Friday, September 16, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 31. Catspaw


Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)

Episode 31. Catspaw

Story, Script & Trivia


Episode 31. Catspaw

Season:    2
Air Date:    1967-10-27
Stardate:    3018.2
Writer:    Robert Bloch, Dorothy Fontana
Director:    Joseph Pevney
Guests:    Antoinette Bower (Sylvia?), Theo Marcuse (Korob?), Michael Barrier (DeSalle?), Jimmy Jones

Strange things happen to a landing party consisting of Jackson, Sulu, and Scotty when they beam down to planet Pyrus 7. Sulu and Scott disappear, then Jackson returns to the Enterprise and promptly dies without a readily apparent cause. A strange voice coming from Jackson's mouth then tells Kirk that there is a curse on the Enterprise, which must leave or the crew will all die.

When Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to investigate, leaving DeSalle in command and Chekov as his sidekick, they are enveloped in fog. They also detect multiple life readings, despite the fact that the Enterprise's sensors detect only the landing party. The landing party subsequently encounters three witches and a medieval castle. Upon entering the castle, they are confronted by a black cat. While exploring the cobweb-draped interior, they fall through a hole in the floor which opens up beneath them and then suddenly find themselves held in irons in the castle's dungeon. Sulu and Scott, now both Zombies, release the prisoners and begin leading them away. When Kirk attempts to overpower them, they all materialize in front of the robed Korob and his "precious" black cat whom he appears to consult for advice.

Spock questions Korob as to why previous surveys have not detected life on the planet, and Korob admits that he is not native to the planet. Korob makes a meal magically appear, but Kirk, Spock, and McCoy profess not to be hungry. He then makes plates full of gemstones appear and offers them as an incentive for leaving without further inquiry, but Kirk claims that the Enterprise can manufacture them in bulk and is not impressed. The cat leaves, and shortly thereafter Korob's colleague Sylvia appears. However, around her neck is the same diamond pendant that had been worn by the cat. Kirk overpowers the Zombie Scott, takes his phaser, and demands that Sulu and Scott be released and that their weapons and communicators be returned. Sylvia responds by waving a model of the Enterprise over a candle. The real Enterprise experiences extreme heat, and narrowly avoids burning up when Kirk removes the model and offers to cooperate. To prevent interference from the Enterprise, the model is encased a glass, surrounding the actual Enterprise with a force field it cannot break free from.

Kirk and Spock are chained again in the dungeon, and McCoy is added to the collection of Zombies. Sylvia is meanwhile enjoying the sensual pleasures of her new existence, and mocks Korob for being afraid to use his power when he complains that she is abusing the specimens. Kirk pretends to fall in love with Sylvia in order to pump her for information. She responds by changing into a number of different attractive forms. Kirk learns that Korob and Sylvia have been sent to study the galaxy, using a device called the transmuter. However, Sylvia discovers by probing his mind that Kirk is manipulating her, and becomes angry.

Meanwhile, the Enterprise is breaking free through the efforts of DeSalle. Korob releases the Enterprise from its encasement, then sets Kirk and Spock free and tells them to leave immediately because be can no longer control Sylvia. Sylvia changes to a giant black cat, attacks Korob, and attempts to kill Kirk and Spock. Kirk grabs Korob's scepter, which he suspects to be the mysterious transmuter. After fending off attacks from McCoy, Scott, and Sulu, Kirk tells Sylvia that he has the scepter. Sylvia tries to finagle it away from him, but he breaks the scepter in front of Sylvia. The castle vanishes, and Sylvia and Korob appear as the bizarre blue and yellow puppet-like alien beings they are. Unable to survive in this galaxy without the transmuter, they shrivel up and melt away and Sulu and Scott are returned to normal.


