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Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 40: The Deadly Years

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While on the planet Gamma Hydra IV, Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and Scotty (James Doohan) are infected with an unknown disease that causes rapid aging. The only member of the party unaffected … see full wiki

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One of the most exciting command scenes of Kirk to the rescue, weak plotline used to get there

  • Jun 14, 2008
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While this episode has one of the most dramatic scenes of Kirk as commander, the fundamental story line is based on absurdity. The Enterprise crew arrives at Gamma Hydra IV to locate a scientific expedition. When they arrive, Chekov suddenly encounters the body of an elderly man who is deceased. He runs from the building in terror and the landing party soon makes contact with the remaining members of the scientific team. All are suffering from a disease of very rapid aging.
Once the landing party beams back up to the Enterprise, the remaining members of the scientific expedition soon die. With the exception of Chekov, the members of the Enterprise landing party, including Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty, also start aging rapidly. One female member soon dies and Kirk starts showing signs of intellectual decline.
Commodore Stocker, a desk-flying passenger, notes the decline and finally convenes a hearing that removes Kirk as captain. As the ranking officer, Stocker takes command and foolishly orders the Enterprise to enter the Romulan neutral zone. McCoy finally realizes that the reason Checkov is unaffected is due to the adrenaline that was pumped into his system when he was terrified at the sight of the body.
After the Enterprise enters the neutral zone, the Romulans quickly surround it and begin firing at it. McCoy synthesizes an adrenaline antidote and Kirk is the first one to take the cure. As the Enterprise is about to be destroyed, a rejuvenated Kirk enters the bridge and carries out another Corbomite maneuver that rescues the Enterprise.
While the drama of Kirk's entrance and command decision are high points of the entire series, the manner of getting to that point is weak. The rapid aging would have taxed their bodies greatly and the accelerated metabolism needed to reverse the aging would most certainly have killed Kirk. However, if you can overlook this obvious major flaw in the plot, the drama at the end makes it a pretty good episode.

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Studio: CBS Paramount International Television

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