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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Star Trek is the first show in the Star Trek franchise. After the release of its spinoff series and the movies, it has been retroactively called Star Trek: The Original Series to differentiate it from the franchise as a whole.The origin of the show came when Gene Roddenberry was looking to write hard-hitting political and moral commentary and could not do so with the regular dramas of the time. He deduced that by creating a science fiction show borrowing heavily from the film Forbidden Planet, he could slip in such commentary disguised as metaphors for the various current events. As such he pitched Star Trek to the networks as a merging of the two most popular genres of the time, science fiction anthologies and Westerns.note Notably, he pitched it as "Wagon Train in space", not "Wagon Train To The Stars".Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })While troublesome to produce, the show was a major Trope Maker, especially in Science Fiction (each of the three main characters has a trope named after them, and that's just for starters!). The cast was a dynamic mix of ethnicities and cultures, and while the focus was nearly always on Kirk, Spock and McCoy, they still had a Russian, an Asian and a black African woman in positions of responsibility, authority and respect, despite recent, brewing or ongoing conflicts concerning people of those ethnicities in Real Life. According to the cast members, near everyone in Hollywood wanted to be a part of Star Trek because of the steps forward it was making. In particular George Takei said that almost every Asian actor wanted to be Sulu because they wouldn't be required to use an Asian accent or engage in Asian martial arts, instead breaking cultural stigma by being a practitioner of European fencing.note Takei facetiously put down fencing on his resume so he wouldn't be given a katana; once it came up in the script, he got a crash course the weekend before filming. He remains an avid fencer to this day. This also resulted in attracting multiple high-profile guest stars and guest writers, including Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon and Richard Matheson. Plots varied widely in quality from episode to episode and from season to season, depending upon who was writing and/or directing. An episode chosen at random can be anything from high camp to geopolitical allegory to genuinely intelligent drama, and is likely to be at least two out of those three.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })In some ways the show was way ahead of its time; in other ways, it is a product of its time. The women usually (but not always) appeared in the roles of assistants and secretaries, wearing go-go boots and miniskirts. (At least some of that was due to Executive Meddling; additionally, Grace Lee Whitney has mentioned that the female regulars objected to initial efforts to have them wear pants because they preferred showing off their legs). While the visual design of the show was ambitious, the actual production quality has not aged well.Some people are unaware of the original Trek pilot, featuring Captain Pike played by Jeffrey Hunter, and Majel Barrett as his first officer. The pilot was praised for a good story, but was considered "too cerebral" for the target audience and not as action packed as the network wanted to market it. This resulted in a near entire-cast replacement for a second pilot episode, except for Spock. In fact, Doctor McCoy didn't appear until after the second pilot was filmed. However, that first pilot did not go to waste—Roddenberry used a lot of it for the series' only two parter, "The Menagerie," which proved a Hugo science fiction award winner. The original pilot can be viewed in the DVD release, as well as on Netflix.While the show was considered popular with general audiencesnote the actors and studio were flooded with mail, and there was a huge amount of tie-in merchandise almost immediately, the Nielsen ratings branded it a flop. Star Trek barely managed three seasons before being officially canceled, with a close call on the second season. Within a few weeks of its cancellation was the monumental first Moon Landing, and as a result the subsequent reruns of Star Trek were more popular than the original run. Television was also changing at the time, starting to account for demographics along with overall ratings, and found that Star Trek had snagged the most coveted 18–35 male group that nearly every show was aiming for. Star Trek conventions were jammed with thousands of dedicated fans, and seeing the potential for a revisit led into production for a new TV series. The first attempt was Star Trek: The Animated Series, which suffered from Filmation's cheap production values, but more than compensated by having most of the original writers and cast, producing a great series that earned the franchise's first Emmy Award. Later, in the hope of creating a television network, a new Star Trek series was developed, eventually reworked into the first Star Trek feature film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, in 1979, after the monumental success of Star Wars. This led to an ongoing film series, the success of which led to the Sequel Series in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and another 18 straight years of Star Trek on television.If you're in the US, you can watch most episodes here and all of the episodes on Netflix. This show also has a tool for gathering and voting on Favorite Episodes. And over here we have a Recap page.The subtitle "The Original Series" is a Retronym used solely for commercial clarification once Star Trek: The Next Generation came out. It has always been referred to as Star Trek in its own opening sequence.Common plots: Something will threaten the ship and wreak havoc with the crew, either by harming them directly, manipulating laws of physics/reality or screwing with people's minds. Kirk leads a landing party to a planet with a single major defining element in their culture. Commonly, it will be a a society that perfectly mirrors one from Earth's history.note No need to build new sets for an alien planet when you can just shoot a local city street and reuse props designed for the Roman Empire! Their hosts rudely steal their communicators and phasers, usually because they just can't bear to let them leave. Lots of running around and fistfights ensue. Expect at least one Red Shirt to bite the dust. At the end, Kirk gives a speech to point out what's wrong with the planet's culture. Alternatively, the people on the planet will be a worshipping a "god" who turns out to be a computer that controls every aspect of its citizens’ lives. Kirk will then destroy it to emancipate them, acknowledging that while their new life may may become equally dangerous, freedom is a right that should never be sacrificed.Character profiles and roles in the script: James Tiberius Kirk (William Shatner): The Captain, a space-age Horatio Hornblower with a strong, complex personality. A veteran of war, and hundreds of planetary explorations and space emergencies, he's fully and deeply aware of his responsibilities, and has a tendency to push himself beyond his limits. He's gained an unfair reputation as a Military Maverick and Ethical Slut who sleeps with Green-Skinned Space Babes. Spock (Leonard Nimoy): The ship's exec and Science Officer, in charge of all scientific departments. His Human-Vulcan heritage was intended as an emphasis that we are out in space and alien people are common. While he is very emotionally reserved as a matter of Vulcan cultural tradition, in truth, he is as human as much as he is Vulcan. As a child, he was bullied for his mixed heritage, causing him to occasionally act in rejection of his human half (Thus, calling him "cold-blooded" or "unfeeling" will result in him thanking you for the "compliment"). But he is not as cold as he seems. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley): Chief Medical Officer, The Heart, and The Watson. The least "military" person on the ship. Given a Promotion to Opening Titles in the second season. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (James Doohan): The Chief Engineer from Scotland, both a reliable officer and daring in battle. Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols): From the United States of Africa, she's an expert in all ship's systems related to communication. Today she's considered a Twofer Token Minority. Serving as the Communications Officer and occasional helmswoman, she was essentially a glorified telephone operator.note She didn't even have a first name until William Rotsler gave her the name "Nyota" in his 1982 guidebook Star Trek II Biographies —it's the Swahili word for "star." Nichols enthusiastically approved, and used the name everywhere and anywhere possible from then on. Nonetheless, at the time, this was almost unthinkable authority to place in the hands of a woman or a minority, so when Nichols considered leaving the show she was talked out of it by none other than Martin Luther King Jr. Hikaru Sulu (George Takei): A compulsive hobbyist (botany, gun collecting, fencing) and a Fan of the Past. The ship's helmsman, again an almost unthinkable position then for a minority, especially an Asian. Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig): Added in the second season, a young ensign with a Monkees-esque hairstyle and a bad Russian accent who serves as the Enterprise's weapons officer. His tendency to joke - the most common being to falsely attribute everything good in the universe to "Mother Russia" - was a Running Gag. Christine Chapel (Majel Barrett): Ship's nurse in Mad Love with Spock. Given The Cameo in a couple of the films. Yeoman Janice Rand (Grace Lee Whitney): Ms. Fanservice with a Beehive Hairdo. The original Bridge Bunny literally — early reviews of the series called her a "Playboy Bunny–type waitress." She was supposed to be one of numerous yeomen, a "succession of young actresses, always lovely". The yeomen served Kirk as an executive secretary, valet and military aide and were supposed to be treated as completely equal with men of the same rank. Rand and Kirk had Unresolved Sexual Tension until she fell victim to Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.note By her own account, she was raped by an "executive" attached to the show — her description fits Roddenberry himself — and subsequently fired. Given The Cameo in a few of the films. Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd (Roger C. Carmel): The Trickster, Con Man, and all-around scoundrel, Mudd was the focus of two episodes, and another in the animated series. Cyrano Jones: A more affable, less competent Trickster than Harry, who likewise reappears in an episode of the animated series. Khan Noonien Singh: An Affably Evil Human Popsicle and Designer Baby Übermensch who was once an Evil Overlord. Though he only appeared in one episode, he later became The Unfettered of the second movie. Lieutenants Leslie and Kyle: The two most prominent Red Shirt characters. The former appeared in the background of most episodes and even managed to come Back from the Dead, and is known as "King of the Redshirts"; the latter was the only Redshirt to have a steady job (transporter chief) and frequent dialogue, making him the closest thing the series had to a Mauve Shirt. He even appeared in one movie and the animated series.
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Dying Race: The Talosians in "The Menagerie", the Calandans in "That Which Survives" and the Scalosians in "Wink of an Eye".
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Parent ex Machina: "The Squire of Gothos" has Trelene getting punished by his "parents" (who appear as blobs of energy). In "Charlie X", the alien species that raised Charlie return to take him back before he can do any more damage, and they undo most of the damage that he has already done.
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A Form You Are Comfortable With: Trelane ("The Squire of Gothos"), the Organians ("Errand of Mercy"), and the Metrons ("Arena").
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Scientifically Understandable Sorcery: While there are plenty of incidents where the Enterprise crew seems to encounter the supernatural, said supernatural thing is always shown to have a scientific basis when sufficiently analyzed by the characters. That said, sometimes the thing is too advanced to analyze with the Enterprise's technology, and thus remains indecipherable.
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Time-Travel Romance: Kirk falls for Edith Keeler in the 1930s in "The City on the Edge of Forever." Unfortunately, You Can't Fight Fate.
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Boulder Bludgeon: Episode "Arena". Captain Kirk and the Gorn captain are forced to fight each other with improvised weapons. During their battle, the Gorn captain picks up a boulder and throws it at Kirk, pinning Kirk's leg to the ground. "The Galileo Seven". While the crew of the shuttle craft is trapped on a primitive planet, they are attacked by giant cavemen-like humanoids. One of the cavemen uses a boulder to pound on the shuttlecraft. During a funeral ceremony, one of the cavemen throws a boulder at Spock, pinning him to the ground.
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This Was His True Form: The shapeshifting creature in "The Man Trap"; the two telepathic aliens in "Catspaw".
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The Man in Front of the Man: In "Patterns of Force", a society of Human Aliens has emulated the regime of Nazi Germany, complete with atrocities committed in for racial and cultural motives. The officers of the regime carry out the orders of their Fuhrer, who they only see via television broadcast. It turns out later that the Fuhrer was drugged and under the control of his Deputy. It was the Deputy Fuhrer who was really responsible for giving orders to the Nazi forces, while the true Fuhrer had good intentions all along.
