Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 1, Episode 7
Original Air Date: October 20, 1966
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The early Star Trek writers were especially fond of stories with duplicate Kirks. For the second time in three aired episodes, we get a bonus Shatner, this time by virtue of a robotics/cloning project. In "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", the Entreprise crew travels to Exo III in search of exobiologist Roger Korby. For garnish, Korby is also the fiancé of Nurse Christine Chapel. Turns out, Korby's been building robots, key to his shady plan for galactic conquest. Two of his androids are in the photo above: Ruk (Ted Cassidy - Lurch of The Addams Family) and Andrea (Sherry Jackson). Korby actually inherited Ruk from the planet's former inhabitants, referred to simply as "The Old Ones." Andrea is a Korby creation.
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With a centrifuge contraption, Korby creates the aforementioned Kirk copy. The new entity even maintains memories along with the physical replications. The double is good enough to fool Chapel at the dinner table but the real Kirk cleverly plants a clue in the android to tip off Spock when the fake is beamed back to the ship.
Gene Roddenberry (series creator) was born on August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas. During the Second World War, Roddenberry served in the Army Air Force, flying combat missions in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he worked first in commercial aviation, then for the Los Angeles Police Department.
While working for the police, Roddenberry started writing scripts for various television series. After several other failed ideas, he created and produced the series The Lieutenant, which aired for a single season. He first conceived of Star Trek as a combination of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, plugging it as "Wagon Train to the Stars." The series was picked up by Lucille Ball's Desilu Studios, then pitched to NBC.