explain.
Are you ready to warp out?
- Aye, Captain. - Stand by to beam us up.
But when that star explodes, don't wait. Get out fast. Kirk out.
- Now we're gonna start looking. - [ Groans ]
They were in a frozen waste. I could hear the wind.
[ Groans ] All right. All right!
It must be the Sarpeidon Ice Age, 5,000 years ago.
- Let me look. - We'll both look, Mr. Atoz.
Spock.
You've been dishonest with me, Spock,
and that is also something new for you.
I've given you the facts, Doctor.
The facts as you know them. Or did you just accept...
Zarabeth's word because it's what you wanted to believe?
You were told the truth.
If Zarabeth is the source, what difference does it make?
Zarabeth is condemned to a terrible life of loneliness.
She would do anything to anybody to change that.
- Wouldn't you, Zarabeth? - I told you what I know.
Did you? You said we can't get back.
The truth is you can't get back.
She would not jeopardize other lives.
She would do anything to prevent that life of loneliness.
She would lie. She would cheat. She would even murder me,
the captain, the entire crew of the Enterprise...
to keep you here with her.
Go ahead, Zarabeth, tell Spock the truth.
Go ahead.
- Tell Spock you'd kill-- - What are you doing to her?
Are you trying to kill me, Spock?
Is that what you really want?
Think.
What are you feeling? Rage? Jealousy?
Have you ever had those feelings before?
This is impossible.
Impossible.
I am a Vulcan.
The Vulcan you knew won't exist for another 5,000 years.
Think, man. What's happening on your planet right now...
at this very moment?
My ancestors are barbarians, warlike barbarians.
Who nearly killed themselves off with their own passions.
Spock, you're reverting into your ancestors...
5,000 years before you were born!
I've lost myself. [ Sighs ]
I do not know who I am.
Can we go back?
I don't know.
I only know that I can't go back.
I know I'm gonna try, Spock.
Because my life is back there, and I want that life.
- Do you think that's the right one? - [Kirk]I don’t know.
If we’re to get the portal set for the proper time period,
- you must be specific. - I didn't see it.
Try calling out.
Bones.
Spock! McCoy!
- You've got the wrong one. - Please, there's no time left.
- Let me go. - Try again.
- [ Sighs ] - [ Whirring ]
There's no portal here, Doctor. It's hopeless.
I suppose you're right.
You're too ill to remain out here any longer. Give it up.
- [ Sighs ] - [ Whirring ]
Bones. Spock!
It’s Jim! Here we are, Jim.
We found 'em. Can you still hear me?
[Spock] We hear you perfectly, Captain.
Follow my voice.
Spock. McCoy. Follow my voice.
Do you hear me? Keep following my voice. Spock. McCoy.
- This must be it. - What are you waiting for? Hurry!
Come on, Spock.
You start ahead, Doctor.
I do not wish to part from you.
I cannot come.
If I go back, I will die.
- What are you waiting for? Hurry! - How much time do we have?
- Scotty, how much time is there? - You've got to come aboard now.
Come on, Spock. Now!
Something's wrong.
What's the matter? Why can't he get through?
I don't know, unless it's because...
they originally went through the portal together.
Spock, McCoy, you can't get through...
unless you both come back at the same time.
- Scotty. - [ Scott ] Orders or no,
- I'm beaming you up first. - No! Wait!
[Kirk]Spock, McCoy, hurry through the portal. Time is running out.
[ Whirring ]
He had his escape planned. I'm glad he made it.
[ Communicator Chirps ]
Kirk to Enterprise.
There's no further need to observe me, Doctor.
As you can see, I've returned to the present in every sense.
But it did happen, Spock.
Yes, it happened.
But that was 5,000 years ago.
And she is dead now.
Dead and buried.
Long ago.
- Scotty, are you there? - [ Scott ] Now or never, Captain.
Beam us aboard and go to maximum warp as soon as we're there.
Kirk out.





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TRIVIA

Episode 79. All Our Yesterdays


Spock tells Zarabeth he came from a world "millions of light-years away." The galaxy is only about 100,000 light-years away - the area the Federation has explored even smaller
  
When Spock and McCoy first arrive in the frozen tundra, Spock attempts to use his phaser. It doesn't work and Spock blames the temperature. Yet, in "The Enemy Within," Sulu uses his phaser in 70 below zero temperatures.
  

Amazingly, this is the only episode of the classic series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Star Trek: Enterprise" to feature no scenes aboard the starship. The only other episode that can make that claim in the "Star Trek: The Animated Series" episode "The Slaver Weapon", which does not feature the Enterprise at all.