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Empire with a Dark Secret: In "The Mark of Gideon", there is a germ-free "paradise" of a planet which is willing to join the Federation. However, the reason why they invite only Kirk to their planet is so they can decrease the planet's overpopulation by using Kirk, who had a rare disease in his blood, to infect people.
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Creator Cameo: Gene Roddenberry himself voiced the ship's cook in "Charlie X".
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Jekyll & Hyde: In "The Enemy Within", a Teleporter Accident splits Kirk into Good and Evil (or, if you prefer, hammy and extra hammy) halves. They both have to be convinced that they need each other before the split can be undone.
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Escort Distraction: In "Mirror, Mirror!", Lieutenant Uhura gets slinky-minky with Mirror!Sulu on the bridge so that Mirror!Sulu won't notice a warning light on his com panel. Engineer Scott is disabling the ship's phasers and bypassing transporter protocols in an effort to return the away team to their correct universe. Once the tampering alert stops flashing, Uhura curtails the snugglies.
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Heroic BSoD: Decker in "The Doomsday Machine"... that is until he faces the planet-killer one-on-one.
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Multinational Team: Each of the bridge crew represents a part of the world (and an alien).
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In "A Private Little War", Kirk and McCoy discover that the Klingons gave flintlock weapons to the natives who didn't have them before. To restore the balance of power, Kirk provides another group (a bunch of cavemen) with them. McCoy compares their situation to the "Brush Wars" of the mid-20th Century.
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In "Obsession," the vampire cloud, which has been freely munching on the crew, finally heads home to reproduce. Kirk beams down to the planet Where It All Began to deliver a chunk of antimatter. When it blows, it rips half the planet's atmosphere away.
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Secret Test: Balok in "The Corbomite Maneuver", the Ekosian Resistance in "Patterns of Force", and Korob in "Catspaw".
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Punishment Box: The appropriately-named Agony Booth in the episode "Mirror, Mirror." The neural neutralizer in "Dagger of the Mind" is not intended as such, but ends up being used this way. The Klingon Mind-Sifter in "Errand of Mercy."
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Right-Hand Cat: Isis (to Gary Seven) in "Assignment: Earth" and Sylvia (to Korob) in "Catspaw".
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Kirk considers the crew's actions in "This Side of Paradise" to be a mutiny: they abandon the ship due to being Brainwashed and Crazy.
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Star Trek's technical manuals all try to provide consistent explanations for the science and technology of the series.
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Kirk Summation: The Trope Namer and Trope Maker. Kirk (or occasionally another character) would often either try to reason with the episode's antagonist or put them in their place before ending things.
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Religion of Evil: The cult of Landru in "The Return of the Archons".
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Title Drop: Doubling as a Wham Line, from the episode "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky". Most of the episodes get a Title Drop, including "Obsession", "The Changeling"' and yes, "Spock's Brain".
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In "Requiem for Methuselah", Flint is thousands of years old and posed as various historical figures.
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Gone Horribly Wrong
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Underestimating Badassery
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Underestimating Badassery: In "Errand of Mercy", the Klingons conquer Organia, not knowing that the Perfect Pacifist People living there are actually ludicrously powerful energy beings. They didn't need the Federation's help to rescue their planet.
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That Reminds Me of a Song
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That Reminds Me of a Song: The show would have one of these on occasion because Nichelle Nichols was a professional singer. Every now and then she would serenade the crew.
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invoked Contrary to popular opinion, the transported object is indeed the original object from the start, and the device does not kill living things that are being transported. note People transported are in fact conscious during transport. If there's unbroken continuity of consciousness, then there cannot have been a death. However, as you can probably imagine, transporters can be rather scarily dangerous if some part of the process were to be interrupted.
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The Heart
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Don't imply to McCoy that logic is a good substitute for compassion in a crisis.
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The Main Characters Do Everything
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The Main Characters Do Everything: Kirk and his highest bridge officers often beam into danger despite the presence of specialists on board for that purpose.
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Married at Sea
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Implied in the episode "Balance of Terror", when Kirk marries two officers, but is interrupted as a Red Alert goes off. The groom reminds the bride that for the moment he's still her superior officer.
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Alice Allusion
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Alice Allusion: "Shore Leave": Both in the characters seen by the good doctor, and the fact that the planet turns out to be one big Wonderland.
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Heterosexual Life-Partners
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Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kirk and Spock (though considering how often the series dips into Ho Yay territory it could possibly be described as Bisexual Life-Partners).
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf: Kirk considers every man and woman under his command his responsibility, and if you harm them, he will not be happy.
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Fan of the Past
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Fan of the Past: Sulu and his Fleeting Passionate Hobbies, which the rest of the crew regard as unusual for the time period.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: The name of the librarian in "All Our Yesterdays" is "Atoz". Which is what you get if you take the phrase "A to Z" and compress it.
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Psycho Ex-Girlfriend
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Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Janice Lester in "Turnabout Intruder" is an ex-lover of Kirk's. She uses a machine to steal Kirk's position by swapping their brainwave patterns.
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With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
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With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: "Where No Man Has Gone Before", and to a lesser extent (or at least power level), "Whom Gods Destroy".
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Second Episode Introduction
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Second Episode Introduction: McCoy doesn't appear in either of the pilots, but does appear in the first proper episode.
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Powerful and Helpless
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Powerful and Helpless: This trope is mentioned directly by McCoy in Whom Gods Destroy when the Elba II penal colony is overrun by the inmates and turned chaotic while their Away Team is still on the now shielded and unapproachable planet. The Enterprise in orbit, though powerful enough to destroy a planet, can do nothing to get their men back - using the phasers to blow away the shield runs the risk of killing everyone they're trying to save.
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Afrofuturism
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Afrofuturism: Star Trek, while not afro-futurist in and of itself, did have an influence on the genre due to the presence of Uhura; the fact that a black person had a place on a futuristic space ship left a serious impact on young viewers.
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Seduction-Proof Marriage
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Seduction-Proof Marriage: In one episode Kirk is infected by alien tears that cause men to be madly in love with the woman who shed them. Doctor McCoy looks for a cure, but in the end notes that the Captain had his own cure; he was in essence already married to the Enterprise.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: "A Piece of the Action", and "The Trouble With Tribbles" both thrive on this trope. It can also be seen dialogue moments in other episodes, such as this exchange in "This Side of Paradise" where Kirk and Spock (the only crew remaining on the Enterprise) are going to build a transmitter utilising the communicators' emergency channel, but first Kirk has to fight Spock to free him of the spores:
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Literal Maneater
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Literal Maneater: The salt vampire from the episode "The Man Trap" mostly operates this way, though there is one exception where it takes on a hunky male form to attract Lt. Uhura.
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Dead Man Writing
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Dead Man Writing: "That Which Survives". Losira's computer message to her fellow Kalandans about the death of the colony.
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Just Testing You
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Just Testing You: Kirk and Scotty set up a challenge/response password before Kirk beamed down to a planet in order to prevent imposters from getting beamed up. Naturally a shapeshifter takes Kirk's form and tries to get Scotty to beam him up. When he doesn't know the password, he tries to cover it up by saying that he was just testing Scotty. Scotty catches on immediately and concludes that Kirk must be in trouble, since the real Kirk would never "test" him like that.
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Judicial Wig
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Judicial Wig: When Trelane puts Kirk on trial for defying him in "The Squire of Gothos", he wears one along with his judges' robes.
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Big Little Man
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Big Little Man: In "The Corbomite Maneuver", the Enterprise encounters an alien vessel, and is able to get a video feed revealing the bridge, which shows the alien captain, Balok, to be a scowling monster that looks to be about 7 feet tall. However, later they manage to get onboard, revealing they had actually been watching an elaborate puppet show, and the real Balok is no larger than a child. In "Plato's Stepchildren", Alexander is first seen as a massive shadow against a wall. Said shadow shrinks as he approaches Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, revealing he's actually rather short compared to them. The actor playing Alexander was 3 feet, 11 inches tall.
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HumansAreInteresting
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Humans Are Interesting: Or fascinating, even.
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Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick
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Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Inverted; Captain Kirk is a charming Officer and a Gentleman. By contrast, his first officer, Spock, is more tactless and ruthlessly pragmatic. The fact that he's also The Stoic when he does these things probably doesn't do his image any favors.
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Holodeck Malfunction
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Holodeck Malfunction: Subverted in the episode "Shore Leave". The planet's safety protocols are working just fine, but the landing party doesn't know that and thinks they are actually in danger. The protocols do break down when the Enterprise returns to the planet in the animated series.
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Pummeling the Corpse
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Pummeling the Corpse: In "A Private Little War", the previously violence-averse Tyree snaps when he sees his wife stabbed to death. In the ensuing climactic battle, Tyree rushes and quickly overpowers the man who stabbed his wife, and staves in his head with a large rock. Tyree's mind, clouded with berserk fury, does not register that his opponent is dead, so he spends the rest of the battle bashing the corpse's shattered head. Even after the battle ends, Tyree continues to bash the unresisting corpse until Kirk stops him.
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Credits Montage
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Credits Montage: Featuring not only stills from the episode in question, but random shots from various other episodes as well.
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Literary Allusion Title
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Literary Allusion Title: Rather famous for the grandiloquent episode titles. There's "The Conscience of the King", "Bread and Circuses", and "Is There In Truth No Beauty" among others.
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Unique Pilot Title Sequence: The broadcast version of "Where No Man Has Gone Before" didn't have William Shatner's "Space, the final frontier" Opening Narration. This was "corrected" for the HD remastered version of the episode. The actual pilot version (first publically available on the Blu-Ray release of the series) had an even more unique title sequence. Alexander Courage's famous theme song was conspicuously absent (despite having been in the earlier pilot, "The Cage") and in its place was different music composed by Courage. The title itself was in a completely different font. Of the cast only Shatner as Kirk was credited with the title, as opposed to season one which credited both Shatner and Nimoy as Spock. Nimoy was instead credited later in the episode before the guest cast. This itself was also done in a way different format than seen in the series, though it does match the style used by other shows of the period (even adding a "Tonight's Episode:" banner above the episode title). Finally, the end titles credited the rest of the cast with their characters' professions (for example, "Ship's Doctor" or "Engineering Chief") rather then their characters' names. These differences (and a few others) can be viewed here. "The Cage" has an even more unique title sequence. It lacks a cold open, doesn't have the narration, and doesn't even have the "Created by Gene Roddenberry" credit. Jeffrey Hunter is the only main cast listed in the opening, followed by a guest star credit for Susan Oliver. There are a few high-speed passes of the Enterprise, none of which are reused in later credits. The sequence ends with a zoom in over the starboard side of the ship, passing over the saucer until the bridge dome crudely transitions to the bridge set. This shot of the ship (without the bridge transition) would be used as Stock Footage for several later episodes. The remastered episode recreated the sequence, adding a nebulous background behind the title while improving the quality of the transition from the CGI model to the bridge set.
