Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 1, Episode 4
Original Air Date: September 29, 1966
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The last 10 minutes. I am always impressed by the seemingly impossible problems the Star Trek crew manages to resolve in the last 10 minutes of an episode. With each passing moment of the opening acts, the rope tightens and hope of survival grows more remote. You know they're going to make it because there are still 700+ episodes to go but even the most devoted fan is pushed to the edge of doubt. Finally, after the last commercial break, someone - and it's not always the same person - saves the day. It's as good a formula for building a cult following as any.
"The Naked Time" finds our heroes orbiting the dying planet Psi 2000. A landing team discovers the researchers on the surface have all suddenly and mysteriously died. Upon returning to the ship, an intoxicating affliction claims one member of the crew at a time. With each new infection, the Enterprise falls into greater peril. All comes to a head when Lt. Riley locks himself in engineering and takes control of the ship. Meanwhile, the ship is being pulled into the collapsing planet. Just in time, Riley is subdued and Spock concocts an escape plan based on an untested theory. Of course, the day is saved.
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There are moments of levity along the way. Lt. Sulu spends much of the episode running around shirtless, challenging everyone he meets to a fencing duel. Surely not coincidentally, George Takei has always claimed "The Naked Time" as his favorite episode.
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DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy) was born January 20, 1920 in Toccoa, Georgia. The son of a Baptist minister, he was named for Lee de Forest, an American inventor. During the Second World War, Kelley served in the army's First Motion Picture Unit. His first feature film appearance was in 1947's Fear in the Night. His television debut was on You Are There. He first worked with Leonard Nimoy in a 1963 episode of The Virginian. Kelley was actually Gene Rodenberry's original choice to play the role of Spock but he turned it down.
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