Is There in Truth No Beauty?

Is There In Truth No Beauty?

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Is There in Truth No Beauty?

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"Is There in Truth No Beauty?" is a third season episode of The Original Series, first broadcast October 18, 1968. It is episode #60, production #62, written by Jean Lisette Aroeste, and directed by Ralph Senensky.

Overview: The Enterprise travels with an alien ambassador whose appearance causes insanity.


On stardate 5630.7, the USS Enterprise picks up a Medusan ambassador named Kollos. The ambassador belongs to a race of energy-based creatures, emotionally beautiful on the inside, yet with an outward appearance so hideous it drives humanoids insane. The Federation seeks a council with the Medusans for a technology trade, especially in the area of improved navigation equipment for all starships.

To be transported, the Medusan must remain concealed inside a container. Lawrence Marvick, one of the principal designers of the Enterprise is beamed aboard first, then the transporter room is cleared, all except for Mr. Spock, who dons the special visor, since Vulcans can better tolerate the appearance of a Medusan while wearing it, and operates the controls to beam the ambassador and his passenger aboard. Kollos's container materializes along with Dr. Miranda Jones, who is Kollos's beautiful assistant and a gifted young telepath (played by Diana Muldaur, who 20 years later would play Dr. Pulaski on The Next Generation).

The ambassador's party are assigned quarters, and Spock offers Miranda help in carrying the Medusan container to her room. It is already clear, even...
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