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City in a Bottle
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City in a Bottle: "For The World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" featured this on a generation ship.
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Halloween Episode
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Halloween Episode: "Catspaw", which was first broadcast on October 27, 1967.
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Outlaw Town
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Outlaw Town: "A Piece of the Action" has a planet whose culture has modeled itself after 1920s gangster culture.
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Readings Are Off the Scale
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Readings Are Off the Scale: Said by everyone: Spock, Chekov, Uhura...
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Trespassing to Talk
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Trespassing to Talk: During the first season episode "A Taste of Armageddon", Kirk escapes captivity and waits in his captor's office to have a calm, albeit at gunpoint, conversation about the reasons for Kirk's imprisonment.
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Beard of Evil
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Beard of Evil: "Mirror Mirror" provides the Trope Codifier of Evil Twins with beards, thanks to the Mirror-universe Spock's natty goatee.
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He Who Fights Monsters
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He Who Fights Monsters: This trope is why Alexander, the court jester of the Platonians in "Plato's Stepchildren", refuses to take McCoy's concoction that will give him psychic powers. As much as he loathes Parmen for his abuse, the idea that he could turn out as cruel and manipulative as his master, along with even greater psychic abilities to boot, sickens him even more.
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PolarityReversal
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Polarity Reversal: The Trope Maker.
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Daddy's Little Villain
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Daddy's Little Villain: "The Conscience of the King" (a tragic Double Subversion). The daughter of a former villain in hiding uses their cover as a performing theater troupe to kill off the remaining witnesses to her father's previous crimes as a way of "protecting" him from recrimination. Her father is extremely displeased with her when he finds out, having hoped to start a legitimate new life in their cover identities, and appalled that the blood on his hands had irreversibly stained her, as well.
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Ax-Crazy
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Ax-Crazy: Captain, no, Lord Garth. Also most of his "court" of fellow asylum inmates, notably Green-Skinned Space Babe Marta, who is compelled to murder those she "loves."note She is the only green space babe who kisses or is kissed by Kirk; and they certainly don't do it, as she reached for her dagger almost immediately.
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Gender Bender: "Turnabout Intruder" (via Grand Theft Me)
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Butterfly of Doom
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Butterfly of Doom: In "The City on the Edge of Forever", Edith Keeler's death must occur or else it will cause an alternate timeline where Germany wins World War II and Starfleet does not exist.
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Pinball
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There were also three Pinball games: Star Trek (Bally) was tied to the original television series, with minor art changes to help promote The Motion Picture. Star Trek (Data East) was released in time for the 25th anniversary of the show. Star Trek Pinball was a quick cash-in from Interplay to recoup losses during the development of the Vulcan's Fury computer game.
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Teleporter Accident
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Teleporter Accident: Many (usually the transporter being out of order and unable to beam the heroes aboard), but notably in "The Enemy Within", which creates an Evil Knockoff and a wimpy knockoff of Kirk. The lack of safety features of the transporter is highlighted in Season 3's "And the Children Shall Lead", when Kirk and Spock accidentally transport two crewmen into open space because the transporter system doesn't have any mechanism to warn that they are not locked on to a habitable location.
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Logic Bomb
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Nomad is a hybrid of human and alien probes which travels through space on a mission to "sterilize" planets, i.e. kill all organic life forms for no other reason than they are imperfect. It was first encountered after killing four billion people, is powerful enough to easily outgun the Enterprise despite only being about five feet long, and can bring the dead back to life. It was only beaten by showing it that it, too, was imperfect, motivating it to self-destruct.
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Ramming Always Works
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Ramming Always Works: How Kirk destroys the titular device in "The Doomsday Machine", using a derelict starship to which Scotty manages to restore some engine power.
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Custom Uniform
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Custom Uniform: Captain Kirk's deep green wraparound fatigue shirt, worn interchangeably with the usual uniform shirt in the first two seasons, is a good example of this trope in action. Kirk is the only person aboard who we see wearing this "casual" alternative uniform. At least, in the original series. Mirror universe Archer is seen wearing the one◊ that formerly belonged to the captain of the Defiant (which was captured by the Tholians in "The Tholian Web") in Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In A Mirror Darkly (Part II)".
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Time Stands Still
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Time Stands Still: "Wink of an Eye" features aliens who move so fast that they're invisible to the naked eye and everyone else appears frozen to them. (Interestingly enough, so long as none of the aliens or the people they abducted into their 'timeframe' by means of a drug are actually around to watch, both they and the crew seem to function in parallel and on the same timescale just fine. This point is never addressed.) Kirk receives the drug when it's slipped into his coffee, inadvertently making it look like he's on Caffeine Bullet Time.
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Low Culture, High Tech
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Low Culture, High Tech: In "A Private Little War", Kirk and McCoy discover that the Klingons gave flintlock weapons to the natives who didn't have them before. To restore the balance of power, Kirk provides another group (a bunch of cavemen) with them. McCoy compares their situation to the "Brush Wars" of the mid-20th Century. "Bread and Circuses" features a world with 1960s-level tech (television, firearms) but a society that mirrors the Roman Empire, complete with the slow rise of Christianity (albeit 2000 years late).
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Explosive Breeder
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Explosive Breeder: The Tribbles are hermaphroditic and born pregnant.
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Out of Order
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Out of Order: The network aired a lot of episodes in a completely different order than they were produced. Some of this was justified ("The Corbomite Maneuver" and "Balance of Terror" needed a lot of post-production work done after they were filmed), while others were more arbitrary ("The Man Trap" was aired before "Where No Man Has Gone Before" despite the latter being the series pilot, as the network wanted something more like a typical B-movie plot to introduce the series instead of the actual pilot).
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La Résistance
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The Cloud Minders, which features the oppressive sky-city of Stratos and its subordinate, ground-dwelling Troglytes, some of whom have formed the rebellious Disrupters in an attempt to overthrow the city.
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Silly Reason for War
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Silly Reason for War: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" is a commentary on race relations; two aliens who have mirrored skin tones (right side of the face black, left side white and vice versa) fight over this difference. When they reach their homeworld, they discover that they are the Last of Their Kind; everyone else killed each other in the race war. They keep fighting anyway. In "A Taste of Armageddon", the two warring powers have forgotten why they were fighting in the first place!
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Real Award, Fictional Character
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Real Award, Fictional Character: In "The Ultimate Computer", Dr. Richard Daystrom is cited as a 2243 Nobel Prize winner for the invention of duotronic computers.
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Teleport Interdiction
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Teleport Interdiction: Federation correctional facilities, such as the Tantalus penal colony in "Dagger of the Mind" and the Elba II asylum in "Whom Gods Destroy", include security fields that prevent beaming in or out while in operation.
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Mechanistic Alien Culture
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Mechanistic Alien Culture: The drone-like Lawgivers in "Return of the Archons." In that case, the drone-like humanoids were controlled by an intelligent supercomputer. The original builders of the Androids on Exo III were also stated to have been a society of biological creatures who ruined their homeworld and retreated underground where they became a more mechanized, machine-like society. The Kelvans from the Andromeda Galaxy are implied to have a culture like this; they are completely organic beings, but in their true form they experience none of the sensory distractions of humanoids, and consider themselves much more efficient. They go about trying to take over the Milky Way with very straightforward methods (transforming Kirk's crew into vulnerable dust-cubes that only their technology can restore to human form, for example) but without any of the typical Trek villains' hamminess. The Federation is saved from them by the fact that, when in artificial humanoid form, the Kelvans become Sense Freaks and can be incapacitated in a variety of ways, such as by the effects of alcohol or unfamiliar emotions like pleasure or jealousy. The Eyemorg (humanoid female) society in the infamous episode "Spock's Brain" were totally reliant on a mechanized underground industrial complex run by advanced computers (for which purpose they tried to steal "Spock's Brain," because they lacked the knowledge to maintain this infrastructure themselves unless); this was in contrast to the primitive, Ice Age-like culture of males that lived on the surface. The Fabrini who lived aboard a generational asteroid ship, which they all believed was actually a planet, were similarly run by an advanced, tyrannical computer called The Oracle. The Fabrini were less "rigidly mechanical" and more "rigidly traditional" though, the rigid traditions being enforced by The Oracle.
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Poorly Disguised Pilot
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Poorly Disguised Pilot: "Assignment: Earth" was intended to spin off a series of the same name. The existing script was reworked to include the Enterprise, but the focus is still clearly on Gary Seven and the other new characters; Kirk and his crew have almost no impact on the outcome.
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Batman Gambit
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Used as part of a Batman Gambit in "Mirror, Mirror" when the crew convinces the Mirror Universe Spock to assist them in returning home and to set up the Heel–Face Turn that Mirror Spock would perform later on, as referenced in subsequent episodes of DS9 and Voyager.
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Teens Are Monsters
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Teens Are Monsters: Charlie in "Charlie X." Being a juvenile Reality Warper with boundary issues doesn't help, though he does turn out to have a serious Freudian Excuse for his actions.
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Zeerust
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Zeerust: Not as bad as often claimed. Though much of the show's technology is highly outdated in its presentation (Apparently 23rd-century starships are still controlled by analog switchboards...), Star Trek inspired a lot of modern technology and strongly parallels future developments in technology in various important ways. Averted, at least for a decade or two, with the "microtape" data cartridges, which look very much like 3.5" diskettes and can store a fantastically large amount of information compared to modern technology.note as in, one of them can store the entire Internet as of 2017. At the very least recording tapes still exist as a means of long term bulk data storage, with higher capacity tapes and better formatting being made to fill this niche need. Maybe the in-universe designers of the Enterprise wanted the crew to remember they were talking to a machine, but 21st century GPS units sound much more human and less mechanized than the ship's computer voice. There is now a remastered version of Star Trek with modern, CGI special effects. In contrast to the changes done on Star Wars, the remastering is generally (though far from universally) well-received (it helps that versions with the original effects remain widely available). It should also be noted they only remastered the original special effects and didn't take the opportunity to tweak any plot points. The CGI also embraces a degree of Stylistic Suck, so that the improved effects aren't jarring against original footage.
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The Smart Guy
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Leonard Nimoy hated this episode, noting that as The Smart Guy 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 serious injuries and thus was at a disadvantage against the healthier duplicate.
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Ludicrous Precision
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Ludicrous Precision: Spock's figures, constantly. Discussed in "Errand of Mercy".
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SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The show was mostly on the idealism end of the spectrum, showing that in the future, humanity managed to finally stop fighting with each other and form a world government free of racism and other evils. It’s particularly notable seeing as how it was made during a time when America’s biggest issues were racism and the threat of nuclear war.
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Psychopathic Manchild
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Psychopathic Manchild: Charlie Evans from "Charlie X". Trelane from "The Squire of Gothos." Made even better by the fact that while he looks like an adult human, by his species' standards Trelane is a child.
