Friday, September 16, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 68. Plato's Stepchildren


Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)

Episode 68. Plato's Stepchildren

Story, Script & Trivia


Episode 68. Plato's Stepchildren

Season:    3
Air Date:    1968-11-22
Stardate:    5784.0
Writer:    Meyer Dolinsky
Director:    David Alexander
Guests:    Michael Dunn, Liam Sullivan, Barbara Babcock, Ted Scott, Derek Partridge

When the Enterprise diverts to answer a medical emergency on an unknown planet, its crew discovers a group of natives of the star Sandara who claim to have traveled to Earth during the time of Plato and Socrates after their star supernovaed. When Greek civilization died, they left and settled on their current planet, which they call Platonius. The Platonians have very long life spans but are easily injured. They are also sadistic psychokinetics who amuse themselves by manipulating Alexander the Dwarf.

McCoy attempts to treat a minor cut their Philosopher-King Parman has sustained and which has become massively infected. However, Parman has a high fever and begins to become delirious. Unfortunately, his delirium translates into moving, shaking, and breaking of objects, including the Enterprise. Fortunately, when McCoy hypos Parman, the psychokinetic fits end. When Parman comes to, Parman, Queen Shirana (who is 2300 years old), Dianide, Eristethis, and the other Platonians begin to make life miserable for Kirk, McCoy, and Spock in order to convince McCoy to stay behind and act as their personal physician.

Parman first makes Kirk slap himself in the face repeatedly, then makes Kirk and Spock sing and perform silly songs for them. He also makes Spock laugh. When McCoy begs Parman not to continue forcing Spock to laugh, Parman makes him cry hysterically. In a final insult, Kirk acts as a whinnying horse while Alexander rides on his back.

Spock and Kirk question Alexander and find that the Platonians' powers developed 6 months 14 days after their arrival. Spock surmises that a substance found in the planet's food, is responsible for their mental powers, since the Platonians began consuming native foods after consuming their 2-3 months of supply. The chemical kironide is found to work in conjunction with pituitary growth hormone, explaining why the dwarf Alexander is unaffected.

The Platonians force Uhura and Nurse Chapel to beam down for their further amusement. They force Spock to serenade Chapel, and Kirk to kiss Uhura. Kirk and Spock also are forced to take a hot poker and a whip and pretend to use them on the women. Alexander tries to stab Parman, but is discovered and forced to turn the knife on himself. However, Kirk gives the Platonians a taste of their own medicine when he stops Alexander using the psychokinetic power he has acquired using a kironide injection given him by McCoy. Mind games between Parman and Kirk reveal Kirk to have the stronger power, and Parman backs down and promises to behave in the future. Kirk takes Alexander with him, leaving the Platonians to their own devices and warning that he can recreate the psychokinetic power if it should be needed.


