" is a season two episode of The Original Series
, first broadcast on September 29, 1967 and repeated May 17, 1968. It is episode #32, production #37 and was written by John Meredyth Lucas
, and directed by Marc Daniels
The crew of the USS Enterprise
deals with an indestructible planet-destroying space probe. The plot contains obvious similarities to the later 1979 Star Trek film
. This episode is one of only a handful in the original series that take place entirely aboard the Enterprise
. The others include "Journey to Babel
", "The Ultimate Computer
", "Charlie X
", "Elaan of Troyius
", "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
", and "Is There in Truth No Beauty?
3541.9, the starship
, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk
, investigates a distress call from the Malurian star system. Upon arrival, Spock
reports that all life in the system has been destroyed and Malur, a world with a recorded population of 4 billion, is now devoid of life, including the Federation
science team that was on the planet.
Suddenly, the Enterprise'
s shields activate when a meter-long cylindrical object attacks the ship with an energy bolt equivalent to the strength of 90 photon torpedoes
. Kirk orders return fire, but the ship's weapon energy is simply absorbed by the object. Kirk then transmits a hail and the object stops firing. Curiously, the... Read More