Star Trek (1966–1969)
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By Any Other Name 

Galactic alien scouts capture the Enterprise for a return voyage and a prelude to invasion. Kirk's one advantage - they're not used to their adopted human form.


Marc Daniels


Gene Roddenberry (created by), D.C. Fontana (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Warren Stevens ... Rojan
Barbara Bouchet ... Kelinda
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Majel Barrett ... Christine
Stewart Moss Stewart Moss ... Hanar
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Robert Fortier Robert Fortier ... Tomar
Lezlie Dalton Lezlie Dalton ... Drea
Carl Byrd Carl Byrd ... Lt. Shea
Julie Cobb ... Yeoman Leslie Thompson


Kirk, Spock, McCoy and a couple of red shirts beam down to the surface of a planet in answer to a fake distress call. There they are overpowered by a small group of human-looking aliens from the Andromeda galaxy, led by Rojan. Their galaxy will be uninhabitable within a few thousand years, so they intend to conquer ours, to give themselves a new home. The aliens' spacecraft had been damaged by the energy barrier around the galaxy, and they need the Enterprise to return home, enhancing its engines so that the journey will "only" take 300 years. They take over the Enterprise using their two main weapons - a paralyzing beam, and a ray that can reduce a person to a gray block of material - revival only being possible if the block is not damaged. After successfully negotiating the energy barrier, the aliens reduce all the crew into the gray blocks, with the exception of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scott, who must somehow overcome the aliens, revive the crew and return home. Written by Dave Brown

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23 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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The title is a fragment of a quote from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: "What's in a name? that which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet." See more »


When the Kelvans reduce the crew members to the "cuboctahedrons", their clothes are reduced with them. But items that they are holding (clipboards, pens, etc.) are not, and land beside the "cuboctahedrons". Since this is an imaginary technology, we just have to accept whatever we are shown regarding this matter. See more »


Kelinda: This cultural mystique surrounding the biological function.
Captain James T. Kirk: Yes?
Kelinda: You realize humans are overly preoccupied with the subject.
Captain James T. Kirk: Yes, we do think a great deal about it.
Kelinda: I've done some supplemental reading on it, and, er...
Captain James T. Kirk: You have a question?
Kelinda: Yes. I was wondering, would you please apologize to me again?
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28 September 2018 | by zitacarnoSee all my reviews

...the harder they fall. Those Kelvans were, at bottom, a bunch of greedy grabalots, and it didn't take long for Kirk and Co. to catch on. And believe me, they had lots of fun doing something about it. When they realized that Rojan and company, having taken human form, were starting to experience human reactions---human emotions---they made the most of the opportunity. I got a huge kick out of Bones pumping one of the invaders full of formic acid, which would make anyone climb the walls---Scotty drinking another one of them under the table and then passing out himself (although in a good cause)---Spock, although unsuccessful with the mind-meld, nevertheless getting a good idea of what Kelinda really looked like---and most of all, Captain Kirk's "apology" which spread like wildfire and thoroughly discombooberated the Kelvans who now realized they were stuck with their human forms and could never return to Andromeda. This was a good seriocomic story; I enjoyed it.

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