Kirk    Captain's Log. Star date 5784.2. We are responding to desperate distress calls from an unknown planet. My science officer Mr. Spock is unable to account for this, since he reported no signs of life on the planet. It is rich in kironide deposits-- a very rare and long-lasting source of great power.
Alexander    Are you from the spaceship Enterprise?
Kirk    That's right.
Alexander    Alexander, at your service. I sing, I dance, I play all variety of games, and I'm a good loser, a very good loser. Please, sir, try to bear that in mind. Now, would you please accompany me?
Kirk    Who are the inhabitants of this planet?
Alexander    Oh, Platonians. I'm sure you've never heard of us. Our native star is Sahndara. Millennia ago, just before it went nova, we managed to escape. Our leader liked Plato's ideas-- Plato, Platonius. See? In fact, our present philosopher-king, Parmen, sometimes calls us Plato's children, although we sometimes think of ourselves more as Plato's stepchildren. Excuse me. Uh, someone's waiting for you.
Philana    Welcome to our republic. Who among you is the physician?
McCoy    I am. What's the problem?
Philana    My spouse. His leg. Come this way.
McCoy    Well, what happened to that leg?
Parmen    I suppose I scratched it.
McCoy    I don't understand. This should have been attended to immediately.
Parmen    Sheer ignorance. Is there anything you can do?
McCoy    Well, we're certainly going to try. The infection is massive. Let me give you a hypo to ease the pain.
Parmen    Where?
McCoy    In the arm.
Alexander    Philana, they came to help. They deserve better than to die-- Argh!
Philana    Alexander, you talk too much.
Kirk    Space-- the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship 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.
Kirk    Captain's Log. Star date 5784.3. Dr. McCoy is endeavouring to treat the leader of a strange group of people. When their planet novaed, millennia ago, they transported themselves to Earth in the time of Socrates and Plato. After the death of the Greek civilization they idolized, they came to this planet and created for themselves a utopia patterned after it.
Parmen    What is it? What is your prognosis, Doctor?
McCoy    I'll let you know when I have the results. And from now on, it would be better if I handled the instruments without your help.
Kirk    Bones, I can't understand why a simple cut like that could become so serious.
McCoy    Neither do I, but it has. How do I knock out an infection when the tricorder doesn't recognize Platonian bacteria? All I can do, and this is going to take time, is to try to match his bugs with a known strain and hope.
Alexander    Your pan is in jeopardy.
Eraclitus    Mm-hmm. It isn't now. I win.
Dioniyde    Well played, Eraclitus.
Eraclitus    I thank you, Dionyd.
Kirk    This psychokinetic power of yours, how long have you had it?
Philana    Two and a half-- Ever since our arrival here on Platonius.
Spock    How is the power transmitted?
Philana    Brain waves.
Spock    Do these waves cease while you are asleep?
Philana    No, not if they're embedded in the unconscious.
McCoy    What about medicine? Why no doctors?
Philana    We haven't had any pressing need for the medical arts. You see, while still on Sahndara, we instituted a mass eugenics program. We are the result. Pared down to a population of 38, we're perfect for our utopia. We're bred for contemplation and self-reliance... and longevity. How old would you say I am? Don't be afraid. I'm not vain.
Spock    35.
Philana    That old? I stopped aging at 30. Well, anyway, you're off by 2,000 years. I'm 2,300 years old. We were married very young. I was only 117, and he was 128. So you see, we scarcely have to move anymore, let alone work.
Kirk    That's why you have no resistance?
Philana    That's right. A break in the skin can be fatal.
Spock    Fascinating. I believe we're experiencing the psychokinetic manifestations of Parmen's delirium.
Scott    Scott to Captain Kirk.
Kirk    Kirk to Enterprise.
Scott    Captain, we're in the midst of a storm. No discernible cause. I've never seen anything like it. There's 10-scale turbulence right now. Emergency gyros and stabilizers at maximum. If this keeps up, Captain, we can't last!
Kirk    Engines at full speed. Get her out of orbit. and into space.
Scott    I've tried that, sir. She's locked tight.
Kirk    Well, then there's nothing you can do but batten down and weather.
Scott    Right, Captain.
Kirk    Parmen's mind is not-- Watch it!  Not only throwing around furniture, he's tearing up the Enterprise as well. Bones, knock him out fast.
Alexander    Help! Save me!
Kirk    Alexander-- Stand behind me.
Alexander    No use.! His mind will find me anyhow. Oh! Don't save him. Let him die. The others will kill each other trying to take his place.
Kirk    Hurry up with that shot!
Philana    Now, Doctor!
Alexander    Uh... I can't breathe. I'm choking.
Kirk    Bones! Shake him. Break his concentration. Kirk to Enterprise.
Scott    Scott on the Enterprise. It's all right, Captain. The turbulence has abated.
Kirk    Good, I think you'll find the orbit broken as well. Assess damage and repair whatever is necessary.
Scott    Aye, Captain.
Philana    I don't know how I can ever thank you, not only for Platonius, but for myself.
Kirk    No thanks is necessary.
