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** She was the only person to officially play Spock for those few scenes before Billy Simpson's 1973 portrayal of young Spock for "[[Recap/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeriesS1E2Yesteryear Yesteryear]]" in the animateds.

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* KillTheHostBody: Kirk resorts to injecting Spock's body with lethal poison to destroy Henoch. Subverted when it turns out that Sargon arranged for them to ''think'' that the hypo was deadly so that Henoch would flee and render himself vulnerable, and that Spock's consciousness was hidden within Nurse Chapel.

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* AbsenteeActor: Chekov doesn't appear in this episode.

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''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' fans will recognize this plot as the one re-used for that series' episode [[Recap/GargoylesS2Possession "Possession."]]

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** There's a brief moment where [=McCoy=] sees Chapel leaving sickbay and yells "Nurse Chapel, what in the devil?!" -- right after Spock's consciousness was stored in Chapel's body. ''That's him.'' Majel Barrett actually got to play Spock for those few seconds.

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--> '''Christine.''' We shared consciousness together.


* GrandTheftMe: Subverted, as the crew actually let them. They understand that Sargon and Thalassa only intend to do this temporarily, long enough to construct robot bodies to hold them instead. Henoch, unbeknownst to the others, has more permanent designs on Spock's body.

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* GrandTheftMe: Subverted, as the crew actually let them.them, closer to WillingChanneler. They understand that Sargon and Thalassa only intend to do this temporarily, long enough to construct robot bodies to hold them instead. Henoch, unbeknownst to the others, has more permanent designs on Spock's body.

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* WillingChanneler: Essentially what they're all doing, although Roddenberry and Gene Coon insisted on removing anything that seemed the least bit "spiritual", to the point that author John Dugan, a devout Catholic, used his pseudonym Knightsbridge on this. Roddenberry had rewritten the final scene to say that the Arretians departed into "oblivion" rather than just deciding to go on existing without bodies in "eternity" or "infinity" as Dugan had wanted it.

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** He was supposed to say they would exist in eternity as spirits, just giving up the idea of re-embodiment, but atheist Roddenberry wouldn't allow that. Writer John T. Dugan, a Roman Catholic, took his name off the script at that point and used "John Kingsbridge" instead. Roddenberry had made numerous changes to his script, but those didn't matter; it was the change in philosophy that bugged him.


-->'''Kirk:''' I'm in command. [[TheChainsOfCommanding I could order this.]] But I'm not... because... [[StrawmanHasAPoint Dr. McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger]] potential in any contact with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this.]] But I must point out that the possibilities, the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great. Risk... risk is our business! That's what this starship is all about... that's why we're aboard her! You may dissent without prejudice. Do I hear a negative vote?

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-->'''Kirk:''' They used to say if man could fly, he'd have wings. But he did fly. He discovered he had to. Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon, or that we hadn't gone on to Mars and then to the nearest star? That's like saying you wish that you still operated with scalpels and sewed your patients up with catgut like your great-great-great-great-grandfather used to. I'm in command. [[TheChainsOfCommanding I could order this.]] But I'm not... because... [[StrawmanHasAPoint Dr. McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger]] potential in any contact with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this.]] But I must point out that the possibilities, the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great. Risk... risk is our business! That's what this starship is all about... that's why we're aboard her! You may dissent without prejudice. Do I hear a negative vote?vote?"
** There's one particularly awesome thing about this speech - at the time it was written, months before the script was submitted to the production team and a full year before this episode aired, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_1 Apollo 1]] malfunctioned and killed all three astronauts. All the proceeding tests were unmanned, and the program itself was in danger of being cancelled. The writers of Trek were delivering this speech to ''all of humanity''.



* YourMindMakesItReal: Sargon used his abilities to make [=McCoy=] believe he loaded a hypo full of poison so that Henoch would believe it as well and flee Spock's body after Chapel injected him with it.

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* YourMindMakesItReal: Sargon used his abilities to make [=McCoy=] believe he loaded a hypo full of poison so that Henoch would believe it as well and flee Spock's body after Chapel injected him with it.