Still no response, sir.
No, keep it open.
I don't like this.
Nothing since the first check-in.
Scott and Sulu should've contacted us again ...
a half an hour ago.
They may have nothing to report.
Our sensors indicate no life-forms...
except our landing party.
Both those men are well aware...
of landing party procedure.
They should've checked in by now.
Contact established, Captain.
Jackson to Enterprise.
Enterprise. Kirk here.
One to beam up, Enterprise.
Where are Scott and Sulu?
I'm ready to beam up, sir.
Sorry. I can't clear it, Captain.
Notify Transporter Room to prepare to beam up ...
one landing party member.
Have Dr. McCoy report to me there on the double.
Ready, sir.
What's on, Jim?
Jackson, where are the others?
The man is dead.
[Male Voice] Captain Kirk ...
can you hear me?
There is a curse on your ship.
Leave this place...
or you will all die.
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 3018.2.
Crewman Jackson is dead ...
and there are no apparent physical causes.
Mr. Scott and Mr. Sulu are still out of touch ...
on the planet below.
Leaving Assistant Chief Engineer DeSalle ...
in command of the Enterprise ...
I'm beaming down to the planet's surface ...
to find my two missing crewmen ...
and discover what killed Jackson.
Odd. Our probe data didn't indicate fog.
No cloud formations. No bodies of water.
No changes in surface temperature.
Under these conditions ...
fog is highly unlikely.
According to our transporter coordinates ...
this is the exact location ...
from which Jackson was beamed up to the ship.
Readings, Mr.Spock.
No indications of --
Just a moment, Captain.
Picking up life-form readings.
"24 degrees, mark 7.
Range 137.16 meters."
Multiple readings, Captain.
Scott and Sulu?
Kirk to Enterprise.
Enterprise. Lieutenant Uhura here.
What are the ship's sensors reading now, Lieutenant?
Report, Mister.
I am only picking up physical impulses ...
from the three of them.
As far as instruments can make out ...
there is nothing else down there that's alive.
Relay, Lieutenant.
Captain, we are only registering on you.
Captain Kirk?
Lieutenant, can you hear me?
Whatever this stuff is ...
it's getting thicker.
Suppose that has anything to do ...
with the interference?
I don't know.
There has to be some explanation ...
for the fact that the ship's sensors ...
can't register anything but us ...
while we read multiple life-forms.
Are they still there?
No change, Captain.
Standby alert.
[Voices Wailing]
Now, what do you think that --
[Voices Getting Louder]
Captain Kirk!
Captain Kirk!
Captain Kirk!
Who are you?
Go back!
Go back!
Go back!
Remember the curse!
Wind shall rise ...
and fog descend ...
so leave here, all ...
or meet your end.
Very bad poetry, Captain.
A more useful comment, Mr. Spock.
What we've just seen is not real.
That's useful.
However, on Azimuth 24, at just over 100 meters ...
there are definitely life-forms.
Erratic, confused ...
but definitely registering.
That's where we go.
That was a pretty real illusion, Mr. Spock.
This is the source ...
of the life-form readings, Captain.
They're inside.
Kirk to Enterprise.
Enterprise, come in.
Is this how we lost contact ...
with the first landing party?
What about it, Spock?
Does this structure ...
affect communicator interference?
I would say not, Captain.
There's no indication of anything ...
that would cause such interference.
And it doesn't pick up on our ship's sensors.
Nor do our sensors register the life-forms inside.
Could be exerting a force field of some kind ...
that cuts into our sensor scan.
Then it would affect Spock's tricorder, too.
Wouldn't it?
Would it?
I wonder.
Three witches ...
what appears to be a castle and a black cat.
If we weren't missing two officers ...
and a third one dead ...
I'd say someone was playing ...
an elaborate trick or treat.
Trick or treat, Captain?
Yes, Mr. Spock.
You'd be a natural.
I'll explain it to you one day.
Shall we have a look around?
That would seem to be in order.
Bones, Spock.
They're gone, Mr. DeSalle.
The captain and the others ...
simply stopped registering.
Check for malfunctions.
I did, sir, as soon as it happened.
Mr. DeSalle, that's exactly what happened ...
to Mr. Scott and his party.
They ...
they just disappeared.
Nobody just disappears.
They may have encountered a magnetic field ...
or some other obstruction.
Mr. Chekov, recalibrate your sensors.
If you need help --
I can do it, sir.
I'm not that green.
Lieutenant Uhura, continue in your efforts ...
to break through that static interference.
Aye-aye, sir.
We know they're down there.
I want them found.
Straight ahead, Mr. Spock?
The readings would so indicate.
Dust, cobwebs --
Halloween is right.
Are you all right?
I am undamaged, Captain.
You were saying something about trick or treat.
Dungeons ...
curses ...
skeletons and iron maidens --
They're all Earth manifestations.
I do not know ...
but these things do exist.
They are ...
Could this be an Earth parallel development ...
of some sort?
None of this parallels any human development.