Philana    Alexander, show our guests to the south wing.
Kirk    Oh, thank you, we must return to the ship.
McCoy    I think I'd better wait until the fever breaks.
Kirk that case, we'll stay.
Alexander    Anything you want, Just ask me. Anything.
Kirk    Thank you, Alexander.
Alexander    You saved my life. I think I should tell you that--
Kirk    Tell me what?
Alexander    Well, just that I never knew any people like you existed.
Kirk    Where is everyone?
Alexander    They're all in chambers... meditating.
Kirk    Alexander... are there other Platonians like you?
Alexander    What do you mean, like me?
Kirk    Who don't have the psychokinetic ability.
Alexander    I thought you were talking about my size... because they make fun of me for my size. But, um, to answer your question, I'm the only one without it. I was brought here as the court buffoon. That's why I'm everybody's slave and I have to be ten places at once, and I never do anything right.
Spock    How does one obtain the power?
Alexander    As far as I know it just comes to you sometime after you're born. They say I'm a throwback, and I am, and so are you. I'm Sorry. I shouldn't have said that.
Kirk    Don't worry about it. We're happy without it.
Alexander    You know, I believe you are. Listen, where you come from, are there a lot of people without the power and my size?
Kirk    Alexander, where I come from, size, shape, or colour makes no difference, and nobody has the power.
Alexander    Nobody? Uh, s-somebody wants me.
Spock    Captain, it will be very gratifying to leave here.
Kirk    That might not be easy should Parmen die.
Spock    But, even if he shouldn't.
Kirk    Yes. This utopia of theirs is one of the best-kept secret in the galaxy. Screening themselves from our sensors, and locking us into orbit-- all this adds up to a pattern.
McCoy    Jim, my concoction actually worked. The fever's broken. And what recuperative powers. The infection's begun to drain already.
Spock    Dr. McCoy, you may yet cure the common cold.
Kirk    If ever there was a time to get out of here, it is now. Kirk to Enterprise. Scotty, come in.
Scott    Scott here, sir.
Kirk    Prepare to beam us up.
Scott    I'm afraid I can't do that, sir. Everything's frozen.
Kirk    The turbulence hit you that hard?
Scott    It's not the turbulence, sir. Damage to the ship is minimal.
Kirk    What caused it?
Scott    I don't know, sir, and those are the facts.
Kirk    Did you get up into space?
Scott    No, sir. The orbit's locked tighter than ever, and subspace communication with Starfleet, it's completely severed.
Kirk    All right, Scotty. I'll handle it down here. Stand by.
Alexander    "Great Pan sounds his horn"
    "Marking time to the rhyme"
    "With his hoof with his hoof"
    "Forward, forward in our plan"
    "We proceed as we began"
    Brekekekekx... brekekekekx... koooax.
Kirk    Your Excellency.
Parmen    Parmen will do. Philosopher kings have no need of titles.
Kirk    I'd like to know why the ship's instrumentation and weaponry is frozen... and why the Enterprise is locked in orbit.
Parmen    Captain, please. You are mistaken, I assure you.
Kirk    Parmen, I've talked to the engineer aboard the ship. We've showed our good faith. Now you show yours. I want this ship released immediately.
Parmen    The amenities, Captain. Allow me to remind you that I am the head of this principality. Guests do not come barging in here, making demands and issuing orders.
Kirk    Guests? You don't know the meaning of the word. Guests aren't treated like common prisoners.
Parmen    Do not take that tone with me.
Kirk    Kirk to Enterprise. Acknowledge. Acknowledge. Enterprise, come in. Enterpri-- I can't raise them.
Spock    Obviously Parmen does not wish any contact made with the Enterprise.
McCoy    He may still need the ship's medical stores. Why prevent contact?
Spock    To shut out any knowledge of his brutal treatment of a Starfleet captain.
Kirk    No, Mr. Spock. One thing for certain-- Parmen isn't concerned with my dignity or safety.
Spock    Agreed, Captain. And Parmen wouldn't have treated you so brutally if he had any intention of releasing you or the Enterprise.
Kirk    Where are you going?
McCoy    I don't know. I don't want to go, but I can't help myself.
Philana    Gentle spacemen, we are eternally in your debt. We've some trifles for you. Please accept them as tokens of our gratitude. They stem from the very source of our inspiration. To our noble captain, the shield carried by Pericles, as a symbol of gallant leadership. To our silent and cerebral Mr. Spock, this kithara to pluck music, to soothe his ever-active brow. And lastly, to the physician Dr. McCoy, who saved Platonius and my spouse, this ancient collection of Greek cures, penned by Hippocrates himself.
Kirk    Has the Enterprise been released yet?
Parmen    Captain, wait. I know what you're thinking. My humble apologies. You were badly used. In my own defense, allow me to say that my illness was more profoundly disturbing that I myself realized. I'm sure that you, too, have been out of sorts and have been driven to fits of temper and rage. Unlike you, however, what I think and feel, whether for good or ill, is instantly translated into reality. So please, find it in your heart to forgive me.
Kirk    Certainly. Has the Enterprise been released yet?
Parmen    It will be shortly.
