The Enterprise responds to a distress call from the scientific colony on Triacus and arrives to find that all of the adults are dead. Oddly, the children seem unaffected by the deaths and continue to play as if nothing had happened. When questioned, they show no remorse whatsoever and express a dislike for parental authority. Expedition logs reveal that the expedition had discovered an ancient civilization and that there might be one survivor. In fact, the Gorgon thrives on the innocence of the children and the adults' self-doubt.
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This is the only episode of the original series in which we see the fully fledged United Federation of Planets flag. Previous appearances, such as Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part II
(1966), simply used the pre-existing United Nations flag. See more
After the credits, Captain Kirk's log states that they've buried the bodies of the colonists and we see the graves but none of the members of the landing party have dirt on their uniforms nor are they sweating as one would after digging human sized holes in the ground. See more
Captain, we must get off this bridge.
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