It all starts when Kirk, Bones, Spock and two Red Shirts
beam down to a planet to investigate a distress signal from a crashed ship. Turns out, it was just bait put out by the Kelvans who have decided this galaxy is suitable for colonization. Kirk tells them they're quite welcome to some of the galaxy's uninhabited planets. The Federation might even be willing to aid them. However, the Kelvans do not settle, they conquer. And now they're going back to the Andromeda galaxy to tell everyone the wonderful news! Oh, and they'll be needing the starship Enterprise
to get there. The trip should only take 300 years, more or less.
The Kelvans force thier way on board, hijack it on a course for Andromeda and turn everyone but Kirk, Bones, Spock and Scotty into giant 20 siders. It's up to these four to find a way to take the ship back and restore the crew.
Tropes for this episode include:
- And I Must Scream: The nerval neuralizer that the Kelvans use to freeze people in place shuts down all voluntary systems. They can still blink and presumably hear since Rojan continues to talk to them, but they can neither move or speak. It is unknown whether or not they have any self awareness after being turned into chalky dodecahedrons, but that does bring up a nice level of Fridge Horror.
- The Black Dude Dies First: Averted. The cute girl gets crushed to dust while the black Red Shirt is spared.
- Blatant Lies: Spock asks Rojan if he's jealous that Kelinda spends time with Kirk alone. "Of course not!" Rojan lies.
- Continuity Nod: A reference is made to Spock's method of escape from Eminiar VII in "A Taste Of Armageddon". The episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is not only referenced, they use Stock Footage from it.
- Drinking Contest: Scotty manages to drink a Kelvan under the table. Then he takes away the passed out Kelvan's magic belt buckle, planning to get it to Captain Kirk...right after he takes a little nap.
- Easily Forgiven: Gee, Kirk, it's nice of you to overlook the fact that the Kelvans hijacked your ship and talk them into peaceful settlement like you tried to at the beginning, but, shouldn't Rojan at least go on trial for that naughty little incident of FIRST DEGREE MURDER?
- So you make peace with all powerful aliens, then tell them they'll be on trial for killing someone. That'll end well.
- Food Pills: Kelvans insist this is a more efficient method of nutrition, until they try real food.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Spock describes the Kelvan's true forms as being very Cthulhu like.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Rojan can't stand it when Kelinda is with Kirk.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Rojan stars in.... Forbidden Planet....
- Humanity Ensues: The more time Kelvans spend as humans, the more human like they become.
- Leitmotif: Bagpipes for Scotty.
- Literary Allusion Title: Kirk Title drops when he quotes a line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to Kelinda, who is fascinated by flowers. "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
- Literally Shattered Lives: Rojan smashes Yeoman Thompson as a way of intimidating Kirk into letting him have the Enterprise.
- Love Makes You Stupid: Rojan completely forgot he had a belt buckle that could freeze people or turn them into crushable blocks when he saw Kirk kissing Kelinda and attacked him manually. Kirk points it out.
- Manly Tears: A half drunk Scotty sheds them when he realizes he has to sacrifice his rare bottle of aged whiskey to save the ship. Keep in mind, he earlier had no qualms about taking everyone's life including his own to keep the Kelvin's from accomplishing their objectives. Liquor is Serious Business.
- Orgasmically Delicious: Bones remarks if one of the Kelvans enjoys his food much more, he'll need a diet.
- Playing Sick: Spock puts himself into a trance to make the Kelvans think he needs to go to sick bay.
- Red Shirt: Yeoman Thompson is the only true example of a female redshirt during TOS's run (a "redskirt")— the only other female Enterprise crewmember to die on-screen was Lt. Galway from "The Deadly Years", but she had a blue uniform rather than a red one.
- Sci Fi Writers Have No Sense Of Velocity: The trip is said to take 300 years. Still, going at warp 11 for any length of time is bound to turn anyone into chunky salsa.
- Suicide Mission: At first, they consider blowing up the ship rather than letting the Kelvans have it, but Kirk insists on taking a third option.
- Through His Stomach: The Kelvans are offered food and drink to make them more amenable.
- Up to Eleven: Chekov seems a bit nervous about making the ship go Warp 11.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: And flowers? And food? And booze? And drugs? The Kelvans are unused to human sensations.
- Would Hit a Girl: Kirk would to escape from a desperate situation. Of course, he "apologizes" later.