Kirk    Then good day. Thank you for the presents.
Parmen    Not at all. But there is one final request. After my nearly fatal infection, it has become obvious to us all, that we cannot afford to be without a skilled physician. Therefore we should like you, Dr. McCoy, to remain.
McCoy    I'm very sorry, but that's impossible.
Parmen    Your duties will be extraordinarily light. You'll be free to read, meditate, conduct research, whatever you like. You'll want for nothing.
McCoy    The answer is no.
Parmen    We'd like to keep it cordial, but we are determined to have you stay, Doctor.
Kirk    Dr. McCoy saved your life.
Parmen    I am losing patience, Captain.
Kirk    And you consider yourself a disciple of Plato?
Parmen    We manage to live in peace and harmony.
Spock    Whose harmony, yours? Plato wanted truth and beauty and above all justice.
Parmen    My dear Mr. Spock, I admit that circumstances have forced us to make a few adaptations of Plato, but ours is the most democratic society conceivable. Anyone can, at any moment, be or do anything he wishes, even to becoming ruler of Platonius if his mind is strong enough.
Kirk    And if his mind isn't strong enough, he gets torn apart like Alexander.
Parmen    Come now. We aren't children. In your culture, justice is the will of the stronger. It is forced upon people by means of weapons and fleets of spaceships. Our justice is the will of the stronger mind, and I, for one, consider it a vast improvement.
Kirk    We don't use our weapons for the kind of brutality you practice.
Parmen    Farewell, Captain.
Kirk    Come on, Doctor. McCoy.
McCoy    I can't move, Jim. They're going to keep me here no matter what. Leave, please.
Kirk    No. You're the doctor. They don't want to force you. They need your good will.
Parmen    Captain, go while you still can.
Kirk    We're not leaving until McCoy is released.
Parmen    This isn't the Enterprise. You are not in command, captain.
Philana    Why discuss it? Get rid of them.
Parmen    No, my dear. That might offend the good doctor. You wish to stay? By all means. You can help us celebrate our anniversary. In the process, I hope we can persuade you to join our tiny republic.
McCoy    You won't persuade me.
Parmen    I think we will.
Kirk    "I'm Tweedledee He's Tweedledum"
Spock    "Two spacemen marching to a drum"
Kirk+Spock    "We slither among the mimsey toves"
    "And gyre among the borogoves"
Kirk    You're not staying, McCoy. No matter what he tries to--
Kirk    "Being your slave, what should I do but tend"
    "upon the hours and times of your desire?"
    "I have no precious time at all to spend,"
    "nor services to do, till you--"
McCoy    Stop it! Don't do this to him, Parmen!
Kirk    McCoy... no matter what he makes me... say or do... the answer
McCoy    No, Parmen! Stop it!
Parmen    Well, Doctor?
McCoy    I have my orders.
Parmen    As you wish, Doctor.
Kirk    Uhh... Is this... your utopia, your grand vision of the future? You don't even...
Parmen    We've had enough or your moralizing.
McCoy    And we've had enough of yours. I'll never get me to stay here.
Parmen    You'll be happy to stay. It takes time, Doctor, but you'll be happy to stay.
McCoy    He's a Vulcan. You can't force emotion out of him.
Philana    You must be joking, Doctor.
McCoy    It can destroy him.
Parmen    We can't let him die laughing, can we?
McCoy    I beg you.
Kirk    Spock... Spock... Don't... let them... break you. Hold on. Don't--
Alexander    Parmen... they saved your life. I'm ashamed to be a Platonian. Ashamed! Aah!
Parmen    How can you let this go on?
Kirk    Can you do anything for him?
McCoy    There is no medicine that can help him. He'll have to come through this himself.
Spock    I trust they did not injure you too much, Captain.
Kirk    My muscles are sore, that's all.
Spock    The humiliation must have been most difficult for you to bear. I can understand.
McCoy    The release of emotions, Mr. Spock, is what keeps us healthy, emotionally healthy, that is.
Spock    That may be, Doctor, however I have noted that the healthy release of emotion is frequently very unhealthy for those closest to you.
Kirk    Which just goes to prove that there's no such thing as a perfect solution.
Spock    So it would seem. Captain.
Kirk    Yes, Spock.
Spock    Do you still feel anger toward Parmen?
Kirk    Great anger.
Spock    And you, Doctor?
McCoy    Yes, Spock. And hatred.
Spock    Then you must release it, gentlemen, as I must master mine. I might have seriously injured you, Captain, even killed you. They have evoked such great hatred in me. I cannot allow it to go further. I must... master it. I must... control.
McCoy    Jim. This is senseless. I've thought it over. I'm staying.
Kirk    You can't.
McCoy    Parmen has promised me you'll be safe.
Kirk    Promised? Parmen? He'd let us beam up to the Enterprise, and plunge the ship back into the atmosphere.
McCoy    Why? Why trick me?
Kirk    Because, if he killed us outright in front of you, you'd retaliate. You're a doctor. You have the means. Bones, I know you're trying to do the right thing, but if any one of us escapes, Parmen knows Starfleet would never let this planet go unpunished. Sacrifice yourself by agreeing to stay, and you sign our death warrant.
