Thursday, September 15, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 12. Miri




 

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)


Episode 12. Miri


Story, Script & Trivia






STAR TREK

Episode 12. Miri



Season:    1
Air Date:    1966-10-27
Stardate:    2713.5
Writer:    Adrian Spies
Story:   
Director:    Vincent McEveety
Guests:    Kim Darby (Miri), Michael J. Pollard, Jim Goodwin, John Megna, Ed McCready

When the Enterprise responds to a distress signal from a planet (which just happens to look exactly like Earth: mass: 6 x 1021 tons, density 5.517, circumference 24,874 miles, oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere), Kirk, Spock, Yeoman Janice Rand, McCoy, and two security guards beam down and find a copy of Earth in the mid-1960s. On the planet's surface, while inoffensively examining a tricycle, they are attacked by a creature clad in rags. The creature appears to be a disfigured human, but with an extremely accelerated metabolism. He dies shortly after the encounter, but a security guard spots another inhabitant. Following it into a building, the landing party finds a 300-year old piano. They also discover their quarry to be a young girl named Miri. Miri is afraid of the landing party because they are "grups," and the grups killed and hurt children before themselves dying.

The members of the landing party soon learns that they are all infected by a strange disease which causes death to anyone who has reached puberty. At a deserted hospital, they discover that the disease with which they are afflicted (which causing blue rashes) was accidentally created by a project to prolong life. They also discover that the "lonelies" (children) on the planet are actually over 300 years old, having aged only one month for every hundred years of real time.

Kirk is attacked by Louise, a girl who has just gone through puberty, and stuns her with a phaser. Like the first creature, she dies. The landing party find old records and discovers that they have only 7 days to live. Meanwhile, the children, led by Jahn, steal the landing party's communicators, rendering their search for a cure almost impossible. When Janice becomes upset and Kirk hugs her to comfort her, Miri becomes jealous and runs away to scheme with the rest of the children. Together, the children devise a "foolie" which consists of kidnapping Janice.

Kirk tries to convince Miri that all children eventually contract the disease, despite her protestations that it only happens "sometimes." Miri takes Kirk to the children who proceed to attack him. After Kirk has shown them that it is they who are doing the hurting, and convinced them that they will die without his help, the children finally listen to the "grups." Kirk returns to the hospital, only to find that Bones has injected himself with a possible vaccine. Fortunately for Bones, the vaccine is found to be safe and effective, and all are inoculated. They leave the children behind and contact Starfleet to send advisors and teachers.





SCRIPT
(Transcript)

