Friday, September 16, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 35. Amok Time




 

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)


Episode 35. Amok Time


Story, Script & Trivia




STAR TREK

Episode 35. Amok Time



Season:    2
Air Date:    1967-09-15
Stardate:    3372.7
Writer:    Theodore Sturgeon
Story:   
Director:    Joseph Pevney
Guests:    Arlene Martel (T'Pring), Celia Lovsky (T'Pau), Lawrence Montaigne (T'Pring's lover Stonn), Byron Morrow (Admiral Komack)

McCoy noticed that Spock is growing restless and also that he has stopped eating. He also is becoming extremely irritable, throwing Nurse Chapel out of his quarters and physically flinging the Vulcan Plomeek soup she has specially prepared for him. After this outburst, he demands a leave of absence on his home planet Vulcan from Kirk. Kirk is baffled by Spock's behavior, but has no choice but to divert to Vulcan. However, a priority message forces him to change course back to Altair 6 in order to be on time for the new president's coronation. As soon as he leaves the bridge, Spock orders the course changed back to Vulcan.

Kirk orders Spock to sickbay, where Bones examines him and finds that if he is not brought to Vulcan within eight days, Spock will die due to extreme stress produced by chemicals being pumped through his body. When Kirk confronts Spock, Spock says he cannot tell the cause of his problem because it is a deeply personal affair. Kirk eventually cajoles Spock into revealing that his problem is "Vulcan biology," which Kirk correctly concludes means Vulcan reproduction.

The Vulcan time of mating is known as Pon Farr, and is a very painful and personal experience. It strips logic away from Vulcans, and forces them to return to Vulcan to take a mate. Spock compares the need to return to Vulcan to the Eel Birds of Regulus 5, who return every 11 years to the caverns where they hatched, and to salmon on Earth who must return to the stream where they were born in order to spawn. Kirk contacts Admiral Komack at Starfleet Command sector 9 to request permission to divert to Vulcan. The Admiral denies permission, but Kirk ignores the order (since he would be one of three Starships there in any case), and re-directs to Vulcan.

In the meantime, Spock is flipping out. In one extremely emotional outburst, he mashes his viewing screen to pulp when Uhura tries to contact him. However, he recovers when he learns that the Enterprise is headed for Vulcan. He invites Kirk and McCoy, as his two best friends, to join him on the surface for a ceremony. On Vulcan, Spock prepares for his Koon-ut-kal-if-fee, or "marriage or challenge" ceremony with T'Pring, to whom he had been betrothed by their parents when they were 7 years old. Kirk and Spock comment how hot Vulcan is, and Kirk (who evidently is no physicist) says this is because Vulcan's atmosphere is thinner than Earth's.

The master of ceremonies is T'Pau, the only person ever to turn down a seat in the Federation council. As the ceremony begins, T'Pring rejects Spock and challenges (Kalifee) him to battle with her champion, who she names as Kirk. This upsets her lover Stonn, and pains Spock. After learning that another champion will be chosen if Kirk declines the challenge, Kirk accepts battle with Spock, not realizing that the fight is to the death. Before Spock can kill Kirk with a lirpa (a rod with blade on one side and mallet on the other), Bones steps in and gives Kirk a shot supposed to be a triox compound which will accommodate him to the Vulcan climate and temperature. Instead, Bones actually injects him with a neuroparalyzer which simulates death. When Kirk konks out, McCoy pronounces him dead and contacts the Enterprise to beam the two of them up.

Spock confronts T'Pring and she explains that she is in love with the Vulcan Stonn. By choosing Kirk as her champion, she was guaranteed a desirable outcome. If Kirk won, he would not want her, and she would have Stonn, together with Spock's name and property. If Spock won, he would not take her for daring to challenge, and furthermore would be tried by Starfleet and incarcerate. Believing that he has killed Kirk, Spock loses all interest in his treacherous mate and returns to the Enterprise. Here, he is overjoyed to find Kirk alive, betraying his emotion with a big smile (another smile occurs in The Cage and is repeated in The Menagerie, Part I). Kirk is let off the hook for disobeying orders when Starfleet retroactively grants permission to divert to Vulcan at T'Pau's request.






