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The Enemy Within (episode)

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A transporter malfunction creates an evil Kirk.

  • 1.2 Act One
  • 1.3 Act Two
  • 1.4 Act Three
  • 1.5 Act Four
  • 2 Log entries
  • 3 Memorable quotes
  • 4.1 Production timeline
  • 4.2 Story and production
  • 4.3 Props and sets
  • 4.4 Special effects
  • 4.5 Costumes
  • 4.7 Continuity
  • 4.8 Apocrypha
  • 4.9 Preview
  • 4.10 Reception
  • 4.11 Syndication cuts
  • 4.12 Video and DVD releases
  • 5.1 Starring
  • 5.2 Also starring
  • 5.3 Featuring
  • 5.4 Uncredited co-stars
  • 5.5 Stunt double
  • 5.6 Stand-ins
  • 5.7.1 Unreferenced materials
  • 5.8 External links

Summary [ ]

During a survey of Alfa 177 , geological technician Fisher slips down a rock, gashing himself badly and smearing his uniform with a strange magnetic type of yellow ore . He beams up to the USS Enterprise for treatment.

Detecting a curious overload in the transporter circuitry, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott has Fisher decontaminated before reporting to sickbay , but the problems have already begun; the strange ore has altered the function of the transporter.

Next, Captain Kirk beams up from the planet , before the fault is discovered. He apparently materializes normally and Scott escorts the disoriented captain out of the room. Kirk is, in fact, a shadow of himself. Due to this transporter accident , Kirk has been split into two beings. The first that materialized embodies all of Kirk's positive qualities. Moments later, after Kirk and Scott have left, Kirk's evil twin — Negative Kirk — materializes in the transporter chamber.

Act One [ ]

James Kirk forcefully grabs Janice Rand

" Don't fight me, Janice! "

Evil Kirk and McCoy

" I said give me the brandy! "

Some time passes before the mishap is discovered. Negative Kirk demands Saurian brandy from McCoy in sickbay and proceeds to roam the ship's corridors drunk. McCoy then informs Commander Spock about this, who then consults good Kirk about McCoy's concerns. Kirk shrugs it off, telling Commander Spock that McCoy was just pulling his leg.

Meanwhile, Negative Kirk, who is now instinctively consumed by lust for his beautiful Yeoman – Janice Rand – is alone with Rand in her quarters, drunk and amorous. Negative Kirk mentions to her the feelings they've been hiding, claiming she is " too beautiful to ignore, " and " too much woman, " and that they've both been " pretending too long. " Negative Kirk suddenly grabs Rand and shouts," Let's stop pretending! " He pulls her in close, put his arms around her, and mutters, " …Don't fight me, Janice. " He then starts kissing her very aggressively, and as she is forcefully trying to fight back, Negative Kirk pushes her to the floor and attempts to rape her. But she defends herself and leaves a large scratch on Negative Kirk's face. During the struggle, Negative Kirk attacks Crewman Fisher, who was walking by Rand's quarters and saw the attack.

In sickbay, a crying and flustered Rand tells Kirk, Spock and McCoy, that the Captain tried to assault her, an accusation Fisher corroborates. Kirk firmly denies having done so, whereupon Spock deduces that there must be a Kirk impostor aboard the Enterprise .

Act Two [ ]

Evil Kirk scratched

Negative Kirk has been scratched by Rand

Scotty finds that the yellow ore Fisher beamed up with somehow caused an overload in the transporter. The transporter does indeed work but they dare not use it for risk of duplicating Sulu and the rest of the landing party. Kirk tells Spock that he must inform the crew of what has happened to him, since they deserve to know. Spock, with all due respect, tells Kirk that as he is the captain, he cannot afford to be anything less than perfect in the eyes of the crew. If he does appear so, the crew will lose faith in him – and in turn, he will lose command of the Enterprise . Kirk knows this and wonders why he just forgot it just now. Later, on the bridge , Kirk makes an announcement to his crew from his chair about the impostor aboard. While making the announcement, Negative Kirk is rummaging through the captain's quarters. Kirk informs the crew that the impostor can be identified by scratches on his face, and warns the crew to set the phasers for stun and must not injure the impostor. Negative Kirk angrily destroys the captain's desktop monitor and rants at the top of his lungs " I'm Captain Kirk… I'M CAPTAIN KIRK!!! "

Negative Kirk goes to Kirk's mirror and finds make-up on the table. He applies some of it to his scratches and they are now barely visible. He opens the door to Kirk's quarters and finds Crewman Wilson walking down the corridor near the room. Negative Kirk asks Wilson for his phaser ; Wilson hands it over and is promptly knocked out. Later, both Kirk and Spock in the briefing room try to figure out where Kirk would go on the Enterprise to elude a mass search. Kirk quickly deduces that Negative Kirk is hiding in the lower levels of the ship – the engineering deck. He and Spock head there. In main engineering, a cat and mouse game ensues between the two Kirks and they confront each other near the warp core . Just as Negative Kirk is about to kill Kirk, Spock knocks him out with the Vulcan nerve pinch , but not before Negative Kirk's phaser accidentally discharges and a shot disables the transporter ionizer, making it harder to rescue Sulu and the landing party who are trapped on the rapidly freezing planet.

Act Three [ ]

Meanwhile, on the planet below, the remaining landing party is suffering through the increasingly bitter cold. Attempts to beam heaters and other support devices produce only non-functional duplicates. Kirk speaks to Sulu in the Enterprise 's briefing room, trying to reassure his helmsman, all the while growing more and more unsure of his command abilities. Spock cuts in and tells Sulu to hold on for just a little while longer.

Negative Kirk is screaming while being restrained on a bio-bed in sickbay, in pain from his body functions having been weakened from the duplication process. Kirk takes Negative Kirk's hand, tells him not to be afraid and to use his mind, rather than his savagery. McCoy takes Kirk aside for a brandy. Kirk realizes through McCoy that he needs his negative side of himself back but does not want it back. McCoy assures his captain that all Humans have a dark side to them and that his strength of command lies in his negative self.

McCoy, Alfa canine and Spock

" He's dead, Jim. "

Finally, Scott and Spock believe they have isolated and repaired all the damage. Spock contacts Kirk and asks him to come down to the transporter room. An Alfa 177 canine test animal , previously split, is sent through to see if it will reintegrate. Spock and Scott subdue the fierce canine with a hypospray and place it beside its good self on the transporter pad. Spock and Fisher place the two canines on the transporter pad and Scotty energizes. " If this doesn't work, I don't know what will, " Scotty says. The good and fierce canines become one again, but it rematerializes dead from the shock from having suddenly had its two halves reintegrated forcefully.

Act Four [ ]

Negative Kirk recovers in sickbay while Sulu contacts Kirk from the planet, just before he succumbs to the extreme cold. Kirk decides to release his evil half and have both of them go through the transporter, but Negative Kirk attacks and overpowers Kirk in sickbay and dresses in Kirk's wraparound tunic. Later, heading to the bridge, Negative Kirk, pretending to be the good Kirk, runs into Janice Rand outside a turbolift and explains to her that the transporter malfunctioned, and that the animal part of him was in her cabin with her during the attempted rape. Negative Kirk, again posing as the good Kirk, also points out that the evil Kirk scratched his face to make them more alike. Arriving on the bridge, Negative Kirk orders navigator Lieutenant John Farrell to take the ship out of orbit and abandon Sulu along with the landing party, callously asserting that they cannot be saved. At this point, the good Kirk appears on the bridge with McCoy. At first, Farrell and the others are confused as to which one is the good Kirk, but soon Negative Kirk collapses under the strain – screaming and crying " I want to LIVE! " before falling into Kirk's arms.

Later, both Kirks are taken to the transporter room to be reintegrated as one being. Spock handles the transporter console and promises Kirk that he will take command of the Enterprise if the procedure is unsuccessful. Spock energizes the transporter and the two Kirks disappear. After a few tense moments, Spock materializes Kirk back in the transporter chamber as one person. To Spock and McCoy's relief, the much more confident Captain Kirk steps off the pad and orders that the landing party be rescued immediately. Sulu and the others are beamed back aboard, frostbitten but alive.

On the bridge, Rand awkwardly tries to explain to Captain Kirk what his impostor told her about what had happened and when she tries to elaborate further, Kirk simply thanks her and walks away. When Rand hands a PADD to Spock to sign, the first officer says to her, " The, uh, impostor had some interesting qualities, wouldn't you say, Yeoman? " She takes the PADD and stylus from him and walks away in a huff as Kirk orders that the Enterprise lift out of Alfa 177's orbit to continue its mission .

Log entries [ ]

  • Captain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2266

Memorable quotes [ ]

" Oh! Captain! You startled me! Is there something that you… can I help you, Captain? " " Jim, will do here, Janice. " " Ooohhh… " " You're too beautiful to ignore… Too much woman. We've both been… pretending too long. "

" You can't afford the luxury of being anything less than perfect. If you do, they lose faith, and you lose command. "

" I'm Captain Kirk. I'M CAPTAIN KIRK!!! "

" And what is it that makes one man an exceptional leader? We see here indications that it's his negative side which makes him strong, that his evil side, if you will, properly controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength. "

" If I seem insensitive to what you're going through, captain, understand: it's the way I am. "

Hikaru Sulu suffering from hypothermia

Sulu on Alfa 177

" Do you think you might be able to find a long rope somewhere and lower us down a pot of hot coffee? " " I'll see what we can do. " " Rice wine will do if you're short on coffee. "

" Any possibility of getting us back aboard before the skiing season opens down here? "

" He's like an animal. A thoughtless, brutal animal. And yet it's me. Me! "

" We all have our darker side. We need it! It's half of what we are. It's not really ugly. It's Human. "

" The intelligence, the logic. It appears your half has most of that. And perhaps that's where man's essential courage comes from. "

" Being split in two halves is no theory with me, Doctor. I have a Human half, you see, as well as an alien half, submerged, constantly at war with each other. Personal experience, doctor. I survive it because my intelligence wins over both, makes them live together. "

" Janice! Hello. The animal part of me came to your cabin. He even scratched me to make us look more alike. I'd like a chance to explain it to you. You don't mind if I come to your cabin later? " " No, sir. "

" Can half a man live? "

" I want to live! "

" I've seen a part of myself no man should ever see. "

" The… impostor had some… interesting qualities, wouldn't you say, Yeoman? "

Background information [ ]

Production timeline [ ].

  • Story outline by Richard Matheson : 4 April 1966
  • Revised story outline: 22 April 1966
  • First draft teleplay by Matheson: 25 April 1966
  • Revised first draft teleplay: 19 May 1966
  • Second draft teleplay: 31 May 1966
  • Revised teleplay by John D.F. Black : 6 June 1966
  • Final draft teleplay by Gene Roddenberry : 8 June 1966
  • Additional revisions: 11 June 1966 , 15 June 1966
  • Day 1 – 14 June 1966 , Tuesday – Desilu Stage 10 : Ext. Alfa 177 surface ; Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Transporter room
  • Day 2 – 15 June 1966 , Wednesday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Transporter room
  • Day 3 – 16 June 1966 , Thursday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Kirk's quarters , Bridge
  • Day 4 – 17 June 1966 , Friday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Sickbay , McCoy's office
  • Day 5 – 20 June 1966 , Monday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Sickbay
  • Day 6 – 21 June 1966 , Tuesday – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Engineering , Corridors , Janice Rand's quarters
  • Day 7 – 22 June 1966 , Wednesday (Half Day) – Desilu Stage 9 : Int. Corridors , Briefing room
  • Score recording: 14 September 1966
  • Original airdate: 6 October 1966
  • First UK airdate (on BBC1 ): 13 April 1970
  • First UK airdate (on ITV ): 4 October 1981
  • Remastered airdate: 26 January 2008

Story and production [ ]

  • Writer Richard Matheson 's main influence on writing this episode was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , as he envisioned Robert Louis Stevenson 's classic story put in a science fiction context. He eventually came up with the idea of the transporter causing a man to be split into two halves. [1]
  • The subplot of Sulu and three other crewmembers stranded on the planet was not present in Matheson's original script, and was added in staff re-writes. Matheson did not like the idea, as he had an aversion to B-stories in general, believing they slowed stories down. He explained, " My script stayed entirely with Bill [Shatner] having this trouble of his two selves, on the ship […] They added a whole subplot about people down on the planet, ready to freeze to death, because they have [a] transporter functioning problem […] I stuck entirely with Bill." [2]
  • The last two scenes of Act One are switched in order from what appears in the script. In the teleplay, Kirk and Spock learn about the assault of Janice in sickbay, then head to the transporter room, where they are faced with the discovery that the transporter is creating duplicates. The act ends with Scotty suggesting, " We don't dare beam up the landing party. If this should happen to a man… " and Kirk exclaiming, " Oh, my God! " In the episode itself, the sickbay scene follows the one in the transporter room, and the act ends with Spock declaring, "There's only one conclusion – we have an impostor aboard. " Director Leo Penn was known to reorganize scenes when he deemed them to be more dramatic in a different order from what was scripted. [3]
  • In the final draft and the revised final draft of this episode's script, McCoy mused that part of "the Human condition" was having "an enemy within."
  • Grace Lee Whitney once recounted that, while shooting the scene when a distraught, tearful Janice Rand accuses Captain Kirk of trying to rape her, William Shatner slapped her across the face to get her to register the proper emotion. [4] As they shot the rape scene days earlier, Whitney couldn't get into the same emotion successfully, and it was Shatner's "solution" to the problem. ( The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy , p. 94)

Props and sets [ ]

Scott uses scanning device on Fisher

Scott and Fisher with scanner

  • The scanning device used by Scott to scan the ore on Fisher's uniform appears to be a modified Nuclear-Chicago Model 2586 "Cutie Pie" radiation detector. [5] This Feinberger reappeared in " The Naked Time ", " The Doomsday Machine ", and " Obsession ".