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* YourMindMakesItReal: Sargon used his abilities to make [=McCoy=] believe he loaded a hypo full of poison so that Henoch would believe it as well and flee Spock's body after Chapel injected him with it.


* LargeHam: When Sargon is in Kirk's body, the hamminess is UpToEleven. Yes, even by Shatner's standards.
** "Have no fear, Sargon's here!" (from the blooper reel)

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When Sargon is in Kirk's body, the hamminess is UpToEleven. Yes, even by Shatner's standards.
** "Have no fear, Sargon's here!" (from the blooper reel)
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* PossessionBurnout. Possessed bodies have their metabolic and heart rates shoot up to dangerous levels [[YourMindMakesItReal (presumably native to the aliens' original forms)]]; Spock's Vulcan physiology can tolerate it for several hours, but the humans can only take it for a few minutes before risking death.

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* PossessionBurnout. PossessionBurnout: Possessed bodies have their metabolic and heart rates shoot up to dangerous levels [[YourMindMakesItReal (presumably native to the aliens' original forms)]]; Spock's Vulcan physiology can tolerate it for several hours, but the humans can only take it for a few minutes before risking death.


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* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: Dr. Mulhall announces this while she and [=Dr. McCoy=] are scanning Sargon's underground sanctuary.


* HeyItsThatGuy: Dr. Ann Mulhall resembles a younger, less of a DrJerk [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Dr. Pulaski.]] [[WildMassGuess It's quite possible]] that she also has an [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical cousin]] named [[Recap/StarTrekS3E5IsThereInTruthNoBeauty Miranda Jones]] who wears a sparkly sonar shawl and carries her lover in a briefcase.


[[caption-width-right:300:''"Lungs filled with air again. To '''see''' again. '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Heart! Pumping! Arteries! Surging,]]''' with blood again. To [[LargeHam feeeeeeel]] again. After half a million years..... to '''be''' again."'']]

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[[caption-width-right:300:''"Lungs filled with air again. To '''see''' again. '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Heart! Pumping! Arteries! Surging,]]''' with blood again. To [[LargeHam [[ColdHam feeeeeeel]] again. After half a million years..... to '''be''' again."'']]



* DareToBeBadass: "I'm in command. [[TheChainsOfCommanding I could order this.]] But I'm not... because... [[StrawmanHasAPoint Dr. McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger]] potential in any contact with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this.]] But I must point out that the possibilities, the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great. Risk... risk is our business! That's what this starship is all about... that's why we're aboard her!"
** Possibly the franchise's greatest monologue.

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* DareToBeBadass: "I'm Some would call this the franchise's greatest monologue.
-->'''Kirk:''' I'm
in command. [[TheChainsOfCommanding I could order this.]] But I'm not... because... [[StrawmanHasAPoint Dr. McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger]] potential in any contact with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this.]] But I must point out that the possibilities, the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great. Risk... risk is our business! That's what this starship is all about... that's why we're aboard her!"
** Possibly the franchise's greatest monologue.
her! You may dissent without prejudice. Do I hear a negative vote?


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[[caption-width-right:300:''"Lungs filled with air again. To '''see''' again. '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Heart! Pumping! Arteries! Surging,]]''' with blood again. To [[LargeHam feeeeeeel]] again. After half a million years..... to '''be''' again."'']]



* GrandTheftMe: Sargon and Thalassa only intend to do this temporarily, long enough to construct robot bodies to hold them instead. Henoch has more permanent designs on Spock's body.

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* GrandTheftMe: Subverted, as the crew actually let them. They understand that Sargon and Thalassa only intend to do this temporarily, long enough to construct robot bodies to hold them instead. Henoch Henoch, unbeknownst to the others, has more permanent designs on Spock's body.



* LargeHam: When Sargon is in Kirk's body, the hamminess is UpToEleven.

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* LargeHam: When Sargon is in Kirk's body, the hamminess is UpToEleven. Yes, even by Shatner's standards.

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