The name of the librarian Mr. Atoz is a play on the phrase "A to Z".
23 of 24 (Trivia Rating)

This is the only episode of Star Trek (1966) not to feature any no scenes set aboard the Enterprise.
20 of 21 (Trivia Rating)

There were two highly successful sequel books, "Yesterday's Son" and "Time for Yesterday", both by A.C. Crispin.
17 of 18 (Trivia Rating)

The title is taken from "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, Act 5, Scene 5: The title character speaks "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, / Creeps in this petty pace from day to day / To the last syllable of recorded time, / And all our yesterdays have lighted fools / The way to dusty death."
15 of 16 (Trivia Rating)

The name of the device, the Atavachron, is quite a descriptive one. "Atavus" is Latin for "... (an) ancestor or ancestral type from which a character is assumed to be inherited", and "chron" is Latin for time, so, in essence, an Atavachron is a device which can send you to an ancestral place, of any time period.
7 of 7 (Trivia Rating)

Scotty's voice is heard over a communicator, but he is never seen in this episode.
12 of 14 (Trivia Rating)

The Atavachron computer used by Mr. Atoz is the same one as used by Gary Seven in Star Trek: Assignment: Earth (1968).
9 of 10 (Trivia Rating)

The same wallpaper-like patterned artwork that was defiled in Star Trek: The Cloud Minders (1969) appears here on a smaller canvas hanging in the library behind Kirk when he twists Mr. Atoz's arm to find Spock and McCoy.
12 of 15 (Trivia Rating)

Because of censors, Mariette Hartley was not allowed to show her belly button in this episode. However, Gene Roddenberry got even: he had her show two belly buttons in Genesis II (1973).
3 of 4 (Trivia Rating)

This episode takes place in 2269, the 17th Century and circa 2700 BC.


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Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 78. The Savage Curtain




 

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)


Episode 78. The Savage Curtain


Story, Script & Trivia




STAR TREK

Episode 78. The Savage Curtain



Season:    3
Air Date:    1969-03-07
Stardate:    5906.4
Writer:    Arthur Heinemann, Gene Roddenberry
Story:    Gene Roddenberry
Director:    Herschel Daugherty
Guests:    Barry Atwater (Surak), Phillip Pine (Col. Green), Arell Blanton (Chief Security Guard), Carol Daniels DeMent (Zora), Robert Herron (Kahless), Nathan Jung (Ghengis Khan), Lee Bergere (Lincoln), Janos Prohaska (Yarnek), Bart LaRue, Lt. Arell Blanton

While scanning planet Excalbia, Spock detects strange readings which seem to indicate the presence of carbon cycle life forms. Because of the planet's molten surface, the reading are discarded as impossible until the Enterprise is scanned from the planet. The subsequent appearance of Abraham Lincoln on the viewing screen and his transportation to the Enterprise demonstrate that whatever intelligence resides on the planet has the ability to read minds and manipulate matter. Kirk orders full honors and courtesy be extended to their guest (including Lt. Dickerson and his security detachment). Shortly before beaming Lincoln aboard, Spock reports that sensors showing an object resembling living rock with claws at the same position.

On board, Lincoln appears to be human with knowledge of technology from the mid 1800's, but is strangely also aware of the Vulcan philosophy of Nom (meaning all). When Kirk accepts Lincoln's invitation for Spock and him to beam down to the newly-created patch of Earth-type environment on the planet (over McCoy and Scotty's strong objections), they encounter Surak, the father of Vulcan civilization. A piece of rock suddenly becomes animated and informs them that the inhabitants of the planet are conducting an experiment to discover which of the opposing human philosophies is stronger: good or evil. The inhabitants of Excalbia will witness the "drama," as will the crew of the Enterprise. In this first experiment, the goal will be a simple one: survival.

To carry out their experiment, the rock creatures pit Lincoln, Surak, Kirk, and Spock (whose phasers and tricorders failed to beam down with them) against Genghis Khan, Colonel Green (who led a genocidal war in the early 21st Century), Zora (who experimented with the body chemistry of subject tribes on Tiburon), and Kahless the Klingon (who set the pattern for the Klingon Empire's tyrannies) in a battle to the death. Col. Green (who was notorious for attacking his enemies while in the midst of negotiations) begins the conflict by pretending to call a truce with Kirk while his associates prepare to attack. However, after fending off the attack, Kirk does not wish to begin hostilities. As incentive to fight, the Enterprise is rigged to blow up if Kirk cannot succeed within four hours. Kirk begins making tactics (and Lincoln compares his leadership qualities to those of Ulysses S. Grant), but Spock and Surak refuse to cooperate and Surak seeks out the other group to negotiate.

Green appears to parlay with Surak, but sends his associates to sneak up on him. They then attempt to trick Kirk's party into rescuing him when he (apparently) screams out in pain. Lincoln attempts to sneak into Green's camp, but this action had been expected. As he discovers that Surak is already dead, Lincoln is speared from behind. Col. Green's party then attacks Spock and Kirk. Spock kills Col. Green and the others are forced to flee. The rock creatures discover that evil is defeated when directly confronted by good, and Spock, Kirk, and the Enterprise are released.