Earth-style distress signal--SOS.
I've answered it on all frequencies, sir. They don't reply.
Not a vessel, a ground source.
The third planet in this solar system, according to my instruments.
Directly ahead. Definitely an Earth-style signal.
We're hundreds of light years from Earth, Mr. Spock.
No colonies or vessels out this far.
Measuring the planet now, Captain. It's spheroid-shaped.
Circumference-- 24,874 miles.
Mass--6 times 1 0 to the 2 1 st power tons.
Mean density--5.51 7.
Atmosphere...
oxygen, nitrogen.
Earth!
Not the Earth, another Earth.
Another Earth?
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.
Captain's Log, stardate 2713.5.
In the distant reaches of our galaxy, we have made an astonishing discover--
Earth-type radio signals coming from a planet
which apparently is an exact duplicate of the Earth.
It seems impossible, but there it is.
- Hold us in a fixed orbit, Mr. Spock. - Affirmative, Captain.
- Still no response, communications? - None, Captain.
We'll beam down. Alert security.
Prepare to transport landing party to surface.
We'll land in the vicinity
of the distress signals now being received.
Identical.
Earth...as it was in the early 1 900s.
More the, uh, mid-1 900s.
I would say, Captain, approximately 1 960.
But where is everybody?
Readings indicate that natural deterioration has been taking place
on this planet for at least several centuries.
- You mean there's no one alive? - Not conclusive, yeoman.
The evidence would suggest that the distress signal is automated.
Now, this is marvelous--
the most horrible conglomeration of antique architecture I've ever seen.
Mr. Spock.
[Tricycle Bell Rings]
[Wheel Squeaks]
Mine! Mine!
Mine!
Mine! Mine!
Mine! Mine! Mine!
[Sobbing] It's broke.
Somebody...broke it.
Fix.
Somebody...please fix. [Sobbing]
Of course somebody will fix it.
Definitely humanoid, in spite of the distortion.
But with the mind of a child.
[Gasping]
- Bones, what is it? - A seizure of some type.
- We want to help you. - Liar!
Never...never!
Never! Never!
Never! Never! Never!
It's dead.
- It's incredible. - What?
Its metabolic rate--
it's impossibly high as if it's burning itself up,
almost as if it aged a century in just the past few minutes.
[Footsteps]
Come on!
[Creaking]
How old is this thing?
About 300 years.
[Thumping]
- [Groan] - Come out!
We mean you no harm.
- Don't hurt me, please. - I'm not going to hurt you.
- Please, don't. I didn't do anything. - I won't hurt you.
- No, please, don't. - I only want to talk to you.
- No, don't. Don't hurt. - Come on.
- Don't, please. - I won't hurt you.
It's all right. Come on.
We won't hurt you, sweetheart. We're your friends.
No, shh!
Take the guards. Have a look outside.
Radioactive readings, chemical pollution, any further sign of life.
Right, Captain.
I wonder what happened to her that she should be so terrified of us.
[Tricorder Whines]
But I remember the things you Grups did--
burning, yelling, hurting people.
We didn't do anything like that.
You're not going to hurt?
Well, of course not.
We're here to help.
Grups don't help.
But we will.
What happened here? Where is everybody?
You know.
No, I don't. Won't you tell me?
You got a foolie, is that it?
You want me to play, but I can't.
- I don't know the rules. - Foolie?
A game, you know.
I can't play a game without rules.
Even Grups ought to know that.
- What are Grups? - You are.
They will, when Onlies get old.
Grownups.
You said something about the...Grups doing bad things--
yelling, hurting, burning.
That was when they started to get sick in the before time.
We hid, then they were gone.
Am I doing all right?
You're doing fine.
You said the Grups got sick.
Is that why there aren't any of them around?
Yes. They died,
but that was after the awful things.
A plague, Captain. That could explain a lot of it.
But what about the children, the...Onlies?
Didn't the awful things affect them?
Of course not. We're here, aren't we?
More of you? How many?
All there are.
- What's your name? - Miri.
Miri...
pretty name...
for a pretty young woman.
Pretty?
Very pretty.
[Crash]
Guards!
Cover me.
[Children] ' Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
Children, Captain, lots of them.
We couldn't begin to get close to them.
They just seemed to scurry away like animals.
- Only children. - Miri said all the adults died.
That creature which attacked us was certainly no child.
Perhaps it died of the disease the girl's talking about.
There must be records somewhere...
and answers to some of our questions.
Miri...
do you know any buildings
where the doctors used to work?
Yes, I know that. Them and their pills and things.
- Take me there? - That's a bad place.
It's important.
Please?
All right.
Do you have a name, too?
Yes. It'sJim.
I like that name.
Good. I like yours, too.
I like you.
Do you, really?
I wouldn't lie to you.
I wouldn't lie to you, either,Jim.
I remember the Grups, but you're nice.
You're different.
Why, thankyou.
It's already starting. I knew it would.
Just like it did with the Grups.
It'll spread all overyou, and you'll yell.
You'll try to hurt everybody. Then you'll die.
I knew it would! I knew it would!
Captain's Log, stardate 2713.6.
The building Miriledus to
also housed an automatic transmission station,
which sent out the signals that drewus to this planet.
We also discovered something else--
