Friday, September 16, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 64. The Empath


Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)

Episode 64. The Empath

Story, Script & Trivia


Episode 64. The Empath

Season:    3
Air Date:    1968-12-06
Stardate:    5121.0
Writer:    Joyce Muskat
Director:    John Erman
Guests:    Kathryn Hays (Gem), Alan Bergman, Willard Sage, Jason Wingreen, Davis Roberts

When the Enterprise stops by to pick up scientific staff Linke and Ozaba from the planet Menarian 2 (which is in orbit around a star which is about to supernova), Kirk, Bones, and Spock discover the station has been abandoned for three months. Meanwhile, Scott reports a massive solar flare measuring 3.51 on the "Ritter" scale. Kirk informs Scott to move the Enterprise to a safe distance until the flare passes, putting it out of communication range for 74.1 solar hours.

The landing party reviews the record tapes to see what has become of the scientific staff. It the tape, a high pitched whine begins, and Linke and Ozaba are whisked away one at a time while attempting to cover their ears. After reviewing the tape, Kirk and company are subjected to the same high-pitched whine, and are transported underground to the chambers of the Vions, 121.32 m below the surface.

Here, they discover a timid, mute, woman. McCoy starts to approach, but Kirk holds him back. When McCoy protests that she seems harmless enough, Spock reminds him that "The sand bats of Maynard 4 appear to be inanimate rock crystals, doctor, before they attack." Kirk wonders how he will communicate with the woman unless she is a telepath. However, Spock notes that this is unlikely, since 98% of known telepathic species send as well as receive thoughts. McCoy dubs the woman Gem.

While Kirk is trying to question Gem, two Vions appear. When Kirk tries to secure freedom for the landing party, the Vions trap McCoy, Spock, and Kirk in a force field which draws energy from their bodies. The Vions then vanish, releasing the landing party. Gem then touches Kirk's forehead, transfers the wound there to her own head, and heals it, revealing herself to be an empath.

Spock reports that his tricorder now reveals a collection of machinery which did not appear to be there before. When they go to investigate, they discover Linke and Ozaba encased in plastic cylinders. In addition, there are three empty cylinders, labelled "Subject McCoy," "Subject Kirk," and "Subject Spock." One of the Vions then reappears, but Kirk distracts him while Spock nerve pinches him. However, the Vion is only pretending to have fainted, and the landing party does exactly what the Vions intended when they head up to the planet surface.

On the surface, the Vions create an illusion that Scotty is on the surface with a search party. This distracts McCoy and Spock while the Vions study Kirk and offer to let the others go if Kirk offers himself as a "specimen." The Vions torture Kirk without apparent reason. They then let him go, but Kirk finds that McCoy and Spock are still subterranean prisoners. Gem cures Kirk's injuries (including a case of the bends), but then faints from the strain.

Although Kirk does not yet realize it, it turns out that the Vions are testing the empath Gem to see if she will sacrifice herself by saving members of the Enterprise's crew. The Vions have the ability to save the inhabitants of only one out of several planets doomed to destruction, and wish to see if Gem's planet is worth saving. The Vions require another test, and give Kirk the choice of selecting McCoy (who will likely be killed) or Spock (who will likely suffer permanent brain damage). While Bones is bemoaning being trapped underground, he reports "I'm a doctor, not a coal miner." Bones tranquilizes Kirk to give him rest (and to prevent him from picking Spock), but Spock points out that he is now in command and will select himself. McCoy then sneaks up on Spock and tranquilizes him as well, leaving only himself when the Vions come for a volunteer.

When Spock awakens, he adjusts a control device he has obtained from one of the Vions to operate using his own brainwaves, and transports Kirk, himself, and Gem to the torture chamber. They find McCoy is tied up and nearly dead, with almost no pulse, internal injuries, bleeding in the chest and abdomen, hemorrhage in the spleen and liver, and 70% kidney failure. Gem attempts to save McCoy, but stops before she kills herself in the process. She tries again, but McCoy pushes her away.

The Vions appear and watch the spectacle, locking Spock and Kirk inside force fields. Spock meanwhile manages to release himself from the force field by suppressing all emotion. He takes one of the control devices away from the Vions, but is unable to use it to cure McCoy. Kirk secures freedom and a promise to save Gem's planet when he convinces the Vions that Gem has already earned her planet's survival. He also accuses the Vions of being hypocritical by causing pain by lacking the very emotions they are trying to evince from Gem. They agree, heal McCoy, and depart with Gem.


