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The Enterprise prepares for the evacuation of doomed planet Sarpeidon, but Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) find that all inhabitants have left via a time-travel device that has sent them to different periods of their own choosing. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy accidentally pass through the device, with the captain landing in the middle of an 18th-century-style witch-hunt while Spock and McCoy travel back 6,000 years to the Ice Age.

The script, by UCLA librarian and spec writer Jean Lisette Aroeste (who also wrote "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" for the original series), gives the episode a special charge with its dual story lines set in the past. The dramatic weight of the story, however, is clearly with Spock, who regresses into the savage emotions of his prehistoric ancestors--eating meat, choosing another transportee (Mariette Hartley) as a mate, and nearly killing McCoy when the good doctor insults him. This is a favorite among some Trekkers, made all the more enjoyable by the anxious, White Rabbit-like performance of Ian Wolfe as a Sarpeidon librarian in charge of the time-travel facility. --Tom Keogh

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Studio:  CBS Paramount International Television
CastLeonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols
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The story line of this episode may not be the worst of the entire series, but if it isn't, it is tied for last. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to the surface of Sarpeidon to rescue the inhabitants before their sun goes nova. Of course, the idea that Kirk would first contact the planetary government before beaming down to the surface does not appear to have been considered. They beam down and have no clue where they are, where the inhabitants are or what they are to do. The idea of scanning the …
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