Constitution class engineering, 2266

Spock and Kirk in engineering

  • A shot, showing two extras ( Frank da Vinci and Ron Veto ) in red technician jumpsuits (and Veto holding the aforementioned "Cutie Pie" prop) in the engineering set was filmed, but cut from the episode. It was probably filmed as an insert shot for scenes at engineering. [6]
  • The gauzy, red-bordered triangular set piece behind which the evil Kirk emerges briefly in engineering during the hunt scene appears to have been left over from the early briefing room as seen in " The Cage " and " Where No Man Has Gone Before ".
  • The unit that Negative Kirk accidentally phasers in engineering was recycled as the housing for the main circulating pump for the PXK pergium reactor in " The Devil in the Dark ".

Special effects [ ]

Sulu heats rock sketch

A sketch that Matt Jefferies did for the "Sulu heats rock" sequence

Don Eitner, The Enemy Within, production

Shatner's photo double Don Eitner on set

  • This is the only appearance of the showering phaser effect, used when Sulu heats the rock to provide warmth for himself and the other stranded on Alfa 177.
  • There are two split-screen effects used: after Negative Kirk is neck-pinched by Spock; and in sickbay when Kirk takes the hand of his evil counterpart. All other instances of the two Kirks appearing in the same shot were achieved using stand-ins, who kept their faces turned away from camera: Eddie Paskey , who doubled as both Kirk and Negative Kirk; and stunt performer Don Eitner during the scene where Negative Kirk attacks Kirk in sickbay.

Costumes [ ]

  • At the start of the episode when Kirk is beamed up from Alfa 177, both he and his evil counterpart are missing the Enterprise insignia on their uniforms. Lieutenant Farrell is also missing his insignia at some points during the episode (and also in a shot recycled from this episode in " Mudd's Women "). The Star Trek Compendium (3rd ed., p. 35) suggests that the insignia were removed every time the uniforms were cleaned (union rules required them to be cleaned daily); and during production of this episode, someone forgot to replace the insignia on Kirk and Farrell's uniforms.
  • The first season version of the captain's wraparound tunic was created for this episode, with the original purpose of differentiating Kirk from Negative Kirk. It reappears in " Charlie X " and " Court Martial ", and in Kirk's briefcase in " This Side of Paradise ". The tunic was constructed of wool crêpe fabric, in contrast to the velour of the standard duty tunics.
  • Although Nichelle Nichols does not appear in this episode, her voice is heard on the intercom in several scenes.
  • Frank da Vinci and Ron Veto together had a deleted scene in this episode.
  • Edward Madden previously played an Enterprise geologist in " The Cage ".

Continuity [ ]

  • This episode marks the first time on screen that Kirk is duplicated in some form or fashion. This repeats again through " What Are Little Girls Made Of? ", " Whom Gods Destroy ", " The Survivor " and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country .
  • Spock's log entry in this episode calls himself "Second Officer Spock", however, in "Court Martial" the computer lists him as "First Officer Spock" and from then on is referred to as a "first officer" until his return in Star Trek: The Motion Picture as simply science officer .
  • This was the first episode to be produced to show the Vulcan nerve pinch , as well as the first time McCoy says " He's dead, Jim ." Leonard Nimoy objected to the script's directive that Spock "kayoes" Negative Kirk on the head, so he improvised the neck pinch on the spot and demonstrated it on William Shatner for director Leo Penn. ( Star Trek Encyclopedia  (3rd ed., p. 550)) The script's original directive survives to this day in the James Blish adaptation of this episode (in the book Star Trek 8 ) as Blish only had access to the scripts and not to the finished episodes.
  • The transporter was depicted as the only mode of transport between a planet and the ship because this episode was written and filmed before the existence of the hangar deck and shuttlecraft were established, even though both of these locations are clearly built into the studio model of the Enterprise as seen in the episode. As the lack of a shuttlecraft was almost immediately pointed out as a plot error, production and writing staff later stated that perhaps the shuttlebay was simply out of service for repairs during this episode, which would explain why the crew did not use shuttles to rescue their comrades ( Star Trek Compendium [ page number? • edit ] )
  • This episode establishes that the phaser two unit consists of a phaser one unit fitted into a pistol mount. Sulu can be seen doing this just before he phasers the rocks for warmth. This procedure is not seen in any other episode.
  • In the sequence of aired episodes, this is the first episode where we see or hear the new middle initial for James Kirk. "Captain James T. Kirk" is briefly visible as Negative Kirk enters Kirk's quarters. The initial was first spoken in " Mudd's Women ", but that episode aired after "The Enemy Within".
  • In the latter part of the scene where the two Kirks appear together on the bridge, a close-up shot of the Negative Kirk shows the scratches on the right side of his face, although wider shots (and all earlier scenes) showed they were on the left side. This was due to the shot being reversed during editing. Director Leo Penn and cameraman Jerry Finnerman mistakenly filmed the close-up out of axis, breaking the 180-degree rule, and editor Fabien Tordjmann could only help by reversing it, hoping the audience wouldn't notice the resulting continuity error. ( These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One , 1st ed. p. 157)
  • A reaction close-up shot of Spock on the bridge is recycled from " The Naked Time ". The same shot was used again in " The City on the Edge of Forever ".

Apocrypha [ ]

  • In the novel Foul Deeds Will Rise , the duplication witnessed here is documented as 'the Alfa Effect', with another character duplicating the effect to give herself an alibi for various murders (One of her appears in public while the other commits the crimes), claiming to have adjusted the balance so that both duplicates share the same personality traits as opposed to the imbalance witnessed here (although the duplicates do demonstrate a divergence later, with one being more violent while the other accepts their failure).
  • A cat version of "The Enemy Within" was featured in Jenny Parks ' 2017 book Star Trek Cats .

Preview [ ]

  • The preview contains a Captain's Log recorded solely for the preview, but based on one from the finished episode: " Captain's log, stardate 1672.9. Due to the malfunction of the ship's transporter, an unexplained duplicate of myself exists. "

Reception [ ]

  • Actress Grace Lee Whitney was very unhappy about the last scene of this episode, in which Spock asks Yeoman Rand , " The impostor had some very interesting qualities, wouldn't you say, Yeoman? " In her autobiography, she wrote: " I can't imagine any more cruel and insensitive comment a man (or Vulcan) could make to a woman who has just been through a sexual assault! But then, some men really do think that women want to be raped. So the writer of the script (ostensibly Richard Matheson – although the line could have been added by Gene Roddenberry or an assistant scribe) gives us a leering Mr. Spock who suggests that Yeoman Rand enjoyed being raped and found the evil Kirk attractive! " ( The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy , p. 95)
  • Despite this, Whitney enjoyed this episode. " I liked 'The Enemy Within' because seeing Captain Kirk act in that fashion challenged me as an actress. " ( Starlog #105, April 1986 , p. 49) Several years later she echoed those sentiments, stating " I love "The Enemy Within" because it gave me a chance to really react and act with Bill Shatner. I love it! I loved the whole concept of him breaking into two characters because that really was what Kirk and Rand were about. There were two sides of Kirk and two sides of Rand. Rand was there to be of service to him but she was also in love with him. But she knew she mustn't go over-go the boundaries. " ( These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One , p. 159)
  • James Doohan stated that he thought William Shatner 's performance in this episode was " pretty okay. " ( Beam Me Up, Scotty , p. 132)
  • Director Leo Penn also praised Shatner's performance. " William Shatner's a very good actor and gave a very good performance… I had a good time on that show. " ( These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One , 1st ed. p. 159)
  • Richard Matheson elaborated, " I thought Bill Shatner was brilliant. I loved what he did. He carried the whole thing. I was a little sorry that Roddenberry put so much emphasis on the crew being stuck on the planet […] But I liked it and I was very satisfied with the production value. " ( These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One , 1st ed. p. 159)
  • Roddenberry picked this as one of his ten favorite episodes for the franchise's 25th anniversary. ( TV Guide , August 31, 1991 [ page number? • edit ] )
  • When first screened in the United Kingdom in 1970, the BBC partially edited the episode, specifically the scene where Negative Kirk attacks Janice. The cuts remained until the 1992-94 repeat run. [7]

Syndication cuts [ ]

During the syndication run of Star Trek , the following scenes were typically cut from broadcast:

  • Extended scene of Scott preparing to beam Kirk up to the ship.
  • A longer conversation between Spock and Kirk about Negative Kirk demanding brandy from McCoy.
  • Extended scene of Negative Kirk in Rand's quarters.
  • Additional segments of discussion with Rand and Fisher in sickbay.
  • Extra dialogue between Kirk and Spock, followed by another scene showing the two entering engineering to look for Negative Kirk.
  • Longer reports from Sulu on the surface of the planet, including a split scene of Sulu speaking to Kirk, then a shot of the Enterprise in orbit, followed by Kirk's reply.

Video and DVD releases [ ]

  • Original US Betamax/VHS release: 28 February 1985
  • Original UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video ): Volume 3 , catalog number VHR 2244, release date unknown
  • US VHS release: 15 April 1994
  • UK re-release (three-episode tapes, CIC Video): Volume 1.2, 8 July 1996
  • Original US DVD release (single-disc): Volume 2, 17 August 1999
  • As part of the TOS Season 1 DVD collection
  • As part of the TOS Season 1 HD DVD collection
  • As part of the Star Trek: Fan Collective - Alternate Realities collection
  • As part of the TOS Season 1 Blu-ray collection

Links and references [ ]

Starring [ ].

  • William Shatner as James T. Kirk

Also starring [ ]

  • Leonard Nimoy as "Mr. Spock "

Featuring [ ]

  • DeForest Kelley as "Dr. McCoy "
  • Grace Lee Whitney as "Yeoman Rand "
  • George Takei as " Sulu "
  • James Doohan as " Scott "
  • Edward Madden as " Fisher "
  • Garland Thompson as " Wilson "
  • Jim Goodwin as " Farrell "

Uncredited co-stars [ ]

  • Nichelle Nichols as Uhura (voice only)
  • Eddie Paskey as Leslie
  • Communications officer
  • Sciences technician 1
  • Sciences technician 2
  • Section chief (voice only)

Stunt double [ ]

  • Don Eitner as the body double for William Shatner

Stand-ins [ ]

  • William Blackburn as the stand-in for DeForest Kelley
  • Frank da Vinci as the stand-in for Leonard Nimoy
  • Jeannie Malone as the stand-in for Grace Lee Whitney
  • Eddie Paskey as the stand-in for William Shatner

References [ ]

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Unreferenced materials [ ]

Churchill, Winston ; Heaven ; Hell ; malingerer ; nuclear energy ; nurse maid ; power plant ; rattle ; traffic signal ; Truman, Harry S.

