History Series / StarTrektheOriginalSeries

28th Sep '16 5:26:43 PM CaptEquinox
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** Mr. Spock was first given his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CsNZqeXU_4 distinctive theme music]] in the episode "Amok Time". The wistful, romantic melody is usually provided by a bass guitar: a deliberate choice by composer Gerald Fried, as he felt it would be a terrible match for such a utilitarian instrument, a juxtaposition that suits the [[NotSoStoic dichotomy of Spock's character]].

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** Mr. Spock was first given his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CsNZqeXU_4 distinctive theme music]] in the episode "Amok Time". The wistful, romantic melody is usually provided by a bass guitar: a deliberate choice by composer Gerald Fried, as he felt it would be a terrible match for such a utilitarian instrument, instrument[[note]]tell that to Jaco Pastorius or Music/{{Sting}}![[/note]], a juxtaposition that suits the [[NotSoStoic dichotomy of Spock's character]].



* LotusEaterMachine: This was the plot of the original pilot, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage The Cage]]," though Pike sees through the ruse easily. [[spoiler:However, another character trapped there doesn't want to leave the machine--and knows that it's all an illusion--as after having been horrifically mangled in a crash the aliens were able to restore the illusion of her original beautiful appearance. They give her a illusory Captain Pike to live with until the real Pike returns to the planet in a later episode made up of the original pilot.]]

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* LotusEaterMachine: This was the plot of the original pilot, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage The Cage]]," though Pike sees through the ruse easily. [[spoiler:However, another character trapped there doesn't want to leave the machine--and setup--and knows that it's all an illusion--as after having been horrifically mangled in a crash the aliens were able to restore the illusion of her original beautiful appearance. They give her a illusory Captain Pike to live with until the real Pike returns to the planet in a later episode made up of the original pilot.]]



* MateOrDie: The Vulcan ''pon-farr'' period provides a biological imperative that strong, as seen with Spock in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]". Oddly, the Federation has no knowledge of it.

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* MateOrDie: The Vulcan ''pon-farr'' period provides a biological imperative that strong, as seen with Spock in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]". Oddly, the The Federation has no knowledge of it.it, as Vulcans do not speak of it even among themselves.



--->'''Mirror Spock:''' I need the captain back, and you need to return.

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--->'''Mirror Spock:''' You must return to your universe, and I need the must have my captain back, and you need to return.back.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Uhura was a [[TwoferTokenMinority Token Twofer]] who was also relegated to the position of space phone operator. ''[[FairForItsDay For the time]]'', she was rather progressive, but... This was due to ExecutiveMeddling. The original pilot had a female ''second-in-command''. The network couldn't fire her fast enough (even if she managed to sneak back on set anyway in a blonde wig and a nurse's outfit). The network might also have resented the fact that she was Creator/GeneRoddenberry's [[CastingCouch girlfriend]]. According to Creator/WilliamShatner at least, ''women'' in the test audiences found the female second-in-command "pushy" and "annoying." Maybe [[TheWorldIsNotReady The World Was Not Ready]]... (It's also possible that Number One was simply perceived as being too abrasive toward her subordinates, though her being a ''woman'' with subordinates would probably contribute to this perception. On the other hand, it's noteworthy that Kirk was also frequently abrasive in the early episodes until the character was refined and solidified.) It's also been said that Creator/{{NBC}} gave Roddenberry a somewhat SadisticChoice: either keep the female second-in-command or keep Spock, but not both. Years later, Creator/MajelBarrett would quip that he "kept the Vulcan and married the woman, 'cause he didn't think Creator/{{Leonard|Nimoy}} would have it the other way around."