It's more like a human nightmare.
As if someone knew what it was ...
that terrifies man most ...
on an instinctive level.
Ghost stories ...
ogres, demons ...
all --
[Door Unlocks]
Scotty, Sulu --
Put down the phaser.
They appear to be drugged, Jim.
Look at their eyes.
Hardly blink at all.
Neither did Jackson Just before he collapsed.
These two are alive.
Scotty, do you hear me?
Sulu, do you know who I am?
What's happened to you?
I think they're going to release us.
Whoever you are ...
you've proven your skill at creating illusion.
Now I want to know why ...
and what you've done to my men.
Where did your race ...
get this ridiculous predilection ...
for resistance, hmm?
You examine any object.
You question everything.
Is it not enough to accept what is?
Not when one of my men is dead ...
and two others turned into mindless --
Not mindless. These two are merely controlled ...
Captain Kirk.
Oh, yes, we know who you are.
All of you.
Don't we, my precious?
Who are you?
Why did you bring us here?
My name is Korob.
And as for bringing you here ...
it was you who quite contrarily insisted upon coming.
You were warned to stay away.
But why?
For what reason?
Why all the mumbo-jumbo?
Oh, no, I assure you it was not that, Captain.
Mapping expeditions have charted this solar system before.
There never have been any life-forms ...
on Pyrus 7.
It is of no importance ...
that we are not native to this planet.
Oh! I'm-- I'm told ...
that I've been an inattentive host, gentlemen.
You will join me...
for something to refresh yourselves.
That cat.
That cat.
There are ancient Earth legends ...
about wizards and their familiars.
Demons in animal forms ...
sent by Satan to serve the wizard.
I do not create the legend, Captain.
I merely report it.
You are the, uh ...
different one, Mr. Spock.
You do not think like the others.
There are no colors to your patterns of logic.
There's only black and white.
You see all this around you ...
yet you do not believe.
He doesn't know about trick or treat.
I do not understand that reference ...
therefore it also is of no importance.
Gentlemen ...
I can be most hospitable.
Do be seated.
We're not hungry.
But I insist.
[Captain Kirk] All right. What do you want from us?
For the moment, merely that you eat and enjoy.
Oh, Doctor, do try the wine.
You'll find it excellent.
You'll find us most uncooperative ...
unless you start explaining yourself.
Hopefully I can change that attitude.
These look real.
Oh, they are, I assure you.
Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires --
all the crystalline forms ...
you cherish above all things.
A fortune of them for each of you ...
if you leave here without further inquiry.
We could manufacture a ton of these on our ship.
They mean nothing to us.
I don't understand. I read--
Whatever it is you read ...
you read it wrong.
As for leaving, we'll leave when we're ready.
You are most, um ...
Perhaps I have made a small mistake.
Nevertheless, you have passed the tests.
Yes. Our analysis of you ...
may have been in some small way in error ...
but you were warned to stay away ...
and yet you came to save your comrades.
That proves loyalty.
Your bravery was tested ...
and you did not frighten.
And despite my failure with these bright baubles ...
I perceived that you cannot be bribed.
In many ways you are quite admirable.
Oh, quite right.
Go at once, yes.
Gentlemen, my colleague Sylvia.
Dr. McCoy ...
Mr. Spock ...
and Captain Kirk.
You wanted to know what we did to your men.
Actually it's a simple matter for us ...
to probe the minds of creatures like yourself.
Mind probing?
You like to think of yourselves ...
as complex creatures ...
but you're flawed.
One gains admittance to your minds ...
through many levels.
You have too many to keep track of yourselves.
There are unguarded entrances ...
to any human mind.
Not entirely.
No, telepathy doesn't imply control ...
and I assure you that I have full control ...
over your friends.
Don't move!
Cover them.
Now, I want the rest of our weapons ...
and our equipment.
I want some answers.
Put that weapon down!
Captain, it seems so foolish of you ...
to insist on demonstrations.
In the mythology of your race ...
this is called sympathetic magic.
Jackson, the crew member who returned to the ship ...
you wondered what killed him.
I made an image of him.
In the essence of my thoughts ...
the image was Jackson.
And when I killed the image ...
and knew that it was dead ...
he died.
You can't think a man to death.
Your communicator.
Now ...
signal your ship.
Sylvia, don't.
Kirk to Enterprise. Come in.
Come in.
[Alarm Sounding]
From Captain Kirk. Come in.
Captain, are you all right?
Where are you?
Are the others all right?
Never mind us. What's happening there?
The temperature, sir --
keeps rising.
Reading, Mister.
It's up 60 degrees in the past 30 seconds.
We're burning up, sir.
DeSalle ...
channel bypass power ...
into your heat dissipation units.
We've already done it, Captain.
It had no effect.
We're cooking up here.
