Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 3, Episode 17
Original Air Date: January 24, 1969
|via Star Trek Fan Companion
The Enterprise discovers a planet which appears to have developed life at an unusually rapid rate. As the landing party - Kirk, McCoy, Sulu and geologist D'Amato - beams down, a strange woman appears in the transporter room, trying to stop them. The party makes it off the ship but the woman (played by Lee Meriwether) kills the transporter tech. She kills others - both on the ship and on the surface - and also manages to fling the Enterprise 990.7 light years away before our heroes finally gain the upper hand. The woman, they eventually learn, is a projected manifestation of the planet's security system, the settlers themselves long dead.
The story features an unusually cranky Spock. In command of the ship with Kirk on the away team, he snaps at several crew members about, among other things, their mathematically imprecise calculations. What's funny about it is that Spock's own figures are way off. In the script, he states that it would take 11.33 hours to travel 990.7 light years at warp 8.4. In truth, it would take 1.67 years.
Meriwether was the second Catwoman to appear on Trek. When Julie Newmar, the regular Catwoman on the Batman TV series, was unavailable for the 1966 feature film, Meriwether was cast in her place. Meriwether also made two appearances on the TV series as Lisa Carson.
Most of her acting work has come on television. For eight seasons, she was Betty, Barnaby's secretary and daughter-in-law, on Barnaby Jones. That gig garnered two Golden Globe and one Emmy nomination for her. She was also Lily Munster for three seasons of The New Munsters and had a recurring role on All My Children as Ruth Martin.