Thursday, September 15, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 18. Shore Leave


Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)

Episode 18. Shore Leave

Story, Script & Trivia


Episode 18. Shore Leave

Season:    1
Air Date:    1966-12-29
Stardate:    3025.3
Writer:    Theodore Sturgeon
Director:    Robert Sparr
Guests:    Emily Banks (Yeoman Tonia Barrows), Oliver McGowan (the caretaker), Perry Lopez, Bruce Mars (Finigan), James Gruzaf, Shirley Bonne (Ruth?), Sebastion Tom

An Earth-like uninhabited planet in the Omicron Delta region seems the ideal location for rest and relaxation for the tired crew of the Enterprise. However, strange things soon begin to happen to the landing party. McCoy sees Alice and a white rabbit, Sulu finds an antique Police Special gun, Yeoman Barrels is accosted by Don Juan, and Esteban Rodriguez and Angela see birds. No one believes McCoy's Alice sighting until Kirk beams down and spots a giant rabbit track. Kirk cancels shore leave for the rest of the crew, but is then confronted with practical joker Finigan from Starfleet Academy on the one hand and his former girlfriend Ruth on the other. Meanwhile, Sulu has been attacked by a Samurai, Rodriguez and Angela have been confronted by a tiger, and Bones is making moves on Barrels, who has found princess's clothes.

Spock meanwhile reports from the Enterprise that he has detected a sophisticated power field on the planet which is draining the Enterprise's energy. Spock beams down to help investigate just as communications with the ship are becoming impossible. Pleasure over seeing Barrels dressed as a princess soon turns to terror when Bones is lanced by a knight. After bones is skewered, Kirk shoots the knight with the gun he has confiscated from Sulu. Investigation of the knight shows him to have the same cellular structure as the plants on the planet, and Spock surmises that it has been "manufactured." A Japanese Zero airplane then strafes Angela, fortunately missing. During the commotion, the bodies of the dead knight and McCoy myseriously disappear.

After asking Kirk what he was thinking about prior to encountering Finigan, Spock realizes that the apparitions are being created out of the minds of the landing party. Upon thinking about the Academy again, Kirk conjures up Finigan and heads off on a wild chase after him. After Kirk catches up, Finigan lays him out flat. After more fighting, Kirk finally succeeds in doing something he had never done before, defeating Finney.

Suddenly, the planet's "caretaker" appears with a "repaired" McCoy (on the arms of two cabaret girls from Rigel 2). The caretaker apologizes for the misunderstandings and offers the services of the "amusement park" planet to the Enterprise's weary crew. Kirk accepts and authorizes the crew to beam down, but Spock has had his fill of shore leave and requests to be returned to the Enterprise.