SCRIPT

(Transcript)

All observation stations, take final readings.
This will be our last orbit.
Spock, any answers?
I still read a suggestion...
of carbon cycle life-forms on the planet surface, Captain.
Which is scientifically impossible...
- under conditions there. - Agreed.
Mr. Sulu, switch to the planet area I have under observation.
Reading it now, Mr. Spock.
It seems to indicate artificial power being generated...
in factor seven quantities.
Which would indicate a considerable civilization there.
What's all this poppycock about life-forms on this planet, Spock?
The surface is molten lava. The atmosphere is poisonous.
Our readings could be false, perhaps caused by some natural phenomena.
I think Starfleet should forget about those old space legends.
There's no intelligent life here.
Lieutenant, anything from the planet?
I repeatedly tried on every hailing frequency, sir.
There's no response on any channel.
Transmit to Starfleet...
our sensor readings and log entries on the planet.
Surface conditions make it impossible...
for us to beam down and investigate further.
We are going on to our next assignment.
- Aye, aye, sir. - Completing final orbit, sir.
- Prepare to warp us out. - [ Beeping ]
- Alert status! - We're being scanned, Captain.
A deep probe, incredibly swift.
Jim!
Captain Kirk, I believe.
A pleasure to make your acquaintance.
- Uhura-- - No need...
to check your voice telegraph device.
Do I gather that you recognize me?
I recognize what you appear to be.
And appearances can be most deceiving,
but not in this case, James Kirk.
I am Abraham Lincoln.
Space-- the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission-- to explore strange new worlds,
to seek out new life and new civilizations,
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Spock.
Fascinating.
I have been described in many ways, Mr. Spock,
- but never with that word. - I was requesting your analysis.
They did scan us and our vessel, Captain,
and doubtless obtained sufficient information...
- to present this illusion. - Illusion?
Captain, will you permit me to come aboard your vessel?
No doubt you have devices which can check my reality.
We'd be honored to have you aboard, Mr. President.
Do you still measure time in minutes?
We can convert to it, sir.
Then you should be directly over my position in--
There! Exactly twelve and one half minutes.
Until then, Captain.
Thank you, Mr. Mulney.
Small change occurring there, Captain.
- Magnification four, helm. - Aye, aye, sir.
An area of approximately 1 ,000 square kilometers.
It measures completely earth-like.
-Perfect oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere. -He called it to the second.
We'll be over it in exactly 1 2 minutes now.
Security, send a detachment...
to the transporter room immediately, phaser side arms,
and be prepared to give presidential honors.
Jim, do you really believe he's Abraham Lincoln?
It's obvious he believes it.
Dr. McCoy, Mr. Spock, full dress uniforms.
Full dress? Presidential honors?
What is this nonsense, Mr. Dickerson?
I understand President Lincoln's coming aboard, sir.
Are you daft, man?
All I know is what the captain tells me.
He says he'll have the hide of the first man that so much as smiles.
I'd have expected sanity from the ship's surgeon, at least!
President Lincoln, indeed!
No doubt to be followed by Louis of France and Robert the Bruce.
If so, we'll execute appropriate honors to each, Mr. Scott.
- Aye, sir. - Gentlemen, I don't for a moment...
believe that President Lincoln is actually coming aboard,
but we're dealing with an unknown and highly advanced life-form.
Until we know, when in Rome, we'll do as the Romans do.
[Hailing Signal]
Bridge to Transporter Room. One minute to overhead position.
- Locked on to something. - [ Transporter Beeping ]
Does that appear human to you, Mr. Spock?
Fascinating. For a moment, it appeared almost mineral.
Like living rock with heavy fore claws.
It’s settling down now to completely human readings.
We can beam it aboard anytime now, sir.
Dr. McCoy, take tricorder readings...
and see if it is human.
Appropriate ruffles and flourishes, Mr. Spock.
Security, stand ready.
Phaser team, set and ready for a heavy stun.
[ Transporter Beeping ]
- Band honors ready, Captain. - Energize.
[Transporter Humming]
"[Drum roll]
"[Drum Cadence]
"[Continues]
" [ Blowing Whistle ]
"[Drum roll Resumes]
"[Band Playing]
The U.S.S. Enterprise is honored to have you aboard, Mr. President.
"[Band Continues]
Strange. Where are the musicians?
That's taped music, sir.
A starship on active duty never carries an honor detachment.
"Taped music," you say?
Well, perhaps Mr. Spock will be good enough to explain that to me later.
A most interesting way to come aboard, Captain.
What was the device used?
An energy-matter scrambler, sir.
The molecules in your body are converted into energy,
then beamed into this chamber...
and reconverted back into their original pattern.
Well, since I'm obviously here,
- and quite whole, - [ Chuckles ]
whatever you mean apparently works very well indeed.
Ye gentlemen, if those are weapons, please lower them.
At my age, I'm afraid I'm not very dangerous.
Human, Jim.
All too human, Dr. McCoy. Happy to make your acquaintance.
Mr. President,
may I present my officers:
Commander Spock, second in command,
Engineering Officer Scott and Security Officer Dickerson.
Mr. Spock, Mr. Scott, Mr. Dickerson.
Gentlemen, I hope to talk to each of you.
But, meanwhile, your captain is consumed with questions...
and I shall do my utmost to answer them.
I trust your duties will permit time to answer some of mine.
At your service, Captain.
Lieutenant Dickerson, you and your men may return to quarters.
Mr. President.
A most interesting vessel.
Just what was it you locked onto before you beamed him aboard?
You heard Mr. Spock yourself.
Mineral he called it, like living rock.
- And that became Lincoln? - I couldn't tell.