SCRIPT
(Transcript)

Oh, Captain.
Got a minute?
- A minute. - It's Spock.
-Noticed anything strange about him? -No, nothing in particular.
- Why ? - It's nothing I can pinpoint,
but he's become increasingly restive.
If he were not a Vulcan, I'd almost say nervous.
And for another thing, he's avoiding food.
I checked, and he hasn't eaten at all in three days.
That just sounds like Mr. Spock ...
in one of his contemplative phases.
Miss Chapel.
- Dr. McCoy. Captain. - Eh, Captain.
- What's this? - Oh, uh --
Oh! Vulcan plomeek soup, and I'll bet you made it too.
You never give up hoping, do you?
Well, uh, Mr. Spock hasn't been eating, Doctor,
And I -- I just happened to notice.
It's all right.
Carry on, Miss Chapel.
Bones, I'm a busy man.
Jim, when I suggested to Spock ...
that it was time for his check-up,
your logical, unemotional first officer ...
turned to me and said,
"You will cease to pry into my personal matters, Doctor,
or I shall certainly break your neck."
Spock said that?
[Spock] What is this?
[Chapel] Aah!
Don't keep prying!
If I want anything, I'll ask for it!
Captain, I should like to request ...
a leave of absence on my home planet.
On our present course ...
you can divert to Vulcan ...
with a loss of but 2.8 light days.
Spock, what the devil is this all about?
I have made my request.
All I require from you is that you answer it -- yes or no.
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.
All right, Spock, let's have it.
It is undignified for a woman ...
to play servant to a man who is not hers.
I'm more interested in your request for shore leave.
- In all the years -- - You have my request, Captain.
Will you grant it or not?
In all the years that I've known you,
you've never asked for a leave of any sort.
In fact, you've refused them.
Why now?
Captain, surely I have enough leave time accumulated.
Agreed, but that isn't the question, is it?
If there's a problem of some sort --
Illness in the family --
No.
Nothing ofthat nature, Captain.
Then, since we're headed for Altair Six,
and since the shore facilities there are excellent --
No! I must --
I wish to take my leave on Vulcan.
Spock, I'm asking you ...
what's wrong?
I need ... rest.
I'm asking you to accept that answer.
Bridge ... helm.
[Sulu] Yes, Captain?
Alter course to Vulcan.
Increase speed to warp four.
Aye, sir.
Thank you, Captain.
I suppose most of us overlook the fact that even Vulcans ...
aren't indestructible.
No.
We're not.
Captain 's Log -- stardate 3372.7.
On course, on schedule,
bound for Altair Six via Vulcan.
First Officer Spock ...
seems to be under stress.
He has requested and been grante dshore leave.
Ship surgeon McCoy has him under medical surveillance.
Captain, something's coming in on the Starfleet channel.
Priority on urgent, sir.
Put it on audio over here, Lieutenant.
Message complete, sir. Switching over.
To Captain, U.S.S. Enterprise from Starfleet Sector Nine --
Inauguration ceremonies Altair Six...
have been advanced seven solar days.
You are ordered to alter your flight plan to accommodate,
by order of Komack, Admiral, Starfleet Command.
Acknowledge.
Lieutenant Uhura, acknowledge that message.
Aye, aye, sir.
Mr. Chekov, compute course and speed.
We'll have to head directly there at, uh ...
warp six, sir.
Insufficient time to stop off at Vulcan.
Head directly for Altair Six.
Sailor's luck, Mr. Spock.
Or, as one of Finagle's Laws puts it --
"Any home port the ship makes ...
ill be somebody else's, not mine."
Altair Six's new president ...
wants to get himself launched a week early,
so we have to be there a week early.
Don't worry.
I'll see that you get your leave ...
as soon as we're finished.
I ... quite understand, Captain.
Bridge. Navigation.
Navigation. Chekov here.
Mr. Chekov, how late will we arrive for the ceremonies ...
if we increase speed to maximum ...
and divert to Vulcan to drop off Mr. Spock?
I don't understand, Captain.
How far behind schedule will diverting to Vulcan put us?
We're on course for Vulcan, Captain,
as Mr. Spock ordered.
Thank you, Mr. Chekov.
Kirk, out.
Mr. Spock.