Alexander    He's right. I should have warned you. They were treating you the same way they treat me, just like me only you fight them. All the time, I thought it was me, my mind that couldn't move a pebble. They even told I was lucky they bothered keep me around, and I believed them. The arms and legs of everybody's whim. Look down. Don't meet their eyes. Smile. Smile. Those great people... they were gods to me. But you showed me what they really are. Now I know. Don't you see? It's not me or my size. It's them! It's them! It's them!
Kirk    Put it down.
Alexander    No. This is the best thing for them.
Kirk    Put it down. Do what I say.
Alexander    I'm going to cut their... I'm going to cut them. Parmen first. They'll all get infected. Only this time, whatever they say, don't save them. Let them die.
Kirk    Give it to me!
Alexander    Please let me give them a taste of what they gave me. Please! They're going to kill you anyhow. You know that.
Kirk    In that case, what's the point in you dying, too?
Alexander    Th-That's the first time anybody ever thought of my life before his own. I should have told you when you first came here that they were going to kill you. Because I knew, but I was afraid. I was afraid.
Kirk    That's all right. It's all right, Alexander. Listen, we haven't given up, and there may be something you can do to help.
Alexander    Anything I can do, you just tell me.
Kirk    All right, did the Platonians always have this power?
Alexander    No. Not until we came to this planet.
Spock    Alexander, it is possible for you to recall how long after you arrived here that that power began to develop?
Alexander    How could I forget that? It was 6 months and 14 days after we got here that they started pushing me around.
Spock    And would you know, how many months' supplies you brought with you?
Alexander    Well, four, I think. Uh, three.
Spock    That's close enough, Alexander. Fascinating. Their power developed two or three months after they started eating the native foods.
Alexander    That's right.
Spock    Then it's logical to assume that there is a connection between the psychokinetic power and the eating of the native foods.
McCoy    Then why wouldn't Alexander have the same power as the others?
Spock    Perhaps his system cannot absorb the crucial element.
Kirk    Bones, I think it'd  be a good idea if you took a reading of Alexander's blood.
Alexander    Uh, not that I'm afraid or anything, but will it hurt much?
McCoy    You won't even know it happened.
Kirk    You still have a tricorder reading of Parmen's blood, don't you?
McCoy    Of course. Parmen possesses the highest order of psychokinetic ability, and Alexander the lowest in the same environmental conditions.
Spock    The probabilities are that Alexander was born with some biochemical deficiency relative to Platonius.
McCoy    I'll run both their blood samples for a full comparative tricorder test in the tricorder.
Kirk    And if our theory works out, we've got a weapon.
McCoy    One significant difference between Parmen's blood and Alexander's is a concentration of kironide broken down by a pituitary hormone.
Kirk    Kironide. A high-energy source. That could be it.
Spock    The pituitary hormones confirm the hypothesis. They also regulate body growth.
Alexander    Oh. You mean, the same thing that kept me from having the power made me a dwarf?
Spock    Yes. It's also obvious why Parmen kept this little utopia secret. Anyone coming here and remaining long enough would acquire the power.
Kirk    Exactly. McCoy... there must be a quick way of building up a concentration of kironide in our blood.
McCoy    It will take some doing, but it is possible.
Kirk    What are we waiting for? What is it, Bones?
McCoy    Even if the kironide reaches the desired effect, it still may not help us get out of here..
Kirk    Yes. There are 38 of them.
Spock    The point is well taken, however the psychokinetic power is not additive. If it were, considering the Platonians' hostile propensities two or three of them would have combined forces centuries ago and deposed Parmen.
Alexander    He's right. Do you know, Parmen says each has his own separate power frequency, because when they've tried to combine their powers, and use them together, it never worked.
McCoy    I'm ready.
Kirk    Let's not any waste time. Give us double the concentration in Parmen's blood.
Spock    The time factor concerns me. It may take days or even weeks before there's enough build up from the kironide to be of any benefit to us.
Kirk    Yes. What about Alexander?
McCoy    Since the kironide's broken down and injected directly into his bloodstream, it should work on him as well as us-- better in fact, because he's acclimated.
Alexander    Oh, no. Not after what they've done to me.
Kirk    Why not? You could conceivably take Parmen's place and run the whole planet.
Alexander    You think that's what I want? Become one of them, become my own enemy? Just lie around like a big blop of nothing and have things done for me? I want to move for myself. If I'm going to laugh or cry, I want do it fo myself. You can keep your precious power. All I ask is one thing. If you do make it out of here, take me with you. Just drop me anyplace they never heard of kironide or Platonius.
Kirk    Alexander-- Nurse. Lieutenant Uhura. I guess we weren't sufficiently entertaining.
Chapelová    Are we ever glad to see you.