Anything from the landing party?
They should be sending up a report momentarily.
Something wrong?
A kink in my back.
That's it.
A little higher, please.
Push. Push hard.
Dig it in there, Mr. Sp--
Thank you, Yeoman. That's sufficient.
You need sleep, Captain.
If it's not out of line--
I have enough of that from Dr. McCoy. Thank you.
Dr. McCoy is correct.
After what this ship has been through in the last three months,
there is not a crewman aboard who is not in need of rest,
my self excepted, of course.
Have Dr. McCoy's report
channeled to my quarters, Lieutenant.
Aye, aye, Captain.
No animals.
No people.
No worries.
Just what the doctor ordered,
right, Doctor?
I couldn't have prescribed better.
We are one weary ship.
Think the captain will authorize shore leave here?
Depending upon my report and that of the other scouting parties.
You know, you have to see this place to believe it.
It's like something out of Alice in Wonderland.
The captain has to come down.
He'd like it.
He needs it.
You've got your problems. I've got mine.
He's got ours plus his plus 430 other people.
Where are you going?
To get some cell-structure records.
A blade of grass, a bush, a tree,
a flower petal.
With these, we can tell the whole planet biology.
Oh, my paws and whiskers!
I'll be late.
Excuse me, sir.
Have you seen a rather large white rabbit
with a yellow waistcoat and white gloves here about?
Thank you very much.
What is it?
What's the matter?
Did you see them?
See what?
I don't see anything.
What is it, Doc?
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 3025... uh, .3.
We are orbiting an uninhabited planet
in the Omicron Delta region,
a planet remarkably like Earth
or how we remember Earth to be--
park like, beautiful, green,
flowers, trees, green lawn,
quiet and restful,
almost too good to be true.
Sir, I don't see your name
in any ofthe shore parties.
I may be tired, Yeoman,
but I'm not falling apart.
Aye, aye, sir.
Shore-leave party one, standby your section.
You willbe called in alphabetical order.
Mr. Spock, we're beaming down the starboard section first.
Which section would you like to go with?
Not necessary in my case, Captain.
On my planet,
"to rest" is to rest,
to cease using energy.
To me it is quite illogical
to run up and down on green grass using energy
instead of saving it.
[Intercom Whistles]
Kirk here.
Dr. McCoy calling from the planet, Captain.
Open a channel, Uhura.
Aye, aye, sir.
Captain, are you beaming down?
I hadn't planned to. Why?
Well, either our scouting probes and detectors
are malfunctioning
and all us scouts careless and beauty-intoxicated,
or I must report myself unfit for duty.
On this supposedly uninhabited planet,
I just saw a large rabbit
pull a gold watch from his vest and claim that he was late.
That's pretty good. I got one for you.
The rabbit was followed by a little blond girl, right?
As a matter of fact, yes,
and they disappeared through a hole in a hedge.
All right, Doctor,
I'll take your report under consideration.
Captain out.
That's a McCoy pill
with a little... mystery sugar coating.
He wants to get me down there. Afraid I won't swallow it.
Very well, Captain.
Something I did come to discuss.
Yes, Mr. Spock, what is it?
I picked this up from Dr. McCoy's log.
We have a crew member aboard
who's showing signs of stress and fatigue--
reaction time down 9-12%,
associational reading norm minus 3.
That's much too low.
He's becoming irritable and quarrelsome,
yet he refuses to take rest and rehabilitation.
He has that right, but--
A crewman's right ends where the safety of the ship begins.
That man will go a shore on my orders. What's his name?
"James Kirk."
Enjoy yourself, Captain.
It's an interesting planet.
You'll fi nd it quite pleasant,
very much like your Earth.
Scouts have detected no animals, artifacts,
or force fields of any kind,
only peace, sunshine, and good air.
You'll have no problems.
Always have to be work with you?