Come with me, please.
Deck five.
You changed course for Vulcan, Mr. Spock.
Why?
Changed the course?
Do you deny it?
No. No, by no means, Captain.
It is quite possible.
Then why did you do it?
Captain, I accept, on your word, that I did it,
but I do not know why, nor do I remember doing it.
Captain, lock me away.
I do not wish to be seen.
I c-cannot --
No Vulcan could explain further.
I'm trying to help you, Spock.
Ask me no further questions.
I will not answer.
I order you to report to the sick bay.
Sick bay?
Complete examination. McCoy's waiting.
Oh, come in, Spock.
I'm all ready for you.
My orders were to report to sick bay, Doctor.
I have done so.
And now I'll go to my quarters.
My orders were to give you a thorough physical.
In case you hadn't noticed,
I have to answer to the same commanding officer that you do.
Come on, Spock.
Yield to the logic of the situation.
Examine me ...
for all the good it'll do either of us.
How do you figure it, Chekov?
First we're going to Vulcan,
then we're going to Altair,
then we're headed to Vulcan again ...
and now we're headed back to Altair.
I think I'm going to get space sick.
Jim, you've got to get Spock to Vulcan.
Bones, I will. As soon as this mission is --
No, now. Right away.
If you don't get him to Vulcan within a week,
he'll die.
He'll die, Jim.
Why ... must he die?
Why within eight days?
Explain.
I don't know.
You ... keep saying that.
Are you a doctor, or aren't you?
There's a growing imbalance of body functions ...
as if in our bodies huge amounts of adrenalin ...
were constantly being pumped into our bloodstreams.
Now I can't trace it down in my biocomps,
and Spock won't tell me what it is.
But if it isn't stopped somehow,
the physical and emotional pressures will simply kill him.
You say you're convinced he knows what it is?
He does ...
and he's as tight-lipped about it ...
as an Aldebaran Shellmouth.
No use to ask him, Jim.
He won't talk.
[Doorbell Rings]
Come.
Stay.
McCoy has given me his evaluation of your condition.
He says you're going to die unless something is done.
What?
Is it something only your planet can do for you?
Spock!
You've been called the best first officer in the fleet.
That's an enormous asset to me.
If I have to lose that first officer, I want to know why.
It is a thing no out worlder may know ...
except those very few who have been involved.
A Vulcan understands,
but even we do not speak of it among ourselves.
It is a deeply personal thing.
Can you see that, Captain,
and understand?
No, I do not understand.
Explain.
Consider that an order.
Captain, there are some things which transcend ...
even the discipline of the service.
Would it help if I told you ...
that I'll treat this as totally confidential?
It has to do with ...
biology.
What?
Biology.
What kind of biology?
Vulcan biology.
You mean the biology of Vulcans?
Biology as in ...
reproduction?
Well, uh ...
there's no need to be embarrassed about it, Spock.
It happens to the birds and the bees.
The birds and the bees are not Vulcans, Captain.
If they were ...
if any creature as proudly logical as us ...
were to have their logic ripped from them ...
as this time does to us --
How do Vulcans choose their mates?
Haven't you wondered?
I guess the rest of us assume that it's done ...
quite logically.
No.
No.
It is not.
We shield it with a ritual ...
and customs shrouded in antiquity.
You humans have no conception.
It strips our minds from us.
It brings a madness which rips away ...
our veneer of civilization.
It is the Pon Farr --
the time of mating.
There are precedents in nature, Captain --
The giant eel-birds of Regulus Five,
once each 11 years ...
they must return to the caverns where they hatched.
On your earth, the salmon ...
they must return to that one stream ...
where they were born ...
to spawn ...
or die in trying.
But you're not a fish, Mr. Spock. You're --
No. Nor am I man.
I'm a Vulcan.
I'd hoped I would be spared this,
but the ancient drives are too strong.
Eventually, they catch up with us,
and we are driven by forces we cannot control ...
