Series: The Original Series
Air Date: February 9, 1968
Written by: John Kingsbridge
Directed by: Ralph Senensky
A group of beings who learned to exist outside of body need to use Spock, Kirk and Lt. Commander Mulhall's bodies to build new robot bodies. Sargon uses Bluff. It's super effective.
So, the Enterprise is traveling hundreds of lightyears farther than anyone has gone before, normal day at work, and whatnot. When suddenly they get a distress call. From a dead planet. And then they get audio transmission from some guy named Sargon. Apparently, he's dead, too. Somehow? It's all very creepy, but they are Starfleet personnel, right? It's their mission to explore new things. So they go down to investigate. Spock starts to come with, but Kirk tells him to stay. And then Sargon tells Spock to come by turning off the power until he does. It's like a little kid holding his breath.
They go meet Bones in the transporter room and Lt. Commander Mulhall meets them there, too, along with a couple of redshirts. Mulhall says she was summoned directly by Sargon. Don't get excited about the redshirts, though, 'cause when they start beaming down, the redshirts are left behind. Kirk, Spock, Bones and Mulhall find themselves in a cavern hundreds of feet below the surface of the planet. Inside the cavern is a big glowing ball inside of which is, apparently, Sargon.
|WHO DARES TOUCH SARGON'S BALL?|
The plan is for the three entities to use Spock's, Mulhall's and Kirk's bodies temporarily to create robot bodies to remain in the rest of their lives. But this can only be accomplished when Hennoch, through Spock's body, can devise a serum that will slow down the metabolism in the human bodies to allow the beings to stay in them longer. When Hennoch goes to do this, however, Nurse Chapel calls him out for making a serum that will kill Sargon and Kirk's body along with him. Fortunately for Hennoch, he has the ability to erase this memory from Chapel's mind.
|As if Spock didn't already have all the control over Chapel.|
Well, Bones confirms that Sargon is no longer in Kirk's body, being forced out by the hyperactive metabolism. Without a body, he is likely dead. And Kirk's essence is stuck inside Sargon's glowy ball. Thalassia says she can transfer Kirk back to his body, but she wants to make a deal to keep Mulhall's body. After a bit of posturing and god-like threatening, she becomes disgusted by her own ego. And then Sargon, WHO IS NOT DEAD, speaks. Apparently he transferred into the ship like he was going to transfer into a robot body. And now that he's there, he calls Nurse Chapel in, says he has a plan and tells bones to leave.
|Banging behind the door... oh... THAT'S his plan.|
I really like the way this story twists and turns. A lot of the time in Star Trek you have a story that's all about the main characters, but every once in a while the aliens take the main role... literally. And when you have characters that are so developed, and yet different from the characters whose bodies they're inhabiting, it's just a refreshing variation on a theme. I feel like I'm rambling, but I just love how well this episode is written!