So much love liness.
You won't find all this so lovely
if our report for the captain
isn't ready when he asks for it,
which shouldn't be long.
Rodriguez, Teller, everything all right?
Yes, sir.
We've completed the specimen survey.
That should be sufficient.
Beam it up to Mr. Spock
and start enjoying yourselves.
Sir, I think you'll find Dr. McCoy and Mr. Sulu that way.
Thank you.
After what we've been through,
it's hard to believe
a place this beautiful exists.
It is beautiful, so lovely,
and restful.
I mean, affirmative, Captain.
Over here.
Over here.
Bones, know any good rabbit jokes lately?
As a matter offact, I do,
but this is not one ofthem.
Look at this.
I saw what I saw,
or maybe I hallucinated it,
but I want you to take a look and tell me what you think.
Could be a rabbit.
It would have to be an unusual creature
to make this size tracks.
What about Mr. Sulu? Will he confirm what you saw?
Negative. He was examining the flora.
Bridge, this is the Captain.
Where is Mr. Sulu?
Collecting specimens.
Has the first shore party beamed down yet?
They're just about to start.
Get this message.
Stand by. No one is to leave the ship.
Aye, aye, sir.
You're canceling shore leave
on account of this?
Can you explain this?
Well, no, but...
Neither can I.
I admit it looks harmless.
Probably is harmless,
but before I bring my people down here,
I want proofit's harmless.
What do you think you're doing?
Target shooting, Captain.
Isn't it a beauty?
Haven't got anything like this in my collection.
Where did you get it?
I found it.
It's a crazy coincidence,
but I've always wanted one like this.
Found it lying over there--
an old-time police special,
and in beautiful condition.
Hasn't been one like this made
in, oh, a couple centuries.
Mr. Sulu.
It fi res lead pellets
propelled by expanding gases
from a chemical explosion.
I'll hang on to it.
The fresh air seems to have made you trigger-happy.
Dr. McCoy's rabbit, sir,
he must have gone through here.
Are you sure our instruments
didn't show any animal life on this planet?
No birds, no mammals, no insects--nothing.
I'm certain our readings weren't off.
I'd like to believe this is an elaborate gag, but...
Yeoman Barrows, accompany Mr. Sulu.
Find out where those tracks came from.
Doctor, come with me back to the glade.
I'd like another look at that area.
This is turning out to be one very unusual shore leave.
It could have been worse.
You could have seen the rabbit.
What's the matter, getting a persecution complex?
Well, I'm beginning to feel picked on.
I know the feeling.
I had it at the academy.
An upper classman there--
one practical joke after another
and always on me--
my own personal devil,
a guy by the name of Finnegan.
And you being the very serious young--
Serious? I was absolutely grim,
which delighted Finnegan no end.
He's the kind of guy to put cold soup in your bed
or a bucket ofwater propped over a door.
You never knew where he'd strike next.
More tracks.
Looks like your rabbit came from over there.
A girl's footprints.
The young blond girl I saw chase him.
You follow the rabbit.
I'll backtrack the girl.
I'll meet you around the other side ofthe hill.
I got a personal grudge against that rabbit.
I can't believe it.
You never know when I'm going to strike,
Ha ha ha ha! How's this?
Come on, come on. It's me, Finnegan.
All right,Jimmy boy.
Ha ha ha ha!
Whoo-ha ha ha ha!
Lay one on me.
That's what you always wanted,
isn't it?
Come on. Come on.
All right, let's try that one again.
Come on.
Any excuse,Jim baby.
Run away!
Run away!
Run away!
- What was it? - Yeoman Barrows.
What happened?
I don't know.
I mean I do know, I guess.
I was following the tracks,
and there he was.
Who was?
Give me your report.
He had a cloak, sir,
and--and a dagger with jewels on it.
You're not imagining all this?
Captain, I know it sounds incredible,
but I did not imagine it
any more than I imagined he did this.
Sounds like Don Juan.