Kirk     Captain's log -- star date 5121.5, orbiting the second planet in the Minarian star system. This star has long given evidence of entering a nova phase, and six months ago, a research station was established to make close-up studies of the star as its end approaches. Minara is now entering a critical period, and the Enterprise has been ordered to evacuate the station before the planet becomes uninhabitable. Yet our attempts to contact the station's personnel have been, so far, unsuccessful.
Spock     Dust. Apparently these instruments have not been recently used.
Kirk     A record tape. Maybe it'll tell us something about the personnel that lived here.
Scott     Enterprise to Captain Kirk. Come in, please.
Kirk     Kirk here. What is it, Enterprise?
Scott     Scott here, sir. Our instruments have picked up a gigantic solar flare with very high levels of cosmic rays accompanying it.
Kirk     How bad?
Scott     An enormous one. Our sensors indicate the cosmic ray concentration measures 3.51 on the Ritter scale. That'll play the very devil with the crew, as well as the ship.
Spock     At that rate, it will take exactly 74.1 solar hours for the storm to pass.
Kirk     Get the ship out. Stay at minimum distance for absolute safety.
Scott     Aye, aye, sir. We'll beam you up in--
Kirk     Negative. We're staying here. The atmosphere will protect us. Get that ship out of here, Mr. Scott.
Scott     Very well, sir. Scott out.
Kirk     Mr. Spock, what about that tape?
Spock     Remember, Captain, what we see on this tape happened approximately three months ago.
Linke     I don't think I can stand another week in this godforsaken place.
Ozaba     "In his hand are the deep places of the earth--" Psalm 95, verse 4. Looks like he was listening. Who's out there?
McCoy     What happened to them?
Kirk     Where's does that sound coming from? Spock, can you pinpoint it?
Spock     Negative, Captain. It doesn't register.
Kirk     Bones! Spock!
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     Spock... Bones... Where are we?
Spock     Exactly 121.32 meters beneath the planet surface, Captain.
Kirk     How did we get here?
Spock     Residual energy readings indicate we were beamed here by a matter-energy scrambler, similar to our own transporter mechanism.
McCoy     That's a nasty cut. Does it hurt?
Kirk     No.
Spock     Captain, picking up a life-form reading-- bearing 42 mark 7.
Kirk     One of the missing scientists?
Spock     Negative. Although humanoid, it is definitely not Homo sapiens.
Kirk     Identification.
Spock     Impossible. I can make no exact identification other than it being humanoid.
Kirk     Let's find out. Phasers on stun.
Spock     Approaching the life-form, Captain.
Kirk     What is it?
Spock     Still undistinguishable.
Kirk     Be careful.
McCoy     Why, she seems harmless enough.
Spock     The sand-bats of Manark-4 appear to be inanimate rock crystals, Doctor... until they attack.
Kirk     We're not going to hurt you. Is this your home? Do you live here? What about it, Spock? Analysis.
Spock     From what we know of the specific gravity and other environmental factors of this planet, a life-form such as hers could not evolve here.
Kirk     Are you responsible for bringing us here? Don't be afraid. Bones, what's wrong with her?
McCoy     She's a mute, Jim. No vocal cords, not even vestigals. And I don't think it's a pathological condition.
Kirk     Explain.
McCoy     She appears to be perfectly healthy. As for the other, her lack of vocal cords could be physiologically normal for her species, whatever that is.
Kirk     A race of mutes, like the civilization on Gamma-Vertis-4.
McCoy     That's my observation, for whatever it's worth.
Kirk     Without speech, how's she going to be able to understand us? Unless she's a telepath.
Spock     An unlikely possibility, Captain. Since over 98% of the known telepathic species send thoughts as well as receive them. She's made no attempt to contact our minds.
McCoy     We can't keep referring to her as "she," as if she weren't here.
Kirk     You have any ideas?
McCoy     I don't know about you, but I'm going to call her Gem.
Spock     Gem, Doctor?
McCoy     Well, that's better than, "Hey, you."
Kirk     I want to know why we're here. I want to know what's going on. And she knows. I'm Captain--
Lal     We are aware of your identity, Captain.
Kirk     Who are you? Why did you bring us here?
Lal     We are Vians. Do not interfere.
Kirk     What do you intend to do with us?
Thann     Delay us no longer.
Kirk     We come-- Since you already know who we are, you must also know that we come in peace. Our prime directive specifically prohibits us from any interference-- I...can't... stand up.
McCoy     Don't... fight... the force field. There's something about it that upsets the... body metabolism.
Lal     Not quite, Doctor. The field draws its energy from your bodies. The more you resist, the stronger the force field becomes. Ah, sufficient.