that the blues plotches, characteristic of the unknown disease
had appearedon each of us,
with the exception of Mr. Spock.
There wasa well-equipped laborator in the building.
Dr. McCoy took tissue samples of each of us
in an attempt to isolate the organism responsible.
A veritable zoo of bacteria.
Beam down a biocomputer and a portable electronic microscope.
If I'm dealing with viruses, I'll need better equipment than I have here.
- Yes, Doctor. Captain Kirk? - Yes, Lieutenant?
I've got volunteers ready to help you, sir.
Under no circumstances is anyone to beam down.
We can't take any chances with further contamination.
- But, Captain, if you become too ill-- - My orders stand, Lieutenant.
You can help us best by standing by. Kirk out.
- Bones. - Hmm?
Why do you think the symptoms haven't appeared in Mr. Spock?
I don't know. Probably the little bugs have no appetite
for green blood.
Being a red-blooded human
obviously has its disadvantages.
There you have a museum piece, Doctor.
Lens type-- manually operated, light-activated.
Spare me the analysis, Mr. Spock, please.
It is enough that it works.
It spreads real fast. I know.
When you're old, it covers you like anything.
"lntermediate experimentation report project
on life..."
"Prolongation."
"Progress report-- genetics section, Life Prolongation Project."
That's what it was.
Life prolongation.
Didn't have much luck, did they?
Captain's Log. Dr. McCoy's biocomputer
and a portable electronic microscope
have been beamed down from the Enterprise.
They will be used in conjunction with computer banks on-boardship.
Tubular with extreme multiplicability.
Appear to have affinity for nucleic acids...
This was 300 years ago, Captain.
All the adults are dead.
Only the children are left alive.
But children become adults.
At least... they have up to now.
Doctor?
There are certain glandular changes
which take place upon entering puberty, are there not?
Of course. It changes the entire body system. You know that.
Of course you know that. Why?
Is it not possible that these children here,
as they enter puberty, contract the disease?
That would explain why there are no adults.
Glandular, postpubescent. It could be.
It's illogical. It does not follow.
All the adults on this planet died
300 years ago,
but there are children in the streets.
Who die when they enter adolescence.
But...how do they keep the line going?
One thing, Captain. If she were a wild animal
ever since she's been a little girl,
how do you explain that she wants to stay with us?
Lone liness. Curiosity.
I think children have an instinctive need for adults.
They want to be told right and wrong.
There may be other emotions at work in this case, Captain.
[McCoy] She likes you,Jim.
She's becoming a woman.
- Mr. Spock. - [Communicator Beeps]
- Spock here. - Here are those figures you askedfor.
12 to the 10th power.
Metabolic rate--72%.
Production of nucleic acids reduced to 33% of normal.
Conventional chronological progression--100x3.6.
Acknowledged, Lieutenant.
I have the calculations now.
Try again. See if you can find anything outside.
Hey...clean up that desk for me, will you?
All right,Jim.
According to their life prolongation plan,
what they thought they were accomplishing,
a person would age only one month
for every 1 00 years of real time.
1 00 years? And only one month?
Exactly, yeoman.
Evidently through some miscalculation,
this virus annihilated the entire adult population
in a very short period,
Ieaving only the children.
But that means these children...
could very well be immensely old.
That would certainly answer the question of what happened to their parents.
- Answers it very well. - Children who never age...
eternal childhood, filled with play, no responsibilities.
It's almost like a dream.
I wouldn't examine that dream too closely, yeoman.
It might not turn out to be very pretty.
A few days ago or a week ago
that creature that attacked us
could have been just like Miri.
A child entering puberty on this planet means a death sentence.
Do you suppose she knows?
- I don't think so. - If they're as old as Spock claims,
they must have some idea of what's happening.
There's no adult interpretation. I think we're dealing with children,
immensely old perhaps but nonetheless children.
We've got to do something about the others.
We can't even get a glimpse of them.
You couldn't get close to the other kids?
Impossible. They know the area too well, like mice.
I'm going to try.
Miri?
Come here.
- You want to go someplace with me? - Sure.
That little girl--
Is at least 300 years older than you are, yeoman.
Think about it.
Miri is with them! Why?
- Why? - What's she going to do,Jahn?
I don't--I don't know.
I know what we've got to do.
There are more of them than we see.
Somewhere, up in the sky,
maybe, somewhere.
They talk to each other all the time.
You know Grups. You know what they do-- the hurting, the killing.
I remember the way it was.
That's right, the way it was in the before time.
They talk to the other Grups with these little boxes.
Now, if they didn't have those little boxes,
they'd be...all alone.
- Huh? - But they don't see us. We hide.
- Olly olly oxen free! - Olly olly oxen free!
- Olly olly oxen free! - Olly olly oxen free!
No!
It's not a game.
It's real.
They're dangerous. They're Grups. Don't you understand?