It was--
It was so... sort of story book
walking around here,
and I was thinking,
"All a girl needs is...
Don Juan."
Just day dreaming the way you would
about someone you'd like to meet.
Mr. Sulu was with you.
Where is he now?
He ran after him.
Stay with her, Doctor.
Mr. Sulu!
Mr. Sulu!
Jim, darling,
it is me.
It is Ruth.
Captain 's log.
Stardate 3025.8.
Investigation of this increasingly unusual planet continues,
and we are seeing things
that cannot possibly exist,
yet they are undeniably real.
McCoy, do you read me?
Ruth, how can it be you?
How could you... possibly be here?
You haven't aged.
It's been 15 years.
It doesn't matter.
None ofthat matters.
Kirk here.
Did you find Mr. Sulu, Captain?
Did you find Mr. Sulu?
but I'm sure he's all right.
Are you allright?
Yes, I'm fine.
Rodriguez to Captain Kirk.
Yes, Mr. Rodriguez.
Captain, a while ago, I saw--
well, birds, a whole flock of them.
Don't you like birds, Mr. Rodriguez?
I like them fine,
but all our surveys showed--
Then, offhand, I'd say our instruments are defective.
There are indeed life-forms on this planet.
Sir, uh...
our surveys couldn 't have been that wrong.
Mr. Rodriguez,
have the search parties rendezvous at the glade.
I'd like some answers to all this.
- Aye, aye, sir. - You have to go?
I don't want to.
You'll see me again if you want to.
You haven't told me...
You haven't told me...
Do what you have to do...
and I'll be waiting.
Kirk here.
Yes, Mr. Spock.
Getting strange readings from the planet's surface, Captain.
Some sort of power field down there.
Highly sophisticated type of energy
draining our power and increasing.
Beginning to affect our communications.
Can you pinpoint the source?
Could be coming from beneath the planet's surface.
Patterns indicate some sort of industrial activity.
Keep me posted, Mr. Spock.
We'll continue our investigation down here.
Captain out.
Feeling better?
A little,
but I wouldn't want to be alone here.
This is a beautiful place.
Strange, I'll admit.
That's just it.
It's almost too beautiful.
I was thinking, before my tunic was torn,
that in a place like this
a girl should be... oh, let's see now,
a girl should be dressed like a fairy-tale princess
with lots of floaty stuff
and a tall hat with a veil.
I see what you mean,
but then you'd have whole armies of Don Juans
to fight off...
and me, too.
Is that a promise, Doctor?
Oh, Doctor, they're lovely.
Look at me, Doctor--
A lady to be protected and fought for.
A princess of the blood royal.
You are all of those things...
and many more.
They'll look even lovelier with you wearing them.
I'm afraid.
Now, look, I don't know how or why,
but the dress is here.
I'd like to see you in it.
Why don't you put it on?
All right...
but you stay right there.
And don't peek.
My dear girl,
I am a doctor.
When I peek,
it's in the line of duty.
Calling Dr. McCoy.
McCoy here.
I, uh...
I can't read you very well.
Is this Rodriguez?
This is all the volume I can get on this thing.
I can't read you well, either.
Captain 's orders.
Rendezvous at that glade where he first found you.
What the devil's wrong with...
Doctor McCoy!
You're the science officer, Mr. Spock. I want some answers.
First there was McCoy's Alice in Wonderland
where there's supposedly no animal life.
And Sulu's gun where there's no refined metal detected.
Rodriguez' birds...
and then my...
well, the two people I saw.
Any chance these could be hallucinations?
One hallucination flattened me with a clout on the jaw.
That sounds like a painful reality.
There must besome logical explanation.
Your signal's weak. Can you turn up your gain?
I'm already on maximum.
Captain, shall I beam down an armed party?
Negative. Our people here are armed with phasers.
Besides, there's yet to be any real danger.
Captain out.
McCoy. McCoy, do you read me?
Kirk to McCoy. Come in.
Captain, take cover!
There's a samurai after me.
I mean, there was...
Captain, you've got to believe me.