Kirk     Mr. Spock... there must be an exit other than the one we just saw.
Spock     Correct, Captain.
McCoy     You feel all right, Jim?
Kirk     Don't worry about me. They may have hurt her. Did they hurt you? The pain is gone. She touched my head, and the pain is gone.
McCoy     The wound is completely healed. It fits, Jim. She must be an empath. Her nervous system is so sensitive, highly responsive that she can actually feel our emotional and physical reactions. They become part of her.
Kirk     Thank you.
Spock     Captain, in this direction, my tricorder is now picking up a substantial collection of objects.
Kirk     Details.
Spock     Electronically sophisticated devices. I fail to understand why my tricorder previously gave no indication of them being there.
Kirk     They're there now. Let's go check them out. Staying here alone could be dangerous. Come with us.
Spock     Fascinating.
McCoy     Look at this stuff.
Kirk     Bones... Spock, come here.
McCoy     Jim, Spock.
Lal     You are on schedule. Some further simple tests are necessary.
McCoy     We've seen the results of some of your tests.
Kirk     I found our missing men... dead. Another one of your experiments?
Lal     You're wrong. Their own imperfections killed them. They were not fit subjects. Come. Time is short.
Kirk     Yes. Your time is running out. This sun is about to nova. When it does, it'll destroy you, this planet, and this insane torture chamber. Let's get out of here.
Spock     Readings indicate the passage to the surface lies in this direction.
Kirk     Kirk to Enterprise. Kirk to Enterprise, come in. Out of range. Readings, Mr. Spock.
Spock     The research station 6 kilometres in that direction, captain.
Kirk     Let's get there as fast as we can. If the Enterprise has a search party, it'll be there. Spock! Much further?
Spock     Just ahead.
McCoy     Hey, Jim, look. Scotty and a search party.
Kirk     Scotty!
McCoy     Scotty!
Kirk     Stay there! Come on!
McCoy     We're coming!
Kirk     Keep going.
Lal     Their will to survive is great.
Thann     They love life greatly to struggle so.
Lal     The prime ingredient.
McCoy     Where did they go?
Spock     I believe they were never actually present, Doctor. It was a mirage.
McCoy     Where's Kirk? Jim.
Kirk     What are you doing here? Where's Scotty?
Spock     Captain, it was a mirage.
Thann     Captain Kirk! We have decided that one specimen will be sufficient. You will come with us.
Kirk     What about the others?
Lal     We've no interest in them. They may go.
Kirk     Very well.
McCoy     You can't go back there. You'll end up like the other two.
Spock     Captain, I request permission--
Kirk     Denied!
McCoy     But, Captain--
Kirk     You have your orders. What happened to my men?
Lal     They are safe.
Kirk     One specimen. You said one specimen! What happened to my men?
Thann     Indeed, the prime ingredient.
Kirk     Where are they? Tell me! You said you'd let them go!
Scott     Mr. Sulu, will you give us an estimate of how much longer we'll have until those solar flares will subside?
Sulu     Aye, sir. Readings now indicate 2.72 on the Ritter scale. At the present rate of decrease, we'll have to wait at least 17 hours more before we can even attempt to enter orbit.
Scott     Aye. Well, as long as we're stuck out here, we might as well relax until the storm passes.
Sulu     The storm's already lasted four hours longer than we've anticipated. Do you suppose our landing party could be in any danger?
Scott     That's not likely. The planet's atmosphere will give them ample protection. And if I know Captain Kirk, he'll be more worried about us than we are about him.
Kirk     What is it you want to know?
Lal     We seek no information as you mean. Your civilization is yet too immature to have knowledge valuable to us.
Kirk     You don't need any knowledge from us, yet you're willing to kill for it. Is that what happened to Linke and Ozaba?
Thann     We did not kill them. Their own fears killed them.
Kirk     Well, what did you expect from them? And what do you want from me?
Lal     We've already observed the intensity of your passions and gauged your capacity to love others. Now we want you to reveal to us your courage and strength of will.
Kirk     Why? What is it you hope to prove? If my death is to have any meaning, at least tell me what I'm dying for.
Thann     If you live, you will have your answer.
McCoy     Come on, Spock, the passageway was there before. It's got to be there.
Spock     Doctor, I'm unable to lock in on the previous readings. I can find no exit out of here. Captain!
McCoy     Jim, what is it? What have they done to you? Help him! Don't be afraid to help him.
Kirk     Gem?
McCoy     You lie still. I'll check her out right away.
Kirk     Will she live?
McCoy     She seems fine now.
Kirk     Can you explain what happened?