Uhura    We were forced in the transporter and beamed down. It was like becoming someone's puppet.
Chaplová    I thought I was sleepwalking. I couldn't stop myself. Captain, what is it? What's going on?
Kirk    Spock, do you feel any effect of the kironide shot?
Spock    I have experienced a slight flush, Captain.
Kirk    So did l. Let's try a simple test. Concentrate on raising this plate of fruit. Nothing.
Parmen    Fellow academicians, 2,500 years ago, a band of hearty vagabonds arrived on this barren, rough-hewn planet. There was a desperate hardship of backbreaking toil. And then a divine providence graced our genius and our dedication with the power of powers. And through it, our every need instantly materialized. We thereupon determined to form a utopian brotherhood. This night is indeed a festive occasion, for tonight, we welcome into that brotherhood its first new member.
Kirk    Not yet, Parmen. You have to convince the doctor first.
McCoy    They'll never do it, Jim.
Parmen    Doctor, please. You have destroyed the festive mood of the ladies. We must recapture it at once. I know. What would be better than a serenade from the laughing spaceman?
Spock    "Take care, young ladies, and value your wine"
    "Be watchful of young men in their velvet prime"
    "Deeply they'll swallow from your finest kegs"
    "Then swiftly be gone"
    "Leaving bitter dregs"
    "Bitter dregs"
    "With smiling words and tender touch"
    "Man offers little and asks for so much"
    "He loves in the breathless excitement of night"
    "Then leaves with your treasure"
    "n cold morning light"
    "Ahh ahh"
    "In cold morning light"
Parmen    And now let the revels begin.
Dioniyde    Oh, how faithless and fickle.
Eraclitus    Make up your minds.
Chapelová    I'm so ashamed. Please make them stop.
Spock    We have tried.
Chapelová    Please! Please make them stop.
Spock    I haven't the power. I'm deeply sorry. We failed you.
Chapelová    For so long I've wanted to be close to you. Now all I want to crawl away and die.
Dioniyde    Careful, Mr. Spock. Too much love is dangerous.
Eraclitus    Remember-- Cupid's arrow kills Vulcans.
Uhura    I'm so frightened, Captain. I'm so very frightened.
Kirk    That's the way they want you to feel. It makes them think that they're alive.
Uhura    I know it... but I wish I could stop trembling.
Kirk    Try not to think of them. Try.
Uhura    I'm thinking. I'm thinking of all the times on the Enterprise when I was scared to death... and I would see you so busy at your commands. And I would hear your voice from all the parts of the ship... and my fears would fade. And now they are making me tremble. But I'm not afraid. I am not afraid.
Philana    Parmen, let's get on with it.
Parmen    You are so impatient, my wife. Observe the doctor and learn. He's quite content to wait for the piece de resistance.
Kirk    You're half dead, all of you! You've been dead for centuries. We may disappear tomorrow, but at least we're living now, and you can't stand that, can you? You're half crazy because there's nothing inside. Nothing. And you have to torture us to convince yourselves you're superior.
McCoy    Stop it, Parmen! Stop it! I'll do whatever you want me to do. I'll stay and serve you, but stop it!
Philana    Parmen.
Parmen    Alexander again. He likes to play with knives. Very well. We shall indulge him. Who did that?
Kirk    I did.
Eraclitus    Impossible!
Spock    Quite possible... and logical.
Dionyide    What is this?
Philana    What's going on?
Kirk    Platonians, listen to me. The next one of you that tries any trick will get hurt. Not only do we have your psychokinetic abilities, but at twice your power level.
Parmen    Not twice mine! Captain, no! Captain... I beg of you! I'll do anything you say. I do not wish to die. Captain... do you hear me?
Alexander    Don't stop me. Let me finish him off.
Kirk    Do you want to be like him?
Alexander    Parmen, listen to me. I could have had your power, but I didn't want it. I could have had your place right now, but the sight of you and your academicians sickens me. Despite your brains, you're the most contemptible things that ever lived in this universe.
Parmen    Captain... you knew that I intended to destroy both you and the Enterprise, yet you spared me.
Kirk    To us, killing is murder, even for revenge. But there will be other star ships.
Parmen    There's no need for concern. They'll be safe. Of late, I have begun to think that we've become bizarre and unproductive. We're existing merely to nourish our own power. It's time for some fresh air. We shall welcome your interstellar visits.
Kirk    I don't believe you.
Spock    That would be highly uncharacteristic. We must expect, Parmen, that the moment we leave here, your fear would be gone and you would again be as sadistic and as arrogant as your 2,500 years have made you.
Kirk    Just remember, we can recreate that power in a matter of hours, so don't try anything.
Parmen    Understood, Captain. And you're right. None of us can be trusted. Uncontrolled, power will turn even saints into savages, and we can all be counted upon to live down to our lowest impulses.
Kirk    You're very good at making speeches, Parmen. Just make sure that this one sinks in. Now, move aside. Alexander. Kirk to Enterprise. Mr. Scott, prepare to beam us up. I have a little surprise for you. I'm bringing a visitor aboard.