External links [ ]

  • " The Enemy Within " at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
  • " The Enemy Within " at Wikipedia
  • " The Enemy Within " at , a Roddenberry Star Trek podcast
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An Episode of Star Trek: TOS Inspired One of The Next Generation's Best Villains

"The Enemy Within" saw Captain Kirk split in two, a concept that was revisited in The Next Generation to create one of Star Trek's best villains.

  • Many of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Season 1 episodes were updates of The Original Series.
  • A similar premise to "The Enemy Within" provided The Next Generation with one of its greatest recurring villains.
  • Lore could have been a one-off antagonist, but an android with Data’s strength and intelligence minus his morality was a villain too tempting to not use over again.

As a long-running franchise, Star Trek has created many excellent villains. From god-like alien entities like Q and Trelayne, to the augmented human despot Khan Noonien Singh and even simple con artists like Harry Mudd, Star Trek has shown that evil can be found anywhere in the galaxy. Sometimes, malevolence can even wear a familiar face, causing havoc in the most subversive ways possible.

In Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1, a romantic episode that had been written for Lt. Cmdr. Data was changed to an evil twin story instead. Taking inspiration from a Season 1 episode of Star Trek: The Original Series , the writers created Data's evil opposite twin brother Lore. What no one could have foreseen at the time was how enduring this new antagonist would be, or how much he would evolve beyond the episode that inspired his creation.

TNG's 'Datalore' Inverted The Original Series Episode 'The Enemy Within'

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In Star Trek: The Next Generation 's first season , the series' writers crafted an episode about Data finding love with a female android whose job was to fix the ship under the most hazardous conditions. The episode was scrapped, however, when it turned out to be too costly to make, so series creator Gene Roddenberry proposed an 'evil twin' story that would be less expensive to replace it. With a limited shooting schedule, rewrites had to happen fast, and the story that was created bore a striking resemblance to Star Trek: The Original Series , Season 1, Episode 4, "The Enemy Within."

In The Original Series , the Enterprise's transporter malfunctions and splits Captain Kirk into two people, each representing a different aspect of his psyche: the good and bad. Star Trek: The Next Generation , Season 1, Episode 13, "Datalore," turned out to be an updated version of the classic episode. With the premise that Data's creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, had constructed another android before him, the The Next Generation story was able to delve deeper into the android officer's origin while simultaneously telling an entertaining evil twin tale. While "Datalore" was able to update the story of "The Enemy Within" with improved special effects and a more complex look at the nature of human emotions, it also covered a lot of the same territory as The Original Series episode.

Evil Kirk Had a Few Things In Common With the Sinister Android Lore

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Though the explanations for Star Trek 's evil doubles between The Original Series and The Next Generation were completely different, the Season 1 doppelgänger episodes of both series had many similarities. When Captain Kirk's dark half attempted to force himself onto Yeoman Janice Rand, he received three deep scratches on his left cheek, visibly distinguishing him from the original Kirk. The Next Generation replaced the scratches with a more active visual distinction for Data's brother. Shortly after being reassembled and reactivated in the Enterprise-D's sickbay, Lore demonstrated a facial tick on his left cheek to differentiate him from Data.

Later in each episode, the evil doubles marked their twins with the same peculiarities and disguised their own. Evil Kirk applied makeup before scratching his opposite's face, while Lore used a tool to correct his twitch and then created one on Data's cheek. They each also rendered their doubles unconscious in order to be free. Yet, "Datalore" was hardly a complete retread of "The Enemy Within," as the evil versions of Data and Kirk had very different motivations and personalities. When Kirk's darker self materialized in the Enterprise's transporter room , he was disoriented and filled with dark impulses, but he was still James T. Kirk.

All of Kirk's memories were the same, even if his impulses were entirely self-motivated. Lore, on the other hand, was a distinctly different android from Lt. Cmdr. Data. Evil Kirk was chiefly interested in his own survival and maintaining command of the Enterprise, while Lore had aided a deadly and powerful alien entity in destroying the colony he'd been living on and planned to do the same to the galaxy class Enterprise. Further, while Captain Kirk used the transporter to reintegrate both his good and bad selves into the more complex man audiences were just getting to know, Data used his ship's transporter to rid the Enterprise of his double. The solution turned out to be impermanent as Lore would later return to make life difficult for his brother again.

Data's Evil Brother Returned to Star Trek as a Threat to the Federation

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While its many similarities to "The Enemy Within" could make "Datalore" seem a little uninspired, Brent Spiner's performance as his own evil twin made the prospect of Lore's return far too tempting for The Next Generation 's producers and writers. Thus, when a homing beacon summoned him and Data reunited with his creator, Dr. Noonien Soong , in Season 4, Episode 3, "Brothers," the return of his unstable brother was as big a thrill for fans as it was a shock for Starfleet's only android officer.

It didn't take long for Lore to return to his malevolent and duplicitous ways, overpowering Data and tricking and thrashing their terminally ill father out of jealousy for his favoring the younger android. Lore made his escape before the away team that had gone to collect Data arrived, carrying in his system the emotion chip that had been meant for his brother. Lore's actions in that episode teased the high probability that he would return once more, and much like recurring Star Trek villain Khan, the crew of the Enterprise would come to know his wrath. Just like Captain Kirk's two disparate versions in "The Enemy Within," Lore had complicated feelings regarding his emotionless little brother.

While he resented Data and felt the younger android was inferior, Lore couldn't help but want to have some kind of relationship with him. As such, in his final appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation , in Season 6, Episode 22 and Season 7, Episode 1, "Descent, Parts I and II," it wasn't enough for Lore to try to destroy the Federation using a ship full of Borg who'd been disconnected from the Collective; he had to manipulate Data into joining him. When Data finally came to his senses and defeated and disassembled Lore, it seemed that was the end of the commander's twin brother, but Star Trek has a history of resurrecting popular characters .

Lore returned for what may have been the last time in Star Trek: Picard , Season 3, as part of a new artificial lifeform comprised of the minds of Data, their less-advanced predecessor B4, Altan Noonien Soong and himself. Unwilling to share the new body, Lore tried to destroy Data, only to be outwitted by his brother. Like Kirk with his evil self before him, Data embraced Lore at the end, deleting his malignant personality while retaining his knowledge and memories. It seems likely that audiences have seen the last of Lore, though with new Star Trek series under consideration , a return in some form isn't out of the question. One thing is certain, however: if Kirk had never faced "The Enemy Within" in The Original Series , The Next Generation would have missed out on one of its most enduring villains.

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Behind The Scenes: The Making of Two Captain Kirks in “The Enemy Within”

I n the world of the Starship Enterprise, there seldom were television moments as intriguing as seeing Captain Kirk face his doppelgänger. The classic “Star Trek” episode “The Enemy Within” showcases this scenario and the seamless interaction between the two Kirks is a testament to the skilled storytelling and production techniques of the show. Renowned science fiction author Richard Matheson penned this memorable episode and found himself in alignment with creator Gene Roddenberry, making for a smooth creative process. An anecdote recounts a harmonious meeting between the two:

“Matheson was in sync with ‘Star Trek’s’ concept from the beginning, and had a similar experience previously on ‘The Twilight Zone.’ This made discussions about the episode’s structure relatively straightforward, with only minor disagreements.” – Black

Matheson’s previous work included the iconic “Twilight Zone” episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” starring none other than William Shatner himself.

Challenges did arise during the shooting of “The Enemy Within,” particularly in scenes that required both Kirks to interact physically. Director Leo Penn explained that a photo double for Shatner was employed and creative camera work was essential:

“The process of filming the scenes with both Kirks required inventive shooting techniques and meticulous coordination, especially when physical interactions were involved, necessitating the use of a photo double.” – Penn

While the final product was convincing, keen-eyed viewers noted that the photo double’s hair wasn’t an exact match for Shatner’s distinct look.

FAQs About “The Enemy Within” Episode

  • Q: Who wrote the “Star Trek” episode “The Enemy Within”?
  • A: The episode was written by Richard Matheson, an acclaimed sci-fi author.
  • Q: What was one of the biggest challenges in filming scenes with both Kirks?
  • A: The biggest challenge was filming scenes where the two Kirks had to physically interact, which required a photo double and creative camera work.
  • Q: Did Gene Roddenberry have any issues with the script for “The Enemy Within”?
  • A: No significant issues were mentioned. Roddenberry and Matheson reportedly had a productive meeting with only minor points of contention regarding the story’s direction.
  • Q: Was “The Enemy Within” the first time William Shatner worked with Richard Matheson?
  • A: No, they had previously collaborated on the “Twilight Zone” episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.”

In conclusion, the “Star Trek” episode “The Enemy Within” is an exemplar of classic sci-fi storytelling and innovative television production. Thanks to the synergy between writer Richard Matheson and series creator Gene Roddenberry, as well as director Leo Penn’s resourceful filming techniques, audiences were treated to a compelling narrative that stood the test of time. It’s these behind-the-scenes efforts that helped turn “Star Trek” into the legendary franchise it is today. Despite minor hiccups, such as the slight disparity in the photo double’s hairstyle, the episode remains a standout in “Star Trek” lore and a favorite among fans.

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The Enterprise is on its way to a remote Federation outpost where they are to deliver much needed supplies. Captain James T. Kirk and his crew have been diverted to answer a distress call from an unexplored planet.

When they arrive, they find that the planet’s environment is filled with a powerful energy field which is interfering with the ship’s systems. To make matters worse, the energy field also has an adverse effect on the crew’s health and morale.

The crew begins to experience strange behavior, with petty squabbles turning into outright hostility. To make matters worse, the crew discovers that the energy field has split Captain Kirk into two separate personalities – a cruel and callous version of himself, and a mild-mannered version that is more passive and weaker-willed.

The two personas begin to clash, each with its own agenda. The cruel Kirk wants to take control of the ship and use it to dominate the galaxy, while the mild-mannered Kirk wishes to end the conflict and restore peace and balance to the universe.

The Enterprise is left with no choice but to find a way to reconcile the two personalities and save every crew member from the malevolent force that separates them. With the help of Dr. McCoy, the crew is able to find a way to force the two personas to reconcile and the energy field is reversed.

The crew of the Enterprise is left with a newfound appreciation for their captain, and the crew is able to move on and complete their mission of delivering the necessary supplies to the Federation outpost.

The Enemy Within serves as a reminder to the crew that even the mightiest of heroes can succumb to inner conflict. Through determination and courage, they are able to overcome the powerful forces of nature and triumph over inner turmoil.

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The Native American Myth That Inspired Star Trek's The Enemy Within

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On the 1966 "Star Trek" episode "The Enemy Within," Captain Kirk (played by  one-time /Film writer William Shatner ) beams up from a geological research mission covered in a rare magnetic dust. The dust causes a glitch in the Enterprise's transporter, resulting in Kirk bifurcating into two separate beings. The first Kirk to beam up contains all of Kirk's intelligence and rationality, while the second Kirk — arriving a few moments later — contains all of his aggression or anger. With a "good" captain and an "evil" captain on board the Enterprise, mayhem ensues. 

By the end of the episode, both Kirks must face off, and then, naturally, reunite. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) points out that Kirk cannot be an effective captain without his irrational rage and aggression; as a gentle person, he's not complete. The "evil" Kirk is a madman but he's also a vital part of Kirk's core being. "The Enemy Within" points out that we all contain an animalistic id that we must live with; our anger and aggression cannot be so easily shunted from our bodies. This addresses the way certain philosophies view evil. From one perspective, good and evil are separate, warring forces, with one side necessarily having to triumph over the other. From another, good and evil are two parts of the same being. They are not separate. The yin and the yang. The duality of man. 

The episode was written by sci-fi luminary Richard Matheson, who also wrote one of the very best episodes of "The Twilight Zone"  (among many other things).  He once told the UK outlet The Times that "The Enemy Within" was openly inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." In Mark A. Altman's and Edward Geoss' book "Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages," however, episode director Leo Penn added that he borrowed from certain Native American myths to address ideas of duality. 