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Turn the Other Fist
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Turn the Other Fist: The episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" features this kind of punch by good ol' Scotty when a Klingon is insulting the Enterprise.
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Boldly Coming
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Boldly Coming: Kirk is the Trope Codifier. That said,Kirk's reputation for sleeping his way across the galaxy has been greatly exaggerated in the public mind; while he makes out with many a Girl of the Week, 9 times out of 10 it's specifically to manipulate them, and sex is only implied in a few rare instances: once when he marries a native girl while amnesiac, and gets her pregnant; once when the show returns from commercial to find a woman brushing her hair in his room while he puts his boots back on; a Sexy Discretion Shot to an overhead lamp as Kirk kisses a Sex Slave girl who's been "ordered to please" himnote A line that was cut had Kirk drinking wine and saying "good," eating something and saying "excellent," and then — "And you?" and the woman says "Superb, I'm told."; and Kirk sitting up in bed taking a call from the bridge, the woman lying next to him, she rolls over and sits up.
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Reality Warper
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"Charlie X": Charlie Evans becomes a Reality Warper and goes mad with power.
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Two of Your Earth Minutes
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Two of Your Earth Minutes: Occurs in multiple episodes.
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Force-Field Door
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Force-Field Door: The ship's brig has one of these.
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Wide-Eyed Idealist
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Wide-Eyed Idealist: Edith Keeler in "The City on the Edge of Forever", a passionate advocate of peace—in the face of Nazi Germany.
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Explosive Overclocking
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Explosive Overclocking: Thanks to Kirk's tendency to be an overachiever, the Enterprise's antimatter-powered warp engines - which are tied to all of the ship's main power - were frequently overclocked to get the job done, with varying results. note (This is probably the source of all the "she cannae hauld no muir!" parodies of Scotty) Additionally, hand phasers have an "overload" setting which allows them to be used as time bombs.
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The Wall Around the World
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The Wall Around the World: The barrier around the galaxy in "Where No Man Has Gone Before". Appears again in "Is There in Truth No Beauty?", when a jealous (and then insane) engineer gets them lost on the wrong side of it and Spock must mind-meld with Kollos to get them back, and mentioned in "By Any Other Name" as the reason for the Kelvan expedition being stranded in our galaxy.
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Teenage Wasteland
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Teenage Wasteland: "Miri" features a planet where a virus has killed off all the adults, leaving the children to look after themselves.
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"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Kirk and Spock in "This Side of Paradise"; Kirk has to get Spock angry enough so he can overcome the influence of the mind-altering spores.
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Deus ex Machina
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Deus ex Machina: "Charlie X" (the Thasians), "Shore Leave" (the Keeper), "The Squire of Gothos" (Trelane's parents), "Errand of Mercy" (the Organians).
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Manipulative Bastard
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In this series, the Klingons are generally duplicitous schemers while Romulans are honor-bound warriors. This is the exact inverse of how these two races would be portrayed in later series. The more primitive make-up also means both races lack their forehead ridges; the Klingons are just copper-skinned humans while the Romulans are more explicitly identical to Vulcans.
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Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains
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Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Almost everyone in the mirror universe dresses skimpier than they do in the main universe. Though you'd be hard-pressed to take the basic female Starfleet uniform and make it skimpier without violating broadcast codes, they found a way.
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Inexplicable Cultural Ties: A key element of Roddenberry's goal for the series, to tell stories applicable to Earth in The '60s. The alien-culture-of-the-week will therefore be similar enough to one from Earth to get the point across. "Bread and Circuses" acknowledges the prevalence of these and implies that the phenomenon is understood by Federation scientists, providing an alternate Trope Namer, the Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planet Development.
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Shut Up, Hannibal!
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The Klingon commander in "Errand of Mercy" is all over this, but Kirk shouts him down.
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Forgets to Eat
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Forgets to Eat: Spock, occasionally. In "Amok Time", McCoy uses the fact that Spock hasn't eaten for three days in an attempt to convince Kirk that something is wrong, and Kirk dismisses it as simply being Spock in one of his contemplative phases. Another example is "The Paradise Syndrome", where Spock hardly eats for weeks while studying the obelisk.
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Sufficiently Analyzed Magic
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Trelane, the Squire of Gothos... at least until Kirk breaks whatever it is he has behind that mirror. In the episode "Catspaw", Sylvia and Korob... until Kirk shatters the power transmuter wand tied to the illusions to themselves and the planet. You may notice a theme.
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot
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"The Ultimate Computer": A.I. Is a Crapshoot.
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Cold-Blooded Torture
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Chekov does more screaming-in-pain than the rest of the crew combined. He even has a torture scene in the episode "Mirror, Mirror". This was explained as a convenient way to show there was mortal peril. In a nice inversion, he's the only one who doesn't get hit with the aging disease in "The Deadly Years". He still ends up getting subjected to a thousand and one medical checks, though.
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Meanwhile, in the Future…
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"Wink of an Eye" features aliens who move so fast that they're invisible to the naked eye and everyone else appears frozen to them. (Interestingly enough, so long as none of the aliens or the people they abducted into their 'timeframe' by means of a drug are actually around to watch, both they and the crew seem to function in parallel and on the same timescale just fine. This point is never addressed.)
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Fade Around the Eyes
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Fade Around the Eyes: In the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", in one scene with Gary Mitchell after he has undergone his transformation, the rest of the screen fades out, leaving only his silver eyes visible.
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Court-Martialed
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Court-Martialed: In "The Menagerie", Spock gets put on trial for commandeering the Enterprise and taking it to a forbidden planet. "Court Martial": Kirk gets put on trial for (seemingly) causing the death of a crew member through negligence.
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Bluffing the Authorities
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Bluffing the Authorities: The episode "City on the Edge of Forever". After Kirk and Spock go back in time to 1930's New York City they're about to steal some clothing to replace their Enterprise uniforms but meet a police officer and have to explain Spock's pointed Vulcan ears. They come up with a story that Spock is Chinese and had a childhood accident involving a mechanical rice picker and plastic surgery, but the cop doesn't buy it.
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Whenever Kirk violates given orders, it's specifically to avoid the loss of his ship and crew, or to avoid making a situation worse by not seeing it through to the end.
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Trope Codifier
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Almost any outfit worn by the girl-of-the-week, and those famous Starfleet miniskirts. Most were designed by William Ware Theiss, Trope Codifier and Trope Namer for the Theiss Titillation Theory. You could show an AMAZING amount of skin as long as it did not include belly buttons or the underside of the wearer's breasts. Legend has it that when Sherry Jackson walked into the NBC commissary wearing her Andrea costume from "What Little Girls Are Made Of"—bell-bottoms and two straps crossed over her chest—forks stopped halfway between plate and mouth. And dear god, "Mirror, Mirror" shows that Uhura has nice abs.
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Pretty in Mink
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Pretty in Mink: Lenore Karidian wears a short fur dress. Seen here, at 12:55: 14:47.
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: In "Spectre of the Gun", Kirk refuses to ambush the Earps, in spite of the severe danger they present. Even after one of them kills Chekhov, he doesn't kill the defeated party.
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The Guards Must Be Crazy
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The Guards Must Be Crazy: In "A Taste of Armageddon", "Space Seed", "All Our Yesterdays", "A Piece of the Action" and "Whom Gods Destroy".
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Shirtless Scene
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Shirtless Scene: Kirk has a lot of these.
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God Guise
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God Guise: A recurring theme: In "The Paradise Syndrome", an amnesiac Kirk is mistaken for a deity by transplanted American Indians on a distant planet. "Who Mourns for Adonais?" has an actual surviving Greek God who reveals he's just a powerful alien who had become too used to being worshiped by mortals. In "The Omega Glory", Spock is mistaken for the devil. (This was actually a real-life objection the producers had to his appearance.)
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Worthy Opponent
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Worthy Opponent: Several examples, with the Romulan commander in "Balance of Terror" being a particular standout.
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No Transhumanism Allowed
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No Transhumanism Allowed: Discussed. When Khan is awoken in "Space Seed", he has a discussion with Kirk once they have determined his identity, lamenting the fact that the humans of the 2260s are practically indistinguishable from those of the 1990s. He was hoping to awaken in a world of genetically modified Ubermenschen like himself, at the very least.
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My Grandma Can Do Better Than You
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My Grandma Can Do Better Than You: The exchange where Scotty tells Chekov that Scotch whisky is a man's drink, and Chekov replies that it was invented by a little old lady from Leningrad.
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: Chekov does more screaming-in-pain than the rest of the crew combined. He even has a torture scene in the episode "Mirror, Mirror". This was explained as a convenient way to show there was mortal peril. In a nice inversion, he's the only one who doesn't get hit with the aging disease in "The Deadly Years". He still ends up getting subjected to a thousand and one medical checks, though.
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Always Chaotic Evil
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Always Chaotic Evil: This trope is continually subverted. The enemies of the Federation - including the Klingons - are definitely dangerous and hostile, but they are always shown to be individuals with varying opinions and rationales for their actions that exist outside of a simple "good/evil" dichotomy. The Horta is initially presented and believed to be (as the episode title states) a "Devil in the Dark", but turns out to be a mother protecting her eggs. Balance of Terror is the first episode to feature the Romulans, who are introduced by launching an unprovoked sneak attack. In the selfsame episode the two main Romulan characters are examples of My Country, Right or Wrong and What a Senseless Waste of Human Life, and it is made very clear that if it weren't for their being on opposite sides of battle, Kirk and the Romulan Commander could have easily been friends. The episode Errand of Mercy marks the first appearance of the Klingons, and in that very episode the Organians - a more enlightened species than Humans or Klingons - predict that at some future date, the Klingons and the Federation will become allies, working together. There's also "Day of the Dove", when after learning that they are being manipulated by an Energy Being into a senseless, endless war with Kirk's crew, the Klingons team up in an Enemy Mine.
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Cukoloris
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Cukoloris: Shadows from devices like these were often used to suggest structural detail that's off camera (and so doesn't have to actually be built). Look in the "overhead" area of the ship's interiors, particularly where a corridor opens onto a larger junction.
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Sealed Evil in a Can
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Sealed Evil in a Can: Khan Noonien Singh and his cryogenically frozen followers, in the episode "Space Seed". In "The Alternative Factor", if Lazarus and his insane counterpart from the antimatter dimension were ever to meet in the same universe, that universe would be destroyed. Both of them are sent into an intermediate dimension so that this can never happen, and where the two of them will be locked in combat for all eternity.
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Minored in Ass-Kicking
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Minored In Ass Kicking: The reserved, cerebral Spock and his skill at hand-to-hand fighting (Vulcan nerve pinch! Judo chop!).
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Race Against the Clock
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Race Against the Clock: This trope is deployed a lot to maintain tension after the main conflict of an episode is established. Kirk and crew will receive a deadline in which to solve their problem, after which dire consequences (often the explosion of the Enterprise or the death of a landing party) will occur. Sometimes the threat is directly related to the problem; in other instances, it's coincidental — the problem interferes with some bit of starship business that would otherwise be routine.