May have been another figure down there standing by.
What do you make of it?
I'm not quite sure.
Captain's Log : Star date 5906.4.
Who or what has been beamed aboard our vessel?
An alien who has changed himself into this form? An illusion?
I cannot conceive it possible that Abraham Lincoln...
could have actually been reincarnated.
And yet his kindness, his gentle wisdom, his humor,
everything about him is so right.
Yes, if I recall, your Union Army observation balloons...
were tendered 600 or so feet high.
We're 643 miles above the surface of this planet.
You can measure great distances that closely?
We do, sir.
643 miles, 2,02 1 feet,
2.04 inches at this moment,
using your old-style measurements.
Bless me!
- Excuse me, Captain Kirk. - Yes, Lieutenant.
- Mr. Scott-- - What a charming Negress.
Oh, forgive me, my dear.
I know in my time some used that term as a description of property.
But why should I object to that term, sir?
In our century, we've learned not to fear words.
May I present our communications officer, Lieutenant Uhura.
The foolishness of my century...
had me apologizing where no offense was given.
We've each learned to be delighted with what we are.
The Vulcan’s learned that centuries before we did.
It is basic to the Vulcan philosophy, sir.
The combination of a number of things...
- to make existence worthwhile. - Yes.
Philosophy of "Nome," meaning all.
How did I know that?
Just as I seem to know that on the planet surface...
you will meet one of the greatest living Vulcan’s...
in the history of your planet.
My mind cannot recall his name,
but I know he will be there.
What is it that powers your vessel, Captain?
- May I see your engine room? - Certainly.
- Our engineering officer-- - Has been waiting...
in the briefing room for you, sir, for over two hours.
Oh, dear.
If you’ll forgive me, our communications officer--
I would be delighted to have her as guide.
Forgive me again. We'll rejoin you shortly.
Where the devil are they?
Probably looking up haggis in the galley.
- They've been everywhere else. - Sorry to have been delayed.
Jim, I would be the last to advise you on your command image.
- I doubt that, Bones, but continue. - Do I have to lay it out?
Practically the entire crew has seen you...
treat this impostor like the real thing...
when he can’t possibly be the real article.
Lincoln died three centuries ago hundreds of light-years away.
More that direction, Engineer.
You're the science officer. Why aren't you,
well, doing whatever a science officer does at a time like this?
I am, Doctor. I am observing the alien.
Well, at last! At least somebody agrees he's an alien.
- Yes, of course, he's an alien. - He's potentially dangerous.
Mad! Loony as an Arcturian dog bird!
Gentlemen, as you know,
Mr. Spock and I have been invited...
to beam down to the planet surface with him.
- Any comments on that? - Yes, a big one.
Suddenly, miraculously, we see a small spot...
of earth-type environment down there.
Now is it really there, or do we Just think we see it down there?
You might beam down into a sea of molten lava.
But why would he want to kill only two of us?
It would be illogical. With such abilities,
they could as easily trick us into destroying the entire vessel.
Are you implying, Mr. Spock,
that it's probably safe to beam down there?
No, I'm not, Doctor.
There's no doubt they want us down there for some hidden purpose.
Otherwise, they would have revealed some logical reason for all of this.
Why Lincoln, Spock?
Any speculation on that?
Speculation is unnecessary, Captain. The answer is clear.
President Lincoln has always been a very personal hero to you.
What better way to titillate your curiosity...
than to make him come alive for you.
Not only to me, Spock.
Agreed. I, too, experienced his charm.
It is a magnificent work of duplication.
But he holds a special involvement to you, Jim.
I think it's interesting, inasmuch as you're the one...
who's gonna make the decision whether to beam down or not.
Don't do it, Captain.
The very reason for the existence of our starships...
is contact with other life.
Although the method is beyond our comprehension,
we have been offered contact.
Therefore, I shall beam down.
Mr. Spock, as for you--
Captain, since I was included in the invitation,
I must beam down with you.
- You're both out of your heads! - Aye, sir.
And you're on the edge of insubordination!
Would I be on the edge of insubordination...
to remind the captain this smells of something happening to him...
that I might not be able to patch together again?
Aye!
Gentlemen, your concern is noted and appreciated.
Mr. Spock, standard dress, tricorders and phasers.
We will guide President Lincoln to the transporter room.
We'll beam down immediately.
Standing by, Mr. Scott.
Transporter Room to Bridge. Standing by.
[Chekov] We are now locked in synchronous orbit.
Sensors continue to show the area...
as completely earth-like in all respects.
If they’re wrong and they do beam into a pool of lava--
Then they're dead men. I could not pull them back in time.
All right, Mr. Scott, energize.
[Transporter Humming]
Scotty.
[Wind Blowing]
[Spock] Captain.
Our phasers and tricorders did not beam down with us.
- [ Communicators Chirping ] - Kirk to Enterprise. Enterprise?
Enterprise, come in. Kirk to Enterprise.
Enterprise, come in!
Undamaged, yet something is preventing them from functioning.
Come in, Landing Party. Report.
Enterprise to Captain Kirk. Can you read us?
If they’re all right, they should've reported in.
- Your explanation, sir? - Well, I have none.
To me this seems quite as it should be.
Why were our weapons taken? Why can't we communicate with our ship?
Please, believe me. I know nothing other than what I already told you.
The game is over! We've treated you with courtesy.
We've gone along with what and who you think you are.
Despite the seeming contradictions, all is as it appears to be.