All right.
I'll handle it down here. Kirk out.
You've won.
Hee hee!
You can relax now, Captain.
Your ship is safe.
Temperature is almost back to normal --
dropping down fast.
Lieutenant, try to raise the captain again.
Enterprise to Captain Kirk.
Come in, please.
Enterprise to Captain Kirk.
We've lost him again, Mr. DeSalle.
Captain, you've seen something of our science ...
now -- now tell us about yours.
You seem to be singing a different tune.
I'd rather know more about yours.
You call it magic, you call it science.
It seems unrelated to both of them.
What would you name it?
I wouldn't attempt naming it.
You seem to do with your mind ...
what we do with tools.
You alter matter --
move it about by telekinesis.
Yes, we can change the molecular struct --
Korob, you talk too much.
You kept Scott and Sulu as cat's-paws ...
to lure us down here.
How'd you know we'd come?
Oh, we didn't have to know.
They knew.
Enough of this!
You will tell us what we want to know.
It's too late for threats.
You let me contact the ship.
How long will it be before a search party arrives?
Quite some time.
There will be no search party, Captain Kirk.
An impenetrable force field ...
around your ship, Captain.
It will not hinder orbit ...
but your people are prisoners within it.
It's some kind of a force field, sir ...
but not like any other I've ever heard of before.
It's not coming from anywhere.
It's simply all around us.
I would advise you to cooperate, Captain.
Forcible extraction of the information we wish from you ...
is not complicated ...
but it is extremely painful ...
and it has a certain draining effect.
We have nothing to discuss.
Take them to their cell.
The doctor will stay.
You're next, Captain. It makes little difference.
Take them out of here.
Wave length analysis, Mr. Chekov.
It will not analyze, sir.
All right ...
but it's there, and it's real.
If it's real, it can be affected.
Engineering, stand by to divert all power systems ...
to the outer hull.
Prepare impulse engines for generation of maximum heat ...
directed as ordered.
Maybe we can't break it ...
but I'll bet you credits to navy beans ...
we can put a dent in it.
How long has it been?
22 minutes, 17 seconds.
I wonder what they're doing to Doc.
I'm sure we'll find out shortly.
Jim ...
all of these things that we've seen --
to an Earthman like yourself ...
they must seem quite familiar.
Startling ...
not rational.
I refer you to the psychological theory ...
of the racial subconscious.
The universal myths, symbols --
Ghosts, witches.
And dungeons and castles and black cats.
They all belong to the twilight world of consciousness.
They tried to tap our conscious mind.
And they missed.
They reached basically only the subconscious.
Korob seemed puzzled ...
by your reaction to the environment he'd provided.
He expected me to react ...
as though it were all normal.
Well, he admitted that they weren't native to this planet.
And not to have a knowledge of our scientific methods ...
is most unlikely for any life-form ...
we've met in this galaxy.
They refer to us as creatures ...
as though we were some species ...
that they were unfamiliar with.
Well, if we're creatures ...
I wonder what they're really like.
Evidently something totally alien ...
in all respects.
Agreed. Totally alien.
And I don't like hostile strangers ...
showing such an acute interest ...
in our galaxy, our world.
Not at all like friendly visitors.
We're going to have to stop them cold.
But at the moment ...
I, too, am at a loss at this time ...
to suggest a course of action.
[Door Opens]
Oh, Bones.
You forget what we were sent here for.
I forget nothing. I'm not a puppet, Korob, like you.
You're a traitor.
You are a fool.
We have nothing like this ...
and I like it.
To touch, to feel ...
to understand the idea of luxury --
I like it.
And I don't intend to leave it.
We have a duty to the old ones.
What do they know of sensations?
This is a new world.
You're cruel.
You torture our specimens.
And that, too, is a new sensation.
I find it stimulating.
You're wrong!
You're discarding everything we live by.
I live by my own decisions.
You're a weak fool, Korob.
I have the power.
But you're afraid to use it.
Don't threaten me.
I can squash you...
and that would be an interesting sensation, yes.
I find I like these new sensations.
Don't try to push me.
Oh, Captain.
It's time for our talk.
Korob, leave us alone ...
and take these men with you.
This is not ended, Sylvia.
But it may end soon, old man.
What now?
You wave your magic wand and destroy my mind, too?
There's no real damage to the mind, Captain ...
simply a drain of knowledge and will.
You don't call that damage?
Why should I?
You'd know ...
if you had compassion.
A woman should have compassion ...
but I forget you're not a woman.
But you're mistaken, Captain.
I am a woman now.
I come from a world without sensation ...
as you and I now know it.
It excites me.
I want more.
You seem to need us. Why?
Because you have knowledge which I lack ...