The stories of Hiawatha

"Captain's Logs" tracked down an interview Penn gave with Starlog magazine, and quoted him as saying: 

"Within certain aspects of American Indian culture, they surmise that evil possesses more energy than good, and Indians believe if they could get to the evil one and comb the snakes out of his hair, he would be cleansed and be able to use that energy for good. One is constantly interested in the struggle between good and evil ... In every human being there's good and bad. Hopefully the good is reachable. There are some leaders who bring out the best in people, and Captain Kirk was certainly such a person." 

Penn's comment is an allusion to the myth of Hiawatha. Hiawatha was a real person, credited for co-founding the Iroquois nation, and said to be the leader of the Onondaga nation or perhaps the Mohawk nation, but he is also the hero of many legendary epic tales.  The mythic version of Hiawatha was said to have been discovered living in a remote hut by Dekanawidah, the founder of the Iroquois Confederacy. This was a wild Hiawatha who viciously ate human flesh. The story goes that Dekanawidah was so wise and peaceful that Hiawatha was humbled in his presence, received a new peaceful philosophy, and immediately abandoned his early, cannibalistic ways. Hiawatha was thereafter a wise sage and a spreader of peace. 

Dekanawidah then sent the now-reformed Hiawatha to the Onondaga people to confront their chief, a wicked tyrant named Tadodaho. This Tadodaho was so evil that he had turned into a literal monster; his hair and his fingers were made of snakes. Hiawatha then combed the snakes out of his hair, a symbol of his redemption. "Hiawatha," literally translated, means "he who combs."

Good vs. Evil

Many modern students might have first learned Hiawatha's name from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's celebrated 1855 poem "The Song of Hiawatha," although Longfellow notoriously cribbed details of Native American society from wildly inaccurate ethnographical "studies" conducted by European scientists who weren't entirely devoted to accuracy. It's also worth noting that "The Song of Hiawatha" is structured like a European epic, and doesn't resemble Native American storytelling traditions in the slightest. 

"The Enemy Within," meanwhile, retains the classic conflicts over good vs. evil. Can one comb the snakes from their hair, purify themselves, and be "good" in perpetuity? Or must one, as Matheson wrote, retain their "evil" side in order to be a more complete human being? It's interesting that the writer of "The Enemy Within" and its director seemed to fall on opposite sides of the debate. 

A Medium article delved into Iroquois myths even more deeply, pointing out that combing snakes out of one's hair extends all the way back into the nation's creation myths. According to the myth, a pair of twins were born in a realm of evil and pain, similar to popular images of the Christian Hell. One twin — resolute and good — aimed to improve the dark world, hoping to change it for the better. The other twin — wicked and lazy — wanted the evil world to stay the way it was. The good twin is commonly compared to God and the wicked one to Satan, but one can also see a parable of complacency vs. progress. There are good and wicked people on the planet . The good, then, must inspire the wicked with their righteousness. 

At the end of "The Enemy Within," the two Kirks are reunited using the Enterprise's transporter, resulting in the good and the evil working together again. It's all very inspiring — and far more interesting than merely using Robert Louis Stevenson as a jumping-off point.

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To celebrate the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness this month, we’ll be running through the first season of the classic Star Trek all this month. Check back daily to get ready to boldly go. It’s only logical.

One thing that I don’t think the original Star Trek gets nearly enough credit for is the quality of the writers that Gene Roddenberry recruited to contribute scripts. Television obviously operated under a different model at the time, but there’s an impressive selection of science-fiction literary giants who contributed scripts to the show. More than that, it’s impressive how many of those stories became truly iconic Star Trek stories.

The Enemy Within is the work of author Richard Matheson, best known for stories like I Am Legend or What Dreams May Come . It’s very much a high-concept science-fiction story, but it’s also notable because it establishes two of what would become the show’s favourite tropes: transporter accidents and evil duplicates. Indeed, the two devices would be reunited in the following season’s Mirror, Mirror . These narrative elements even featured in the last season of Star Trek: Enterprise to air, in episodes like Daedalus and In a Mirror, Darkly .

Perhaps it’s a demonstration of how important these outside writers were to the development of Star Trek as a franchise that Matheson would effectively codify two stock narrative devices that would still be in use four decades later.

Mirror, mirror...

Mirror, mirror…

Of course, Matheson wasn’t the only science-fiction writer of that calibre to write for Star Trek . Harlan Ellison wrote The City on the Edge of Forever , while Theodore Sturgeon wrote Amok Time , with Norman Spinrad contributing The Doomsday Machine . That’s saying nothing of Larry Niven writing for Star Trek: The Animated Series . Outside of writers known for science-fiction, What Are Little Girls Made Of? came from the author of Psycho , Robert Bloch.

Those are some very important names, and they are names that immediately establish the pedigree of Star Trek . The involvement of these iconic science-fiction writers demonstrates that the show is more than merely a western in a novel setting. Instead, these names demonstrate that Star Trek is legitimate science-fiction, with all the high-concepts and big ideas that come with it. I am not, of course, suggesting that the absence of any or all of these names would put paid to the suggestion that Roddenberry was producing a science-fiction show, but their presence serves as an acknowledgement of what the creator was attempting to accomplish with the show.

Kirk always was a bit in love with himself...

Kirk always was a bit in love with himself…

To be fair, some of these experiences would be least than pleasant. Harlan Ellison’s foreword to the book collecting his initial work on The City of the Edge of Forever offers a particularly bitter account of how difficult working within the show could be. At least Matheson didn’t have to worry about too much aside from what he felt to be an unnecessary b-plot unfolding on the planet below. Given that it eats up about five minutes of the episode, I think we can forgive it that.

Despite these teething problems, it’s hard to deny the results. William Shatner – writing in Star Trek Memories – credits strong stories like The City on the Edge of Forever for keeping Star Trek alive at the end of its first year in production. While Ellison tends to (deservedly) generate the most discussion about these respected authors working on Star Trek , his work is indicative of one of the greater strengths of the show. In fact, I think that the contributions of the other established science-fiction writers are occasionally overlooked.

Shatner dials it up...

Shatner dials it up…

These writers deserve credit for demonstrating that Star Trek was a fascinating avenue for compelling and exciting televised science-fiction. It’s something of which the spin-offs may have lost sight. Star Trek: The Next Generation and the later shows tended to the work of an established writing staff. That said, the shows welcomed unsolicited scripts from outside the office. This is, for example, how they recruited Ronald D. Moore for the third season of The Next Generation . However, there didn’t seem to be a conscious effort to court established science-fiction writers to contribute to television’s largest on-going science-fiction franchise.

Then again, it’s hard to complain about the consistent quality The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine once they got past their first two years, but it does feel like the spin-offs were missing something that had been a vital ingredient to Star Trek . You could argue that the model of television had changed in the years since Star Trek went into cancellation, but that’s hardly fair. Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat have made it a point to invite established writers on to Doctor Who , to great success. Neil Gaiman wrote the acclaimed The Doctor’s Wife , while Richard Curtis wrote the much-loved Vincent and the Doctor .

On the prowl...

On the prowl…

Being honest, it’s clear that Star Trek owes Richard Matheson a fairly significant debt. The Enemy Within is very much an archetypal Star Trek episode. In fact, I suspect it is one of the few stories that ripples around in the broader public consciousness. While evil! Kirk might not be as iconic as goatee! Spock, I think that William Shatner’s portrayal of Kirk’s primal id is one of the most memorable images of the series. I also suspect that this is where Shatner established his reputation for scenery-chewing among the public at large.

The plot of The Enemy Within is relatively simple. In fact, it’s so simple that it would provide the basis for Mirror, Mirror the following season – albeit with the two ingredients inverted. Here, a transporter malfunction sends an evil version of Captain Kirk to the regular Enterprise. In Mirror, Mirror , a transporter malfunction sends the regular version of Captain Kirk to an evil Enterprise. It’s not to suggest that Mirror, Mirror is a rip-off of The Ene my Within . It’s just to illustrate that Matheson has crafted a simply story that effectively establishes two narrative staples of Star Trek .

To be fair, half the cast wanted to do that at one point or another...

To be fair, half the cast wanted to do that at one point or another…

In a way, The Enemy Within is effectively an update of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde . Transporter proves itself remarkably unreliable for only the first time in Star Trek history, somehow splitting Kirk into two halves. One half embodies all of Kirk’s best qualities, and the other half contains all his negative attributes. This is, of course, pure scientific nonsense, but it allows for an interesting story and a nice allegory. Plus we get to witness Shatner demonstrating his dramatic abilities in his portrayal of good! Kirk, which is a surprisingly nuanced performance.

One which is, admittedly, overshadowed by his campy turn as evil! Kirk. Even then, it’s work noting that Shatner’s portrayal of Kirk’s rampaging id personified is strangely compelling. As I mentioned above, it’s fair to argue that Shatner’s reputation of a hammy over-actor was cemented here. evil! Kirk poses, pantomimes, screams, spits and shouts. You could make a legitimate argument that evil! Kirk isn’t just a concentration of Kirk’s darker side, but also the embodiment of Shatner’s tendency to go over the top.

Double trouble...

Double trouble…

This isn’t the first time that Shatner’s campy tendencies have been on display. We’d seen hints of his hammy-ness at the climax of Where No Man Has Gone Before , as Shatner milked Kirk’s appeal to Denher’s humanity for all it was worth. Still, evil! Kirk is arguably the furthest that Shatner would go off the reservation during the three-year run of Star Trek . Still, there is some skill here. Shatner cannily plays him as more animal than man. He crouches, lurches and swings aggressively. His movements are exaggerated, with Shatner making sure that the audience is aware that this is evil! Kirk in action.

In fact, for all the episode’s fixation on Kirk’s “doppelgänger” , Shatner makes it quite obvious which version of Kirk is which. The crew might be confused, but Shatner’s performance makes certain that we never are. And, to be fair, this isn’t a bad thing. After all, the premise is delightfully simplistic. This is a story where a magic technology can somehow rend a man’s soul in twain. It is not a subtle tale. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a more subtle performance working as well as Shatner’s decision to gleefully chew the scenery.

Just scratching the surface...

Just scratching the surface…

I will concede that the characterisation on classic Star Trek was not the strongest. Still, I think that the leading trio were drawn very clearly very early on, and I’d argue that the movies did a great job extending the characterisation of the main characters. Still, for all that The Enemy Within is a science-fiction high-concept, it is hard to see the plot working with any Star Trek captain other than James Tiberius Kirk.

Shatner’s Kirk has a roguish charm to him that is lacking from his successors. We don’t doubt that he’s sincere and that he is a good man, but there’s a darkness lurking underneath Kirk’s charming exterior. Kirk is the most dynamic and physical of the Star Trek leads, the one who isn’t afraid of violence, the one who indulges almost recklessly in casual sex with random women. (In fact, he even winds up with a son he never knew about.) Kirk has wit and skill, but he’s also reckless. He leads away teams into danger and there’s a sense that Kirk gets a vicarious thrill out of high-stakes contests.

And your little dog, too!

And your little dog, too!

In short, there’s a sense of something very sinister hiding behind all that charm. Shatner might not be the strongest actor in the history of television, but he gets Kirk. He embodies the character perfectly. Even when the scripts portray Kirk as an enlightened and sophisticated 23rd century man, Shatner makes it clear that there’s something primal lurking beneath. It’s not for nothing that he turns out to be so damn good at all those crazy gladiatorial contests.

So there is something to split here – two palpable facets of Kirk’s persona that can be separated from one another. Freed of the pragmatic cynicism of his darker half, good! Kirk trusts his crew to understand what has happened. He wants to disclose absolutely everything, including the fact that half of him is a de facto attempted rapist. “Yes, I’ll make an announcement to the entire crew, tell them what happened,” he assures Spock. “It’s a good crew. They deserve to know.”

Keep your shirt on...