I am Abraham Lincoln.
Just a slam whom I appear to be.
- Surak. - Who?
The greatest of all who ever lived on our planet, Captain.
The father of all we became.
- [Alarm Sounding] - All ship systems going dead.
Switch to reserve power. All decks report status.
All decks report status. All decks report status.
Bridge to Engineering. Come in. What's happening to our power?
Bridge to Engineering. Report!
Everything's out. We've switched to reserve power.
We've lost all power in the warp engines.
How is it, Mr. Sulu?
No answer yet on what caused it. They're standing by.
Shut down all but the most necessary systems.
No damage report, Mr. Scott.
[ Engineering ] No indication of engine damage, sir.
- Engage restart cycle. - I can't. I don't understand it.
- Start emergency procedures. - Aye, aye, sir.
Live long and prosper, Spock.
May you also, Captain Kirk.
It is not logical that you are Surak.
There is no fact, extrapolation of fact or theory...
- which would make possible-- - Whatever I am,
would it harm you to give response?
Live long and prosper, image of Surak,
father of all we now hold true.
The, uh, "image of Surak"...
read in your face what is in your mind, Spock.
As I turned and my eyes beheld you,
I displayed emotion.
I beg forgiveness.
The cause was more than sufficient.
Let us speak no further of it.
In my time, we knew not of Earth men.
I am pleased to see that we have differences.
May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.
Spock, we'll not go along with these charades any longer.
[Rumbling, Sizzling]
You'll have an answer soon, Captain.
Our world is called Excalbia.
Countless who live on that planet are watching.
Before this drama unfolds, we give welcome...
to the ones named Kirk and Spock.
We know nothing of your world...
or your customs.
What do you mean, "drama about to unfold"?
You're intelligent life-form, but I'm surprised...
you do not perceive the honor we do you.
Have we not created in this place on our planet...
a stage identical to your own world?
We perceive we were invited to come here, and we came in friendship.
And you have deprived us of our instruments to examine your world,
to defend ourselves, to communicate with our vessel.
Your objection is well taken.
We shall communicate with your vessel so your fellow life-forms...
may also enjoy and profit... from the play.
Behold!
[ Clicks Fore claws ]
Captain, Mr. Spock,
some of these you may know through history.
Genghis Khan, for one.
Colonel Green led a genocidal war early in the 21st century on Earth.
Zora, who experimented with the body chemistry...
of subject tribes on Tiburon.
Kahless the Unforgettable--
the Klingon who set the pattern for his planet's tyrannies.
We welcome the vessel Enterprise...
to our solar system and to our spectacle.
At least the captain and Spock are safe.
It's a confrontation of some sort.
Those are all figures out of history, notoriously evil.
[Rock] We ask you to observe with us...
the confrontation of the two opposing philosophies...
you term good and evil.
Since this is our first experiment with Earthlings,
our theme is a simple one. Survival, life and death.
Your philosophies are alien to us,
and we wish to understand them and discover...
which is the stronger.
We learn by observing such spectacles.
What do you mean, "survival"?
The word is explicit.
If you and Spock survive, you return to your vessel.
If you do not...
your existence is ended.
Can we beam the captain and Spock back up?
We don't have the power. They'll come aboard a mass of dying flesh.
Well, can we send the phasers down?
There's nothing we can do. Nothing but watch them.
He's skimmed the worst ones in history to face them.
But they're not real, any more than that Lincoln or Surak.
- What do the sensors read? - As life-forms.
They are living beings.
Could they be aliens projecting an illusion?
The readings are those of humanoids.
[Rock] Why do you hesitate?
Do you wish further clarification?
Your choice of action is unlimited, as is your choice of weapons.
Should you wish to use any, you may fabricate anything you desire...
out of what you can find around you.
Captain?
Mr. Spock and I refuse to participate.
You will decide otherwise.
[Rock Sizzling]
Analysis, Spock. Why do they want us to fight?
It may be exactly as explained, Captain.
Our concept of good and evil is strange to them.
Perhaps they wish to determine which is strongest.
And they'll get their answers if it kills us.
I'm afraid none of us may leave, gentlemen,
until we do what it demands of us.
Captain Kirk, may I speak with you?
I quite agree with your attitude toward this charade.
It's ridiculous to think that we should take part in it.
What do you want?
The same thing as you do-- to get out of here.
I have no quarrel with you any more than you have with me.
You're somewhat different...
than the way history paints you, Colonel Green.
History tends to exaggerate.
I suggest we call a halt to this at once...
and see if we can't find some way out of our difficulties.
My associates are in full agreement with me.
Captain...
you were tricked into coming here, weren't you?
So were we all.
Where do you come from?
I can't remember.
Isn't that strange?
My memory used to be quite remarkable.
Well, wherever it was, I want to get back.
So it seems to me, Captain, that we have a common cause,
and our enemy is that creature.
What do you propose?
[Green] That we combine forces, and reason some way to overcome it.
You were notorious, Colonel Green, for striking...
at your enemies in the midst of negotiating with them.
[Green]But that was centuries ago, Captain,
and not altogether true.
There is much I would change now if I could.
Don't let prejudice and rumors way you.
Captain! How can we warn him?
Anyone hurt?
I fear my clothing is somewhat damaged,
but how delightful to discover at my age that I can still wrestle.
- Mr. Spock? - I'm all right, Captain.