I've met some interesting personalities myself.
Have you seen any ofthe others?
Got a call a few minutes ago. Rodriguez.
Said you were rendezvousing back at the glade.
I hope he got through to everybody.
Communications are almost out.
That's not all.
So's my phaser.
We better get to the glade.
Yes, sir.
Someone beaming down from the bridge.
Trying to.
Something's obstructing it.
Mr. Spock.
No one was to leave the ship.
Necessary, Captain.
Unable to contact you by communicator,
and the transporter is useless now.
There's an unusual power field down here.
It's soaking up all the energy at the source.
After calculating its growth rate,
I reasoned we might transport one more person.
Good. We can use your help.
We're stranded here, Captain?
Until we can find out what this is all about.
There's no one here.
This is where the captain said to rendezvous.
I'd swear I heard someone moving around.
Don't talk like that.
A princess shouldn't be afraid,
not with a brave knight to protect her.
[Tiger Roars]
That way.
Spread out.
Let's find it.
These things cannot be real.
Hallucinations can't harm us.
Go back to where you were.
That doesn't work.
He's dead.
Captain 's log, supplemental.
All contact with the Enterprise has been lost.
We're trapped here.
Our ship 's surgeon, my personal friend, is dead.
We're certain now that whatever we're facing
is terribly real.
It's my fault.
It never would have happened.
It's my fault.
It is, it is. I'm to blame.
We're in trouble.
I need every crewman alert and thinking.
Aye, aye, sir.
You'd better have a look at this, sir.
I don't understand.
Neither do I, Mr. Sulu,
but before we leave this planet,
I will.
It's like a dummy, Captain.
It couldn't be alive.
Still operating, sir.
Mr. Spock.
What do you make oft hat?
This is not human skin tissue, Captain.
It more closely resembles
the cellular casting we use for wound repairs. Much finer, of course.
I want an exactjudgment, Mr. Spock.
This is definitely a mechanical contrivance.
It has the same basic cell structure as the plants here,
even the trees, the grass.
Are you saying this is a plant, Mr. Spock?
I'm saying that these are all multicellular castings.
The plants, the animals, the people--
they're all being manufactured.
By who?
And why?
And why these particular things?
All we know for certain
is that they act exactly like the real thing,
Just as pleasant...
or just as deadly.
[Airplane Approaches]
What is it?
Of all the crazy things...
Remember what I was telling you a while ago,
about the early wars and funny air vehicles they used?
That's one ofthem.
Can it hurt us?
Not unless it makes a strafing run.
A what?
The way they used to attack people on the ground.
Come on.
McCoy's body.
He's gone. Dragged off.
The black knight, too.
My analysis may not sound very scientific.
McCoy's death is a fact.
There is one possibility,
very slim, but never the less--
Captain, what were your thoughts
Just before you encountered
the people you described?
I was...
I was thinking about the academy.
My days...
Hey,Jim baby!
I see you brought reinforcements.
Ha! Well, I'm waiting for you,Jimmy boy.
What's been happening to my people?
Whoo, ha ha ha ha...
Take Sulu. Find McCoy's body.
This man is my problem.
Captain, wait.
That's an order, Mr. Spock.
Here I am!
Yaah, ha ha!
"Jim "
Ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha!
Catch me!
Can't you see me? Ha ha ha...
Come and get me!
Ha ha ha ha...
Here I am!
You're blind!
You never could find your head with both hands!
Like it used to be,Jimmy.
Ha ha ha ha!
I want some answers.
Ah. Coming up.
Get up.
Get up.
Get up.
Always fight fair, don't you?
You officer and gentleman, you.
You're a stupid under classman.
I've got the edge. I'm still 20 years old.
Look at you.
You're an old man.
I--I can't move me leg.
I can't feel me leg.
My back is broken.
You've broken me back.
Feel that?
Can you feel that, now?
Sleep sweet,Jimmy boy.