to return home and take a wife ...
or die.
I haven't heard a word you've said,
and ...
I'll get you to Vulcan somehow.
[Kirk] Lieutenant, get meAdmiraI Komack ...
at Starfleet Command, Sector Nine.
Pipe it down to McCoy's office.
Starfleet Command. Yes, sir.
Mr. Sulu, you don't think ...
maybe you ought to plot a course back for Vulcan,
Just in case?
[Intercom Whistles]
[Uhura] Communication to Mr. Spock.
Lieutenant Uhura here.
Let me alone.
Let me alone!
Captain, you're making a most unusual request.
I'm aware of that, sir,
but it's of the utmost importance.
Permit me to divert to Vulcan.
You refuse to explain why it is so important.
I can't, sir.
But believe me, I wouldn't make such a request --
Altair Six is no ordinary matter.
That area is just putting it selftogether ...
after a long interplanetary conflict.
This inauguration will stabilize the entire Altair system.
Our appearance there is a demonstration of friendship ...
and strength which will cause ripples clearto the Klingon Empire.
Sir ...
the delay would be, at most, a day.
I can hardly believe that --
Proceed to Altair Six as ordered.
You have your orders. Starfleet, out.
Well ... that's that.
No, it's not.
I know the Altair situation.
We would be one of three starships --
very impressive, very diplomatic --
But it's simply not that vital.
You can't go off to Vulcan against Starfleet orders.
I can't let Spock die.
And he will if we go to Altair.
I owe him my life a dozen times over.
Isn't that worth a career?
He's my friend.
Bridge. Navigation.
Bridge. Navigation.
Mr. Chekov ...
lay in a course for Vulcan.
Tell engineering I want warp eight or better.
Push her for all she'll take.
Course already plotted. Laying it in, sir.
I see.
Very well. Carry on, Mr. Chekov.
Kirk, out.
Miss Chapel.
Yes, Mr. Spock?
I had a most startling dream.
You were trying to tell me something,
but I couldn't hear you.
It would be illogical for us ...
to protest against our natures.
Don'tyou think?
I don't understand.
Your face is wet.
I came to tell you that we are bound for Vulcan.
We'll be there in just a few days.
Vulcan.
Miss Chapel.
My name is Christine.
Yes, I know, Christine.
Would you make me some of that plomeek soup?
Oh, I'd be very glad to do that, Mr. Spock.
Bridge.
It is obvious that you have surmised my problem, Doctor.
My compliments on your insight.
Captain, there is a thing that happens to Vulcans at this time.
Almost an insanity, which you would no doubt find distasteful.
Will I?
You've been most patient with my kinds of madness.
Then would you beam down to the planet's surface with me?
There is a brief ceremony.
Is it permitted?
It is my right.
By tradition, the male is accompanied by his closest friends.
Thank you, Mr. Spock.
I also request McCoy to accompany me.
I shall be honored, sir.
Captain.
We're standing by on Vulcan hailing frequencies, sir.
Open the channel, Lieutenant.
Vulcan Space Central, this is the U.S.S. Enterprise ...
requesting permission to assume standard orbit.
U.S.S. Enterprise from Vulcan Space Central --
permission granted,
and from all of Vulcan, welcome.
Is Commander Spock with you?
This is Spock.
Standby to activate yourcentral viewer, please.
Doctor, what's going on?
Spock ...
It is I.
T'Pring ...
parted from me and never parted,
never and always touching and touched.
We meet at the appointed place.
Spock ...
parted from me and never parted,
never and always touching and touched.
I await you.
She's lovely, Mr. Spock.
Who is she?
She is T'Pring ...
My wife.
This is the land of my family.
It has been held by us for more than 2,000 Earth years.
This is our place of Koon-ut-kal-if-fee,
He called it Koon-ut what?
He described it to me as meaning ...
"marriage or challenge."
In the distant past, Vulcans killed to win their mates.
They still go mad at this time.
Perhaps it's the price they pay ...
for having no emotions the rest of the time.
Lovely. I wish the breeze were cooler.
Yeah. "Hot as Vulcan."
Now I understand what that phrase means.
The atmosphere's thinner than earth.
[gong]
I wonder when his T'Pring arrives.