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Uhura was a [[TwoferTokenMinority Token Twofer]] who was also relegated to the position of space phone operator. ''[[FairForItsDay For the time]]'', she was rather progressive, progressive[[note]]and a black woman seated at ''back center stage'', right behind the captain's chair, highly and constantly visible, was ''extremely'' radical[[/note]], but... This was due to ExecutiveMeddling. The original pilot had a female ''second-in-command''. The network couldn't fire her fast enough (even if she managed to sneak back on set anyway in a blonde wig and a nurse's outfit). The network might also have resented the fact that she was Creator/GeneRoddenberry's [[CastingCouch girlfriend]]. According to Creator/WilliamShatner at least, ''women'' in the test audiences found the female second-in-command "pushy" and "annoying." Maybe [[TheWorldIsNotReady The World Was Not Ready]]... (It's also possible that Number One was simply perceived as being too abrasive toward her subordinates, though her being a ''woman'' with subordinates would probably contribute to this perception. On the other hand, it's noteworthy that Kirk was also frequently abrasive in the early episodes until the character was refined and solidified.) It's also been said that Creator/{{NBC}} gave Roddenberry a somewhat SadisticChoice: either keep the female second-in-command or keep Spock, but not both. Years later, Creator/MajelBarrett would quip that he "kept the Vulcan and married the woman, 'cause he didn't think Creator/{{Leonard|Nimoy}} would have it the other way around."



*** '''Spock.''' Miss Galliulin... It is my sincere hope that you do not give up your search for Eden. I have no doubt but that you will find it, or make it yourselves.



*** Leonard Nimoy hated this episode, noting that as TheSmartGuy Spock should have been able to easily and quickly create the kind of highly personal trick questions only his best friend, Kirk, should be able to answer properly to identify himself. According to Spock, he did not make his choice based on the order to shoot them both, but rather based on which one was winning: Kirk was recovering from an illness and thus was at a disadvantage against the healthier duplicate.

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*** Leonard Nimoy hated this episode, noting that as TheSmartGuy Spock should have been able to easily and quickly create the kind of highly personal trick questions only his best friend, Kirk, should be able to answer properly to identify himself. According to Spock, he did not make his choice based on the order to shoot them both, but rather based on which one was winning: Kirk was recovering from an illness serious injuries and thus was at a disadvantage against the healthier duplicate.
28th Sep '16 5:15:13 PM CaptEquinox
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** Kirk and [=McCoy=] engage in the purely platonic "meaningful look" variant when they drop the friendly banter and display the fact that they are rock-solid best friends (or at least second best--see above.)

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** At the time, many poor ignorant fans saw incipient ''telepathy'' in these exchanges. Fan writers (notably Jacqueline Lichtenberg, author of the monumental ''[[http://www.simegen.com/fandom/startrek/kraith/ Kraith]]'' series) gathered that Spock, who is telepathic in canon, was teaching Kirk to communicate this way.
** Kirk and [=McCoy=] engage in the purely platonic "meaningful look" variant when they drop the friendly banter and display the fact that they are rock-solid best friends (or at least second best--see above.) )
** Spock and [=McCoy=] also have a few such "we understand each other" moments.
28th Sep '16 5:05:52 PM CaptEquinox
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* BreakoutCharacter: Spock became the fan favorite almost instantly, and the only way to keep Creator/WilliamShatner from raising a stink and leaving the series was for the writers to emphasize the PowerTrio of Spock, Kirk and [=McCoy=].

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* BreakoutCharacter: Spock became the fan favorite almost instantly, and the only way to keep Creator/WilliamShatner from raising a stink and leaving the series was for the writers to emphasize his close co-worker/friend relationship to the point of HeterosexualLifePartner with Kirk [[note]]this was actually suggested by Creator/IsaacAsimov in [[[http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/06/getting-star-trek-on-air-was-impossible.html this letter to Roddenberry]][[/note]]; later, the PowerTrio of Spock, Kirk and [=McCoy=].



** The Saurians were later established in ''StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' to be lizard people; there were a couple of them on the Big E.



* CaptainsLog: The TropeMaker; Kirk's famous voice-over logs were conceived as a way of quickly introducing or recapping plot points that may have otherwise been confusing.

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* CaptainsLog: The TropeMaker; Kirk's famous voice-over logs were conceived as a way of quickly introducing or recapping plot points that may have otherwise been confusing. He seems to do them in his head even when he's nowhere near a recorder. When he says "Captain's log, stardate.... unknown", it can be downright chilling.



* ChewingTheScenery: A Klingon in "The Trouble With Tribbles" insults the ''Enterprise'' ForTheEvulz, underlining the last two words of this speech with a wide-eyed stare: "I didn't mean to say that the ''Enterprise'' should be hauling garbage. I meant to say that it should be hauled away ''as garbage!''"