Jahn!
All right! Let's hide!
[Thump]
[Children Scream]
Aah!
Aah!
Dead.
I don't understand it. My phaser wasn't set to kill.
Her name was Louise.
She was just a little bit older than I am when it happened.
Oh,Jim.
Data has been fed into the computers.
- Standby. - Acknowledged.
- Are these enough,Jim? - We could use more, if you don't mind.
No, I don't mind.
There couldn't be any doubt about what you found here?
This fellow made these notes
in the last weeks after the disaster began.
I disregard these last entries.
He said himself he was too sick, too far gone
to be sure he wasn't already mad, and I agree,
but based on the entries he made before that,
I know how much time we have.
The ship's computers will verify my figures.
Only a matter of time before we all go mad, destroy each other,
till the last of us finally destroys himself.
What about Miri?
Our guess was correct. They contract the disease
as they enter puberty and their metabolism changes.
The notes indicate it doesn't become acute for a month or so.
I estimate she has perhaps five or six weeks left.
- What about us? - The older the victim,
the more rapid the progress of the disease.
And you? The disease doesn't seem to be interested in you.
I am a carrier. Whatever happens, I can't go back to the ship,
and I do want to go back to the ship, Captain.
Of course, Mr. Spock.
We still don't know what we're fighting.
But we know what it is and how fast it works.
It's progressing. We'll begin to feel it inside soon--
intense fever, great pain in the extremities,
fuzziness of vision.
Of course, those are the early symptoms. There'll be more.
You're certain about the time we have left?
I presume my calculations are correct.
- Is there any possibility-- - This is the Enterprise.
Spock here.
Computer indicates 170 hours, Mr. Spock.
Verified, Captain. We have seven days.
Captain's Log, supplement--
This is the second day of the seven left to us. We've found nothing.
Enterprise is standing by with labs and computers ready to assist us.
There's no data,
no stopping point.
I think I've found it.
Janice, take Miri for a walk.
Yes, sir.
Only one half intact.
- Do you know what they were up to? - More or less.
The idea was to create a new series of diseases--
a chain reaction of viruses meant essentially to extend the life
of the human cell immeasurably.
Unfortunately, they weren't successful. We've seen the results.
You two will have to recreate their thinking.
If you can isolate that virus,
we'll be able to develop a vaccine.
Is that all, Captain? We have five days, you know.
- I know. - [Children's Voices]
- ' Nyah yah yah-yah yah ' - The children.
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
- Anything? - No, nothing.
And you?
[Grate Closes]
Communicators, Captain...
they're gone.
We've got to have those communicators.
Without them, we don't have the computers,
and without the computers, we don't have a chance.
Captain's Log, stardate 2717.3--
Three days, seven hours left to us.
Investigation proves that the supply of food in the area
is running dangerously low.
Unless something is done, the children will starve in a few months.
The disease is working on each of us according to Dr. McCoy's prediction.
Our temper sare growing short.
We're no further along than we were two day sago.
- Haven't you found a thing yet? - Would you like to take a crack at it?
[Glass Breaks]
No! No!
No!
I'm upset, Captain. So upset.
Back on the ship, I used to try to get you to look at my legs.
Captain, look at my legs.
We're all frightened.
[McCoy] Jim, I found something!
The last slide I examined, I failed to make the adjustment.
- The slowing down of my responses-- - What did you find?
The disease-- the one they created 300 years ago.
- There's a chance! - A chance.
At least it's a race now,
and we've just wasted a minute.
That would be some foolie, Miri, but do you think it would work?
I know. I know.
Don't you think I've heard them talk?
They have such little time to do this dumb thing of theirs--
This baninski thing. If we get her away--
that yeoman-- that's one person less to start off with.
But how, Miri, if they're so busy,
if they're going to have the big emergency,
how are you going to get her away?
It's easy. She's always asking me about the youngest Onlies--
"What if they get sick, who takes care of them?
"Do they have enough to eat? Where do they sleep?"
I'll just tell her one of you fell down and got hurt.
- Me. Say it's me. - All right. You.
But Grups-- they know things and all that.
You know, I bet they'll be able to do it with one person less.
Not one-- two.
Because he'll try to find her.
Who? Who will, Miri?
The captain.
He'll try to find her, but he won't...
Mr. Lovey-dovey.
Lovey-dovey--
Bunk bunk on the head.
Bunk bunk! Bunk bunk!
Bunk bunk! Bunk bunk!
Bunk bunk! Bunk bunk!
Bunk bunk! Bunk bunk!
Bunk bunk! Bunk bunk!
Bunk bunk! Bunk bunk!
- It looks right. - The nitrogen cycle-- it has to be.
Yeah, but the question is-- what's the dosage?
Hmm. That is a very good question.
Where is she, Miri? Where's Janice?
What's the matter with you? How should I know?
Where is she?
Has something happened to her?
Don't you feel all right?
No, I don't feel all right!
None of us feel all right!
Can't you see what's going on?
Jim, I don't want anything to happen to you.