However, I suggest that we prepare ourselves for another attack.
No, I think Colonel Green is right.
That rock-like thing is our enemy,
- not those illusions. - For an illusion,
my opponent carried a considerable punch.
Oh, I forgot.
You consider me an illusion too.
The captain speaks wisely. Those four are not our enemy.
We should arrive together at a peaceful settlement.
[Rock] lam disappointed.
You display no interest in the honor we do you.
We offer you an opportunity to become our teachers...
by demonstrating whether good or evil is more powerful.
[ Sizzling, Gasps ]
You find my body heat distressing, Captain?
You forget the nature of this planet.
I must conclude that your species requires a cause to fight for.
You may now communicate with your ship.
- [ Communicator Chirps ] - Kirk to Enterprise.
Enterprise, come in.
Scott to Engineering. Report, Lieutenant.
Emergency increasing, sir. Deterioration has started, sir.
Give me that again, man. I cannot hear you.
Mr. Scott, I have the captain.
- Scotty, do you read me? - Mr. Scott, I have the captain.
Engineering, check for radiation.
- Get a repair crew on it at once. - I have already, sir.
- We can't seem to stop it. - Is there a danger of detonation?
- Estimating four hours, sir. - Red alert, Captain.
- Mr. Scott is standing by. - What caused the red alert?
- I don't know yet, sir. - Captain!
- Scotty, beam us up fast. - I cannot.
We have a complete power failure. We're on emergency battery power.
- What happened? - I can't explain it, sir,
but the matter and antimatter are in red zone proximity.
- What caused that? - There's no knowing...
and there's no stopping it either.
The shielding is breaking down,
and I estimate four hours before it goes completely.
Four hours before the ship blows up.
The estimate is quite correct.
Your ship will blow itself to bits within four hours...
unless you defeat the others before then.
Is that cause enough to fight for?
What if they defeat us?
To save your ship and your crew, you have to win.
Scotty, inform Starfleet Command.
Disengage nacelles, Jettison if possible.
Mr. Spock, assist them. Advise and analyze.
- [ Communicator Chirps ] - Scotty! Scotty!
Your communicators no longer function, Captain.
You may proceed with the spectacle.
James, the war is forced upon us.
History repeats itself.
Supplemental Log : Star date 5906.5.
Engineer Scott reporting.
The Enterprise is doomed to explode in two hours...
if Captain Kirk is defeated by the enemy on the surface of the planet.
The enormous power of the Enterprise has been neutralized...
and we sit here watching, unable to assist.
- Did you set the traps? - Yes.
What'd you find out? What are they doing?
They've done nothing. They've not armed themselves...
nor prepared for any kind of defense.
I say attack now and finish them.
- With what? These? - Better than what they have.
No, it's not advantage enough.
I want to make sure the odds are in our favor.
Overwhelm and devastate-- that's the way to get power...
and to hold it, and I mean to do that.
There's nothing immoral about fighting an illusion, Mr. Spock.
We play their game-- fight, or lose the ship and all the crewmen aboard.
And if they’re real, Captain?
We'll use this...
as a base.
It's defensible.
They can't approach without being seen.
- Are we fighting a defensive war? - No, we don't have time.
But if things go against us, I want a place to retreat.
What I want to do now is scout them out,
find their weaknesses and attack.
- Mmm. Do you drink whiskey? - Occasionally. Why?
Because you have qualities very much like those of another man...
I admire greatly-- General Grant.
Thank y--
[ Chuckles ] Thank you.
Mr. Spock, we'll need weapons. The ancient Vulcan’s...
- made something like a boomerang? - Yes, Captain.
And slings and spears. Slings.
Mr. President, you used a sling as a boy.
- Indeed, I did. - [Spock] Captain.
Logic dictates that we consider another course.
We don't have much time, Spock.
In my time on Vulcan, we also faced these same alternatives.
We'd suffered devastating wars...
which nearly destroyed our planet.
Another was about to begin.
We were torn.
But out of our suffering some of us found the discipline to act.
We sent emissaries to our opponents to propose peace.
The first were killed, but others followed.
Ultimately, we achieved peace, which has lasted since then.
Circumstances were different then, Surak.
The face of war has never changed, Captain.
Surely it is more logical to heal than kill.
I'm afraid that kind of logic doesn't apply here.
That is precisely why we should not fight.
My ship is at stake!
I will not harm others, Captain.
His convictions are most profound in this matter.
So are mine, Spock.
If I believed there was a peaceful way out of this--
The risk will be mine alone.
If I fail, you lose nothing.
After all, I'm no warrior.
The captain knows that I have fought at his side before...
and will do so now, if need be.
However, l, too, am a Vulcan, bred to peace.
Let him attempt it.
You saw how treacherously they acted.
Oh, yes.
But perhaps it's our belief in peace...
that is actually being tested.
Hmm.
I have no authority over you. You may do as you think best.
[ Sighs ] Thank you.
May you live long and prosper.
The weapons, gentlemen.
In case he fails.
Colonel!
No!
Let's hear what he has to say. We may find it useful.
Stop there, Vulcan. State your purpose.
- I come in peace to propose peace. - Are you surrendering?
I'm doing what I consider best for all of us.
If you choose to regard that as surrender,
I accept your definition.
One of those peace lovers, Colonel.
Why are you doing this? Do you speak for the others?
No, I speak for myself because I abhor violence.
But if you accept the solution I offer, they, too, will accept it.
How can I be sure? I think you’re trying to trick me, Vulcan.
I think that while you're here talking peace,
the others are preparing to attack.
No, Colonel. They are at their base awaiting an answer.