but were our abilities put together --
Tell me about power, Captain.
How does it feel?
What about Korob?
He is a fool.
I'll do without him.
But you --
Why do I find you different?
Why would it be so difficult to dispose of you?
Why don't you simply probe my mind ...
and get what you want?
No, not that, not for you.
What I want is ...
is a joining --
my mind to yours willingly.
Think of the secrets you could learn.
Think of the power that would be yours.
Anything you can imagine, I can give you.
You're very persuasive.
What happens if I go along?
Then everything would be ours together.
I've never conceived of the idea of togetherness before.
It excites me.
You excite me. Why?
For the same reasons you excite me.
You're a very beautiful woman.
You find me beautiful?
But I can be many women.
You like what you see ...
or do you prefer me as I was?
You have a knack for giving me difficult choices.
You have nothing like that where you come from?
Your people ...
when they come here --
They're like ...
like feathers in the wind without the transmuter.
The source.
You will learn.
I will teach you later -- Later.
Then it's a device. You do use tools.
Oh, it gives only form.
You're teaching me substance.
You haven't changed your mind?
You won't return home?
My home is here with you --
a billion worlds of sensation to pick and choose.
You are using me.
You hold me in your arms ...
and there is no fire in your mind.
You're trying to deceive me!
It's here like words on a page.
You are using me.
And why not? You've been using me and my crew.
[Door Opens]
You will be swept away --
you, your men, your ship ...
your worlds!
I don't see any change.
It's there, Lieutenant.
It was that electrical field we set up, Mr. DeSalle ...
that dent you wanted.
It's not much ...
but it is a start.
Keep it up, Mr. Chekov.
Channel the entire output ...
of reactors 1, 2, and 3 ...
into the relay stations.
Whatever it is, it's starting to weaken.
I've released the model of your ship ...
from the crystal ...
although they would have freed themselves soon.
It's difficult to control so many things ...
in so little time.
You must go before she finds the weapon is missing.
Not without my men.
They're not your men anymore.
They belong to Sylvia.
I can no longer control them...
or her.
She's irrational --
the strain of adopting to your form ...
the insatiable desire for sensation and experience.
She's a great danger ...
and it was not necessary.
We could have entered your galaxy in peace.
You came in a ship?
We used the transmuter.
Transmuter, yes. She mentioned that.
There's no time to explain now.
She means to destroy us all.
There might still be a chance.
Why a cat?
Racial memories.
The cat is the most ruthless ...
most terrifying of animals ...
as far back as the saber-toothed tiger.
I think I can stop her.
You better let us.
It's out of energy.
She must have drained it.
We could have jumped Scott and Sulu at any time.
We didn't know.
No way out.
It's my problem.
She's one of my kind.
Come quickly.
Do you think you can make it?
Ready when you are, Captain.
Get ready.
Get back.
Get back.
Get back! Get back!
Korob, that door won't last.
Get back!
Get back! Get back!
Quickly, Captain.
Korob seemed to think this was important.
Said something about a transmuter.
Captain, a bit more alacrity, if you please.
Well, at least we found them.
Fortuitous, Captain.
And now that we have them all together?
Most unpleasant situation, Captain.
If only your phaser had some power.
Maybe we do.
Sylvia ...
I have the transmuter.
It's mine now.
You're very clever, Captain --
more so than I'd imagined.
Clever ...
resourceful ...
and handsome.
Don't let her touch the wand, Captain.
Don't you get tired of these games?
I've never played games. Give it to me.
I wasn't sure before, but I am now.
This is the source of your power.
Not the source. It's an amplifier.
The mind is the source.
Mine's simple. Yours has the key ...
but you don't know how to use it.
I catch on quickly.
Come with me. I'll teach you. You'll teach me.
Because your people have nothing of your own?
We need your dreams, your ambition.
With them, I can build. Give me the transmuter.
You fool.
Don't you know what you're giving up?
Everything that your species finds desirable.
Look at me.
I am a woman. I am all women.
I don't know what you are ...
but you're not a woman.
You've tortured my men ...
and taken their minds from them.
You ask for love and return pain instead.
Korob was wrong.
I didn't destroy all your weapons.
Give me the transmuter.
Give it to me!
What happened,Jim?
That'll take some explaining, Bones.
Everything's vanished.
Not everything.
Korob and Sylvia as they really are.
Their forms were an illusion ...
like the castle and everything else.
The power pack gave them reality.
A life-form totally alien to our galaxy.
If we could preserve and study this ...
too late.
All of this, Just an illusion.
No illusion.
Jackson is dead.
Kirk to Enterprise. Come in.
[Uhura] Standing by, Captain.
Five to beam up.