- I've got to find Janice. - That's not all, Captain.
We've got to find those communicators.
We're trying. We're trying very hard.
That's not enough! This could be it,
but we can't test it without the ship's computers.
- We've got to have those communicators. - This is the vaccine?
That's what the computers will tell us.
Without them, it could be a beaker full of death.
Did you hear them?
We only have a few hours left.
I don't care.
You've got to care.
Miri...
I'm going to tell you something.
You, your friends,
all the Onlies are going to get the disease
unless we succeed in what we're doing.
- You've seen your friends get it. - Sometimes.
Not sometimes. All the times, Miri!
As soon as you start growing up the way you are--
Don't you know
why you don't like to play games anymore,
why you don't see your friends the way you used to?
It's because you're becoming a young woman...
and the moment you become a young woman,
you get the disease-- all of you.
That's not true. Itjust happens sometimes.
All the time, Miri! It's happening to you right now!
- Look at it! It's in you! - No!
No! No!
Blah, blah, blah!
No, you got the wrong game--
A teacher, I told you!
Now, what does a teacher say, huh?
Yeah.
Study, study, study,
or bunk bunk, bad kid.
- It's not funny. - It's a foolie.
What are you going to do with me?
You think I'd tell you?
[Door Opens]
Miri.
- You're not supposed to be here. - I know.
- Something go wrong? - No.
Okay, then. Don'tjust stand there in the doorway.
Come on in.
- Listen to him. - You listen, Miri.
Why do you think I brought him here? Tell them,Jim.
"Tell them,Jim." "Tell them,Jim."
Tell them,Jim! Tell them,Jim!
Tell them,Jim! Tell them,Jim!
- Tell them,Jim! - Tell them,Jim!
Tell them,Jim! Tell them,Jim!
Tell them,Jim! Tell them,Jim!
Tell them,Jim! Tell them,Jim!
Tell them,Jim! Tell them,Jim!
Listen to me. Listen to me!
No yelling in the classroom!
Look at him-- a very bad citizen.
This isn't a game. It never was a game.
- Call the police! - I'm the police.
- Bunk bunk unless you're good. - You're the teacher.
I got twojobs. Bunk bunk!
[Children] Blah blah blah! Blah blah blah!
Blah blah blah! Blah blah blah!
Listen to me!
You've got our communicators--
the boxes we talk into.
- We need them to talk to the ship. - Blah blah blah!
No blah blah blah!
Because if we don't talk to the ship,
if you don't help us...
there won't be any games anymore.
There won't be anything...
nothing--
no Grups, no Onlies,
nobody left...
forever and ever.
Captain!
Now, listen to me. You've got to help us before it's too late.
Let Janice go.
Give me those communicators before it's too late.
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah '
' Nyah yah yah-yah yah "
You've seen your friends
change one by one as they grew up.
Did you ever see one of them not change?
One by one, they got the disease,
and they became like--
Iike those creatures you're afraid of-- Iike Louise.
They changed and got the disease.
The disease I've got, like Miri has.
Do you understand what I'm saying? You're not babies.
We can help you!
Bunk bunk! Bunk bunk!
No, please. No!
It's waiting foryou. It may only be a matter of months.
Listen to him. He's telling the truth.
He's funny. He thinks he's funny.
- Bunk bunk! Get him! - Look at my arms!
That's what's going to happen to you...
unless you let me help you.
- Bunk bunk! - Bunk bunk!
And the little ones...
what's going to happen to them after you've gone,
after you've turned into creatures like Louise?
They'll still be here, but not for long, because the food's all gone.
You've eaten it.
Maybe six months left, that's all,
and then nothing left to eat,
nobody left to take care of them.
They'll die, too.
Look at my arm. It's happening to me.
- He's telling the truth. - They're Grups!
Bunk bunk! Bunk bunk!
Bunk bunk! Bunk bunk!
You want a foolie? All right.
I dare you.
I double-dare you.
Look at the blood on my face.
Blood on your hands.
Now who's doing the hurting?
Not the Grups.
It's you hurting, yelling, maybe killing,
just like the Grups and creatures you're afraid of.
You're acting like them, and you're going to bejust like them
unless you let me help you.
I'm a Grup...
and I want to help you.
I'm begging you. Let me help you,
or there won't be anything left at all.
Please.
We can't wait for those communicators any longer.
- We must. The vaccine could be fatal. - The disease certainly is.
How long do we have left-- hours, minutes?
How much longer do you want to wait?
Bickering is pointless. I'll check on the captain's progress.
Spock!
Is he dead, Mr. Spock?
Not yet.
- 3 hours, 11 minutes left. - Thank you, Lieutenant.
Keep this channel open. Clear your computers.
- What happened to McCoy? - He injected himself with the vaccine.
He was unconscious when I found him.
Look at his face.
The blemishes are fading.
[Spock] They're fading.
Who will understand the medical mind?
Is this supposed to be a good thing, Miri?
Of course it is.
They were just children. To leave them there with a medical team--
just children-- 300 years old and more.
I've already contacted space central.
- They'll send teachers, advisers. - And truant officers, I presume.
They'll be all right.
Miri--
she really loved you, you know.
Yes.
I never get involved with older women, yeoman.
- Mr. Spock? - Captain?
Full ahead. Warp factor 1 .
Warp factor 1 , Captain.





