give that name to a real planet.) where they expect to find the remains of a doomed Earth colony. Unknown at the time they settled, the planet is subjected to deadly doses of Berthold rays. No survivors are expected.
Kirk has orders to evacuate the colony, but their leader, Elias Sandoval, is having nothing of it. They also meet up with an old aquantance of Spock's, Leila Kalomi - played by Jill Ireland. It seems that Leila, the colony's botanist, met Spock some years ago.
Spock and Leila head outside. Spock is puzzled about what is going on here and they have this exchange:
Spock: I would like to know how your people have managed to survive here.Leila takes Spock to a flowering plant which shoots him with spores.
Leila: I missed you.
Spock: Logically, you should all be dead.
Leila: If I tell you how we survived, will you try to understand how we feel about our life here? About each other?
Spock: Emotions are alien to me. I'm a scientist.
Leila: Someone else might believe that. Your shipmates, your Captain, but not me. Come.
Kirk: Where are you?The tragic element of the story: for the first time ever Spock knows love and compassion and we know it can't last.
Spock: I don't believe I want to tell you.
Kirk: Spock, I don't know what you think you're doing, but this is an order. Report back to me at the settlement in ten minutes. We're evacuating all colonists to Starbase Twenty Seven.
Spock: No, I don't think so.
Kirk: You don't think so, what?
Spock: I don't think so, [pause] sir.
Soon Kirk confronts Spock and Sandoval.
Kirk heads back to the ship only to find that the plants have been beamed aboard and have affected the rest of the crew, which mutinies.
In case you don't know, Mr. Leslie was played by Eddie Paskey. He was on 57 (!) episodes of the original series (That's more than Sulu or Chekov). Often he's just hanging out in the background. Occasionally he has a line or two or even plays another part (He killed Edith Keeler). Check out the link for more - you'll be glad you did.
Kirk is finally alone on the ship - the last one remaining when one of the plants gets him.
They fight and Spock becomes free of the spores just before he really does some damage to Kirk. They come up with a scheme to get everybody worked up and fighting. It leads to everyone breaking free of the spores, even the colonists, and returning to the Enterprise. Even Sandoval, who wanted nothing to do with the evacuation admits that they have done nothing and it is time for them to go.
his blog and his post about this episode in particular. You can see clips of the episode on his blog, or watch the whole thing right here.
Next up is an excellent episode, Devil in the Dark.