Series: The Original Series
Air Date: November 8, 1968
Written by: Rik Vollaerts
Directed by: Tony Leader
Bones discovers that he has a year to live and decides he wants to live it out in a planet-shaped spaceship.
We start off with a cluster of missiles headed toward the Enterprise. Fortunately, they are easily dispatched with the phasers, but now we have to figure out where they came from. Sulu sets a course, they're on their way. Meanwhile, Kirk stops by sick bay to catch up on Bones' physical examinations of the crew. Bones says that the whole crew is in peak condition except for one officer. He has a fatal disease called xenopolycythemia which gives him only one more year to live. And that one officer is the chief medical officer. DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUN!
They get to the source of the missiles and find a small asteroid that happens to be on a collision course with a populated planet. Also it's hollow somehow? Obviously, they must investigate. They beam down to the surface and it looks just like a planet. When suddenly, warriors pop up from out of tubular elevators and capture everyone while a hot priestess looks on. After a fight in which no shirt gets torn, they secure the landing party and bring them inside where the priestess brings them to the Oracle.
|"Oh, great Oracle, Servant of Sun Microsystems..."|
Then the Priestess comes in and explains that the old guy was breaking the law or something and not to worry about him. So, while Spock and Kirk go sneak around, Bones stays behind to talk to the Priestess and get on her good side. He succeeds because after a while she asks him to marry her. Meanwhile, Kirk and Spock sneak into the Oracle room and find a map of the Fabrina solar system which was wiped out when their sun went nova. He postulates that these people are survivors from that planet. The Priestess walks in and Kirk and Spock hide behind the map. She asks the Oracle if she can marry Bones, but the Oracle finds Spock and Kirk.
|Because this was a good place to hide.|
Kirk and Spock beam down and Spock removes the instrument of obedience despite the Priestess's objections. With Bones feeling better, they all go back to the Oracle room and take a look at this special book. But the Oracle gets pissed and heats up the room. Spock quickly looks through the book and eventually finds that they can move the Oracle to access a room behind it. When they access the room, they stop the room from overheating and learn all they need to redirect the asteroid away from the inhabited world and toward their world of promise.
|Is it hot in here, or is it just me?|
Here we get some development in Kirk/Bones/Spock as the best friends. The only thing that bugs me is the relationship between Bones and the Priestess. It really should not have happened so quickly. Sure, they only have an hour to tell the story, and maybe this is a failing of all these episodic programs, but it just wasn't believable. I never felt that Bones or the Priestess actually loved each other. Otherwise, it was a pretty good story about saving a civilization from certain doom.