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TRIVIA


Episode 12. Miri



Kirk tells Spock, "Hold us in a fixed orbit". But Spock is not in control of the ship's navigational controls. That would be the helmsman.
  
No explanation is ever given for why this planet's landmasses are an exact duplicate of those on Earth.
  
Although the children haven't physically aged, the sheer enormity of having to care for themselves and one another for centuries would have left them acting much less like children and more like adults, something we see a little in Miri, but that's all.
  
When Rand is tied to a chair, the rope tying her there changes position between the long and close shots.
  
The landing party is out of contact with the Enterprise for two days because of the missing communicators. Wouldn't the Enterprise notice at some point and beam down some more, or make some other attempt to contact Kirk & Co.?
  
Although the stardate system was introduced to not give an actual year date for "Star Trek", Mr. Spock's estimation that the televison set in Miri's house is three hundred years old puts "Star Trek" in the 23rd century. (1960 + 300 = 2260)
  
The guards are out on patrol when the children steal the communicators - how did the kids get the guards' communicators?

Leonard Nimoy was asked to allow his children to appear as extras but Nimoy refused to let his children be involved in show business. His son, Adam Nimoy, did grow up to become a television director, including a few episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
22 of 22 (Trivia Rating)

Although all the children on the planet die when they reach puberty, Michael J. Pollard, who played Jahn, was 27 years old when this episode aired, and Kim Darby, who played Miri, was 19.
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The girl held by Kirk as he rushes to the lab with his newly recovered communicator, is played by William Shatner's daughter Melanie Shatner.
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Adrian Spies considerably padded out his script with lengthy scene descriptions and stage directions, and when they were edited out the episode was found to be approximately ten minutes too short, leading to a late rewrite of the script by Steven W. Carabatsos. This, combined with the generally poor reaction to the story, led to Gene Roddenberry deciding to never let Spies write any more stories for the show.
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The outdoor scenes of this episode were filmed on the same back lot streets that also were used to create Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show (1960), except that the streets were piled with debris and dirt to create the appearance that the town was in ruins. Several building exteriors familiar from Mayberry can be seen in those exterior shots, including the courthouse, Walker's Drugstore, and the Mayberry Hotel. The long shots of those buildings, however, also reveal that on "The Andy Griffith Show" the two-story buildings that can be seen here were always filmed up close, to create the impression that Mayberry consisted only of one-story structures.
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Director Vincent McEveety directed the episode from a wheelchair, having broken his leg in a skiing accident a few days before shooting began.
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Adrian Spies's original script draft featured a much closer relationship between Kirk and Janice Rand.
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In his original script, Adrian Spies offers no explanation for the existence of a parallel Earth, and its presence has no bearing on the development or outcome of the finished episode. Presumably, the parallel was posited because it would have been prohibitively expensive to have created an entirely alien culture for the episode. In his first volume of Star Trek episode adaptations, James Blish supplies a backstory that is vastly different to that of the "identical Earth" premise depicted in the television episode. Blish wrote that Miri's planet is the fourth planet orbiting the star 70 Ophiuchus, and is a beautiful Earth-like planet having one large and two smaller continents connected by islands. Ophiuchus IV (or Ophiuchus 4 - Blish never names the planet) is located between twelve and fifteen light years from Earth and had been the first planet outside Earth's solar system to be colonized, in this case by refugees from the so-called "Cold Peace" in the early 2100s, about 500 years before the events depicted in the television episode. These colonists were isolationists who violently repulsed the first attempt to contact them by a later expedition from Earth, and so no further contact was attempted. As it turned out, the Ophiuchus system was in a "backwater" part of the galaxy that subsequent years of Earth-based space exploration passed by, and so the belligerent colony was easily ignored and almost forgotten. Around 300 years before the events shown in "Miri", scientists on Ophiuchus IV developed the experimental life-prolongation project that resulted in the deaths of every adult on the planet. Yet despite their close proximity, the distress signal sent by the colony didn't reach Earth because Ophiuchus IV stood between Earth and the center of the Milky Way, whose radiation created interstellar static that drowned out the SOS signal the colony had directed towards Earth.
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Adrian Spies's script turned out to be approximately ten minutes too short, leading to a late rewrite of the script by Steven W. Carabatsos.
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In the original script, the action is basically the same, however around 80% of the dialogue is different from Steven W. Carabatsos' rewrite and the aired episode. Janice is revealed to be 24 years old (James Blish includes this bit in the novelization), and she is considering leaving the Enterprise. (Perhaps an in-story explanation as to why she left the show soon after.) Also, the character of the "Fat Little Boy" is extended, and more emphasis is put on the older kids taking care of the younger ones.
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The first of several "parallel Earth" plots in the series, contrived to save money by avoiding the necessity for "alien" sets, costumes, and makeup.
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Despite being transmitted by the BBC in the UK in December 1970, "Miri" was not broadcast again until the '90s. An official BBC statement by Sheila Cundy of the Programme Correspondence Section reads: "After very careful consideration a top level decision was made not to screen the episodes entitled Star Trek: The Empath (1968), Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy (1969), Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren (1968) and "Miri", because they all dealt most unpleasantly with the already unpleasant subjects of madness, torture, sadism and disease" (BBC form letter, undated, Reference 28/SPC). Apparently, when "Miri" was first broadcast by the BBC (in black and white), several viewers wrote to complain about its content and the BBC reviewed the remainder of the episodes, deeming the three mentioned above as being unsuitable. When the BBC came to restart its showing of the first season (having acquired colour film prints), "Miri" and the others were omitted; in 1984 when the BBC decided to show Star Trek (1966) in prime-time, these episodes were still omitted, despite the continuity announcer telling the audience that they would be "beaming up the whole series." Clips from "Miri" were shown circa 1984 on the I Love TV quiz show, broadcast on a rival station (ITV), possibly because the BBC did not have exclusivity on this episode; a clip was shown of the "glandular changes" scene on a brief late night documentary feature on Star Trek: The Next Generation in late 1987. A little time after this, the UK satellite channel Sky had acquired rights to show all the episodes, and included all the banned ones. Finally, when the BBC was forced to acquire videotape copies of the original series circa 1991 (the film prints being in too poor a condition to broadcast again), they included the banned episodes in their repertoire.
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James Doohan, George Takei and Nichelle Nichols do not appear in this episode.
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When the team first beams down they are standing in downtown Mayberry (The Andy Griffith Show (1960)) with the courthouse in the background along with Floyd's Barber Shop. The building just behind them was used as a bank and Walker's Drug Store.
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In Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and later in her personal blog, William Shatner's middle daughter, Lisabeth Shatner, who was five years old, described her time on the set, describing her fear and confusion during the filming of this episode. She also described her encounters with the other children, her father, and the production staff:

"... once we entered the set and were directed to the costume room ... someone handed me a box with a costume in it, and told me to put it on. Since Halloween was one of my favourite holidays, I opened the box eagerly - I was getting a chance to dress up, and it wasn't even Halloween! However, my excitement was somewhat lessened when I saw the costume. It was a beige, apron-like dress with the words "I Spy" printed on the left pocket. Even at the age of five, I considered myself too mature to wear such a silly costume. I spent the next hour with my left hand over the print ... my mother made matters worse when she asked the costumer if they had any green wigs left. She had seen a little girl walk by with a wig of long, green ratty hair and she wanted one for me. I breathed a sigh of relief when she was informed none were left."

After they left the costume room: "Leslie, who was also appearing in the episode (and got a much better costume than I did), accompanied me to the make-up room to visit dad. When we walked into the room, he was sitting in the make-up chair, his back to us. We ran forward excitedly, relieved to see his familiar outline. When he turned towards us, I caught a glimpse of his arm and saw the skin on the inside of his elbow was covered with a long, bluish-red scab! I blanched, and my dad burst out laughing, and told us to touch the sore. It was made of rubber - at that moment, I realized everything was "pretend." Once I understood that, I relaxed." Only with blood on his hands

Afterward, she and her sister were taken to the set and "a make-up man came around and put dirt smudges on our faces, something which Leslie didn't appreciate very much." When shooting began, she confessed her confusion: "Finally, my father started talking. I understood that his words belonged to the "pretend" realm, but what he was saying still didn't make much sense. "Look at your hands," he commanded. "They have blood on them." When no one moved, he stopped talking. "Well, look at them," he said, and all the kids looked down at their hands. I followed suit, but didn't see anything unusual. I wondered why he told me there was blood on my hands when there wasn't any."

"The next scene didn't clear up my confusion. [ Keith Taylor ] was told to pick me up and carry me towards my father, whereupon I was supposed to take a swipe at my father's face. I knew this part was "pretend." In fact, I couldn't keep a smile off my face every time I got close to hitting him. My father kept saying, "No, no you can't smile," every time I grinned. We had to do it four or five times before I finally could keep a straight face. I wasn't entirely sure why I was supposed to look as if I meant to hit him."