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Adaptational Alternate Ending
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Adaptational Alternate Ending: In the episode "Operation - Annihilate", Spock is temporarily blinded when they test a cure for a neural parasite on him before using it to free a planetary population. In the novelization of that episode, the planet is freed from the infection before Spock goes through the procedure, which does not blind him.
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High Concept
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High Concept: Many ideas and concepts for episodes can be described thus but also the idea of the show itself, "Wagon Train to the Stars," was a High Concept in its day.
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: Often, a scene of Kirk kissing a Space Babe (none were actually green) would cut away, and following the commercials, either Kirk or the Space Babe would have somewhat more disheveled hair. This particular instance is especially apparent in the third-season episode "Wink of an Eye", in which, after the requisite Fade to Black, the next scene shows Kirk sitting on his bed, finishing dressing after an interlude with Deela, the Space Babe Of The Week. And in "Elaan of Troyius", Kirk is sitting shirtless on his bed while Elaan lies next to him. Clever wordplay in "The Naked Time", when Sulu imagines himself a heroic swordsman (reputedly a Throw It In! by Nichelle Nichols). Star Trek did show the first interracial kiss on American television between Uhura and Chapel in the first season episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of", albeit as just a brief congratulatory peck on the cheek between two sisterly colleagues. What gets all the historical attention, however, is the first "romantic" interracial kiss between Kirk and Uhura in "Plato's Stepchildren" in the third season. This scene isn't really that romantic as presented, since they are both being coerced, though it does have her confessing to her captain that she finds his commanding presence very comforting in scary times such as this one. Also, the kiss is shown at an angle from which viewers can't see the actors' lips, although Nichols insists in her memoirs that it was entirely real. In "Mudd's Women", the titular women have an obvious effect on the male crewmembers. During a physical with one of them, a somewhat agitated McCoy notices an odd reading on the medical scanner as the woman walks past. In "The Return of the Archons", they wanted to make it very clear that Bilar rapes Tula during the festival, and in fact that there are a lot of rapes going on. They kept the baccanal scene very short, but director Joe Pevney projected on the side of a building the shadow of a man attacking a woman. Describing this in These Are the Voyages, Marc Cushman says, "Pevney not only snuck it by NBC Broadcast Standards by only showing it in giant shadow form, but he added greatly to the stylistic nature of the episode." In "All Our Yesterdays", Kirk finds himself in surroundings resembling 17th century Europe and rescues a woman from two Cavalier types. When he attempts to lead her to safety, she responds with a fairly obvious offer of Rescue Sex:
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Straw Vulcan
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Straw Vulcan: Among other examples, in "The Galileo Seven", we're shown Spock's first command, as the shuttle he is in charge of crashes on a desolate planet filled with savage aliens. Spock determines that a display of superior force will logically frighten away these aliens while the crew make repairs to the shuttle. Instead, as Dr. McCoy points out, the aliens have an emotional reaction and become angry and attack, something Spock did not anticipate. In the end, Spock's desperate act of igniting the fuel from the shuttle to create a beacon proves to be the correct action since it gets the attention of the Enterprise and allows for a rescue. When called on this "emotional" act, Spock replies that the only logical course of action in that instance was one of desperation. Also, much of the conflict in the episode comes from Spock steadfastly refusing to take the emotional reactions of the men under his command into account, or to even acknowledge that they have them, expecting them all to act like cool, logical Vulcans. Spock's been around humans long enough he should know this attitude is illogical.
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Lobotomy
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Lobotomy: The episode "Spock's Brain", in which aliens, to put it simply, steal Spock's brain, and the episode revolves around the Enterprise crew getting it back and reattaching it.
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Gods Need Prayer Badly
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"Who Mourns for Adonais?" reveals that the Greek gods were actually nearly-immortal aliens who helped inspire and build classial Greek culture in exchange for being worshipped.
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Mirror Universe
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Mirror Universe: "Mirror, Mirror" features an alternate universe where the Federation is part of the tyrannical Terran empire.
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Throw It In!
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Clever wordplay in "The Naked Time", when Sulu imagines himself a heroic swordsman (reputedly a Throw It In! by Nichelle Nichols).
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Improvised Weapon
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Improvised Weapon: The rough-and-tumble fights often involve these. Kirk in particular is a master: ropes, pillows, and that stick thing he uses to beat Khan.
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Beeping Computers
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Beeping Computers: Computers in the original series beeped because it was a futuristic interpretation of the rather noisy computers of The '60s (which really did have blinking lights too).
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Downer Ending
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Downer Ending: "Who Mourns For Adonais", "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", "The City On The Edge Of Forever", "Requiem for Methuselah", "Charlie X" and "A Private Little War".
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A Friend in Need
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A Friend in Need: How the Enterprise crew sticks by each other, through thick and thin. Spock risks his career, and possibly his life, for his former captain (Pike) in "The Menagerie". Kirk does the same for Spock in "Amok Time", and again in the third movie.
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Wham Line
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Doubling as a Wham Line, from the episode "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky".
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That's an Order!
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That's an Order!: Occurred in 13 different episodes.
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Tall, Dark, and Snarky
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Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Spock definitely fits into this trope.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: The initially unaired original pilot, "The Cage" features a completely different crew, gooseneck viewers. In addition, the pilot uses "hyperdrive" instead of "warp" for the Faster-Than-Light Travel. The make-up used on Leonard Nimoy for Spock is substantially different in the two pilots; this is very obvious in the second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", which for Executive Meddling reasons aired as the third episode. Though it's more subtle and less jarring than the transition from pilots to series, the first half of the first season (produced by Roddenberry) has a much stronger Wagon Train to the Stars emphasis, with the Enterprise functioning as a deep space exploration vessel whose missions often involved surveying uncharted space and re-supplying isolated frontier posts. When Gene Coon took over as showrunner, he introduced the United Federation of Planets, the Prime Directive, and the Klingon Empire, and the Enterprise took on many more diplomatic and strategic missions more consistent with a Cold War setting than The Wild West. In this series, the Klingons are generally duplicitous schemers while Romulans are honor-bound warriors. This is the exact inverse of how these two races would be portrayed in later series. The more primitive make-up also means both races lack their forehead ridges; the Klingons are just copper-skinned humans while the Romulans are more explicitly identical to Vulcans. The Prime Directive functions quite differently in this series compared to any other — here it's effectively "don't make contact with primitive civilizations unless you absolutely have to, and never give advanced technology to primitives". The Prime Directive is waived in cases where said civilizations would be in danger from external forces (usually the Klingons) if the crew didn't act. By the time of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Prime Directive has been redefined as "don't get involved in the affairs of any other civilization, regardless of their technology level, even if they ask you directly for help". Speeds of Warp 10 and higher are mentioned a few times. Later series would establish Warp 10 as infinite speed and the absolute maximum way that speed can be quantified.
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Of the People
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Of the People: In the episode "The Return of the Archons", outsiders are said to be not of the body.
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Kill the Poor
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Kill the Poor: In the episode "The Cloud Minders", on the planet Ardana, rather than be killed, the poor are enslaved and forced to live out their entire lives underground.
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Job-Stealing Robot
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Job-Stealing Robot: The titular device in "The Ultimate Computer" is designed to run a starship with a minimal crew; the Enterprise is chosen for its test run. In "A Taste of Armageddon" entire governments have been replaced this way.
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Sacred Scripture
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Sacred Scripture: In "The Omega Glory", the Yangs have a sacred text which turns out to be identical to the US Constitution. In "A Piece of the Action" our heroes discover a planet has been using a book about gangs in 1920s Chicago (left by a previous Federation vessel) as their holy book.
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Throwing Your Sword Always Works
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Throwing Your Sword Always Works: During one of the illusions that Captain Pike is subjected to in the original pilot episode, he winds up using this on a giant warrior threatening the Love Interest, causing it to fall and get impaled.
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Good Old Fisticuffs
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Good Old Fisticuffs: Kirk's usual response to problems when the Kirk Summation just isn't getting the job done. All of the core cast are capable of throwing down when necessary, but Spock especially stands out as a Badass Bookworm with his Vulcan nerve pinch. In "Return of the Archons" Spock decks somebody with an ordinary punch and Kirk says "Isn't that a little old-fashioned?"
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No Pronunciation Guide
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No Pronunciation Guide: The pronunciation of "Klingon" was not nailed down at this point. They are sometimes referred to as "Klingins" and occasionally as "Kling gones."
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Yellow Peril
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Yellow Peril: "The Omega Glory" attempts to subvert this by portraying the white Yangs as barbaric and savage while the Kohms are more advanced and civilized. However, casting the Kohms as descended from Communists and the Yangs as fallen Americans turns it into a straight play of "Red China takes over the world." More here.
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Book-Ends
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Book-Ends: Many episodes begin and end on a shot of the Enterprise flying through space as the dramatic fanfare plays her in (or out). A more meta example: Sulu and Rand share a scene in the first episode aired, "The Man Trap". They don't share another scene until the sixth and final movie, with Rand as a Bridge Officer under Sulu's command.
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Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!
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Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: In "A Taste of Armageddon", the Eminian leader insists that peace is impossible and that their 500-year-old simulated war with declared casualties reporting in to be neatly and cleanly killed is the lesser of two evils. Kirk insists that they can make peace if they just try harder, and helpfully provides them with motivation to do so by shutting down the war computer and forcing them to choose between real-world messy warfare and swallowing enough pride to find a peaceful solution.
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Asteroid Thicket
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Asteroid Thicket: In "Mudd's Women", Harry Mudd's ship flies through one.
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Godwin's Law of Time Travel
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Godwin's Law of Time Travel: "The City on the Edge of Forever" has a plot where McCoy saving the life of Kirk's Girl of the Week causes a peace movement that leads to the US losing WWII and the Federation never existing. The episode ends with Kirk letting her die to preserve history.
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PilotEpisode
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In the Pilot Episode, Captain Christopher Pike's character was subjected to an illusion of Hell when he refused to cooperate with his Talosian jailers. The illusion was stated to be made from information gotten from his own mind, implying that he was raised as a Christian.
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Lotus-Eater Machine
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Lotus-Eater Machine: This was the plot of the original pilot, "The Cage," though Pike sees through the ruse easily. However, another character trapped there doesn't want to leave the 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.
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No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction
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No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: At the end of "This Side of Paradise", MCoy notes that this is the second time mankind has been thrown out of paradise. Kirk comments that, no, they left on their own, because maybe it's mankind's fate to only be happy when they have to struggle and fight for everything they get.
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Bottled Heroic Resolve
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Bottled Heroic Resolve
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Fantastic Racism
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Fantastic Racism: 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 Gentleman Snarker way without any malice. Spock gives back as good as he gets with his snarking about "human emotion." However, the context makes it clear that this is nothing more than banter amongst good friends and colleagues. Anyone but Kirk, Spock, McCoy, or (occasionally) Scotty trying to invoke this trope gets smacked down hard (usually—and appropriately—by Kirk, but Scotty does it to a junior officer in at least one episode). Several episodes also revolve around two alien species' hatred of each other for no good reason.