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* ChewingTheScenery: A Klingon in "The Trouble With Tribbles" insults the ''Enterprise'' ForTheEvulz, underlining the last two words of this speech loud and clear with a wide-eyed stare: "I didn't mean to say that the ''Enterprise'' should be hauling garbage. I meant to say that it should be hauled away ''as garbage!''"'''''as''''' ''garbage!''"



** In "Miri" they just do the familiar "nyah nyah-nyah nyah nyah" chant but it's made very sinister.



* DeusExNukina: In "The Doomsday Machine," Commodore Decker takes a shuttle and steers it [[spoiler:down the throat of the planet killer]]--without an onboard nuke. But this gives Captain Kirk the idea to try Decker's plan with the USS ''Constellation'' [[spoiler:rigged to self-destruct in a big explosion]]. Kirk manually pilots the ''Constellation'' [[spoiler:into the maw]].

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* DeusExNukina: In "The Doomsday Machine," Commodore Decker takes a shuttle and steers it [[spoiler:down the throat of the planet killer]]--without an onboard nuke. But this gives Captain Kirk the idea to try Decker's plan with the already nearly-destroyed USS ''Constellation'' [[spoiler:rigged to self-destruct in a big explosion]]. Kirk manually pilots the ''Constellation'' [[spoiler:into the maw]].



** The network made him say it, as always worried about losing Southern and Bible Belt audiences.



** Various extra-series material (novels, for example), often refer in a disparaging way to the more "out there" episodes from ''The Original Series'', usually in the form of Starfleet Officials claiming Kirk made up a large number of his reports, with his motive being contempt for his superiors. Invariably mentioned is the universally disbelieved incident in which aliens "stole the brain of Kirk's Science Officer," a reference to the episode in which Spock's brain is, indeed, stolen by alien temptresses, and which is considered to be the worst episode of the original series, if not of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' as a whole.

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** Various extra-series material (novels, for example), often refer in a disparaging way to the more "out there" episodes from ''The Original Series'', usually in the form of Starfleet Officials claiming Kirk made up a large number of his reports, with his motive being contempt for his superiors. Invariably mentioned is the universally disbelieved incident in which aliens "stole the brain of Kirk's Science Officer," a reference to the episode in which Spock's brain is, indeed, stolen by alien temptresses, babes, and which is considered to be the worst episode of the original series, if not of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' as a whole.



* DressUpEpisode: a ''lot''. "A Piece of the Action", "Return of the Archons", "Assignment: Earth", "The City on the Edge of Forever", that one where they ended up dressed as [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]]... This trope was popular because it allowed them to use standard, pre-existing costumes, props and sets, rather than having to make expensive new ones. There had been very few science fiction shows up to that time, and there were very few props hanging around to be re-used, unlike today, when science fiction has been popular for a long time.

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* DressUpEpisode: a ''lot''. "A Piece of the Action", "Return of the Archons", "Assignment: Earth", "The City on the Edge of Forever", that one where they ended up dressed as [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]]... This trope was popular because it allowed them to use standard, pre-existing costumes, props and sets, rather than having to make expensive new ones. There had been very few science fiction television shows (as opposed to movies) up to that time, outside of children's series like ''Series/CaptainVideo'' and there ''Series/TomCorbettSpaceCadet''. Series like ''Series/OneStepBeyond'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' often had people in normal clothing facing unusual situations. There were very few props hanging around to be re-used, unlike today, when science fiction has been popular for a long time.



* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. Among Kirk's various honors and awards: The Medal of Honor, the Starfleet Citation for [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight Conspicuous Gallantry]], and The Kerrigite Order of Heroism. The list goes on for so long that it has to be stopped early so that the episode can continue.