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Episode 31. Catspaw

Spock says "the cat is the most ruthless, the most terrifying, of animals." First of all, does he really think a cat is more ruthless and terrifying then, say, a shark? Second, why does Spock, with his encyclopedic memory, limit himself to Earth animals? Are we really supposed to believe the cat is the most ruthless and terrifying animal in the known galaxy of the future?
Despite the fact he had already heard Korob speaking through Jackson, and the three witches use his name, and the trail led past the witches to the castle where Korob lives, Kirk seems surprised that Korob knows his name when they meet face-to-face.
When Kirk, Spock and Dr. McCoy see that Scotty and Sulu have been "brainwashed", Kirk mentions that they are hardly blinking. Spock reminds them that neither did Jackson before he died. However, Spock was not present when Jackson returned to the Enterprise, and it's unlikely anyone would have bothered to tell him.
When Korob, Kirk, and Spock are chased back to the dungeon by the giant cat, Korob slams the door shut as though it were made of cardboard. Later, when the door falls, it's heavy enough to crush him.
Spock seems completely unaware of the Earth custom of Halloween. Yet, later in the episode, he explains wizards and their 'familiars'. Also, it seems unlikely that Spock wouldn't have known about Halloween considering his extensive study of humans and their customs.
It's not totally impossible, but DeSalle was a biologist with a gold shirt in his last appearance ("This Side of Paradise"). In this episode he wears a red shirt and is an assistant chief engineer.
First appearance of Ensign Pavel Chekov.
Final appearance of Lieutenant DeSalle, who has since been promoted to assistant chief engineer since "This Side of Paradise". If one counts the fan-made "Star Trek: New Voyages" as canonical, then DeSalle would eventually rise to the rank of lieutenant commander and become chief helmsman of the Enterprise.