McCoy     Complete empathy. She must be a totally functional empath. Her nervous system actually connected to yours to counteract the worst of your symptoms. With her strength, she virtually sustained your body's physiological reactions.
Kirk     But she weakened. I could feel it. Is her life in danger?
McCoy     It's impossible to say yet, but supplying your body with life support did drain her.
Spock     Her withdrawal seemed to suggest the fear of death, Doctor. Only your urging her on caused her to continue.
McCoy     That's true. Fear would naturally be her first reaction. Perhaps she doesn't know our captain well enough yet to offer up her life.
Kirk     Could the strain really have killed her?
McCoy     Yes. However, I'd assume that her instinct for self-preservation would take over to prevent it. How do you feel?
Kirk     I'm... tired.
Spock     Can you recall what happened, Captain?
Kirk     I remember the laboratory, and they wanted to know something. But l... I can't remember.
McCoy     Take it easy.
Kirk     What's the matter with me?
McCoy     You have all the symptoms of the bends. Nitrogen bubbles in your blood caused the pain. Now how would one get the bends down here?
Kirk     You'll have to ask the Vians. Will I live?
McCoy     Well, you could use some time in a decompression chamber. But otherwise, I'd say your recovery is about miraculous. I wish I could take the credit for it, but she did the work.
Spock     Captain, I noted that a light preceded you at the moment you were returned here from the Vian's laboratory.
McCoy     Spock, why do you have to get so analytical--
Kirk     No, he's right. Continue.
Spock     I conclude such a light is an energy transfer point linking this device to the power source.
Kirk     Can you tap into it?
Spock     If I could determine the frequency at which this device operates, I might be able to cause it to function for us.
Kirk     And get us out the same way we were brought in.
Spock     I would say so.
Kirk     Then I'd say proceed.
Lal     You are called captain. You are responsible for the lives of your crew. Is this correct?
Kirk     It is.
Thann     We find it necessary to have the cooperation of one of your men in our efforts.
Kirk     We will not cooperate.
Lal     When we resume our interrogations, you will decide which of your men we shall use. It is essential. There's an 87% chance that the doctor will die, and while Commander Spock's life is not in danger, the possibility is 93% that he will suffer brain damage, resulting in permanent insanity.
Kirk     How's it coming, Spock?
Spock     I do not know, Captain. I begin to understand its operating principles, but that's all.
McCoy     Spock, It won't be long before the Vians come back. You better find out how that thing works and soon.
Kirk     Take it easy, Bones.
McCoy     Men weren't intended to live this far underground. It's just not natural.
Kirk     And space travel is?
Spock     Some men spend the majority of their lives in mines beneath the surface.
McCoy     I'm a doctor, not a coal miner.
Spock     I've recorded my principles and theories on the tricorder, Doctor. Should the Vians return, there's sufficient data for you and the captain to complete the adjustments.
McCoy     I'm not a mechanic. I couldn't get that thing to work no matter how many notes you left.
Spock     Possibly not, but you and the captain together will be able to do so.
McCoy     In any case, Spock, you're the logical one to leave with the captain.
Kirk     The decision's mine. If there are any decisions to be made, I'll make them. If and when it becomes necessary. I don't need any.
McCoy     I'm still chief medical officerof the Enterprise. I'll tell you what you need and when you need it. Would you rather have the bends? That's it. Just lie down and relax.
Spock     How long will he be asleep, Doctor?
McCoy     Between the emotional strain and that attack of bends, he's in pretty bad shape.
Spock     I'm not criticizing your action, Doctor. On the contrary, I'm quite grateful for it. The captain will be spared the strain of making so difficult a decision. You have simplified the situation considerably.
McCoy     How?
Spock     While the captain is asleep, I am in command. When the Vians return, I shall go with them.
McCoy     You mean, if I hadn't given him that shot--
Spock     Precisely. The choice would have been the captain's. Now it is mine. Your action is highly unethical. My decision... stands.
McCoy     Not this time, Spock. The choice has been made. You stay here with my friends. They'll take care of you. Do you understand?
Thann     Come, then.
Lal     Doctor, please understand that if there was any other way to accomplish our purpose...
McCoy     Get on with it.
Kirk     Why did you let him do it?
Spock     I was convinced in the same way you were, by the good doctor's hypo.
Kirk     Anything?
