Yay, I remember this one when I was a kid! Actually, I don’t remember the whole episode but the sequence where two members of the crew are turned into little cubes that contain their essence, which can be restored if undamaged, then one is crushed in front of Kirk. This death really upset me as a kid, and atypically it is the pretty young Yeoman that dies, not the redshirt.
A group of aliens, lead by Rojan, want to get back to the Andromeda galaxy, to give them the message that this galaxy is fit for takeover. They posses weapons that can paralyse people, and they take over the Enterprise in a matter of moments. They then start to modify it to get it ready for travel between galaxies – in fact, it is modified so much that it can do Warp Eleven! Later episodes suggest that the maximum possible speed is Warp 10, but perhaps they have re calibrated the Warp Scale by then.
So off they go and head for the Andromeda galaxy, but first they have got to get through the energy barrier at the edge of the galaxy – somewhere they have visited before. Scott rigs the ship to self destruct when it goes through, so that the aliens won’t get home and bring more of their kind, but they don’t do it. Once the Enterprise is through the barrier, all non essential personnel are turned into cubes. Including Uhura and Checkov. In fact everyone apart from Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty.
Once on their way, the Kelvans (the aliens) start to show an interest in some of the things humans do – they respond to stimulation of the senses. So Scotty gets one of them horrendously drunk – they start on the Saurian Brandy, and progess through Scottys drink collection to something that is green. (A joke done again with Data in The Next Generation.)
Kirk meanwhile tries to interest the female Kelvan in sex, by sticking his tongue down her throat (it expresses warth and love, apparently). This makes Rojan very jealous. Also, McCoy injects one of the others with what he tells him is vitamins, but actually it is stimulants.
Anyhow, these things together enable the few remaining crew to get the paralysers off the Kelvans and talk them around.
I quite like this episode. It’s a bit silly in places (especially the second half, after such a serious start) but somehow it works and I like it.
Crew Deaths: 1
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 41