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. Among Kirk's various honors and awards: The Medal the Grankite Order of Honor, Tactics, the Kargite Order of Heroism, the Palm Leaf of the Axanar Peace Mission, the Prentares ribbon of Commendation, the Starfleet Award of Valor, the Starfleet Citation for [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight Conspicuous Gallantry]], the Starfleet Silver Palm with Cluster, and The Kerrigite Order the Starfleet Medal of Heroism. Honor. The list goes on for so long that it has to be stopped early so that the episode can continue.continue.
** Spock's no slouch either. He's in the Vulcan Scientific Legion of Honor, and received two decorations for valor from Starfleet Command.
22nd Sep '16 2:01:00 PM Snarf
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* CombatByChampion: "Arena" has Kirk vs. Gorn captain. "Amok Time" has Kirk vs. Spock. "The Gamesters of Triskelion" has Kirk, Chekov, and Uhura vs. an AmazingTechnicolorCast

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* CombatByChampion: "Arena" has Kirk vs. Gorn captain. "Amok Time" has Kirk vs. Spock. "The Gamesters of Triskelion" has Kirk, Chekov, and Uhura vs. an AmazingTechnicolorCastAmazingTechnicolorPopulation.
22nd Sep '16 1:58:40 PM Snarf
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* CombatByChampion: "Arena" has Kirk vs. Gorn captain. "Amok Time" has Kirk vs. Spock.

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* CombatByChampion: "Arena" has Kirk vs. Gorn captain. "Amok Time" has Kirk vs. Spock. "The Gamesters of Triskelion" has Kirk, Chekov, and Uhura vs. an AmazingTechnicolorCast
9th Sep '16 4:27:16 AM Arivne
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** Uhura is wearing a gold uniform in the episodes "The Corbomite Maneuver" and "Mudd's Women", the first two episodes filmed that she appears in.

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** Uhura is wearing a gold command uniform in the episodes "The Corbomite Maneuver" and "Mudd's Women", the first two episodes filmed that she appears in.


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** In some early episodes (such as "The Corbomite Maneuver") it was necessary to turn a knob in order to use the turbolift (ship's elevator). In later episodes turbolifts could be operated by voice command.
9th Sep '16 4:14:50 AM Arivne
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** In "The Trouble With Tribbles", Scotty speculates that the tribbles got into the food processors on the ''Enterprise'' via the actual air vents. Spock realizes that the grain the ''Enterprise'' is guarding on the nearby space station is in storage compartments with similar vents, prompting Kirk to beam over and leading to the episode's CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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** In "The Trouble With Tribbles", Scotty speculates that the tribbles got into the food processors on the ''Enterprise'' via the actual air vents. Spock realizes that the grain the ''Enterprise'' is guarding on the nearby space station is in storage compartments with similar vents, prompting Kirk to beam over and leading to the episode's CrowningMomentOfFunny.funniest moment.
9th Sep '16 4:12:43 AM Arivne
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*** In "The Trouble With Tribbles", Scotty speculates that the tribbles got into the food processors on the ''Enterprise'' via the actual air vents. Spock realizes that the grain the ''Enterprise'' is guarding on the nearby space station is in storage compartments with similar vents, prompting Kirk to beam over and leading to the episode's CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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*** ** In "The Trouble With Tribbles", Scotty speculates that the tribbles got into the food processors on the ''Enterprise'' via the actual air vents. Spock realizes that the grain the ''Enterprise'' is guarding on the nearby space station is in storage compartments with similar vents, prompting Kirk to beam over and leading to the episode's CrowningMomentOfFunny.
9th Sep '16 4:10:25 AM Arivne
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* AirVentPassageway: Used to escape in "Dagger of the Mind".

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* AirVentPassageway: Used to escape in AirVentPassageway
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"Dagger of the Mind".Mind", Dr. Helen Noel saves the day by using a passage to get to the power room and shut off the Tantalus Colony's force field.
** In "Miri", the children use an air vent to infiltrate the lab where the Enterprise crew is working and steal their communicators.
*** In "The Trouble With Tribbles", Scotty speculates that the tribbles got into the food processors on the ''Enterprise'' via the actual air vents. Spock realizes that the grain the ''Enterprise'' is guarding on the nearby space station is in storage compartments with similar vents, prompting Kirk to beam over and leading to the episode's CrowningMomentOfFunny.
7th Sep '16 7:42:03 AM HeraldAlberich
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* AlanSmithee: "A Private Little War" is meant as a commentary on the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, which was still ongoing. Though friends with Roddenberry since their days as LAPD officers, Don Ingalls did not like Gene's re-write (removing Kor from the story, softening the Vietnam references), and credited himself as Jud Crucis ("'''Jesus Crucified'''"!)