The voices of the little creatures in the final scene are the sounds made by newly-hatched alligators calling for their mother.
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First appearance of Pavel Chekov, though not the first one broadcast--that honor goes to Star Trek: Amok Time (1967). Notice that Walter Koenig was still growing his hair out and therefore had to wear a rather unconvincing wig.
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James Doohan (Scotty) lost his right middle finger during World War II. Most of his scenes are shot to hide it; however, it is very noticeable here. When Scotty is holding a phaser pistol on Kirk and Spock, only two fingers are holding the butt of the phaser.
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Korob and Sylvia refer to their leaders as the Old Ones, and imply that they are close by. Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft referred to the inhuman gods in his short stories as Old Ones; their being "nearby" was standard fare in his writings. Episode author Robert Bloch was a friend and disciple of Lovecraft. A similar reference occurs in Bloch's Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of? (1966).
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A detailed metal prop miniature of the Enterprise was created for this episode, then laminated in lucite as one of Korob's tricks. The miniature was donated to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum by Gene Roddenberry.
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The three witches seen towards the start of the episode were intended to be shown as floating severed heads, hence the reaction from the landing party at their appearance. The characters wore black turtlenecks against a black backdrop, with light shining directly up into the face. Unfortunately, the effect did not work and the turtlenecks worn by the actors can clearly be seen. Even in the remastered version of the episode, this oversight is still present.
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Scotty's only dialogue is the statement, "Everything's vanished". Sulu doesn't speak at all; he simply nods "yes" and "no" when queried by Kirk, and later cries "aha!" before engaging Kirk in hand-to-hand combat.
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The title of this episode, "Catspaw", is a term that describes a person used by another as a dupe. As McCoy points out, Scott and Sulu are used as catspaws to lure more crewmen down.
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The Three Witches are iconic characters from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, a play which inspired frequent allusions throughout this series.
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The ornithoid lifeforms were marionettes composed of blue fluff, pipe cleaners, crab pincers, and other materials. The marionettes were operated with thick, black threads that were clearly visible; most of this was corrected in the remastered version of the episode.
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First episode produced for the second season.
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This episode takes place in 2267.
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First time ever Assistant Chief Engineer, Lt. DeSalle (played by Michael Barrier) was in command of Enterprise in this episode. Captain Kirk, and second-in-command Mr. Spock beamed down on the planet Pyrus VII to rescue third-in-command Chief Engineer Scotty and fourth-in-command helmsman Sulu leaving the command to Lt. DeSalle. Lt. DeSalle became fifth officer in charge of Enterprise command. Also, this was the third and last appearance of Lt. DeSalle in the show. He had appeared previously in Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos (1967) and Star Trek: This Side of Paradise (1967).
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Fittingly, the episode was first aired during the week of Halloween.
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Theodore Marcuse died in a car accident one month after this episode aired.
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The short scene of crewmen in turtleneck uniforms walking in a corridor during red alert is stock footage from Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966). This marks the last time that these uniforms are worn by Enterprise crewmembers.
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Robert Bloch based this episode very loosely on his own short story "Broomstick Ride." Bloch also wrote Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of? (1966) In both episodes, the "Old Ones" figure into the guest characters' backstories.

This episode introduces two plot elements that were revisited in stories later in season 2. First, the theme of extragalactic aliens taking Human form and then becoming inundated with Human sensations was revisited in Star Trek: By Any Other Name (1968). Second, the subject of an eccentric man with uncommon powers and accompanied by an apparently intelligent black cat, who later turns into a black haired woman, is revisited in Star Trek: Assignment: Earth (1968).

One of the cat's roars was recycled as the trademark growl for Bowser in various games such as Mario Party (1998) and Mario Golf (1999).

This is the first episode in which a scope can be seen at the engineering station on the bridge. The science station scope was slightly altered for this episode; it is of a lighter color than the science scope used in episodes of the first season and has a circular control added to its left side. This dial control, as first seen in this episode, would remain throughout Seasons 2 and 3.

The role of Crewman Jackson was played by regular Trek stuntman Jay Jones. Jones is credited as "Jimmy Jones", whom some sources believed was Jones' brother. However, in a 1996 retrospective interview, Jay claimed that the role of Jackson was played by himself as his first assignment on Star Trek and makes no mention of a brother named Jimmy being involved on the show.

This is the first episode to feature all 7 of the "classic" cast members who would be brought back for future big screen adventures: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov, although they do not all appear in the same scene together.

The blue planet used in this episode as Pyris VII (albeit a darker blue to illustrate the spookiness of the planet) was reused in subsequent episodes, representing Argelius II in Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold (1967), Sigma Iotia II in Star Trek: A Piece of the Action (1968), Troyius in Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius (1968) and Scalos in Star Trek: Wink of an Eye (1968) which were all lighter blue color.

In this episode, DeSalle wears a red engineering tunic, unlike the gold command tunic he wore in Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos (1967) and Star Trek: This Side of Paradise (1967). The character started out as a navigator in the former, then served as a science officer in the latter, ending up as an engineer here.

Spock's reference to the witches' "very bad poetry" echoes his earlier remarks about the Air Force's "poor photography" in Star Trek: Tomorrow Is Yesterday (1967).

This was the first of two times that Captain Kirk and Spock were cornered by a giant cat. The second was in Star Trek: The Animated Series: Once Upon a Planet (1973).

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