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Hate Plague
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Hate Plague: In "Day of the Dove", an Energy Being that feeds on hate brings the Federation and the Klingons, who are trying to abide by the peace treaty, into conflict. It goes as far as implanting False Memories so that the manipulated will have an extra source of conflict. Those who are killed are somehow brought back to life with their fatal wounds healed to fight again. Once they all figure it out, the creature is repelled from the ship by laughter. Lots and lots of laughter.
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Enforced Cold War
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Enforced Cold War: Examples abound, since the show was written during the Cold War. Examples of this 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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The Gadfly
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The Gadfly: Chekov and his constant, deliberately erroneous references to Glorious Mother Russia. It's made very clear that he only does it to mess with people's heads.
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Who Even Needs a Brain?
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Who Even Needs a Brain?: In "Spock's Brain", Spock's brain is stolen by aliens who use it as a computer to run their planet's infrastructure. For some reason, his autonomic functions still work, but he is completely unconscious. Kirk has to get the brain back quickly, because Spock's Vulcan physiology is especially dependent on that tremendous brain. (While a brain-dead human could be kept "alive" easily for quite some time.) So that they can restore the brain quickly when they find it, McCoy rigs up a device that fits on Spock's head and allows his lifeless body to walk around, manipulated by a remote control. With three buttons. SPOCK has made a song called "Mr. Spock's Brain", based on the above episode.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: The Klingons team up with the Enterprise crew in "Day of the Dove". In "Errand of Mercy", ironically, Kirk and Kor seem to be united in their mutual loathing of the Organians.
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PantyShot
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Panty Shot: The ridiculously short skirts of the standard female uniform lead to most of the female Starfleet officers doing this at some point.
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Air-Vent Passageway
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Air-Vent Passageway In "Dagger of the 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 funniest moment.
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Really 700 Years Old
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Really 700 Years Old: In "Miri", the kids on a planet identical to Earth are hundreds of years old. In "Requiem for Methuselah", Flint is thousands of years old and posed as various historical figures.
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The Smurfette Principle
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The Smurfette Principle: Uhura was a Token Twofer who was also relegated to the position of space phone operator. For the time, she was rather progressivenote and a black woman seated at back center stage, right behind the captain's chair, highly and constantly visible, was extremely radical, but... This was due to Executive Meddling. 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 Gene Roddenberry's girlfriend. According to William Shatner at least, women in the test audiences found the female second-in-command "pushy" and "annoying." Maybe 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 NBC gave Roddenberry a somewhat Sadistic Choice: either keep the female second-in-command or keep Spock, but not both. Years later, Majel Barrett would quip that he "kept the Vulcan and married the woman, 'cause he didn't think Leonard would have it the other way around."
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We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill
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Parodied in a line given to Kirk in one of the classic fan songs, "Star Trekkin'" — "We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill," which was in turn inspired by a scene in one episode where Kirk declares, "We come in peace!" while pointing his phaser at the alien. He never actually said those words.
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Catch the Conscience
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Catch the Conscience: "The Conscience of the King" plays with this trope; a man suspected of being the murderous tyrant Kodos the Executioner happens to be an actor currently starring in a production of Hamlet.
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Distress Call
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Distress Call: 14 different episodes (including both pilots) start with the Enterprise receiving or already responding to a distress signal.
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Courtroom Episode
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Courtroom Episode: "Court Martial", "Wolf In The Fold"
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Mood Lighting
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Mood Lighting: Whenever Kirk is putting the moves on a female (of any species), the lighting softens, playing up the female's sexiness.
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Time Bomb
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Time Bomb: "Obsession", "The Immunity Syndrome", "The Doomsday Machine".
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Attack Reflector
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Attack Reflector: Played With in the episode "The Corbomite Maneuver". Kirk threatens to use the eponymous strategy with a device embedded in the Enterprise. If any destructive energy hits it, the corbomite creates a reverse reaction of equal strength that destroys the attacker. He was bluffing: there was actually no such device and no such maneuver.
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Reality Changing Miniature
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Reality Changing Miniature: In "Catspaw", Silvia's little silver Enterprise causes the real ship to overheat when the model is exposed to a flame, and the old girl to be surrounded by a force field when the model is encased in hard plastic.
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Time-Travel Episode
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Time-Travel Episode: In "The City on the Edge 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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Plot Hole
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Plot Hole: "The City on the Edge of Forever" makes no attempt to explain how Kirk, Spock, and McCoy get back after fixing the time rift in Earth of 1930. They simply show up.
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Death World
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Death World: The planet Gamma Trianguli VI in "The Apple" includes plants that throw poisonous thorns, rocks that act like anti-personnel mines and directed lightning strikes. The planet Eden in the episode "The Way To Eden". Looks beautiful, but beware of differing chemistry; the fruit is poisonous and the grass has acid for blood.
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The Mutiny
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The Mutiny: In "Turnabout Intruder", when a crazy ex-lover of Kirk switches bodies with him and the suspicious crew has no valid proof and she begins ordering the deaths of anyone who opposes her, Scotty suggests to McCoy that they mutiny, since they know that it would throw the captain into a fit and they would be able to stop him under regulations. Spock's actions in transporting Captain Pike to Talos IV constitute a mutiny, for which he is put on trial—which is a ruse to buy him more time. Kirk considers the crew's actions in "This Side of Paradise" to be a mutiny: they abandon the ship due to being Brainwashed and Crazy.
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Bluff the Eavesdropper
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Bluff the Eavesdropper: In "The Deadly Years", due to having been rapidly aged by mysterious radiation and gone senile, Kirk has stepped down from command. His incompetent replacement has led the ship through the Romulan Neutral Zone, and the Romulans are about to destroy them. Suddenly a cure is found, a restored Kirk appears on the bridge and gives an order to relay a message to Starfleet—using a code previously established as having been broken by the Romulans, which briefly causes the crew to wonder if he's still senile. Nevertheless, they open the channels and Kirk sends a message that the Enterprise will self destruct via the Corbomite Device and destroy any ship in a huge radius. The Romulans intercept the message and leave in a hurry.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Likewise, in "The Doomsday Machine" Kirk states that his log will note that Commodore Decker died in the line of duty, omitting the part where the man pretty much went insane with survivor's guilt and almost got the crew of the Enterprise killed. It's heavily suggested that Kirk is attempting to imply by omission that Decker performed a Heroic Sacrifice by piloting the Constellation into the Doomsday Machine to destroy it, instead of the truth, that he went out in a futile suicidal gesture by crashing into the machine with a shuttlecraft. Note that Spock is the one who brings up Kirk logging Decker as having died in the line of duty, which he seems to endorse despite having been in a power struggle with Decker for most of the episode. Although he doesn't say it in so many words, he obviously felt for Decker in the same way that he felt for Gary Mitchell.
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More Hero Than Thou
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More Hero Than Thou: In "The Empath", when aliens offer Kirk the choice of sacrificing McCoy or Spock, McCoy takes out Kirk with drugs. Spock is glad; since this leaves him in command, he can make the sacrifice himself. McCoy proceeds to drug him as well and sacrifice himself. Ensign Garrovick attempts to do this in "Obsession", but Kirk isn't knocked out, and has no intention of sacrificing himself anyway. Just using himself as bait.
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Enlightened Self-Interest
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Enlightened Self-Interest: In "Whom Gods Destroy", the insane Garth tries to convince Kirk and Spock that they should be friends (with the implication that the other option would be "or I kill you").
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I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder
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I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Trope Maker; Dr. McCoy's Catchphrase whenever called upon to perform a task or give advice outside of his expertise.
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Implacable Man
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Implacable Man: The Gorn in Arena shrugs off injuries that would kill a human and is very strong, but isn't very agile. Kirk finally manages to stop it using an improvised cannon. The two aliens in "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" are the last members of their respective races and still continue to fight it out.
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Brandishment Bluff
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Brandishment Bluff: "The Corbomite Maneuver"
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Hello, [Insert Name Here]
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Star Trek: Starfleet Academy takes place in Kirk's era, though the Enterprise does not appear. It is, however, possible to beat the infamous Kobayashi Maru scenario by naming yourself "James T. Kirk", unlocking a prototype ship.
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Those Wacky Nazis
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Those Wacky Nazis: "Patterns of Force" features a planet of Nazis!
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Forgot the Call
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Forgot the Call: In "The Paradise Syndrome", Kirk loses his memory and becomes a simple farmer, living on a planet with a bunch of displaced Native Americans.
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Chewing the Scenery
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Chewing the Scenery: The Klingon executive officer Korax in "The Trouble With Tribbles" insults the Enterprise For the Evulz, 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!"
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Techno Babble
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Techno Babble: Interestingly for a Star Trek show, outside of a few rare occurrences, this trope is almost never used. Instead, any technological devices are merely referred to by their explicit functions whenever they are used by the plot. (So, a Photon Torpedo is a torpedo that releases photons, as opposed to a "10 isoton thermolytic warhead encased in a rectified multiphasic matrix") It wouldn't be until Star Trek: The Next Generation that Techno-babble became a major trope in Star Trek. As it turns out, a lack of techno-babble was specifically enforced in the Writer's Guide. (linked here):
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Repressive, but Efficient
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Repressive, but Efficient: "Patterns of Force", in which a lawless planet adopts Nazism as its hat with the justification that it was "the most efficient state the Earth ever knew." Their version of Nazism is treated in-universe as just as flawlessly efficient.
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Puppeteer Parasite
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Puppeteer Parasite: In "Operation: Annihilate!", parasitic creatures that resemble flying pancakes attack planetary colonists—and eventually Spock. In "Wolf in the Fold", the Enterprise crew encounters "Redjac", a noncorporeal parasite responsible for numerous serial killings throughout the centuries. One of the humans it possessed was Jack the Ripper.
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Minovsky Physics
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Minovsky Physics: In contrast to later installments of the series, a lack of techno-babble was specifically enforced in Star Trek's original Writer's Guide(linked here). This extended to fictional materials introduced for the plot. Even now, Star Trek has grown to have a very long list of fictional substances and their properties: very rarely is any material given new abilities to fill a plot need: instead, the writers invent entirely new materials. Dilithium crystals are a fundamental aspect of the Star Trek universe, as all Federation starships use them for their Faster Than Light engines. They have basically one important property: they are able to safely interact with antimatter to produce a controlled reaction. They cannot be replicated and can decay in quality, which adds to some tension in either repairing the imperfections in the existing crystal, or finding new sources of dilithium. Star Trek's technical manuals all try to provide consistent explanations for the science and technology of the series.
