Series: The Original Series
Air Date: November 17, 1967
Written by: D. C. Fontana
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
The Enterprise takes on a ship full of delegates for the Babel Conference, including Sarek, Spock's sickly father, who eventually stands accused of murder.
The Enterprise takes orbit over Vulcan to take on the last bunch of ambassadors on their way to the Babel conference and all Bones can say is how uncomfortable his formal uniform is. To be fair, they look all kinds of uncomfortable. But before you know it, the shuttle from Vulcan flies its way into the shuttle bay and a bunch of red shirts line up to greet the Vulcan delegates. When suddenly... A wild Sarek appears! He uses IGNORE SON. IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE! He uses VULCAN SALUTE. Bones has been stunned!
Meanwhile, all the delegates meet in the officer's lounge for some kind of fancy banquette. There are Andorians, Vulcans, Tellarites, some weird purple aliens and some tiny golden ones who seem to have evolved from Oscars. While they're there, the Tellarites try to goad Sarek into arguing, but he, logically, refuses. So they get into a bit of a tiff, and then suddenly Sarek has motive. Because as soon as the Tellarite leaves... he dies.
|Murder most sow!|
Meanwhile, a random ship attacks! Well, not so much attacks as... trails behind them. Really quickly. And it seems to be picking up some transmissions. And when Kirk asks where the transmissions are coming from, Uhura says "The call is coming from your house!" Well, ok, she doesn't say that, but she might as well. Because the transmissions are coming from the Enterprise. So now that the Tellarite ambassador is dead, there's even more mystery to it.
|"And you say it looks like a ghost's face?"|
When Kirk wakes up from surgery he decides to take command before being fully healed. In this way he fools Spock into going back and giving his blood to Sarek, meanwhile giving command of the Enterprise to Scotty; well... Planning to give command of the Enterprise to Scotty. Before he can do that, the vessel tailing them ATTACKS! And the Andorian that attacked, escapes temporarily and is revealed to be a fake Andorian. So whatever that ship is, it's definitely in cahoots with the murderer.
|The Orions can spy until they're blue in the face.|
There's a lot going on in this episode, but what I like most is the history we get on Spock. This episode goes a long way toward explaining the daddy issues he has which kind of blow up in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country. That's just awesome character development right there.