Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 3, Episode 8
Original Air Date: November 8, 1968
In our story, the Enterprise is sent on a mission to stop an asteroid from careening into an inhabited planet. One small snag: the asteroid has people inside of it! 10,000 years previously, just before their star went supernova, the Fabrini built an asteroid-shaped spaceship called Yonada and sent it off into space, hoping to find a new home. Our heroes are faced with the dilemma of how to save both Yonada and the four billion inhabitants of Daran V.
Interesting story, yet it's not even the best narrative running through the episode. McCoy has diagnosed himself with a rare, incurable illness, estimating he only has one year to live. When he goes down to Yonada with Kirk and Spock as part of the landing party, the high priestess Natira falls in love with him and invites him to live out the rest of his days as her husband. He accepts, understandably seeking companionship at the end. "For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky" perhaps translates to "life is lonely but I have known love."
Obviously, there's more to play out as we all know from future stories that McCoy survives his illness and returns to the Enterprise. But there are a few memorable scenes along the way. The love affair moves along quickly but manages to be quite touching at times. The very best scene, though, is between Spock and Bones. Spock's human side shines through when he learns of the doctor's illness. Spock grasps McCoy's shoulder - the gesture begins as physical support but evolves into an expression of compassion. It's a wonderful moment in the development of a relationship so crucial to the spirit of Trek.
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Woodville was in the very first episode of The Avengers and later married the show's leading man, Patrick Macnee. Her second husband, Edward Albert, was also an actor. Woodville died of cancer in 2013.