Keep your shirt on…

It’s not necessarily a stupid position, just an idealistic. After all, Kirk has served with this crew for some time now. He knows them, he respects them; many of them are his friends. However, as Spock points out, he doesn’t have the luxury of indulging his conscience. “Captain, no disrespect intended,” Spock responds, “but you must surely realise you can’t announce the full truth to the crew. You’re the Captain of this ship. You haven’t the right to be vulnerable in the eyes of the crew. You can’t afford the luxury of being anything less than perfect. If you do, they lose faith, and you lose command.”

In a weaker story, good! Kirk would be an emotional idealist without any self-restraint. He would wallow in self-pity and guilt for everything he has ever done. Here, instead, he’s simply a decent man constrained by his inability to compromise, to make sacrifices, to be ruthless for the greater good. evil! Kirk is willing to order the ship to abandon Sulu and the away team without a care. good! Kirk can barely bring himself to sacrifice a dog to test the transporter. “Don’t hurt him,” good! Kirk asks Scott.

Putting it all together...

Putting it all together…

It’s a nice plot point – the idea that Kirk owes some of his strength to something approaching ruthlessness and brutality. Without that darker half, good! Kirk is somewhat impotent. He can’t barely order Spock to call him out on it. “Mister Spock, if you see me slipping again, your orders… your orders are to tell me.” He concedes that, due to the separation, he has lost his “strength of will.” It’s interesting to see Star Trek concede that some of these darker drives are necessary or even useful. The show is generally so idealistic, that such a concession seems a little weird. In fact, Grace Lee Whitney protests that argument in her biography, The Longest Trek .

Indeed, it’s this sort of attitude that would be missing from a lot of the first season of The Next Generation , as Roddenberry insisted that the show present the crew as completely flawless. However, the key isn’t necessarily to completely purge the darker aspects of the human psyche – after all, those are essential parts of ourselves. It’s difficult to relate to the perfect humans of The Next Generation in the show’s first year because they are so perfect that they don’t seem human.



“We all have our darker side,” McCoy argues. “We need it! It’s half of what we are. It’s not really ugly, it’s human.” That’s the key right there, and Star Trek has always been as much about exploring the human condition as it has been about charting the final frontier. It has – at its best – about exploring who we are and what makes us human. The Enemy Within might not be subtle, but it is effective. It uses the backdrop of science-fiction to comment on mankind and our relationship with ourselves and the wider universe.

That said, there are some problems. It is very tough to watch the scene where Kirk tries to sexually assault Rand, knowing that Grace Lee Whitney would be sexually assaulted herself a few weeks later, on the set of Miri . The scene isn’t gratuitous or especially problematic of itself, but it’s very tough to watch knowing that Whitney would be assaulted by an anonymous studio executive only a little while later.

A cool reception...

A cool reception…

The abuse that Whitney experienced is one of the most shameful moments in the history of the Star Trek franchise, and a demonstration of some of the problems the series had with sexism behind the scenes. Nobody was ever held accountable for it. Whitney herself was let go after her thirteen-episode contract elapsed. For a show about a bright an enlightened future, it seems that the sexual politics behind the scenes on Star Trek were regressive.

Sadly, these problems would continue into the early years of The Next Generation . After all, that show would lose two of its three female leads in the first year. Gates McFadden left because she had trouble working with a male producer . Patrick Stewart has explained that he spent a great deal of the first season protesting sexist scripts. You could make a compelling argument that Star Trek never got quite past its gender issues until Deep Space Nine introduced Kira.

He'll sleep it off...

He’ll sleep it off…

Even outside of the context of Whitney’s departure from the series, the show’s final joke would seem to be misjudged. It sees Spock – who seems to have a bit of a weird fixation on evil! Kirk, read into that what you will – make a joke about evil! Kirk’s sexual appeal to Janice Rand. This is the same Janice Rand who was sexually assaulted by evil! Kirk in her quarters only a little while earlier. The scene is quite troublesome, especially because it seems like nobody realised that it really wasn’t an appropriate line to close on.

As Whitney herself notes in her memoirs, The Longest Trek :

At the end of The Enemy Within, there is a badly botched attempt at humor. In a poorly motivated and out of character moment, Mr. Spock needles me about my feelings toward the evil Kirk (who came to be called “the Imposter,” even though he was supposedly every bit as much a part of the “real” James T. Kirk as the good Kirk). There is almost a nasty leer on Spock’s face as he says to me, “The Imposter had some very interesting qualities, wouldn’t you say, yeoman?” My response was to ignore the jibe. I can’t imagine any more cruel and insensitive comment a man (or Vulcan) could make to a woman who has just been through a sexual assault! But then, some men really do think that women want to be raped. So the writer of the script (ostensibly Richard Matheson — although the line could have been added by Gene Roddenberry or an assistant scribe) gives us a leering Mr. Spock who suggests that Yeoman Rand enjoyed being raped and found the evil Kirk attractive! This scene is doubly ironic in view of how wonderfully caring and compassionate the real Leonard Nimoy was a few weeks later after the real Grace Lee Whitney was sexually assaulted and violated by The Executive.

Then again, the show was never especially thoughtful in its portrayal of Rand as a character. It’s just that The Enemy Within strikes closest to home in light of Whitney’s history with the programme.

Some cheek...

Some cheek…

Still, despite these awkward moments, The Enemy Within is still a damn fine piece of Star Trek . It’s admittedly got a goofy premise, but it is compelling and fascinating high-concept science-fiction, demonstrating the versatility of Star Trek as a show.

You might be interested in our other reviews from the first season of the classic Star Tre k :

  • Supplemental: Vulcan’s Glory by D.C. Fontana
  • Supplemental: Early Voyages #1 – Flesh of my Flesh
  • Supplemental: Crew by John Byrne
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before
  • The Corbomite Manoeuvre
  • Mudd’s Women
  • The Enemy Within
  • The Man Trap
  • The Naked Time
  • Supplemental: My Enemy, My Ally by Diane Duane
  • Supplemental: Romulans: Pawns of War by John Byrne
  • Supplemental: Errand of Vengeance: The Edge of the Sword by Kevin Ryan
  • Dagger of the Mind
  • The Conscience of a King
  • The Galileo Seven
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Recap / Star Trek S1 E5 "The Enemy Within"

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Original air date: October 6, 1966

Kirk, Sulu and some unusually long lived Red Shirts are collecting specimens from Alfa 177 when someone falls down a hill and gets a boo-boo. He's beamed up, along with a strange, magnetic ore that he picked up in his fall. Shortly after, Captain Kirk beams up, feeling a little woozy. Scotty leads him away, even as Kirk warns him not to leave the transporter room unattended. What beams up next is... Captain Kirk! You can tell it's an evil Kirk! He's wearing eye liner and sweating like a pig!

The Tropes Within:

  • Attempted Rape : Poor Janice is subjected to this by Evil Kirk.
  • Badass in Distress : Sulu is trapped on the planet during its cold night and nearly freezes to death.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil : The aesop is that a person can't function without both the light and dark sides. Without the light, Evil Kirk is unrestrained and violent; without the darkness, Good Kirk is impotent. Spock: And what is it that makes one man an exceptional leader? We see here indications that it's his negative side which makes him strong, that his evil side, if you will, properly controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength. McCoy: (to Good Kirk) We all have our darker side. We need it! It's half of what we are. It's not really ugly. It's Human.[...] The intelligence, the logic. It appears your half has most of that. And perhaps that's where man's essential courage comes from.
  • Braving the Blizzard : Mr. Sulu and several others get trapped on the planet the Enterprise is orbiting. As night comes on, the wind kicks up and the temperature falls dramatically. Due to the malfunction, any heaters transported down are rendered useless, and the landing party is forced to use their phasers to superheat rocks in order to stay warm enough to survive.
  • Clear My Name : Certainly important to Good Kirk.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience : Evil Kirk wears the yellow command uniform. Good Kirk wears his casual green shirt. That is, until Evil Kirk realizes he can (temporarily) fool people by changing his shirt.
  • Dirty Coward : Evil Kirk lacks Good Kirk's courage (see Villainous Breakdown ).
  • It's a bit weird to see Spock call himself "half human, half alien," when for the bulk of the series he clearly identifies as Vulcan.
  • Sulu and the rest of the exploration team could have been brought aboard had they thought to use the shuttlecraft. The only reason they didn't use it is because they hadn't built the shuttlecraft sets and models yet.
  • As with a few of the other early episodes, several of Kirk's captains logs are done in the past tense rather than present tense.
  • Enemy Within : Well, duh! Look at the episode's title!
  • Enemy Without : How it comes to be.
  • Everybody Lives : The only fatality is the cute but non-sentient dog-unicorn thing from the planet.
  • Evil Is Hammy : Good Lord . Evil Kirk makes all of Shatner's other performances look subdued. Evil Kirk: I'm Captain Kirk! I'm Captain Kirk! I'M CAPTAIN KIRK! IIIII'M CAPTAIN KIRRRRRK!!!
  • Evil Me Scares Me : "I've seen a part of myself no man should see."
  • Evil Twin : Created by transporter accident. This is a rare case where the evil twin isn't an imposter, but actually is the real person (albeit the negative, disagreeable side of that person).
  • First-Name Basis : Evil Kirk tells Yeoman Rand to call him Jim, as he calls her Janice.
  • Gallows Humor : Sulu cracks a few jokes about just needing a coffee when it's a very real possibility they could die from cold.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes : Evil Kirk wears eyeliner and his eyes are always narrow and shifty.
  • Got Over Rape Instantly : Evil Kirk almost succeeds in raping Yeoman Rand. While she's traumatized for the rest of the episode, she's back to mooning over Kirk in her next appearance as though nothing had happened. You'd think the very sight of him would make her want to transfer to another ship, but I guess not.
  • Guyliner : Evil Kirk wears it, as per the Excessive Evil Eyeshadow trope. He also puts on some make-up in attempt to hide the scratches Rand put on him.
  • Helpless Good Side : Evil Kirk got Kirk's willpower, determination, and aggression, leaving Good Kirk rather meek and indecisive. It's played with in that Good Kirk also got the original Kirk's courage , while despite all his agression Evil Kirk is at heart a coward.
  • He's Back! : Kirk's halves are put back together and it's obvious he's survived the process, but the real "He's Back!" moment comes when he decisively says "Get those men aboard fast!"
  • He's Dead, Jim : For the first time in the series! After they attempt the re-merging with the creature, McCoy and Spock examine the limp form that beams up. Spock : It seems the shock was too much. McCoy : He's dead, Jim.
  • Evil!Kirk demands Saurean brandy when he enters sick bay. Later, Bones decides that both he and Good!Kirk need it.
  • Sulu cracks a few jokes about needing coffee (due to the freezing temperatures of the planet), then says that sake will do as well.
  • Idiot Ball : Who exactly thought it was a good idea to have Yeoman Rand questioned about her attempted rape by the accused perpetrator? The same people who thought it was a good idea to let the accused walk around after being identified by an eyewitness. Though Good Kirk pretty quickly proved it wasn't him, he has no scratches on his face. This being Star Trek , everyone is immediately convinced that something substantially weirder is going on.
  • Jekyll & Hyde : A transporter malfunction splits Kirk's good and evil sides.
  • Literal Split Personality : Kirk of this episode is a famous example. It is learned that the "evil" side proved to be the side with the strength to make tough decisions, proving that both halves are needed for the whole to work. And the seemingly meek, passive "good" side turns out to have more courage than the other, whose angry defiance hides terror of losing independent existence. "Can half a man live?"
  • Mundane Utility : Sulu uses a phaser to heat up some rocks for warmth. Beginning a long, proud Trek tradition, fully in fitting with its themes, that phasers are as much tools as weapons.
  • Must Have Caffeine : Sulu asks if it's possible for them to send down a pot of coffee. Or possibly, he just wants something hot. He would've settled for sake.
  • Negatives as a Positive : After a transporter accident splits Kirk into two people, one good and one evil, it's revealed that his good side isn't capable of command. Spock postulates that it is humanity's faults, tempered by their morals and ethics, that give them the ability to lead.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business : Never has it been more serious! And on both sides: Good Kirk lacks the command presence and decisiveness he's previously demonstrated and which is necessary for The Captain , Evil Kirk lacks empathy, courage, or any real impulse control. The trick is not to figure out which Kirk is which, but that they're both equally not "real" Kirk.
  • Out-of-Character Alert : Kirk is split into his good and evil sides by a transporter accident, which leaves several of the Enterprise crew stranded on a hostile planet. Spock feels a bad vibe when the evil Kirk, passing himself as the good one, walks onto the bridge. Then he declares that the men can't be saved and orders the ship to leave orbit, at which point Spock knows it's not the real one - since when would James T. Kirk leave his crew to die?
  • Why doesn't Kirk send a shuttlecraft to collect the stranded men? (The Doylist answer is because they hadn't finished building the shuttlecraft set.)
  • Why doesn't the Enterprise crew beam down some blankets? It's not like bedding can get split into Good and Evil. The heaters that were beamed down didn't work, but this shouldn't apply to blankets. Or coffee, for that matter.
  • They could have even beamed the characters up and confined the resulting duplicates until the problem was fixed.
  • The Power of Hate : When Kirk gets split into Good Kirk and Evil Kirk, Good Kirk is barely able to function because, as Bones points out, he needs the power of hate as well as love.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter : Sulu finds something that looks like a mash up of a cocker spaniel, a unicorn and a baby dragon with some screwy looking antenna. And it's flippin' adorable! (When its evil half isn't trying to eat your face, that is.) What a pity that it dies in the end.
  • Sarcasm Failure : See Gallows Humor . As the (admittedly improbable) cold gets to the stranded crew members, Mr. Sulu's last communication to the Enterprise is laconic and quiet.
  • Shadow Archetype : The good-yet-indecisive Kirk and his evil-yet-effective twin: "I have to take him back... inside myself. I can't survive without him. I don't want him back. He's like an animal, a thoughtless, brutal animal — and yet it's me. Me." Really though, both the good and evil Kirk are Shadow Archetypes to the real Kirk; he wouldn't want to be either one of them.
  • Shirtless Scene : Shortly after beaming up, Good Kirk feels a sudden urge to go change his shirt. The ladies (and Mr. Spock) get some eye candy, and there's a reason for the sudden Color-Coded for Your Convenience .
  • Take a Third Option : Spock explains how he uses this to live. His human and Vulcan natures are constantly in conflict, but he uses his intelligence to keep both in line and make them work together.
  • Tantrum Throwing : Evil Kirk throws a fit when he can't get his way.
  • Tap on the Head : A legendary subversion. When good Kirk is confronted by a phaser-wielding evil Kirk, Spock steps around a corner behind evil Kirk and knocks him out. The script called for Spock to do this by hitting evil Kirk with the butt of his phaser pistol. Leonard Nimoy thought that was inappropriate for a Vulcan — it's so uncivilized — so he and the director improvised the very first use of the Vulcan nerve pinch . Nimoy demonstrated it on Shatner, and Nimoy credited Shatner with selling it.
  • Technobabble : Spock's explanation of how the transporter was repaired comes off as this.
  • Understatement : Before beaming up, Kirk tells Sulu that the temperature on the planet gets down to some ridiculously low arbitrary temperature at night. Sulu replies, "That's nippy."
  • Villainous Breakdown : Evil Kirk finally gives up when he breaks down, sobbing, "I don't wanna die!" "I don't wanna go back. I wanna LIIIIIIVE!!!!" "We...WILLive!....BOTHuvus!"
  • Warring Natures : Spock claims that his human side and his "alien" side are constantly doing this.
  • What the Hell, Hero? : McCoy gives this to Spock when he uses Kirk's situation to coolly analyze the roles of good and evil in human nature. Spock doesn't back away from the accusation, but does offer an apology of sorts to Kirk for his seeming to be uncaring.
  • Whole-Plot Reference : Richard Matheson 's main influence on writing this episode was The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , as he envisioned the story put in a science fiction context. He eventually came up with the idea of the transporter causing a man to be split into two halves.
  • With All Due Respect : Spock tells Kirk that he doesn't have the luxury of indulging his conscience: Captain, no disrespect intended, but you must surely realise you can't announce the full truth to the crew. You’re the Captain of this ship. You haven’t the right to be vulnerable in the eyes of the crew. You can’t afford the luxury of being anything less than perfect. If you do, they lose faith, and you lose command.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math : No matter what scale you use, the temperatures given for the planet's surface mean Sulu's team would have frozen to death before the episode is even halfway over.
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Q & A with George Takei