The marriage party approaches.
I hear them.
Marriage party?
You said T'Pring was your wife.
By our parents' arrangement ...
a ceremony ...
while we were but seven years of age,
less than a marriage ...
but more than a be trothal.
One touches the other ...
in order to feel each other's thoughts.
In this way, our minds were locked together ...
so that, at the proper time,
we would both be drawn ...
to ... Koon-ut-kal-if-fee.
[Bells Ringing]
Bones ... you know who that is?
T'Pau ...
the only person to ever turn down a seat ...
on the Federation Council.
T'Pau? Officiating at Spock's wedding?
He never mentioned that his family was this important.
Spock ...
are our ceremonies for out worlders?
They are not out worlders.
They are my friends.
I am permitted this.
This is Kirk.
Ma'am.
And thee are called?
Leonard McCoy, ma'am.
Thee names these out worlders friends.
How does thee pledge their behavior?
With my life, T'Pau.
What they are about to see ...
comes down from the time of the beginning ...
without change.
This is the Vulcan heart.
This is the Vulcan soul.
This is our way.
Kal-if-farr.
Kal-if-fee!
What is it? What happened?
She chooses the challenge.
With him?
He acts only if cowardice is seen.
She will choose her champion.
Spock --
Do not attempt to speak at him, Kirk.
He is deep in the Plak-tow --
the blood fever.
He will not speak with thee again ...
untilhe has passed through ...
what is to come.
If thee wishes to depart,
thee may leave now.
We'll stay.
Spock chose his friends well.
Ma'am, are you trying to say ...
that she rejected him,
that she doesn't want him?
He will have to fight for her.
It is her right.
T'Pring, thee has chosen the Kal-if-fee,
the challenge.
Thee are prepared ...
to become the property of the victor?
I am prepared.
Spock, does thee accept challenge,
according to our laws and customs?
Do you think Spock can take him?
I doubt it.
Not in his present condition.
T'Pring, thee will choose thy champion.
As it was in the dawn of our days,
as it is today,
as it will be for all tomorrows,
I make my choice.
This one.
No!
I am to be the one.
It was agreed.
Be silent!
Hear me.
I have made the ancient claim.
I claim the right. The woman --
Kroykah!
I ask forgiveness.
Kirk ...
T'Pring is within her rights,
but our laws and customs are not binding on thee.
Thee are free to decline ...
with no harm on thyself.
T'Pau ...
Thee speaks?
My friend ...
does not understand.
The choice has been made, Spock.
It is up to him now.
He does not ... know.
I will do ...
what I must ...
T'Pau ...
but not with him!
His blood ...
does not burn.
He is my friend!
It is said ...
thy Vulcan blood is thin.
Are thee Vulcan ...
or are thee human?
I burn ... T'Pau.
My eyes ... are flame.
My heart ... is flame.
Thee has the power, T'Pau.
In the name ... of my fathers,
forbid ... forbid!
T'Pau ...
I plead ... with thee!
I beg!
Thee has prided thyself on thy Vulcan heritage.
It is decided.
What happens to Spock if I decline?
Another champion will be selected.
Do not interfere, Kirk.
Keep thy place.
You can't do it, Jim.
She said their laws and customs ...
were not binding on you.
And you said Spock ...
might not be able to handle him.
If I can knock Spock out without hurting him ...
in this climate?
If the heat doesn't get you, the thin air will.
You can't do it!
If I get into any trouble, I'll quit.
And Spock wins, and honor is satisfied.
Jim, listen, if you --
Bones ...
he's my first officer, my friend.
I disregarded Starfleet orders to bring him here.
Another thing, that's ... T'Pau ...
a Vulcan --
all of Vulcan in one package.
How can I back out in front of her?
It is done.
Kirk ... decide.
I accept ...
the challenge.
Here begins the act of combat ...
for possession of the woman T'Pring.
As it was at the time of the beginning,
so it is now.
Bring forth the lirpa.
If both survive the lirpa ...
combat will continue with the ahn woon.
What do you mean ... "If both survive"?
This combat is to the death.
Now, wait a minute ... ma'am.
Who said anything about a fight to the death?
These men are friends.