How can I believe that?
No one talks peace unless he's ready to back it up with war.
He talks peace if it is the only way to live.
Then tell me, what do you have to gain if we accept?
Nothing but the knowledge that I have done what I believe in.
And what do I get out of it?
I fight for gain, Vulcan. What do I gain here?
Your life and the lives of the others.
You said yourself, Colonel, that we have common cause-- to survive.
Together we can. But not by warring.
- Why don't we kill him? - No!
He's our means to finish them all!
Colonel, surely you accept the logic of this.
- What is your answer? - You are very persuasive, Vulcan.
I'd like to come out of this with a whole skin.
Perhaps I can convince my associates...
that it would be to their advantage also.
Your Surak is a brave man.
Men of peace usually are, Captain.
On Vulcan, he is revered as the father of our civilization.
The father image holds much meaning for us.
You show emotion, Spock?
I deeply respect what he has accomplished.
[Kirk]I hope he accomplishes something here, and soon.
- [Man Screaming] - Surak?
[Surak] Help me, Spock!
[Surak] Spock, help me!
[Green]Mr. Spock, your friend wants you.
He seems to be hurt.
[Surak] Spock! Help me, Spock!
Spock! Help me!
[Green] You can't let him suffer.
They're trying to goad us into attacking, Captain.
They expect us to act rashly.
- Yes, I know that. - Help me, Spock!
He was aware of what might happen when he went.
- [Screaming] - I should never have let him go.
You had no choice, Captain.
[Screaming]
- You could not have stopped him. - How can you ignore that?
A Vulcan would not cry out so.
Whether he's a Vulcan or not, he's in agony.
I am not insensitive to it, Captain.
Help me, Spock!
But you can just listen to it and do nothing.
- [Screaming] - I can't.
Captain, that is what they are waiting for.
They're waiting for us to attempt a rescue.
I can’t just let him stay there.
Perhaps we can rescue him, Mr. Spock.
Now, I suggest that we do whatever they want.
Do what they want, sir?
Not the way they want it, however.
We must first convince them...
that they have provoked us to recklessness.
James, I do not mean to presume upon your authority.
What I propose is that I circle around to their rear...
while you two provide a frontal assault.
It should be sufficiently violent to cover whatever I do.
- And what will you do? - Slip into their camp and free him.
- No. -James, James.
Remember, I was something of a backwoodsman.
I doubt that you could do what I was bred to.
I can't let you risk it, Mr. President.
I am no longer president. Mr. Spock, any comment?
[Surak] Help me, Spock!
- No, sir. - One matter further, gentlemen.
We fight on their level.
With trickery, brutality, finality.
We match their evil.
I know, James. I was reputed to be a gentle man.
But I was commander in chief...
during the four bloodiest years of my country's history.
I gave orders that sent...
a hundred thousand men to their death...
at the hands of their brothers.
[ Sighs ]
There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy.
There is nothing good in war except its ending.
[ Sighs ]
And you are fighting for the lives of your crew.
Your campaign, Mr. President.
They should be coming soon.
Zora! Kahless! No, wait!
- How many did you see? - Two.
Zora.
Surak.
Surak, the others have drawn them away.
We will circle around.
It was a worthy effort, Surak. Worthy.
No need to blame yourself before its failure.
[ Surak's Voice ] Help me, Spock. Help me, Spock.
Now can you cry like Lincoln?
[ Lincoln's Voice ] Help me, Kirk.
Help me, Kirk!
[Rustling]
Mr. Lincoln!
James, stay back.
[ Grunting ]
You are the survivors.
The others have run off.
It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted.
However, you have failed to demonstrate to me...
any other difference between your philosophies.
Your good and your evil use the same methods,
achieve the same results.
Do you have an explanation?
You established the methods and the goals.
For you to use as you chose.
What did you offer the others if they won?
What they wanted most-- power.
You offered me the lives of my crew.
I perceive you have won their lives.
How many others have you done this to?
What gives you the right to hand out life and death?
The same right that brought you here--
the need to know new things.
- We came in peace. - And you may go in peace.
[ Sizzling ]
- [ Communicator Chirps ] - Kirk to Enterprise. Come in.
[Sulu]Is that you, Captain? Are you all right?
Yes, Mr. Sulu. We're all right.
You may beam us aboard.
Mr. Scott, report.
The ship is functioning normally again, sir,
and the restart cycle is in operation.
You'd never know anything had been out of order.
- I can't fathom it. - Mr. Sulu.
We should be on warp power within 30 minutes, sir.
Good. Mr. Chekov.
The deterioration in the shielding has stopped and is reversing itself.
- I have no explanation. - Thank you, Mr. Chekov.
- Mr. Spock, any explanation? - Conjecture, Captain,
- rather than explanation. - Well?
It would seem that we were held in the power of creatures...
able to control matter and to rearrange molecules...
in whatever fashion was desired.
So they were able to create images of Surak and Lincoln...
after scanning our minds...
and using their fellow creatures as source matter.
They seemed so real. And to me, especially Mr. Lincoln.
I feel I actually met Lincoln.
Yes, and Surak.
Perhaps in a sense they were real, Captain.
Since they were created out of our own thoughts,
how could they be anything but what we expected them to be?
It was so hard for me to see him die again.
I feel I understand what Earth...
must have gone through to achieve final peace.
[Uhura] Captain Kirk, the planet has resumed its normal appearance.
There's still so much of their work to be done in the galaxy, Spock.
Mr. Sulu, break us out of orbit...
and continue to our next assignment.
Aye, aye, sir.