Best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series, actor George Takei has had an equally long career as a civil rights activist, advocating for marriage equality for LGBTQ+ people and bringing attention to the United States’ illegal wartime incarceration of thousands of Japanese American families, his own among them. A graphic memoir about his family’s life in the camps, They Called Us Enemy (written with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, illustrated by Harmony Becker, Top Shelf, 2019), won an Eisner Award. Now he’s written My Lost Freedom, a picture book autobiography about his family’s detention. PW spoke with Takei about crafting his story to reach new readers, meeting an old friend backstage, and the bond that kept his family together.

You’ve written an autobiography for adults and a graphic novel about your family’s internment. Was there a single moment, something specific, that made you think, “We need a book for younger readers!”

The internment is one of the shames of America, but it’s often the victims that take on the shame. Many Japanese Americans who were imprisoned don’t talk about it. Their children know very little about it and their own grandchildren know even less. But on a larger scale, it’s an American story. It’s a failure of American democracy, and Americans need to know this chapter of American history.

I’m always finding new and different ways to tell the story. I wrote an autobiography in 1994 [ To the Stars ], targeting the Star Trek audience. My intent was to tell the story of my childhood imprisonment, although the cover had me in a Star Fleet uniform. I was also involved in the development of a Broadway musical about it ( Allegiance , 2015).

Then I decided to tell the story for teens, who are the future of America. I loved comic books as a teenager, so I did it as a graphic memoir titled They Called Us Enemy . It’s a bestseller, and many teenagers know about it now. When I talk on college campuses, they tell me that they’ve read the book.

However, the real future of America is in the upcoming generation. I want someone who’s growing up to understand the story. When I was actually in prison, I was too young to really understand it. I remember the fear, the chaos, the confusion, but as a teenager, I wanted to know the details. I had many conversations with my father. So I said, I need to reach that generation [with They Called Us Enemy ]. And with this book, maybe I can reach two generations. Little children will grow up knowing about this from a young age. And when the parents read it, their imaginations might be piqued, and they might do further reading.

Do you remember a specific reaction to one of those earlier works that let you know what an impact it had made?

I get many reactions. There are young Japanese Americans who tell me, “My parents (or my grandparents) were encamped within the community”—that’s the term we use—“and I want to know more about it.” And I ask, “Which camp were they in?” Their faces are a complete blank. And so I help them. “Was it in Arkansas? Idaho? Wyoming? Arizona?” And they have no idea.

The generation that went through it felt shamed by it and didn’t talk about it. The kids might say, “Where were you during WWII? Were you with the Army?” And [their parents] answer, “No, we were in Wyoming,” and if the kids say, “What were you doing?” they say, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

When I was doing Allegiance on Broadway, a middle-aged Japanese woman brought her very elderly mother with her backstage to say hello to me. And the elderly woman said, “I was your father’s secretary in Arkansas!”

My father was a block manager [at the Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center], and he had a black tarpaper barrack as his office. I used to drop in on him there and I remember there was this young woman there who had this fascinating machine. It went Ding! Tak tak tak ding! When she was looking the other way, I sneaked up behind her. Then my father would say, “Don’t bother Florence, go play with Henry,” and he would chase me out of his office. But [meeting] Florence, again, yes! A crisscrossing of paths.

It’s clear, comparing My Lost Freedom to They Called Us Enemy , how much thought had to be given to what younger readers could take in. How did you work with your editor Phoebe Yeh to understand what would be appropriate for this book?

Phoebe told me, “This is a children’s book, so we want to plant the seed of curiosity.” So we just talked about the imprisonment itself, but in the foreword I talk about this boy who lived three houses away from us who would come over and play with me, and how he and I differed. He had soft, curly blonde hair, he was a lot of fun, his laugh was like a giggle, but after the soldiers came to take us away, I never saw him again. So on that kind of level, children would understand. “Why couldn’t he play with Donald? Why would the soldiers carry guns when they took us away from our homes?” [We wanted] to stimulate those very simple and natural questions.

Your parents emerge as the real heroes of the story. What do you think made them so resilient?

Their partnership was cemented by a strong bond. My father led through rational discussion and empathy. My mother prioritized her family’s safety and comfort above all else. She once marched past armed soldiers with a sewing machine hidden in her duffle bag, cleverly disguised as a sack brimming with candy and picture books for the children!

Blackie, the dog you found at Camp Tule Lake, appears in My Lost Freedom , but there’s no mention of a dog in They Called Us Enemy . How did that happen?

Oh! Yes, the editor of They Called Us Enemy wanted to cut Blackie out. He thought it was too schmaltzy. It might have been the right call for that book.

And how did you handle that with Phoebe?

After the other editor said it was too schmaltzy, I was a little reticent [to suggest it again], but Phoebe leaped at it. She said, “Oh, yes, that’s wonderful!” So, two opposite reactions from two editors!

There were some other difficult experiences in the book for older children that don’t appear in this one, like the teacher who treated you so badly. Was the sense that they would be inappropriate?

Phoebe wanted me to be able to have a positive approach, and not have a negative tone.

I do talk about my first teacher in Arkansas, who taught me the Pledge of Allegiance and who said, “We’ll recite that every morning,” and I remember standing there with my hand over my chest saying, “With liberty and justice for all,” but right outside I could see the barbed wire fence and the sentry tower. I was too young then to understand the irony of speaking my words in that camp. But I thought I’d let young children know that that kind of irony can exist in life.

Was it difficult to choose among Michelle Lee’s images for the cover art, or was it immediately obvious what the right one would be?

My favorite is the back cover, with the dark, ominous framing, and then you see sunlight, and then you see my mother and our baby sister, and then you see the barbed wire separating them from the swamp. I can hear her [using the Japanese word for dangerous]: “abunai, so abunai!”

But the image with Blackie was the one that was chosen—a boy and a dog is always a winning image!

My Lost Freedom: A Japanese American World War II Story . George Takei, illus. by Michelle Lee. Crown, $19.99 Apr. 16 ISBN 978-0-5935-6635-0

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Star Trek: Discovery season 5 reveals that one of DS9's most fearsome enemies still pose a threat to the Federation 800 years after the Dominion War.

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Star Trek: Discovery season 5, episodes 1 and 2!

  • Discovery season 5 teases the threat of the Breen Imperium, connecting back to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • The powerful and enigmatic Breen species pose a danger to the Federation, even in the 32nd century.
  • The Breen's advanced technology and history of alliances make them formidable foes in the Star Trek universe.

Star Trek: Discovery has teased that the next big threat to the Federation in the 32nd century is an alien race that first appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . The story of Discovery season 5 concerns Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew's search for an ancient technology that contains the secrets of life itself. Also seeking this treasure are Moll (Eve Harlow) and L'ak (Elias Toufexis), who will sell it on to the highest bidder, who could be one of the Federation's enemies , including Star Trek: DS9 aliens , the Breen.

The Breen first appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 4, episode 5, "Indiscretion", in which Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) and Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) liberated one of their internment camps. The Alpha Quadrant species became key allies of the Dominion during their war against the Federation. After the Dominion War ended, the Breen retreated from open hostilities in the Alpha and Beta Quadrant , barring the occupation of Brekka in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3, episode 9, "Trusted Sources". However, Star Trek: Discovery season 5, episode 1 reveals that, 800 years later, the Breen continue to pose a threat to the Federation.

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Who are star trek: ds9’s breen villains, "never turn your back on a breen." - old romulan proverb.

The Breen are one of Star Trek 's most enigmatic alien species , which often meant that they were underestimated by their enemies. During the Second Klingon Empire, an invasion fleet was sent into Breen space to conquer the planet, but they were never heard from again. The Romulans also coined the saying " Never turn your back on a Breen " based on their own hostile encounters with the powerful species . By the 24th century, Starfleet and the Federation still had limited information about the Breen, but had become used to their raids on various ships in the Alpha Quadrant, such as the S.S. Vico.