To force them to fight until one of them is killed --
I can forgive such a display only once.
Challenge was given ...
and lawfully accepted.
It has begun.
Let no one interfere.
Spock! No!
Kroykah!
Is this Vulcan chivalry?
The air's too hot and thin for Kirk.
He's not used to it.
The air is the air.
What can be done?
I can compensate ...
for the atmosphere and the temperature with this.
At least it will give Kirk a fighting chance.
Thee may proceed.
You're going to have to kill him, Jim.
Kill Spock?
That's not what we came to Vulcan for, is it?
What's that?
It's a tri-ox compound.
It'll help you breathe.
Now be careful!
Sound medical advice.
The ahn woon.
Kroykah!
Get your hands off of him, Spock!
It's finished.
He's dead.
I grieve with thee.
McCoy to Enterprise.
Enterprise, Lieutenant Uhura here.
Have the transporter room ...
stand by to beam up the landing party.
As strange as it may seem, Mr. Spock,
you're in command now.
Any orders?
Yes.
I'll follow you up in a few minutes.
You will instruct Mr. Chekov ...
to plot a course ...
for the nearest Starbase ...
where I must surrender myself to the authorities.
T'Pring ...
Explain.
Specify.
Why the challenge?
And why you chose my captain as your champion?
Stonn wanted me. I wanted him.
I see no logic in preferring Stonn over me.
You have become much known among our people, Spock.
Almost a legend.
And as the years went by, I came to know that I did not want --
to be the consort of a legend.
But by the laws of our people,
I could only divorce you by the Kal-if-fee.
There was also Stonn who wanted very much to be my consort.
And I wanted him.
If your Captain were victor,
he would not want me, so I would have Stonn.
If you were victor, you would free me ...
because I had dared to challenge,
and again I would have Stonn.
But if you did not free me,
it would be the same for you would be gone.
And I would have your name and your property,
and Stonn would still be there.
Logical --
flawlessly logical.
I am honored.
Stonn ...
she is yours.
After a time ...
you may find that having ...
is not so pleasing a thing after all ...
as wanting.
It is not logical,
but it is often true.
Spock here.
Stand by to beam up.
Live long, T'Pau,
and prosper.
Live long and prosper, Spock.
I shall do neither.
I have killed my Captain ...
and my friend.
Energize.
Doctor, I shall be resigning my commission immediately.
Uh, Spock --
So I would appreciate ...
your making the final arrangements.
Spock, I --
Doctor, please, let me finish.
There can be no excuse for my crime.
I intend to offer no defense.
I shall order Mr. Scott to take command.
Don't you think you better check with me first?
Captain!
Jim!
I'm ... pleased ...
to see you, Captain.
You seem ... uninjured.
I am at something of a loss to understand it, however.
Blame McCoy.
That was no triox compound he shot me with.
He slipped in a neuroparalyzer.
Knocked me out -- simulated death.
Indeed.
Nurse, would you mind, please?
Spock, what happened down there? The girl? The wedding?
Ah, yes, the girl.
Hmm, most interesting.
It must have been the combat.
When I thought I had killed the Captain,
I'd lost all interest in T'Pring.
The madness was gone.
[Bosun's Whistle]
Kirk here.
Captain Kirk, message from Starfleet Command,
Top priority.
Relay it, Lieutenant.
Response to T'Pau's request ...
for diversion of Enterprise to planet Vulcan hereby approved.
Any reasonable delay granted. Komack, Admiral, Starfleet Command.
Well, a little late, but I'm glad they're seeing it our way.
How about that T'Pau?
They couldn't turn her down.
Mr. Chekov, lay in a course for Altair Six.
Leave orbit when ready. Kirk out.
There's just one thing, Mr. Spock.
You can't tell me that when you first saw Jim alive ...
that you weren't about to give us an emotional scene.
Merely my quite logical relief that Starfleet ...
had not lost a highly proficient captain.
Yes, Mr. Spock. I understand.
Thank you, Captain.
Of course, Mr. Spock,
- your reaction was quite logical. - Thank you, Doctor.
In a pig's eye!
Come on, Spock. Let's go mind the store.





