Series: The Original Series
Air Date: October 11, 1968
Written by: Edward J. Lasko
Directed by: Marvin Chomsky
A group of annoying kids uses their creepy uncle's powers to steal the Enterprise. Nurse Chapel serves ice cream.
The Enterprise goes to answer a distress call from a Federation outpost at Triacus. But when they get there, they find bodies scattered around on the ground, all dead. But perhaps the most unusual part of all of this, the children of the people who had died come out and play as though nothing had happened. Their parents are laying dead on the ground and they're playing ring-around-the-rosey with Captain Kirk. The frak is wrong with these children?
Well, the crew does what any good crew would do. They hold a memorial service and then bring the children back on board to bring them home. But first, Kirk wants to explore the planet to get a good idea of what exactly happened to the adults. When he studies the cave, he gets a feeling of anxiety and tries to act his way out of it. There's a heck of a lot of strange activity down there, so he goes back up to the ship and sends down a team to collect more data while he and Spock works on it from above.
|Meanwhile, Nurse Chapel serves up big bowls of ice cream.|
This turns out to be disastrous when Kirk thinks he's sending a team full of redshirts down to the planet and finds that he's only transported them out into open space. Kirk and Spock rush to the bridge just as the children summon Gorgan once more. And Gorgan is dismayed to discover that their operation has been discovered. But Spock and Kirk can't do anything about it. Gorgan takes over Spock's mind briefly and he convinces Kirk that he's losing command of his ship, unleashing his greatest fear.
|I... uh... well...|
Then they come up with the ingenious plan to bring Gorgan back by replaying a recording of the children's chant. Once he's there, they play the footage of the parents to the children and force them to understand that their parents are dead. Once the children start understanding, Gorgans control over them diminishes and he starts to melt away and fade from existence. The children realize what they have done and start crying. And Bones is right on hand to say "good job!"
|Leonard "Bones" McCoy: Expert Child Psychologist|
It takes a special kind of evil being to use children to take over the world. I have no complaints about this episode, but I don't have any special love for it, either. All I can say is that at least whoever wrote this one wrote the children better than in "Miri".