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The Great Repair
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The Great Repair: In "The Galileo Seven", an Enterprise shuttlecraft is pulled off course and crashes on an unknown planet. The crew is repeatedly attacked by primitive humanoids, and there's dissent over Commander Spock's decisions while Scotty attempts to repair the shuttle.
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Once Done, Never Forgotten
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Once Done, Never Forgotten: In "Court Martial", this turns out that Ben Finney, the man Kirk supposedly killed by accident and caused the titular court martial to happen and who actually faked his death to try to make Kirk go to jail and in the climax tries to crash the Enterprise on a planet with everybody on boar believes that, because of "one little mistake" that Kirk reported while they served in another ship earlier in their careers, he was being constantly mocked by everybody else in their class, who made Captain before him. It's made pretty obvious as the episode goes that Finney has become completely freaking insane from his obsession over this, including constantly sending letters to his daughter Janey ranting about it (which make Janey accept that maybe her father is crazy enough to try to frame Kirk) and the wide-eyed glee he shows as he tries to kill Kirk with his bare hands at the climax.
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Numbered Homeworld
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Numbered Homeworld: Rigel VII ... XII ... how many of those were there, anyway?
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Everybody Laughs Ending
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Everybody Laughs Ending: Well, everybody but Spock. "Shore Leave", "The Trouble With Tribbles", "The Galileo Seven", "Spock's Brain". An actual plot point in "Day of the Dove", when the laughter drives the Energy Being away.
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Antagonistic Governor
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Antagonistic Governor: Kodos the Executioner, who was governor of a human colony that was facing starvation because of an exotic fungus. He executed 4,000 citizens in order to see to it that the other 4,000 wouldn't starve. He later disappeared, presumed dead, but in reality, had changed his name and was living life as an actor.
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Literal Split Personality
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Literal Split Personality: In "The Enemy Within", Kirk gets split into his good half and his evil half.
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You Can't Fight Fate
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You Can't Fight Fate: In "The City on the Edge of Forever", Edith Keeler must die so that Germany doesn't win World War II and wipe the Federation from existence. (Had she lived, she would have founded a peace movement that would have delayed the United States' entry into the European front of WWII, allowing Nazi Germany sufficient time to develop the atomic bomb and thus win the war.)
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Radio Silence
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Radio Silence: In "Balance of Terror", the Romulan ship heads home under cover of a cloaking device and comm silence. Unfortunately for them, one of the officers violates orders in order to call home base to report the success of their mission, and the transmission is detected.
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Two Girls to a Team
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Two Girls to a Team: For most of the show, there are two women in the core cast: Lt. Uhura and Nurse Chapel. Initially, Yeoman Rand was part of the cast as well, but the actress was let go in the middle of the first season. Only one episode ("The Naked Time") features all three women; Nurse Chapel and Yeoman Rand never interact with each other, but Uhura seems to be on fairly good terms with the both of them.
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The Power of Legacy
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The Power of Legacy: In his final log in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", Kirk merely notes that Mitchell "gave [his] life in performance of [his] duty", and omits the part where he first gained vast psionic powers and began to think of himself as a god who regarded humans as insects to be crushed. Likewise, in "The Doomsday Machine" Kirk states that his log will note that Commodore Decker died in the line of duty, omitting the part where the man pretty much went insane with survivor's guilt and almost got the crew of the Enterprise killed. It's heavily suggested that Kirk is attempting to imply by omission that Decker performed a Heroic Sacrifice by piloting the Constellation into the Doomsday Machine to destroy it, instead of the truth, that he went out in a futile suicidal gesture by crashing into the machine with a shuttlecraft. Note that Spock is the one who brings up Kirk logging Decker as having died in the line of duty, which he seems to endorse despite having been in a power struggle with Decker for most of the episode. Although he doesn't say it in so many words, he obviously felt for Decker in the same way that he felt for Gary Mitchell.
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Shapeshifting Seducer
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Shapeshifting Seducer: The pilot episode and the season 2 episode "Catspaw" feature women who change shape to find a form that pleases the captain.
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Put on a Bus
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Put on a Bus: Yeoman Rand after the first season. (Grace Lee Whitney later said that the producers wanted girl-of-the-week guest stars as love interests for Kirk.) The starship comes back for the movies and a time travel episode of Voyager.
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Expositron 9000
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Expositron 9000: The ship's computer.
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Caffeine Bullet Time
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Kirk receives the drug when it's slipped into his coffee, inadvertently making it look like he's on Caffeine Bullet Time.
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Got the Whole World in My Hand
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Got the Whole World in My Hand: The Terran Empire's sigil from "Mirror, Mirror" shows a dagger stabbed through the Earth.
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Send in the Search Team
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Send in the Search Team: Whenever the Enterprise loses track of important personnel on a planet, they send in the Redshirt Army to find them. This occurs in several episodes.
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Out-of-Character Alert
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Out-of-Character Alert: When his memories are about to be transferred over to a clone, Kirk quickly mutters, "Mind your own business, Mr. Spock. I'm sick of your half-breed interference, do you hear?" Later on, when the clone meets up with Spock, it says those lines, alerting Spock that this isn't their captain and prompting him to quickly gather a team to beam down. Also occurs in "Day of the Dove," when Chekov is ranting about the Klingons having murdered his brother Piotr. Sulu immediately knows something is wrong because Chekov's an only child. The rest of the crew is alerted to Janice Lester's hijacking of Kirk's body by her increasingly irrational and paranoid behavior in "Turnabout Intruder." Used as part of a Batman Gambit in "Mirror, Mirror" when the crew convinces the Mirror Universe Spock to assist them in returning home and to set up the Heel–Face Turn that Mirror Spock would perform later on, as referenced in subsequent episodes of DS9 and Voyager.
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Absurdly Dedicated Worker
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Absurdly Dedicated Worker: In "The Return of the Archons" Landru guards his planet, long after its usefulness has ceased. Ditto the automated defense bot Losira in "That Which Survives".
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Get It Over With
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Get It Over With: Dr. McCoy has a version of this when he is attacked by Khan in Sickbay in "Space Seed":
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Exposition of Immortality
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Exposition of Immortality: Several of the alien beings that the TOS crew encounter have vastly expanded lifespans and/or have dabbled in Earth's history in some way. A key example can be found in the episode "Requiem for Methuselah". In Flint's home, Mr. Spock finds a waltz by Johannes Brahms written in original manuscript in Brahms' own hand, but which is unknown. Likewise, Flint has a collection of Leonardo da Vinci masterpieces that have been recently painted on contemporary canvas with contemporary materials. Flint later admits that he was Brahms and da Vinci, among others. "Who Mourns for Adonais?" reveals that the Greek gods were actually nearly-immortal aliens who helped inspire and build classial Greek culture in exchange for being worshipped.
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Duel to the Death
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Duel to the Death: "Arena", "Amok Time", "The Gamesters of Triskelion".
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Eldritch Starship: The ethereal Thasians' ship, an odd lighting effect; the Planet Killer, a conical machine miles long that eats planets; and Balok's enormous, odd spaceship, the Fesarius.
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Black-and-White Morality: Averted. The Federation may be a near-Utopia, but they only remain as one through military power. They get called out on this more than once.
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Later Installment Weirdness: Star Trek began as a semi-hard science fiction seriesnote Hard enough for people to make much of the technology real about a Human run elite paramilitary organization that sent out their best Starship to explore outer space. Many plots revolved around how the humans handled encountering the strangeness of the universe, while occasionally segueing into Space Opera. Since then, newer writers have incorporated many elements of contemporary and post-contemporary science-fiction, with the following installments sometimes resembling Star Wars outings.
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Armor-Piercing Question: Surprisingly, one towards Kirk from the leader of the Organians in "Errand of Mercy" when they've stopped the Federation and the Klingon Empire from fighting.
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Dress-Up Episode: 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 Nazis ("Patterns of Force")... 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 Captain Video and Tom Corbett Space Cadet. Series like One Step Beyond and The Twilight Zone (1959) 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.
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Smart People Play Chess
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Smart People Play Chess: Spock, logically, as well as Kirk, who was stated to be quite bookish at the academy, play 3-D chess. They are often seen playing while having a conversation relevant to the plot.
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Super Cell Reception
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Super Cell Reception: Naturally, the communicators came before cell phones, but they look much like them (having arguably inspired their modern look), and are often subject to both ends of this trope.
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Sailor Fuku
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Sailor Fuku: In the episode "Court Martial", Jamie Finney wears a futuristic version of this.
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Comic-Book Adaptation
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Comic-Book Adaptation: Gold Key Comics published its first Star Trek comic in 1967 and the series outlived the TV show by a full decade (ending only because Marvel Comics took over the rights so it could publish comics set post-Star Trek: The Motion Picture). Early issues are noted for their bizarre artwork and extreme breaks with TV continuity, due in part to the artist being a freelancer living in Europe who had never seen the series and only had publicity photographs to work with. As a result, one issue features a cut-away drawing that suggests that the Enterprise isn't much bigger than a large yacht, while another issue has the Enterprise landing on a planet, decades before Star Trek: Voyager does it. Later, Marvel, DC Comics, and IDW Publishing all took turns publishing comics set in the TOS era.
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Reckless Gun Usage: Two instances, both involving Time Travel and the not-gun-shaped Phaser. In "The City On The Edge of Forever", a 1930s bum gets hold of one and vaporizes himself playing with it. In "Tomorrow Is Yesterday", Kirk is captured by Air Police in 1969, and cringes (with priceless facial expressions) as they fiddle with his weapon, toss it around, and several times almost press the trigger, conflicted between justifiable fear and the need to not let them know who he is or what they have.
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Space Is an Ocean
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Space Is an Ocean: The Enterprise is a "ship," equipped with "torpedoes," and the crew is arranged along naval lines. Several touches are intended to put the audience specifically in mind of the age of Wooden Ships and Iron Men: the in-ship intercom's attention chime is a bosun's whistle, and the standard bit of incidental music played when the Enterprise is in flight is in a style often used for incidental music accompanying a sailing ship under way.
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Gold-Colored Superiority
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Gold-Colored Superiority: The captains wear gold uniforms. Anyone wearing a Red Shirt is not so lucky. This all changes starting with Star Trek: The Next Generation, however. The command uniforms were originally a greenish shade close to chartreuse, but the color came out on many people's TV sets as yellowish, so eventually the producers threw in the towel and changed them to gold.
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Involuntary Group Split
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Involuntary Group Split: Happens to Kirk and Spock in "Devil in the Dark".
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Mechanical Abomination
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Mechanical Abomination The Doomsday Machine is a planet-eating, extragalactic superweapon hypothesized to have destroyed its creators, and is now moving through the Federation's part of the galaxy. It's practically indestructible, and has an anti-proton beam capable of easily obliterating most starships, and consumes entire planets. In the end, it isn't even destroyed, just shut down due to internal damage. Nomad is a hybrid of human and alien probes which travels through space on a mission to "sterilize" planets, i.e. kill all organic life forms for no other reason than they are imperfect. It was first encountered after killing four billion people, is powerful enough to easily outgun the Enterprise despite only being about five feet long, and can bring the dead back to life. It was only beaten by showing it that it, too, was imperfect, motivating it to self-destruct.