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TRIVIA

Episode 35. Amok Time


Spock throws the soup out of his quarters, then Kirk has a conversation of several minutes with him. When Kirk leaves, the soup is still on the wall, which doesn't speak well for the crew's clean-up efficiency.
  
This episode introduces the concept of Pon Farr.
  
First use of the Vulcan "Live long and prosper" salute.
  
First look at the planet Vulcan.
  
In this episode, Kirk can barely get Spock to talk about the Pon Farr. It is said to be "a very personal thing to the Vulcan people." However, in "The Cloud Minders" in the third season, Spock talks about it casually to a local. In Star Trek III when the young Spock enters Pon Farr, Saavik nonchalantly tells David about Pon Farr without so much as batting an eye. In the ensuing years between the episode and the movie, has the Pon Farr now become common knowledge? Worse, in Star Trek: Enterprise, which precedes this episode by almost a century, they talk about Pon Farr freely as well. This is basically the only episode where they don't talk about it freely.
  
T'Pau would later reappear in the "Star Trek: Enterprise" episodes "The Forge", "Awakening" and "Kir'Shara".
  
Plomeek soup would later be a favoured dish of T'Pol. Chef Riker would prepare it for her as part of the Enterprise crew's final meal in "These Are the Voyages...".
  
In the mid-episode with Christine in Spock's cabin, he wipes away a tear on her cheek and her face is clear. In the next shot a second later, what seems to be the same tear is back on her face again.