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Episode 68. Plato's Stepchildren

Later the Platonians force Kirk to dress in a toga. After he and Spock defeat them, he pulls out his communicators. Why did the Platonians put his communicator in his toga?
Another super-discovery forgotten - all the Federation has to do is inject kironide into its Starfleet members and they'd have telekinetic powers. They never do.
Kirk says the Platonians moved to their current planet when their last planet "novaed." Planets don't nova - stars do.

Network executives ordered the director to shoot a take where he and Uhura did not kiss, just so it would be available. However William Shatner crossed his eyes at the camera making the take useless.
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The first interracial kiss on American network television was in the episode "Plato's Stepchildren," which aired on 22 Nov 1968, when Captain Kirk (William Shatner) kissed Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). The studio expressed some concern, and it was suggested instead that Spock should kiss Uhura 'to make it less of a problem for the southern [US] audience'. Some stations in the South originally refused to air the episode. Kirk did not kiss Uhura *voluntarily*; they were forced to do it by aliens controlling their bodies.
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In the UK, where interracial romance had already been depicted on television, the BBC dropped this episode and subsequent repeats purely on the violence factor: on the grounds that the sadistic treatment of the Enterprise Crew was not suitable for its early evening time slot. It was first shown in the UK on satellite television some 25 years later and on the BBC in December 1993.
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This episode features the first and only time both Uhura and Chapel being beamed down to a planet and are a central part of the storyline, thereafter.
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The musical number that Kirk and Spock are forced to perform consists of lines from different parts of Through the Looking Glass (sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) by Lewis Carroll.
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This takes place in 2268.

Nichelle Nichols said this was her favorite episode.


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