Sleep as long as you like.
Sleep forever,Jim baby.
Forever and forever.
Ha ha ha ha...
Ha ha. Won't you ever learn,Jim boy?
You never could take me, you know.
one thing--
Name it.
Earn them!
Not bad.
Kind of makes up for things, huh,Jim?
A lot of things.
What's been happening to my people?
I never answer questions from plebes,Jimmy boy.
I'm not a plebe.
This is today,
15 years later.
What are you doing here?
I'm being exactly what you expect me to be,Jimmy boy.
Did you enjoy it, Captain?
Yes, I enjoyed it.
After all these years...
I did enjoy it.
The one thing I wanted to do was to beat the tar out of Finnegan.
Which supports a theory I've been formulating.
That we're all meeting people and things
that we happen to be thinking about at the moment.
Yes. Somehow our thoughts are read,
these things are quickly manufactured for us.
Dangers we happen to think of--
Yes. We must all control our thoughts.
The force field is obviously underground
manufacturing these things.
Passages lead to the surface.
When Rodriguez thought of a tiger--
We've got to get back to the landing party
and warn them.
[Airplane Approaches]
No. No!
Sulu, Rodriguez, Barrows,
front and center.
Don't ask any questions.
Face front, everyone.
Don't talk... Don't breathe...
Don't think...
You're at attention.
Concentrate on that...
and only that.
Who are you?
I'm the caretaker of this place, Captain Kirk.
You know my name?
But of course.
Lieutenant Rodriguez...
Lieutenant Sulu...
Yeoman Barrows,
and Mr. Spock.
We'vejust discovered you don't understand all this.
These experiences were intended to amuse you.
That's your word for what we've been through?
But none of this is permanent.
Here, you have to only imagine your fondest wishes,
old ones you wish to relive or new ones, anything--
fear, love, triumph...
Anything that pleases you can be made to happen.
The term is amusement park.
Of course.
An old Earth name for a place where people could go
to see and do all sorts of fascinating things.
This entire planet was constructed for our race of people
to come...
and play.
As advanced as you obviously are,
and you still play?
Yes, play, Mr. Sulu.
The more complex the mind,
the greater the need for the simplicity of play.
Exactly, Captain. How perceptive ofyou.
That still doesn't explain the death of my ship's surgeon.
Possibly because no one has died,Jim.
I was taken below the surface
for some rather remarkable repairs.
It's amazing.
They've got a factory complex you wouldn't believe.
They can build or do anything immediately.
And, uh, how do you explain them?
Oh. Them. Well...
I, uh...
I was thinking about a cabaret I know on Rigel II,
and, uh, there were these two girls in a chorus line...
And, well, here they are.
Well, after all, I am on shore leave.
And so am l.
Yes. So you are.
Well, girls, I suppose you can turn something up.
We regret that some of you've been made uncomfortable.
You say your people built all this.
Who are you? What planet are you from?
My impression is that your race
is not yet ready to understand us, Captain.
I tend to agree.
[Communicator Beeps]
Kirk here.
This is the bridge, Captain.
Our power systems have just come back in.
Do you require assistance?
Everything is in order.
Stand by.
- However... - Aye, aye, sir.
If you would use the proper caution,
this amusement planet could be an ideal place
for your people to enjoy themselves...
if you wish.
It's what the doctor ordered,Jim.
Commence transporting shore leave parties.
Tell them to prepare
for the best shore leave they've ever had. Kirk out.
Captain, I'll go back aboard ship and take over.
With all due respect to the young lady,
I've already had as much shore leave as I care for.
No, Mr. Spock. I'll go. You--
On the other hand...
I'll stay for a day or two.
Did you enjoy your rest, gentlemen?
Yes, we...did, Mr. Spock.
I think we did.
Indeed we did, Mr. Spock.
Most illogical.
Ahead warp factor 1, Mr. Sulu.