Spock     Hmm. A most unusual device. It is a control unit, but not a control mechanism. It is not a mechanical device.
Kirk     What exactly is it?
Spock     This control is attuned to one electrical pattern of energy, the pattern produced by the mental impulses of the person who possesses it. It is activated solely by mental commands.
Kirk     Can you adapt it, reattune it to fit our brain pattern?
Spock     I shall attempt to do so. However, it is not possible to adjust the control to fit more than one pattern at a time. I am, of course, most familiar with my own pattern. Therefore, with your permission--
Kirk     Do whatever you have to to make it work, Spock. What disturbs me is why the Vians let us keep it.
Spock     Fascinating. They must have known we were capable of comprehending this control and making use of it.
Kirk     And that we would use it to escape.
Spock     The only logical assumption is that they wish to let us go.
Kirk     And they keep McCoy?
Spock     That is evidently their intention, Captain.
Kirk     Somehow, you're the crux, the focal point of all this. Even before we got here, she was a prisoner. They didn't hurt her or even threaten her.
Spock     Indeed, the facts would indicate that she's essential to their purpose.
Kirk     Yes, there is a purpose, but what is it? Has all the pain and terror happened or been made to happen... for you?
Spock     Completed, Captain. The adjustments are delicate. They may not survive more than even one use. However, there should be sufficient energy to transfer us to the Enterprise.
Kirk     Will it take us to McCoy?
Spock     If you so desire.
Kirk     The best defense is a strong offense, and I intend to start offending right now. Aim for the lab. Bones. Spock. Get him down. His wrists. His pulse is almost gone. How is he?
Spock     Severe heart damage. Signs of congestion in both lungs. Evidence of massive circulatory collapse.
Kirk     Don't talk. Don't speak. Take it easy until we get you back to the ship. What is it? What's the matter?
Spock     He's dying, Jim. We can make him comfortable, but that is all.
Kirk     You don't know. You're not a doctor.
Spock     Internal injuries. Bleeding in the chest and abdomen. Hemorrhage of the spleen and liver. 70% kidney failure.
McCoy     He's right, Jim. Being a doctor has its drawbacks. I... always wondered why l-- Thanks.
Kirk     How long?
Spock     It could happen anytime.
McCoy     The correct medical phrase, eh, Spock? You've got a...a good bedside manner, Spock.
Kirk     Can't we do something?
Spock     I'm afraid not.
Kirk     Gem might be able to help him, the way she helped me, but could his nearness to death also kill her?
Spock     Uncertain, Captain. Dr. McCoy's analysis of her reaction assumes that her instinct for self-preservation would prevent it. However, we cannot be positive.
Kirk     If she could just strengthen him and keep him from sinking further into death, we might be able to save him.
Lal     No interference will be permitted.
Kirk     She can save his life. Let us help her to go to him.
Lal     She must not be urged or forced to take action.
Thann     All must proceed without interference.
Lal     The purpose that brought us together--
Kirk     What purpose can all this serve, except the fulfilment of some need of yours?
Lal     We have but one need left in life-- to see the completion of the final moment of our test.
Thann     Be patient.
Kirk     Patient? Our friend is dying.
Thann     Perhaps.
Spock     What purpose can be served by the death of our friend, except to bring you pleasure? Surely beings as advanced as yourselves know that your star system will soon be extinct. Your sun will nova.
Thann     We know.
Spock     Then you also know that the millions of inhabitants on its planets are doomed.
Lal     That is why we are here.
Kirk     This arena of death that you have devised for your pleasure-- Will it prevent this catastrophe?
Lal     No, it will not, but it may save Gem's planet. Of all the planets of Minara, we have the power to transport the inhabitants of only one to safety.
Thann     If Gem's planet is the one that will be saved, we must make certain beyond any doubt whatsoever they are worthy of survival.
Kirk     How will the death of our friend serve this purpose?
Lal     His death will not serve it, but her willingness to give her life for him will. You were her teachers.
Kirk     We were? What could she learn from us?
Lal     Your will to survive. Your love of life. Your passion to know. They are recorded in her being.
Thann     Her planet will be fortunate.
Lal     Each of you was willing to give his life for the others. We must now find out whether that instinct has been transmitted to Gem.
Thann     Time grows short.
Spock     You were correct, Captain. Everything that has occurred here has been caused to happen by them. This has all been a great laboratory. We have been the subjects of the test.