First appearance of the Vulcan hand salute. Leonard Nimoy improvised this symbol during the production of "Amok Time," modified from a traditional Jewish religious hand gesture.
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Season 2 introduced new opening credits. DeForest Kelley's name was added to the "starring" cast and the theme music was extended and had the female soprano voice Loulie Jean Norman and percussion added to it.
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First appearance of the Vulcan phrases "Peace and long life" and "Live long and prosper".
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The second season rarely featured Lt. Sulu (George Takei) and Ensign Chekov (Walter Koenig) in the same episode. Koenig was, in fact, cast as Chekov to fill in for Sulu in the first few episodes of the second season, while Takei was still involved in the filming of The Green Berets (1968). The two characters usually alternated between episodes. The episode "Amok Time" is one of the few second-season examples of their appearances on-screen together.
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Celia Lovsky (T'Pau) was unable to make the Vulcan salute by herself. The filming crew taped her fingers together in the appropriate groups, and placed her hand flat on the armrest of her chair in the configuration. She then simply raised her hand into view, already in the salute.
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One of Leonard Nimoy's favourite episodes.
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Another innovation of the second season was the further-expanded sickbay that now includes McCoy's new office.
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The prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) considered having its regular Vulcan character (played by Jolene Blalock) be a younger version of T'Pau. Since that would have required paying a fee to the estate of Theodore Sturgeon the author of Amok Time, this plan was abandoned and the new character was rechristened T'Pol. T'Pau did feature as a guest character in a few episodes of Enterprise's fourth season.
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First time (in broadcast order) that Walter Koenig appears as Ensign Pavel Chekov. If you go by production order, his first appearance is Star Trek: Catspaw (1967).
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"Amok Time" was the first aired episode in Season 2, but according to DVD Commentary, was actually filmed fifth. Star Trek: Catspaw (1967) was the first to be filmed for the second season but would not air until over a month after "Amok Time" as the seventh episode of the season.
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In Theodore Sturgeon's original script, Stonn was named "Spor", which Robert H. Justman felt to be too much of a "Freudian slip" and the character was renamed.
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According to Leonard Nimoy, Celia Lovsky couldn't actually do the Vulcan salute naturally, so she had to use her other hand to put her fingers in the right pattern below camera, then hold it up at the right moment.
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At the onset of the Koon-ut-kal-if-fee, T'Pau is clearly seen initiating a prolonged Vulcan mind meld. T'Pau begins the meld by carefully positioning her fingers on his face as Spock kneels before her. Kirk and McCoy are shown as they observe from several feet away. The camera returns to show T'Pau continuing to meld with Spock. We then see Stonn and T'Pring observing from their viewpoint. As the camera returns to T'Pau, Spock rises from the meld and withdraws. T'Pau appears to have been assessing Spock's readiness to commence the ceremony. Her later statement that Spock was deep in the plak-tow (blood fever) stage may have been confirmed by the mind meld. A similar ceremonial mind meld can be seen at his Kolinahr ritual in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
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Vulcans were named for Gene Roddenberry's concept for their planet (in the constellation Eridanni) being a "volcanic", desert world.
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Upon the death of Leonard Nimoy, certain Star Trek repeat channels re-arranged their usual airing orders, so that "Amok Time" was shown instead.
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In the original script, there were a few more Vulcan words. Spock described Kirk and McCoy as his lak noy, the equivalent of best man. When T'Pring makes her challenge, the wedding party begins to discuss what's going on, all in Vulcan, until T'Pau shuts them up.
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The British pop group T'Pau took their name from the Vulcan priestess played by Celia Lovsky.
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Lawrence Montaigne would reprise his role as Stonn in the unofficial fan film _Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (2007) (V) 40 years later.
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This takes place in 2267.
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Spock would later use the ahn-woon and lirpa in combat in the book Time for Yesterday, by A.C. Crispin.
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Scotty does not appear in this episode, although Spock briefly speaks of him.
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This is listed as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes" of Star Trek (1966) in the 2008 reference book "Star Trek 101" by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann.
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This is the first ever Star Trek episode to feature any Vulcan characters other than Spock.
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Lawrence Montaigne (Stonn) previously appeared as the Romulan Decius in "Balance of Terror".
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Although this episode was originally aired as the second season premiere, this was the last episode filmed in which Walter Koenig wore a wig. He had worn a wig in three previously shot episodes while his hair grew out.
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Romulan helmets are reused from "Balance of Terror", this time worn by Vulcans during the pon farr ritual.
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Kirk at one point says to Spock, "You have been called the best first officer in the fleet." It was McCoy who said this, in Star Trek: Operation - Annihilate! (1967).
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"Spocks Theme" is influenced by Ravels "Bolero"
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One of only two times in Star Trek (1966) where Spock shows an emotional reaction without being influenced by something - if only for a few seconds. The other example is the first pilot Star Trek: The Cage (1986), filmed when the rules hadn't been established for this character.
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First time we hear the now-famous "Star Trek fight music," done in 5/4 time, when Kirk and Spock battle.


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