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* AlanSmithee: "A "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E19APrivateLittleWar A Private Little War" War]]" is meant as a commentary on the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, which was still ongoing. Though friends with Roddenberry since their days as LAPD officers, Don Ingalls did not like Gene's re-write (removing Kor from the story, softening the Vietnam references), and credited himself as Jud Crucis ("'''Jesus Crucified'''"!)



* DisneyDogFight: At the end of "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E19RequiemForMethuselah Requiem for Methuselah]]", RobotGirl Rayna Kapec must choose between Flint and Captain Kirk. The strain causes her to overload and die.



** While still part of the Federation, the ''Enterprise'' is explicitly an Earth vessel in early episodes, implying that each Federation world supplies it's own military force. Later in the series, and in all series afterward, the Federation has a single consolidated defense armada.
** Early on, Spock is the only Vulcan in the Star Fleet. Later in the series, we learn that there is at least an entire vessel of them. (And in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', it turns out that they were [[spoiler: the first alien race humans ever encountered.]])

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** While still part of the Federation, the ''Enterprise'' is explicitly an Earth vessel in early episodes, implying that each Federation world supplies it's its own military force. Later in the series, and in all series afterward, the Federation has a single consolidated defense armada.
** Early on, Spock is the only Vulcan in the Star Fleet.Starfleet. Later in the series, we learn that there is at least an entire vessel of them. (And in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', it turns out that they were [[spoiler: the first alien race humans ever encountered.]])



* EnforcedColdWar: Examples abound, since the show was written during the Cold War. Examples include the plots of "Balance of Terror", "Errand of Mercy", "The Trouble with Tribbles", "Friday's Child", and "Elaan of Troyius".

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* %%* EnforcedColdWar: Examples abound, since the show was written during the Cold War. Examples include the plots of "Balance of Terror", "Errand of Mercy", "The Trouble with Tribbles", "Friday's Child", and "Elaan of Troyius".



%%* EvilTwin: "Mirror, Mirror", "The Enemy Within"



** Dr. Mccoy seems full of it, insulting Spock's "green blood," "computer" mind, and other Vulcan traits. Kirk and Spock often comment on the differences between Vulcans and Humans, but in a GentlemanSnarker way without any malice.

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** Dr. Mccoy [=McCoy=] seems full of it, insulting Spock's "green blood," "computer" mind, and other Vulcan traits. Kirk and Spock often comment on the differences between Vulcans and Humans, but in a GentlemanSnarker way without any malice.



* SelfDestructMechanism: The [[CoolStarship Enterprise]] has one on board.

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* SelfDestructMechanism: The [[CoolStarship Enterprise]] ''Enterprise'' has one on board.board. It requires [[TwoKeyedLock simultaneous voice input]] from three senior officers to activate.



* ShapeShifterSwanSong

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* %%* ShapeShifterSwanSong



* SlasherSmile: See PsychoticSmirk.

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* %%* SlasherSmile: See PsychoticSmirk.



* StealthInSpace: The Romulans' Cloaking device technology.

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* StealthInSpace: The Romulans' Cloaking cloaking device technology.technology shields them from both visible light and sensor readings, but also blinds the ship itself, and draws so much power that it must be dropped in order to fire, allowing for "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror Balance of Terror]]" to be a submarine episode (specifically, the 1957 film ''Film/TheEnemyBelow'') RecycledINSPACE



* TimeTravelEpisode: There's the episode "City On the Edge Of Forever", in which Bones accidentally steps through a time portal that takes him back to the 1930s, where he inadvertently changes the timeline so humans never went into space. It's up to Kirk and Spock to follow him and repair the damage.

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* TimeTravelEpisode: There's the episode "City On In "[[[Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever The City on the Edge Of Forever", in which of Forever]]", Bones accidentally steps through a time portal that takes him back to the 1930s, where he inadvertently changes the timeline so humans never went into space. It's up to Kirk and Spock to follow him and repair the damage.
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