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Episode 18. Shore Leave

When Spock beams down, Sulu says, "Someone beaming down from the bridge." In the original series they couldn't beam people off the ship from anywhere except the transporter room.
They never bother to try and send a shuttlecraft down to rescue the landing party, or even mention the possibility.
Although everybody always talks about a single Japanese fighter attacking them, in one shot there are two.

Theodore Sturgeon's original script was deemed by NBC to be too imaginative and therefore too expensive. Gene Roddenberry had to do a speedy rewrite which meant that the cast frequently had little time to learn their new lines and would have to adlib.
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This is the only episode in which the U.S.S. Enterprise is seen orbiting a planet from right to left. The shot was deliberately reversed in post-production because the shape of the Eastern United States and the Caribbean sea could clearly be seen on the globe used as a model for the planet.
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The first hallucination seen in the episode is Dr. McCoy's vision of the giant white rabbit. Six years later, DeForest Kelley would make his final non-"Star Trek" film, Night of the Lepus (1972), a movie about giant killer rabbits.
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The episode was being rewritten as it was being shot. Cast members recalled Gene Roddenberry sitting under a tree, frantically reworking the script to keep it both under budget and within the realms of believability. As a result the filming went over schedule and took seven days instead of the usual six.
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It is widely believed that actress Barbara Baldavin is playing Angela Martine, her role in the earlier episode, Star Trek: Balance of Terror (1966). While her character is generally identified by only that same first name, even in the end credits' cast list, at one point Kirk addresses her as "Teller". This bit is among the material deleted from general syndication prints to clear time for additional commercial sales, allowing the assumption that Baldavin is again playing Martine to be made and accepted.
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Star Trek comic books say that Finnegan's first name is Sean.
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This is the first time (in broadcast order) Captain Kirk calls Doctor McCoy "Bones".
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When Rodriguez and Angela see a WWII air battle, the first plane seen is an American Vought F4U Corsair. It is then attacked by a Japanese Mitsubishi A6M "Zero." The only time the two planes are seen together is a brief shot following the line "Come on!"
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Shot on Ralph Helfer's Africa U.S.A. Ranch, a wildlife reserve that Daktari (1966) was filmed.
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As in Star Trek: Arena (1967), the shore leave planet is an Earth globe (previously seen in Star Trek: Miri (1966)) printed backwards with exotic colours added. This is the first of two episodes in which the ship is shown orbiting right to left. It is actually just printed backwards, as the numbers on the nacelles are reversed. The second instance, and only in the teaser, is Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967).
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The script called for an elephant to appear in the episode. An elephant was indeed "hired" by the production staff and brought to the set, but due to running overtime and other difficulties during shooting, the animal never made it before the cameras - which made associate producer Robert H. Justman (who was not on the set at the time and couldn't oversee production) truly angry. Later, production staff members often jokingly asked assistant director Gregg Peters, "Say - when do you get to use your elephant?"
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This takes place in 2267.
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Despite the fact that the planet is supposed to be uninhabited, no one seems surprised that there are roads running all through the area.
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Some syndicated versions have less of the Finnegan fighting and more Ruth interaction.
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Theodore Sturgeon's original title for this episode was "Finagle's Planet". "Finagle's Law" is mentioned in Star Trek: Amok Time (1967), also written by Sturgeon, and the Finagle's Folly cocktail appears in Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer (1968).
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Unique to this episode, the handles of the phaser pistols are painted black.
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A chained tiger is brought in to appear in the episode. While the tiger never directly interacts with any of the performers, William Shatner had originally hoped to wrestle it, but was convinced it would not be a wise decision.
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Scotty does not appear in this episode.
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Gene Roddenberry deemed Theodore Sturgeon's original script too much fantasy, and lacking believability. Gene L. Coon was assigned to re-write it, however he misinterpreted the task and his draft turned out to be even more of pure fantasy. Roddenberry then began to heavily re-write the script, but since they had run out of time, he had to do it concurrently with the filming of the episode.
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Editor Fabien D. Tordjmann came up with the idea of having Finnegan continue to pop out of nowhere as Kirk pursues him. This gave the impression that there was more than one Finnegan or, at least, that he was not quite Human.
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Theodore Sturgeon, commented about the instalment, "That was a gas because anything could happen. Any wild idea you could possibly have could be stuck into that script. Everybody had a good time with that one." Sturgeon submitted a story outline for a sequel to this episode, "Shore Leave II", in April 1968 but it was not produced. It is unknown whether any of the concepts from that outline were later worked into Star Trek: The Animated Series: Once Upon a Planet (1973).
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This was composer Gerald Fried's first Star Trek assignment. A great deal of new music was written for this episode, including the jig that plays whenever Finnegan appears. The flute and string piece that is played when Kirk meets Ruth is heard again in Star Trek: This Side of Paradise (1967), and a slightly different orchestration crops up in Star Trek: The Apple (1967). A snatch of Finnegan's jig can be heard in Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967) after Kirk and Spock escape from the policeman. The theme can also be heard in Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold (1967).
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Normally, the series' closing credits featured a random assortment of screen grabs from a variety of episodes. But the closing credits of this episode included five scenes from the episode: 1) The Enterprise orbiting the shore leave planet, 2) Finnegan shouting from atop Vazquez Rocks, 3) Kirk pursuing him, 4) the glade, and 5) the Black Knight.
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The original script featured Yeoman Rand as part of the landing party, but as the character was written out of the series, she was changed to Yeoman Tonia Barrows. Also, in Sturgeon's original script, the Yeoman had a share of close scenes with Kirk. In the rewrites, Gene L. Coon and Gene Roddenberry changed these to feature Doctor McCoy instead and introduced Kirk's old Academy flame Ruth to the story.
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According to interviews with Bill Blackburn, he not only voiced the White Rabbit, but also did the announcements heard in Act One dismissing different sections of the ship for shore leave in alphabetical order.
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This episode is not the source for one of the more famous statements of the era, known as "Sturgeon's Law." It is documented in the Wikipedia entry for "Sturgeon's Law" that the author formulated that maxim as far back as 1951.

