Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Amok Time 

In the throes of his Pon Farr mating period, Spock must return to Vulcan to meet his intended future wife, betrothed from childhood.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Theodore Sturgeon
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Celia Lovsky ... T'Pau
Arlene Martel ... T'Pring
Lawrence Montaigne ... Stonn
Majel Barrett ... Christine Chapel
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Byron Morrow ... Admiral Komack
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Storyline

Lately, Spock's behavior has been increasingly and unprecedentedly erratic. When McCoy finds it to be a growing medical risk, Kirk drags the truth out of him: it is the 'blood fever', the one time in a Vulcan's life he regresses to a primitive, hormonal state of mind, setting out to mate for life. He is granted the first request for shore-leave in his entire career to go to Vulcan, asking Kirk and McCoy to join him in his equivalent of a marriage ceremony with his since-age-seven arranged fiancée, T'Pring. But, once on Vulcan, T'Pring halts the matrimony by calling the ancient challenge, whereby a champion of her choice will fight Spock for her. Surprising all, she selects Jim Kirk. He accepts after due consideration only to find, when the first of two dueling weapons are handed out, that the fight is to the death - too late to decline in front of T'Pau, the presiding top official for Spock's family and the most powerful of all Vulcan dignitaries. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Romulan helmets are reused from "Balance of Terror", this time worn by Vulcans during the pon farr ritual. In both productions, the helmets were a de facto economy measure as they precluded the need for the actors to wear ear prostheses. See more »

Goofs

In the introduction, Spock requests a leave of absence on Vulcan, with a loss of only 2.8 light-days. In this context, he is using light-days as a measurement of time. It is, however, a unit of distance - 25,920,000,000 kilometers. See more »

Quotes

T'Pau: What thee are about to see comes down from the time of the beginning, without change. This is the Vulcan heart. This is the Vulcan soul. This is our way.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song. Highlights include a new aerial view of the arena with a city in the distance. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Futurama: Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love? (2000) See more »

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The T'Pring - Arlene Martel Surprise
23 February 2018 | by jopower1See all my reviews

I've been thoroughly enjoying reruns of The Outer Limits recently. All the ones I'd missed as a kid, 1st run. "The Demon With The Glass Hand" (1964) starred Robert Culp (Trent) and Marlene Martel (Consuelo Biros). It's one of the very best of TOL b&w series and I was completely taken by Arlene's fine work as the simple, likely Hispanic, cleaning woman. She's given good material that allows her emotion, dignity and decision; unusual for that TV era for a Hispanic part (including today?). It's a good script for Culp as well and a modern movie on the same script would be a great thing... if modern writers suppressed their mania to make everything explode and replace real looking people with tall skinny models (q.v.: the recent Star Trek movies by Wheeden where ALL the main cast are the same 5'10" and could be from the same frat house. PLEASE go back to making your good stuff, like Firefly, Joss!).

Anyways, I decided to look up Arlene Martel today of IMBD and, to my very happy surprise, find she's not only enjoyed a long career as character actress in some of my fave TV shows (The Fugitive, Star Trek, Hogan's Heroes, etc), but she played one of my fave ST-TOS roles of all time as T'Pring. I had no idea it was the same lady as in TOL. Yes, there could've been more lines, but she got some great ones. In the "Why choose Staan over me..." scene, she's utterly perfectly logical, her delivery a 10.

An even bigger surprise for me... same age as my dad! Unfortunately, Arlene died in 2014. A loss to all of us.

I strongly suggest followers of great TV character actors keep Arlene in mind as you enjoy classic re-runs. Her fine delivery matches her honest good looks in every case I've seen.


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