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TRIVIA

Episode 78. The Savage Curtain


When Spock gives the orbital distance in miles of the Enterprise to Lincoln, he says "Using your old-style measurements..." Spock has used "miles" in the past, such as in "The Immunity Syndrome", and Kirk and Sulu use miles too when they talk about changing orbit in "The Deadly Years."
  
Surak would later reappear in "Awakening", an episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise".
  
Final appearance of a Klingon in The Original Series.
  
Because she did not appear in "All Our Yesterdays" or "Turnabout Intruder"; the final episode, this is the final appearance of Lieutenant Uhura.
  
The image of Kahless the Unforgettable conflicts with his appearance in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "Rightful Heir". But since the Kahless in this episode has a smooth forehead wears a "smooth-forehead" Klingon uniform, it's probably best to infer that the Yarnek created the image of Kahless out of what Kirk expected him to look like.
  
Colonel Green would later be referenced in the "Star Trek: Enterprise" episodes "Demons" and "Terra Prime".

Colonel Green's uniform was recycled into the spacesuit worn by Mork in his appearances on Happy Days (1974) and Mork & Mindy (1978).
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"The Savage Curtain" introduces Klingon founding father Kahless and Vulcan founding father Surak to the Star Trek universe. Kahless' history played an important role in several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) (where he is regarded as a force for good, contrary to the sentiments expressed here), and Surak's history was crucial to the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) which also gave a little bit of backstory to Colonel Phillip F. Green. Zora of Tiburon is the only "historic" figure introduced here who was not further developed in a later Star Trek series.
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Tiburon, homeland of the cruel scientist Zora, is named after the Spanish word for shark, and was also the homeland of Doctor Sevrin, the villain-of-the-week of Star Trek: The Way to Eden (1969).
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The war that included Colonel Phillip Green's atrocities was later decided to be World War III in the middle 21st century, which served as an important macguffin in later Trek productions such as Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), and a number of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) episodes.
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The characters of Zora and Genghis Khan have no lines. This is probably due to budget constraints, as actors with speaking parts were paid significantly more than background actors.
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A Star Trek trading card set gave Colonel Green's full name as Edward Featherstone Green, but this was superseded by the last few episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) where he was spoken of as Phillip Green.
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Scotty wears a kilt as part of his full dress uniform.
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This is one of four productions in which Genghis Khan and Abraham Lincoln appear together as characters, in spite of the fact that Lincoln was born 582 years after the Khan's death. The others are Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Clone High (2002) and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
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This takes place in 2269.


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