While beaming down to the planet Gideon, Captain Kirk finds himself still in the transporter room. He can find no one on the ship, now apparently abandoned by the entire crew. He does find one other occupant on the Enterprise, a beautiful young woman, Odona, who does not know how she got there. Back on the real Enterprise, Spock tries to deal with Gideon's representatives who claim that Kirk never arrived and claim no knowledge of his whereabouts. Soon, Odona falls deathly ill, which is exactly what the leaders of Gideon were hoping for. Spock soon realizes that there is problem with the beam down coordinates they were provided.
Did You Know?
This is the only episode showing an exterior viewing port. The only other time a window looking outside the ship is seen is on the observation deck in Star Trek: The Conscience of the King
(1966). Of course, in this case, the port seen is not on the real Enterprise. The exterior viewing port from this episode is the same design as the one used to witness Marta's execution in Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy
(1969). See more
When Kirk materializes in the transporter room, he is standing on a pad near the front of the chamber (near the steps). A subsequent wide shot from within the transporter chamber, establishing there to be no one at the transporter controls, also has Kirk's transporter pad empty. Then we return to the angle on Kirk and he is standing on the same pad again. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
Captain's Log, stardate 5423.4: We are orbiting the planet Gideon, which is still not a member of the United Federation of Planets. The treaty negotiations have been difficult because Gideon has consistently refused the presence of a delegation from the Federation on its soil or any surveillance by the ship's sensors. They have finally agreed to a delegation of one. They insisted it be the captain of the Enterprise. I am, therefore, beaming down at once.
Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more