Saturday, February 16, 2019

Elaan of Troyius

TOS Season 3 Episode 13
Air Date: December 20th, 1968


The Enterprise is sent to Elas on a top secret mission including keeping radio silence. They already picked up Ambassador Petri of Troyus, the most outer habitable planet in the system and then beam aboard Dohlman Elaan who is to be married to the Troyian ruler as part of an agreed peace between the two planets.

Tension arises between the Elassians and the Troyians with Kirk playing mediator. Eventually it leads to Ambassador Petri being stabbed in the back. Kirk takes over teaching Elaan how to behave in a Troyian society since Elassians tend to be more agressive and totalitarian. It doesn't go well as Elaan is used to being treated as royalty.

Elassian womens tears are used as an aphrodisiac and Elaan uses them to take control of Kirk, but Kirk is able to overcome it's effects with great difficulty. He doesn't beam down to the wedding as it would be too hard.

There was a side plot where the Elassians were working with the Klingons to destroy the Enterprise including Elaan. A Klingon battle cruiser shows up and starts attacking the Enterprise. The Elassian had sabotaged the dilithiam crystals which took out warp power and phasers. Spock discovers that the Troyian gift to Elaan, a necklace, contained crude dilithium crystals which they used to disable the Klingon ship.


"Stop trying to kill each other, then worry about being friendly." - Kirk

"We have granted your crew the permission not to kneel in our presence. What else do you want?" - Elaan

"So, Ambassador Petri is going to recover? That is too bad." - Elaan

"You are warned, Captain, never to touch me again." - Elaan
"If I touch you again, Your Glory, it'll be to administer an ancient Earth custom called a spanking, a form of punishment administered to spoiled brats." - Kirk

"Captain, that ancient Earth custom called spanking, what is it?" - Elaan
"It's, er, It's, er. We'll talk about it later." - Kirk

"Spock, I've isolated the biochemical substance of the Elasian tears. It's a kind of an infection, and I think I've found an antidote." - McCoy
"You are too late, Doctor. The Captain has found his own antidote." - Spock
"Are you out of your Vulcan mind? Do you know how long I've worked on..." - McCoy
"The antidote to a woman of Elas, Doctor, is a starship. The Enterprise infected the Captain long before the Dohlman did." - Spock

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