It was presumed that the Breen required the use of refrigeration suits and helmets to co-exist with other species, due to other M-class planets having higher temperatures than on their home world. As nobody had seen underneath a Breen helmet and lived to tell the tale, this presumption is yet to be confirmed in Star Trek canon. What was known about the Breen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was that they possessed incredibly powerful technology, making them fearsome allies of the Dominion. The Breen affirmed their alliance with the Dominion by launching a devastating attack on Starfleet Headquarters and the Golden Gate Bridge .

An alliance with the Breen almost changed the course of DS9 's Dominion War , due to the use of their energy dampening weapons. The Breen's energy dampening weapon destroyed multiple starships, including the USS Defiant, during the Second Battle of Chin'toka . The Federation Alliance were eventually able to counteract the Breen's weapon, allowing them to ultimately win the Dominion War. The Breen remained allies of the Dominion right up until the end, even after Legate Damar (Casey Biggs) and the Cardassians switched sides. Representatives of the Breen Confederacy were present at the signing of the Treaty of Bajor, before retreating back to their territory.

While the Breen retreated back to their territory, they later made incursions into the Delos system, occupying Brekka in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3.

DS9’s Breen Is Set Up As Star Trek: Discovery’s Next Major Enemy

"war is always a possibility" - captain rayner.

Star Trek: Discovery 's two-episode season 5 premiere reveals that the Breen Confederacy (now the Breen Imperium) are still a threat to the Federation in the 32nd century . At a function to celebrate a thousand years of the Federation, Captain Saru (Doug Jones) mentions that it's a dangerous time for the Federation, as they face the potential twin threats of the Tholian Assembly and the Breen Imperium. With such a potentially fractious time ahead, Saru is forced to consider if he would be better suited to a career in diplomacy, something he later leaves the USS Discovery to pursue in episode 2.

Also in Star Trek: Discovery season 5, episode 2 , Captain Rayner (Callum Keith Rennie) is reprimanded for his actions on the planet Q'Mau. Over the course of the tribunal, President Laira Rillak (Chelah Horsdal) chides Rayner for his actions, pointing out that the Federation is at peace. This infuriates Rayner, who reminds the President that " war is always a possibility " and that the Breen Imperium could soon turn their attention to the Federation once their own internal political struggle is over . Rayner's warning sets up the Breen as major antagonists in Star Trek: Discovery season 5 or beyond.

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Will discovery fight the breen in season 5, "this power cannot fall into the wrong hands" - dr. vellek.

It's possible that Saru and Rayner's warnings about the Breen Imperium were originally intended as set up for Star Trek: Discovery season 6 . The news that season 5 would be Discovery 's last wasn't announced until filming had been completed. However, two Breen references in two consecutive episodes of Discovery could mean that an encounter between the Imperium and the USS Discovery is being set up for later in season 5. Star Trek: Discovery 's season 5 trailer does show the ship under heavy attack from an alien fleet that could easily turn out to be Breen ships.

Interestingly, some members of Star Trek: Discovery 's production team have long harbored a desire to bring back the Breen. In a 2018 Facebook Live (via Trek Movie ), Glenn Hetrick, Discovery 's makeup effects department head, revealed that he wanted to finally show what a Breen looked like underneath their helmet . This, coupled with episode 1 and 2's references to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine enemies, does create the possibility that the Breen could end up being Moll and L'ak's highest bidders for the Progenitors' technology in Star Trek: Discovery season 5.

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RECAP | Star Trek: Discovery 501 - 'Red Directive'

There's never a dull moment for the U.S.S. Discovery!

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains story details and plot points for Star Trek: Discovery.

Graphic illustration of Captain Michael Burnham riding a racer vehicle in 'Red Directive'

The fifth and final season of Star Trek: Discovery opens with " Red Directive, " where Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery are sent to retrieve a mysterious artifact hidden inside a 800-year-old Romulan vessel – but find that they’re not the only ones on the hunt. Meanwhile, Saru is offered the position of a lifetime.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Section Banner - Personnel

  • Michael Burnham
  • Hugh Culber
  • Paul Stamets
  • Sylvia Tilly
  • Laira Rillak
  • Charles Vance
  • Christopher
  • Joann Owosekun
  • Keyla Detmer
  • Cleveland "Book" Booker

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Section Banner - Locations

  • Federation Headquarters
  • U.S.S. Discovery -A
  • U.S.S. Antares

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Section Banner - Event Log

As a vessel traverses the stars at high warp, Captain Michael Burnham experiences exhilaration as she clings to its hull in her environmental suit. The captain quips that there’s "never a dull moment" and proceeds to use her phaser in a bid to knock out the starship's engines. Burnham notes that they need to retrieve an item taken from a vault over the comm channel. As her suit advises her that warp bubble stability is declining rapidly, the captain remarks that this is not what she expected to happen when the night started…

'Red Directive'

"Red Directive"

Four hours earlier, Burnham joyfully converses with Ensign Adira Tal, Lt. Sylvia Tilly, Commander Paul Stamets, and Dr. Hugh Culber at Federation Headquarters, where Cadet Ross introduces them to Tonic 2161 — the official cocktail of the millennium celebration. Though the Federation was founded in 2161, the Burn prevented any widespread festivities when the holiday actually occurred decades before in 3161. Paired with a blue liquid, the beverage’s "floaty bits" — which taste like Bajoran jumja sticks — honor the Federation flag and its starry features.

The captain offers a smile, stating that it’s good to see that the Federation is back and at peace. Stamets nevertheless comes off as melancholic, and Culber discloses that the astromycologist just found out that Starfleet is shuttering the spore drive program. Paul expresses trepidation over his new title of "Scientific Luminary," adding that the Federation’s new Pathway Drive "won out" as the propulsion system of the future. Adira chimes in, remarking that this means the U.S.S. Discovery -A will always be one-of-a-kind, but Stamets replies with skepticism, believing his legacy was destroyed along with Cleveland "Book" Booker’s ship.

Certain he would have figured out the spore drive's navigator problem one day, the scientist emphasizes the potential for rolling out the technology to the whole fleet. His friends exchange concerned glances, but Captain Burnham then assures him that they will all find a new purpose and raises a glass in a toast to change. An aide informs Burnham that her presence has been requested by Federation President Laira Rillak, leaving Stamets to chastise himself for mentioning Book as the captain departs. While Tilly assures him that Burnham has not even talked about Book in months, Culber applies his psychiatric expertise and highlights the significant difference between locking something away and moving on. Tilly notices a fellow officer and goes to visit him, and the rest of the group disperses to "mingle."

On the dance floor, Captain Saru chats softly with Ni'Var's President T'Rina, who recognizes that the Kelpien has news and playfully wonders if she'll be "forced" to mind meld with him in order to learn what has transpired. President Rillak would like Saru to serve as a Federation Ambassador to a coalition of smaller worlds, ensuring that their needs are addressed as the Federation continues to expand. T'Rina appreciates the government’s effort to avoid repeating its past mistakes and observes that the planets’ locations could leave them open to influences from the Tholian Republic or the Breen Imperium.

Saru cites the Federation's need to remain unified, but the post would require that he resign his Starfleet commission. However, as an ambassador, he would be based at Federation HQ, in close proximity to T'Rina and her own duties. Ni'Var's president interrupts her dance partner, stating that — despite their deep love for one another — it is only logical that their relationship not factor into Saru's decision, an observation which seems to unsettle the Kelpien.

'Red Directive'

Across the room, Admiral Charles Vance approaches Captain Burnham and hands her an infinity-shaped device. The two retreat to a secure location — a featureless, all-white area known as the Infinity Room — and rendezvous with Dr. Kovich, who acknowledges the facility’s over-the-top theatricality. Turning to Burnham, Vance explains that an 800-year old science vessel was just found at the edge of the Beta Quadrant. Discovery needs to jump there immediately, but Kovich will only say that the ship contains "something vital to the security of the Federation." Burnham begins to object, but Kovich silences any disagreement when he reveals that the mission is a Red Directive.

Saru beams into Discovery 's Bridge and receives status reports from Lt. Christopher, Lt. Linus, Lt. Commander Joann Owosekun, Lt. Naya, Lt. Commander Gen Rhys, and Lt. Commander Keyla Detmer. Burnham and Kovich transport aboard and share that the crew will be going on a Red Directive classified mission. Their target? A 24th Century Romulan science vessel that will most certainly attract the attention of scavengers and other nefarious characters. A second Starfleet ship is already en route, but Discovery will arrive first — or so they believe…

'Red Directive'

Across the quadrant, two helmeted figures pillage the derelict Romulan starship, ultimately removing their protective gear and taking in the ship’s breathable atmosphere. The female — Moll — comments that the U.S.S. Antares is on its way, and her male cohort L’ak sees a second Starfleet ship on their scanners. L’ak believes this means that the Romulan cargo must be "extra shiny," but he suggests they call it a day and enjoy a holodeck for two. Moll asks if L’ak wants "the pebbles or the mountain," convincing her partner to stay the course.

Discovery enters scanning range, and Owosekun detects two lifeforms on the Romulan ship — at least until their lifesigns suddenly vanish. Burnham gathers Owosekun and Rhys for the away team, but Kovich offers some disturbing insight — setting weapons to stun might not be enough, so they are authorized to use lethal force. Shock covers Burnham's face, and Kovich orders her to successfully complete the mission by any means necessary.

The three Starfleet officers beam over to the Romulan vessel's darkened corridors with phasers drawn and begin searching for the trespassers. Aerosolized water droplets notify them that the intruders had not been gone long, and Burnham advises Rhys and Owosekun to keep their phasers on stun. The trio continue on and locate an 800-year old Romulan corpse and an uncloaked — and empty — vault. Realizing the scavengers must be close, the Starfleet officers spin around and open fire. Moll and L'ak materialize in front of them, managing to capture Rhys and Owosekun in containment fields and making their escape.

'Red Directive'

Captain Burnham pursues, converting her weapon into a phaser rifle and exchanging volleys with her opponents. Moll and L'ak step forward, holding the prize they acquired from the vault and tossing an explosive charge toward the captain. As the intruders beam away, Burnham is tossed through an opening and into space. Fortunately, her programmable matter EV suit automatically activates, and the captain jets toward the outline of Moll and L'ak's ship. Burnham magnetizes her suit as the craft enters warp.

As Burnham works to sabotage the engines, the U.S.S. Antares follows and grabs the ship with a tractor beam. Captain Rayner signals Burnham, who notices the warp bubble has started to collapse and urges the U.S.S. Antares to release its hold on the fleeing vessel. Operating on Burn-era tech and lacking a state-of-the-art Pathway Drive, Rayner knows the Antares can’t pull the enemy craft out of warp. Having previously encountered Moll and L'ak, Rayner is hesitant to let them elude him

Checking in from Discovery 's center seat, Saru informs Burnham — who doesn’t want to miss her upcoming saxophone lesson — that Owosekun and Rhys are being treated in Sickbay. Detmer pilots the Crossfield -class vessel into position and Lt. Gallo prepares to transport the captain to safety. The ride is bumpy, but Kovich resolves to remain on the Bridge until the mission is completed. Burnham repeats her warning to Rayner, advising that the breakup of Moll's ship would also destroy the Antares . Believing that every mission is personal, Rayner pushes back on Burnham's own record, but he eventually concedes.

'Red Directive'

The three starships, as well as Captain Burnham, drop out of warp. The intruders' vessel spouts numerous probes, and they all leap to warp on different courses. Burnham is beamed right to Discovery 's Bridge, barely able to catch her breath before Rayner's hologram appears to discuss what he describes as the "cherry that they just dropped on our shit sundae." Appearing with a stern face and pointed ears, Rayner states that the probes left behind 20 warp signatures, meaning it will take days to determine which course Moll and L'ak actually took. Kovich voices his displeasure, but Burnham admits she knows someone who can help them find the thieves.

Discovery jumps to a ringed planet, and its captain nervously strolls into the shuttlebay to greet Cleveland "Book" Booker, who beams in and requests permission to come aboard. The somewhat awkward reunion shifts into Discovery 's corridors, where Burnham announces her suspicion that Moll and L'ak used to be couriers. The Federation is expanding and most of the old networks are closed, but Burnham hopes Book's experience, expertise, and insight can assist them in determining the correct warp signature. The two acknowledge that it has been a while since they spoke, and Burnham commends him for the work he has done with the refugees who were affected by the Dark Matter Anomaly. Book is eager to "make things right" in the wake of stealing the experimental spore drive for his own ship.

