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Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 50: By Any Other Name

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Aliens who assume form trap the landing party and turn theEnterprisecrew into crystalline blocks. Can Kirk and Spock stop them from taking theEnterpriseon a 300-year mission to their home galaxy?TREK TRIVIA  Warren Stevens (Rojan) is best remembered … see full wiki

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A species as adaptable and technically advanced as the Kelvans would not have to conquer a galaxy

  • Jun 27, 2008
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The Kelvans are a species from the Andromeda galaxy. Their galaxy is in the process of becoming uninhabitable and their plan is to conquer another. As their ship passed through the energy barrier at the edge of the Milky Way galaxy, it was destroyed, so they need a ship. They hijack the Enterprise and their intent is to take it back to Andromeda to inform their superiors that they have found a galaxy suitable to conquer. With superior technology, it is easy for them to take over the Enterprise.
Their primary tactic is to condense humans down into tiny symmetric shapes about the size of a grapefruit. It preserves the essence of the person, yet the structure is fragile, easily destroyed by the strength of a hand. When Spock attempts to mind-meld with a Kelvan, he learns that they are creatures of a completely different form, they have adopted the human shape so that they may live on the Enterprise.
Given the centuries-long journey back to Andromeda aboard the Enterprise, the Kelvans condense all of the Enterprise crew except Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty. Kirk learns that the Kelvans are experiencing human emotions and desires and that it can be used as a weapon. Each of the remaining members of the crew is ordered to try to stimulate the Kelvans into expressing human emotions. Kirk of course tries to seduce a female Kelvan, Scotty tries to drink one under the table and McCoy gives one stimulants. It works and Rojan, the leader of the Kelvans, realizes that they are now too human to even be recognized by their fellow Kelvans. In getting there he erupts in a jealous rage and fights Kirk hand-to-hand in order to win back the affections of a female Kelvan. Rojan surrenders the Enterprise to Kirk and they reach agreement that the problem will be taken to the Federation council.
While this episode does have some moments, particularly when Scotty is engaged in his drinking competition, the basic premise is seriously flawed. Given that the Kelvans are so adaptable in form, they could survive almost anywhere and would not have the need to conquer another entire galaxy. Such a plan would have a limited probability of success.

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