Series: The Original Series
Air Date: October 18, 1968
Written by: Jean Lissette Aroeste
Directed by: Ralph Senensky
Ambassador Kollos is a member of a species that is so ugly you'll go insane if you look at him. But he still has to do his job as an ambassador, so he brings along with him Dr. Miranda Jones who is so beautiful you'll go insane if you look at her.
The Enterprise picks up Kollos because he wants to go home. Kollos is a Medusan. Medusans are so different from humans physically that if a human looks at them they'll go insane. Vulcans, on the other hand, are able to look at them through the use of a special visor. So it's kind of surprising that when he beams aboard inside of his protective box, he's not escorted by a Vulcan, but rather a human: Dr. Miranda Jones. Also along with them is Larry Mavik. He was one of the designers of the Enterprise's engines. He's not important. No one cares about Larry.
When they go to Kollos' quarters, Spock sneaks a peek at Kollos out of scientific curiosity. But then Dr. Jones gets jealous. When Spock leaves, she sneaks her own peek and... nothing happens. She doesn't go insane, she just stands in front of the open box, green light flooding her face. And then she goes to dinner. Everyone in their best attire, including Scotty in a formal kilt. During the dinner they discuss the Medusans and pretty much just take turns calling Miranda beautiful and contrasting it to how ugly Kollos is. Suddenly Dr. Jones gets the distinct feeling through her telepathic powers that someone is thinking of murder. It passes, but she excuses herself anyway.
|Meanwhile, the crew isn't going to let this ice cream go to waste.|
When he gets there, he acts normal and asks Scotty if he can play around with the controls. And only then does Kirk make the announcement that Larry is insane and shouldn't be trusted. Scotty tries to get him away from the controls, but it's too late. Larry flips some switches and the Enterprise is sent at full warp outside of the galaxy, past the Galactic Barrier. AGAIN.
|Not this place again...|
That's when Bones spills all the beans all over the floor. He says that he knows Miranda thinks she can do anything a sighted person can do... but she can't... because she's blind! All this time she's been wearing a special fabric with sensors woven into it so that she can "see" through the sensors using her telepathic ability. Sensors or no, a blind person cannot pilot the starship. Spock is given the task, and they bring Kollos into the bridge.
|Wait there while I change into something more ugly.|
I have a slight problem with the idea of something being so ugly that it'll drive you mad. It's just a little too far fetched for me. Kinda like the idea of a body walking around without a brain. I'm beginning to see why season 3 became Star Trek's last. Then again, this episode had some great ideas about truth, beauty and jealousy. I just wish the Medussans were developed a little better.