Burnham and Book confer with Saru, Kovich, Vance, and Rayner in the Ready Room, where the Antares ' captain briefs them on what is known about Moll — a human — and L'ak, a member of an unknown species. The duo, who showed up in the sector approximately two years ago, procured a tan zhekran — a traditional Romulan puzzle box — from the science ship. Kovich claims he is not at liberty to share details about the item and shifts the conversation to Book's detective skills. Factoring in the need to avoid Federation territory and the few fencers who would have interest in a 24th Century haul, Book determines that Moll and L'ak are headed to meet with a broker named Fred — just "Fred" — on Q’Mau. Vance orders Burnham and Rayner to investigate, insisting that they try working together.

'Red Directive'

The officers begin to walk out, but Saru stays behind to speak with Captain Burnham in private. Noting that a tan zhekran can contain almost anything, including a weapon or a pathogen, the captain is concerned that Kovich won't even tell her the name of the Romulan scientist who owned it. Saru slyly suggests that someone outside of Discovery 's chain of command with access to different databases might be able to assist. Burnham responds with a joyous smile, her expression turning serious as she remembers Saru could soon be leaving for another post.

Back at Federation HQ, Lt. Tilly enters her quarters in the midst of an energetic chat with Lt. Jax. Lamenting over a cadet who refuses to leave the lab during the Academy's Simulation Week, Tilly outlines collaboration's importance to Starfleet's future and — very briefly — ponders whether she could crash every cadet onto an ice moon in order to teach them that lesson. Tilly attributes her talkativeness to the champagne served at the after party, and the two officers exchange flirtatious gazes.

Tilly and Jax — who both love walking and talking — share a clumsy goodbye that nevertheless elicits a smirk from the Academy instructor. Now alone, Tilly orders up a coffee from the replicator. The respite is short-lived, as an incoming communication from Captain Burnham provides another boost to Tilly's energy reserves. Theorizing that Tilly must have had some Andorian champagne, Burnham adopts her "serious voice" and asks Tilly for her help. Always available for her friends, Tilly gleefully responds, "Whatever it is, I’m in."

'Red Directive'

Discovery arrives at Q’Mau, where Burnham and Book beam down to a small settlement that is surrounded by a desert landscape and rocky outcroppings. Book remarks that it feels like their old courier days, and Burnham asks about Grudge — the Queen is great, she says, "Hi." They disagree about who should have made more of an effort to contact the other, but Rayner's arrival disperses the mounting tension.

Elsewhere in the marketplace, Moll and L'ak are scanned and welcomed into Fred's establishment. Fred, who has the distinctive appearance of a synthetic lifeform, maintains a friendly demeanor, though his guards supply the room with an air of hostility. Fred notices Moll and L'ak's "togetherness," spiritedly contrasting the bilabial nasal of "Moll" with the voiceless velar plosive of "L'ak." The thieves present Fred with their recent finds — isolinear coprocessors, vintage PADDS and tricorders, self-sealing stem bolts, and the mysterious puzzle box.

Intrigued, Fred mentions that he hasn’t encountered such an item in 622.7 years. He unlocks the box by shifting its features into a new configuration, revealing a handwritten diary. The android skims the text, happily offering Moll and L'ak three bars of latinum for the entire lot. The duo replies with a laugh, unsatisfied with the price. Fred refuses to return their items, prompting the pair to burst into hand-to-hand combat with his guards. Moll is struck by an energy blast from the synth’s weapon, and — though her wound is not fatal — L'ak launches into a violent frenzy that results in Fred’s demise.

Book, Burnham, and Rayner locate Fred's lair soon after and confiscate the synth's body so that Discovery can scan his memory. Rayner hurriedly sets off on his own, but Book and Burnham remain to plot their next move. As they realize that Moll and L'ak must have cloaked their ship outside the settlement, Dr. Culber observes Fred's corpse in Sickbay. The android is an old model — dozens of generations before the tech used for Gray’s body — marked with the serial number "AS0572Y." Stamets deduces that the "AS" was intended to honor Altan Soong*, marveling at the 24th Century scientist’s legacy. The astromycologist needs wires to interface with Fred's memory drive, quipping that — luckily — Culber had married a packrat.

'Red Directive'

Down on the planet's surface, Moll and L'ak speed by Rayner on sand runners — swift transports used by locals to navigate the terrain. Thanks to their patience and foresight, Burnham and Book had anticipated the chase and already rented three of the vehicles. Rayner isn't impressed by Burnham's "strategic advantages," leaving Discovery 's captain to tell Book that she hasn’t disliked someone this much in 930 years.

Meanwhile, at Federation HQ, two security officers burst into Tilly's quarters as the lieutenant prepares to break the shifting fractal encryption which safeguards a secure Federation database. Vance marches in and intervenes, who astonishingly agrees that Captain Burnham deserves to know why her crew is risking their lives for an 800-year old Romulan ship. The admiral says that it is a "shame" he didn't get to stop Tilly in time and allows her to unlock the file. A shaky holo-recording manifests, depicting Doctor Vellek* — the Romulan whose body they had found. The Romulan scientist warns that his knowledge of an ancient technology beyond all comprehension — hidden in the "shadow of twin moons" — must not be lost or fall into the wrong hands.

On Q’Mau, the Starfleet officers close in on Moll and L'ak, but Rayner ventures ahead once again. Book teases Burnham by claiming that Rayner reminds him of another captain he knows, but the situation intensifies once the thieves reach their starship. Moll and L'ak set course for a nearby mountain's tunnel system so as to avoid detection by Discovery and Antares , and sensors detect an explosive charge in one of the tunnel's entrances. Aware that their foes planned ahead to distract their pursuers with an avalanche. According to Saru, Zora estimates there to be a 30% chance that the disaster would decimate the settlement.

'Red Directive'

Captain Rayner proposes an unorthodox plan — detonate the charge themselves and block Moll and L'ak's escape route. Burnham disagrees, yet her counterpart insists that she is letting stats get in the way of strategy — though possible, an avalanche is unlikely. As Rayner orders Antares to lock phasers on target, Burnham contends that they are on a non-Federation planet and undertaking a classified mission, but Rayner follows through with his plan. Phaser beams strike down from orbit and seal the tunnel, yet Saru confirms that scans show the mountainside remains stable… at least until Moll and L'ak launch a photon torpedo that sends the rattled cliff into a freefall.

Burnham, Book, and Rayner flee from the rising debris cloud on their sand runners, but Zora announces that the avalanche is reaching speeds of 200 kilometers per hour — there is not enough time to evacuate the local encampment. In Engineering, Stamets and Adira run through several solutions, ultimately landing on the idea of combining Discovery and Antares ' shields to serve as a "brake" for the avalanche. Will it work? Stamets thinks — no, hopes — it will work, finally deciding, "Let’s go with 'hope.'"

Captain Saru starts to organize the maneuver, but Rayner does not want Antares to leave orbit and lose track of Moll and L'ak. Burnham emphasizes that the safety of the civilians in the avalanche's path is now their primary mission, and Rayner relents. Discovery and Antares burst through the atmosphere in a tight formation, fusing their shields together and burying their forward saucers into the planet's desert. The avalanche ripples against the energy barrier, but the starships triumphantly hold the line and inspire cheers from the settlement. The relief is lost on Rayner, who watches as Moll and L'ak escape to warp.

'Red Directive'

Rayner beams back to the Antares , giving Burnham and Book a moment to enjoy each other's company and confess that they both should have called one another. Still bruised from the ordeal, Burnham takes her admission a step further and reveals that she's not sure how to be around him anymore. Book considers the statement, countering that some things are hard to move past. The heart-to-heart is interrupted by a transmission from Tilly, who tells the captain that she has "wild" answers to her pressing questions.

The Discovery -A employs its spore drive to return to Federation Headquarters, where Captain Saru resolves to have his own private conversation with his partner. T'Rina expresses concern over rumors of Saru's eventful mission. The Kelpien reflects on the danger the civilians had faced and recalls something Tilly had once told him — "life is just a blink." Saru struggles to elaborate, aware that fear had constrained him from embracing love while dealing with the cullings of his youth.***

Had he been endangered by the avalanche, Saru would only have been able to think of T'Rina, therefore their relationship must be factored in as he considers his future. T'Rina is his home, his family, and so much more, and he intends to accept the ambassadorship to be alongside her — always. T’Rina welcomes the news, pleasantly surprising Saru when she proposes they "codify" their bond through marriage.

On Discovery , Captain Burnham enters Sickbay to get an update on Fred from Culber and Stamets. They downloaded the last 15 teraquads of data from his ocular processing unit, giving them an extended look at the pages of Vellek's diary. A handwritten diagram depicting the Vileen system's "twin moons" catches the captain's attention, sending her on a mission to meet Kovich on a holographic representation of a barren planetary surface. Kovich admires her tenacity but claims this Red Directive has been classified for centuries. His threat to pass the assignment to another team doesn't phase Burnham, who knows she holds the key to their target's location.

On the surface of Vilmor II, a Progenitor disrupts an argument between the Enterprise away team, the Cardassians, Klingon, and Romulans in 'The Chase'

"The Chase"

Kovich lets out a sheepish grin, aware that Tilly and Vance played key parts in briefing the captain. He discontinues the holo, and — as the two stand in his office — he recounts the details. As one of the greatest scientists of his day, Dr. Vellek, was present when a Starfleet captain — Jean-Luc Picard — found a message left by a race of ancient beings — referred to as the "Progenitors" — who created every humanoid species in the galaxy.** Vellek discovered the technology that the Progenitors used to design life itself, but its location was lost when he disappeared 800 years ago.

Now, either Moll and L'ak know where this powerful find is or the diary is the first piece of the puzzle. Starfleet must track down this technology to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Burnham divulges that Lyrek, a planet situated in an outer sector of the Beta Quadrant within the Vileen system, has three moons — two of which move in perfect sync. Pleased, Kovich proclaims that the greatest treasure in the known galaxy is out there, lightheartedly asking the captain what she’s waiting for. Burnham flashes a smile and replies, "Let’s fly."

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Section Banner - Canon Connections

* " Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1 " — The dealer in Q'Mau, Fred, is a Soong-inspired synthetic possessed a memory drive that had a serial number with an attribution to Altan Soong. The self-described "mad scientist" is the son of Noonien Soong , the creator of Soong-type androids. Altan Soong would continue his work despite the Federation's ban on synths. His work (and Dr. Maddox's research), known as the Soong Method, on transferring sentience into an artificial golem body was what helped create Gray Tal's new synthetic body's design in "Anomaly."

** " The Chase " — This Star Trek: The Next Generation adventure was where Captain Jean-Luc Picard found himself in a race with the Cardassians, Klingons, and Romulans to solve a four billion year old genetic puzzle. The Romulan Dr. Vellek, one of the greatest scientists of his day, was among those present when Picard discovered a message left by a race of ancient beings known as Progenitors, who created life as we know it — every humanoid species in the galaxy.

*** " An Obol for Charon " — Following Saru's survival of Vahar'ai , he discovered that the maturation process didn't signal death. It was in fact a biological event in the Kelpien's evolution that removed their suppression of fear. Concerned with their own survival, the Ba'ul who lived on Kaminar with Kelpiens exploited their binary nature to oppress the later group.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Section Banner - Log Credits

  • Written by Michelle Paradise
  • Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Section Banner - Notes

"Red Directive" features a dedication:

For JP, with love.

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Graphic illustration of a tender moment between friends where Michael Burnham and Saru tap their foreheads in 'Under the Twin Moons'


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    Recap /. Star Trek S1 E5 "The Enemy Within". If you look close, you can see bits of scenery in his teeth. Original air date: October 6, 1966. Kirk, Sulu and some unusually long lived Red Shirts are collecting specimens from Alfa 177 when someone falls down a hill and gets a boo-boo. He's beamed up, along with a strange, magnetic ore that he ...

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  29. RECAP

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