The preview of this episode shows Yeoman Barrows being accosted by Don Juan while wearing her princess costume. This scene was not used in the final cut.

Gerald Fried based the Finnegan theme on the Irish jig heard during the climatic fight scene between John Wayne and Victor McLaglen in The Quiet Man (1952).

The "wind chime" planet sound effect heard here is unique to this episode.

According to Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman's book Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, director Robert Sparr did an excellent job on this episode, and successfully managed to direct it simultaneously with the shooting script being written. However, the cast disliked working with him, which resulted in this episode being his only Trek assignment. According to Justman, the challenging task of directing the complicated episode literally hours after the script arrived, made Sparr not concentrating enough on the actors, hurting their egos. Justman tried to bring Sparr back to the series in the second season, but it didn't come to fruition.

Except for Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part I (1966) and Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part II (1966), the re-orchestrated theme music for the opening credits begins with this episode and remains for the rest of the season.

Paint was applied to some of the rocks and trees, which have been doctored with streaks of red spray paint, presumably to make them look more exotic. This technique can also be seen in Star Trek: A Private Little War (1968).

Most of this show was filmed near Los Angeles at Vasquez Rocks and Ralph Helfer's Africa, U.S.A. Ranch.

The World War II fighter plane sequence is depicted by recycled footage of several different plane types. When it is first seen in the distance it appears to be a USMC Corsair with its gull wing configuration and markings. When the plane comes in closer for a ground attack it appears to be the front of a P-47 Thunderbolt. A second plane flying in formation can be seen in that shot. Finally, for the closeups of cockpit and wing section, it appears to be an F6 Hellcat cockpit with Imperial Japanese aircraft markings.

William Blackburn (a professional ice skater in real life), who played the White Rabbit, got the costume from Ice Capades for free. The claustrophobic Blackburn had a really painful time wearing it, especially as costume designer William Ware Theiss had originally sewn the Rabbit head to the suit. After nearly suffocating, Blackburn tore off the head, for which Theiss became very mad at him. Finally, they negotiated and Theiss put the head back with Velcro. Afterwards, Blackburn had no problem with the costume. He also commented that wearing the Gorn head in "Arena" was "even worse."

The two Starfleet cadet uniforms made for Bruce Mars and his stunt double, Vince Deadrick were later reused on background extras in Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold (1967) and Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967).

Although Kirk appears to address the "Angela" character as "Teller" early in the episode, she is played by Barbara Baldavin, who played Angela "Martine" in Star Trek: Balance of Terror (1966) (her fiancé, Robert Tomlinson, died in the episode). The script name for her character was "Mary Teller" and was changed to Angela Martine on the set when somebody noticed that she had already appeared as a named character. In the closing credits, she is identified as "Angela".

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