For the last scene Lisabeth was, where Kirk and the Onlies run to the lab: "My father entered carrying me, and set me down next to the actress playing Janice Rand, who was kneeling on the floor. The scene took a long time to film. Eventually, I began looking around the room, and discovered I had a bird's eye view of the top of the actress's head. I was utterly fascinated by her hair, which was woven into a chequered pattern on top. I stared at that hair for a long time, wondering if it was possible to actually play checkers on it."
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This is the only episode in which the men's Enterprise uniform tops are revealed to be fastened by hidden zippers, as shown when Kirk's and McCoy's tunics are opened at the neck.
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This takes place in 2266.
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John Decker and Scott Dweck are Grace Lee Whitney's sons. As an adult, Scott would return in a feature film appearance as a Vulcan Enterprise crewmember in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
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Phil Morris and Iona Morris were the children of Mission: Impossible (1966) star Greg Morris, and would both appear as characters in later incarnations of Star Trek.
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The font of the closing credits in this episode is different than any other first season episode.
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This episode has a number of connections to The Andy Griffith Show (1960). The outdoor scenes are shot on the streets of the set that stood in for the town of Mayberry. Visible are the old courthouse, barber shop, feed and grain store, Walker's Drugs, bank, grocery store and the building with the small porch into which the crew runs is the old Hotel Mayberry. Michael J. Pollard, who plays Jahn, the leader of the Onlies, played Barney Fife's bumbling cousin in The Andy Griffith Show: Cousin Virgil (1962). And, when Kirk asks Spock to estimate in what time period the town seems to be, Spock responds with "1960," the year that series debuted.
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During the Friday night end-of-the-week party on 26 August, after filming this episode, Grace Lee Whitney claims to have been sexually assaulted by a member of the show whom she identifies only as "The Executive" in her autobiography The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy. She was fired soon afterwards, strengthening her depression and alcohol addiction.
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Darleen Roddenberry and Dawn Roddenberry are the daughters of Gene Roddenberry.
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This is the first appearance of McCoy's portable biocomputer.
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The sound of Kirk's phaser firing is unique to this episode. So is the appearance of the beam itself, which oscillates in and out of the emitter.
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This was child actress Kellie Flanagan's first television role. She played the Blonde Girl standing on the table in the schoolhouse. Between takes her agent, Dorothy Day Otis, got her a line to deliver during the scene, which led to Flanagan receiving her SAG card.
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This was the first episode produced by Gene L. Coon, and Gene Roddenberry (previously the line producer) serving as Executive Producer.
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John Arndt (Fields) was a regular extra; he also played unnamed crewmen in Star Trek: Dagger of the Mind (1966) and Star Trek: Space Seed (1967) and Sturgeon in Star Trek: The Man Trap (1966). When Arndt appeared in Star Trek: Balance of Terror (1966), his character was named Fields.
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Jim Goodwin (John Farrell), who previously appeared in Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) and Star Trek: The Enemy Within (1966), makes his final appearance in the series.
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Stephen McEveety was the nephew of director Vincent McEveety.
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This is the first episode to feature outdoor shooting after Star Trek: The Cage (1986), featuring the redressed exterior sets from The Andy Griffith Show (1960), which were located on the "40 Acres" backlot, property of Desilu studios at the time. Other episodes filmed at the "40 Acres" sets are Star Trek: The Return of the Archons (1967) and Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967).
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Fred B. Phillips was responsible for the creation the "rubber scabs" worn by the infected crew, which has been described as a "simple matter" for Phillips to create. It was his choice of colour that added the dramatic edge.
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The signal coming from the planet can be heard in The Outer Limits: The Man Who Was Never Born (1963), which also featured make-ups by Fred B. Phillips.
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The sphere model used for Miri's homeworld has the same geographical configuration of its continents as modern Earth, only without any clouds. Recycled footage of the Enterprise orbiting "Earth" can be seen in Star Trek: Tomorrow Is Yesterday (1967) and Star Trek: Assignment: Earth (1968). In the former episode, clouds were added in post-production, although in some instances, the original "cloudless" model can be seen. In the latter, they simply reused the footage from "Miri" without any clouds. The same Earth globe was also used in Star Trek: Shore Leave (1966) and Star Trek: Arena (1967), printed backwards and with exotic colour tints added.
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"Miri" is not only the shortest episode title (and its sole proper name title) in the Original Series, but the only one that is rendered on-screen in italicized type.
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This is the first of eleven episodes in which all action aboard the Enterprise is confined to the bridge. The others are Star Trek: A Taste of Armageddon (1967), Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (1967), Star Trek: Errand of Mercy (1967), Star Trek: Metamorphosis (1967), Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais? (1967), Star Trek: Bread and Circuses (1968), Star Trek: Spectre of the Gun (1968), Star Trek: The Empath (1968), Star Trek: Plato's Stepchildren (1968), and Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy (1969).
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This is the only one of the eight episodes in which Janice Rand appears in which she leaves the Enterprise.
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In the Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations novel Forgotten History, Miri's homeworld is described as being an alternative version of Earth from a parallel universe which arrived in the primary universe as a result of a subspace confluence. It was eventually returned to its own universe by the same process in 2275, having been transposed with a Vedala planetoid from the same universe.
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At the end of the episode, Captain Kirk tells Janice Rand, "I never get involved with older women, Yeoman." Grace Lee Whitney was older than William Shatner.
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Clocking in at a minute and ten seconds, this episode's teaser is the shortest of any in the original series.


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