Thann     No. We only created the circumstances. That was necessary.
Lal     Your actions were spontaneous. Everything that is truest and best in all species of beings has been revealed by you. Those are the qualities that make a civilization worthy to survive.
Thann     Behold. That is most significant. An instinct new to the essence of her being is generating.
Lal     Compassion for another is becoming part of her functioning life system.
Thann     She is afraid.
Lal     She's saving herself. She does not yet have the instinct to save her people.
Thann     We have failed.
Lal     No. No, not yet.
Spock     Captain, Dr. McCoy's life is not solely dependent on Gem. The Vians, too, must be capable of saving his life.
Thann     True.
Kirk     Then you cannot let him die.
Lal     His death is not important. We must wait to see whether her instinct for self-sacrifice has become stronger than her instinct for self-preservation.
McCoy     Don't touch me. Stay away. Jim. Spock. Are you here?
Kirk     Yes, Bones.
McCoy     Don't let her touch me. She'll die. Jim... I can't destroy life, even if it's to save my own. I can't. You know that. I can't let you do it.
Spock     Captain.
Kirk     What is it?
Spock     The intensity of emotion is draining us and building up the force field.
Kirk     Yes, I know.
Spock     It draws its energy from us, Captain. In spite of what we see, all emotion must be suppressed. That might weaken the field.
Kirk     I'll try. Yes. Spock.
Lal     We cannot use our powers to change what is happening.
Kirk     You must save the life of our friend.
Lal     No. We will not. Her instinct must be developed to the fullest. The test must be complete.
Spock     It is complete. Gem has earned the right of survival for her planet. She offered her life.
Lal     To offer is not proof enough.
Kirk     If death is all you understand... here are four lives for you. We will not leave our friend. You've lost the capacity to feel the emotions you brought Gem here to experience. You don't understand what it is to live. Love and compassion are dead in you. You're nothing but intellect.
Lal     Farewell.
Kirk     Strange.
Spock     What is puzzling you, Captain?
Kirk     I'm not puzzled, Mr. Spock. I am... awed.
McCoy     I'm with you, Captain. She awed me.
Kirk     No, no. I wasn't thinking of Gem. I was thinking of that fantastic element of chance that out in limitless space we should come together with Gem.
Spock     Captain, the element of chance can virtually be eliminated by a civilization as advanced as the Vians.
Scott     Not to dispute your computer, Mr. Spock, but from little what you've told me, I'd say she was a pearl of great price.
Kirk     What, Scott?
Scott     You don't know the story of the merchant? The merchant... who, when he found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Kirk     Yes, she was all that. And whether the Vians bought her or found her makes little difference-- she was of great value.
McCoy     Well, personally, I find it fascinating that with all their scientific knowledge and advances, that it was good old-fashioned human emotion that they valued the most.
Scott     Perhaps the Vulcans should hear about this.
Kirk     Mr. Spock, can you be prevailed upon to bring them the news?
Spock     Possibly, Captain. I shall certainly give the thought all the consideration it is due.
Kirk     Mr. Sulu, ahead warp factor 2.
Sulu     Aye, aye, sir. Warp factor 2.

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Episode 64. The Empath

During Kirk's torture scenes, the back shots have Shatner's arms stretched wide apart and yanked straight - the front shots have the chains going overhead and his arms are bent at the elbows.
Spock claims the Vian device they capture is operated by specific brain patterns and sets it to his own. At the end Kirk hands it back to the Vian and they instantly use it to heal McCoy without adjustment.
Although Kirk said back in "The Menagerie" that starships don't have elaborate zoom & pan recording logs - apparently small research bases do because when Spock plays back the log of the two scientists the automatic recording pans and zooms like a pro.
The Vians are very neat - they take Kirk's shirt off when they torture him and put it back on when they're done.

This was DeForest Kelley's favourite episode.
16 of 16 (Trivia Rating)

In the final scene, Scotty refers to the story of 'the pearl of great price'. This refers to a parable told by Jesus in Matthew 13:45-46.
11 of 11 (Trivia Rating)

This episode contains another one of McCoy's famous, "I'm a doctor, not a..." quotes. In this episode it is "coal miner".
5 of 5 (Trivia Rating)

This takes place in 2268.
4 of 5 (Trivia Rating)

After McCoy is tortured, his tattered uniform shirt is an older velour shirt, rather than the new polyester double knits that were used in the 3rd season.

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