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Cuteness Proximity
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Cuteness Proximity: Spock is totally unaffected by Tribbles. He is only petting it because it is logical... What's everybody looking at? And cats. He has no particular fondness for the creatures. And dogs, too. See the space dog in "The Enemy Within".
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Non-Standard Prescription
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Non-Standard Prescription: Doctor McCoy has Scotty visit a club with a belly dancer, saying it's a prescription. In the films, Bones drinks Romulan Ale for "medicinal purposes."
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Star Wars (Franchise)
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There is now a remastered version of Star Trek with modern, CGI special effects. In contrast to the changes done on Star Wars, the remastering is generally (though far from universally) well-received (it helps that versions with the original effects remain widely available). It should also be noted they only remastered the original special effects and didn't take the opportunity to tweak any plot points. The CGI also embraces a degree of Stylistic Suck, so that the improved effects aren't jarring against original footage.
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Discontinuity Nod: 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 babes, and which is considered to be the worst episode of the original series, if not of Star Trek as a whole. The foreword to the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture essentially says that the original series is a overwrought dramatization of actual events which should be regarded as unreliable. Fans debate its canonicity, since, while Trek literature is officially considered non-canonical, it's the only novel written by Gene Roddenberry himself.
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Deus Est Machina
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In The Apple, the Enterprise encounters a society that has been kept in primitive cultural stagnation by an advanced computer that carefully controls the entire planet they live on.
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Large Ham: William Shatner's Kirk is legendary... for the... oddly placed... pauses... and emphasis... in his sentences. Although like most things, this has been heavily exaggerated by people trying to make fun of him. This style is actually most notable when he is being possessed and/or imitated by another person. For the most part he gave Kirk a subtle, sly, devil-may-care attitude that made the character famous in the first place. WEEEEE...THE PEEE-PLE! IIIIII'M CAPTAIN KIIIIIIIRK! And for what it's worth, it only gets really noticable in the third season, when the writing quality also takes a serious nosedive. The actual reason was revealed recently: Control freak Roddenberry often rewrote, and re-rewrote, and re-re-wrote the scripts up to the last nanosecond, such that it became very difficult to memorize lines. Instead of asking "Line?" and ruining the take, Shat would laboriously strive to remember what he was supposed to say, creating the effect.
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All Planets Are Earth-Like
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All Planets Are Earthlike: Considering the technical and budgetary constraints, ridiculously so. The show hand waves it sometimes by making planets specifically based on Earth. Or making the episode actually take place on Earth.
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Mad Love
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Mad Love: Nurse Chapel and Spock, McGivers and Khan.
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Ambiguously Christian
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Ambiguously Christian: In the Pilot Episode, Captain Christopher Pike's character was subjected to an illusion of Hell when he refused to cooperate with his Talosian jailers. The illusion was stated to be made from information gotten from his own mind, implying that he was raised as a Christian. Angela Martine, from the episode "Balance of Terror" genuflected before the altar during her marriage ceremony, implying that she is a member of either the Catholic or Episcopalian church. At the end of "This Side of Paradise", when the Enterprise is leaving Omicron Ceti III, Dr. McCoy, reflecting on the euphoric effect the planet's spores had on the crew, states that "Well, that's the second time man's been thrown out of Paradise." Captain Kirk's famous line to the alien impersonating the Greek god Apollo in "Who Mourns for Adonais?": In "The Ultimate Computer", both Dr. Richard Daystrom and, consequently, the sentient M-5 computer he built believe in God. Kirk makes the M-5 realize that in committing murder, it has sinned, and it shut itself down out of remorse. In "Bread and Circuses", Kirk and Crew come upon a planet dominated by a Roman Empire but with 20th century technology, where a persecuted, pacifist new religion worships a sun god. At the end of the episode, Lieutenant Uhura discovers that this new religion does not worship the Sun but the Son, clearly referencing Jesus. Kirk even considers remaining at the planet for a number of years just so they can "watch it happen all over again." Near the end of "The Way to Eden", Adam, one of Dr. Sevrin's followers, literally dies on the planet Eden after eating a poisoned apple; Spock sardonically points this out.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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"Court Martial": Kirk gets put on trial for (seemingly) causing the death of a crew member through negligence.
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Psycho Serum
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Psycho Serum: McCoy's adrenaline-like drug in "The City on the Edge of Forever" causes temporary insanity when injected at overly high doses. When the ship hits some turbulence, he accidentally injects himself with a very high dose.
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This Is No Time for Knitting
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This Is No Time for Knitting: In "Court Martial", McCoy is aghast to find Spock playing chess against the computer while Kirk is losing a court martial for criminal negligence. However, Spock reveals that he has been using the chess games to confirm that the ship's computer's memory banks have been tampered with to frame Kirk.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: Kirk's brother Sam and sister-in-law Aurelian are killed during the events of "Operation: Annihilate!", but his nephew Peter survives—never to be heard from or referred to by Kirk or anyone else again. Peter is the only living blood relative Kirk is known to have until the movies, when Kirk is finally introduced to his adult illegitimate son David Marcus. Even assuming someone else on Deneva took Peter in, you'd think Kirk (imagine how cool an uncle he'd be!) would check in on the boy from time to time. In addition, an earlier episode established that Kirk's brother had three sons, but the other two are nowhere in sight when Kirk visits the family home.
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Jerk Jock: Though not a jock, Kirk was tormented endlessly by upperclassman Finnegan when he was younger. One of his fantasies is finally getting to punch him out.
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Alien Non-Interference Clause
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Alien Non-Interference Clause: The Prime Directive, which forbids the interference with the internal development of pre-warp civilizations. Story-wise, it's used as a plot device to keep the main characters from just using the easy way out of a problem.
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World of Ham
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World of Ham: A galaxy of ham, in this case. With most of the principal cast being classically-trained stage actors and having earned their early TV credentials in Westerns,note and, in Shatner's case, as a television lawyer in a Canadian Perry Mason copycat it comes with the territory.
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Badass Crew
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Badass Crew: The Original Series establishes a long and proud tradition of these in Starfleet.
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Space Amish: "The Way to Eden" features a group seeking a world where they can set up such a society. In the end, it doesn't work out (both because the planet they've chosen is uninhabitable, and because their leader is a nut), but it's interesting that, out of the whole crew, the one who is most sympathetic to their goal is Spock. "Errand of Mercy" features an alien society that thrived for eons without technological advancement. Although, they really don't need to use technology. They are, after all Sufficiently Advanced Aliens.
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Space Mines
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Space Mines: In the episode "Balance of Terror", the Romulan ship uses one of its self-destruct devices as an impromptu mine in an attempt to destroy the Enterprise. It's also noted in the Writer's Guide that the Enterprise's photon torpedoes can be used as mines, but this is never actually done in any episode.
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Go Mad from the Revelation
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Go Mad from the Revelation: In "The Alternative Factor", Matter!Lazarus goes stark raving mad upon learning of the existence of his Anti-Matter double and becomes bent on destroying him, even if it means the destruction of both universes. "Is There In Truth No Beauty?" revolves around Kollos, an ambassador of the Medusan race, whose physical appearance is so hideous: or maybe so beautiful: that any humanoid who looks at them directly goes insane. This is a subversion, as Kollos, in contrast with Shoggoths and Eldritch horrors, is clearly a good guy.
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Quitting to Get Married
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Quitting to Get Married: In the episode "Who Mourns for Adonais". Kirk and Dr. McCoy are discussing Lieutenant Carolyn Palamas. Implied in the episode "Balance of Terror", when Kirk marries two officers, but is interrupted as a Red Alert goes off. The groom reminds the bride that for the moment he's still her superior officer.
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Gentleman Snarker
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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 Gentleman Snarker way without any malice.
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Mind Rape
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Mind Rape: Used by the Platonians in "Plato's Stepchildren", with the most blatant example being Parmen forcing Spock to laugh and cry. Mirror Spock forcibly mind-melding with Dr. McCoy in "Mirror, Mirror". The Neural Neutralizer in "Dagger of the Mind" was used for this.
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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Why Sarek married Amanda Grayson: "At the time, it seemed the logical thing to do."
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Ethical Slut
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Ethical Slut: Kirk goes at it again and again, while remaining morally upstanding.
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Out-of-Character Moment
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Out-of-Character Moment: "The Naked Time", "This Side of Paradise" and "Amok Time" are entire episodes about this trope.
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Friends Are Chosen, Family Aren't
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Friends Are Chosen, Family Aren't: Spock has a very good relationship with his crewmates (particularly Kirk and McCoy) considering he's culturally required to be The Stoic, but he has severe issues with his father, to the point where they didn't speak to one another as family for almost two decades. Stories involving his family show a different and troubled side to Spock.
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Doomsday Device
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Doomsday Device: "The Doomsday Machine" features a planet-eating device.
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Cargo Cult
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Cargo Cult
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Justified Trope
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Maybe the in-universe designers of the Enterprise wanted the crew to remember they were talking to a machine, but 21st century GPS units sound much more human and less mechanized than the ship's computer voice.
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Mighty Glacier
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The Gorn in Arena shrugs off injuries that would kill a human and is very strong, but isn't very agile. Kirk finally manages to stop it using an improvised cannon.
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Monster Munch
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Monster Munch: While Red Shirts die in great numbers on this show, they are sometimes killed by the Monster of the Week, often in the first scene. "Obsession". A couple of red shirt security personnel are drained of blood and killed by the vampire cloud in the opening scene. "The Devil in the Dark". Two miners and an Enterprise Security man are destroyed by the Horta's acid secretions, one in the first scene. ''Wolf in the Fold". Several women are slaughtered by the "Jack the Ripper" entity during the episode. One of them dies before the opening credits.
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Machine Empathy
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Machine Empathy: Scotty could often sense when something was wrong with the Enterprise from subtle changes in her "feel". Possibly justified, because machines cause vibrations that engineers familiar with said machine can actually feel when touching it, such as through the hull of a starship—Scotty himself confirms this in the NextGen episode "Relics" when he compares the Enterprise-D to his Enterprise with Picard.
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Take a Third Option
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Take a Third Option: Kirk is famous for these. When faced with two undesirable options in "Operation: Annihilate!", he outright tells his crew to go and find him a third one.
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Villainous Breakdown
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Villainous Breakdown: Quite a few instances. Khan suffers a brief one when no one from the bridge is willing to join him, even with Kirk's life at stake. In "Turnabout Intruder", Dr Janice Lester grows increasingly unhinged as the rest of the suspicious crew begin to mutiny and rebel against her orders while she's in Kirk's body. "The Conscience of the King" deals with trying to discover if actor Anton Karidian really was a murderous tyrant named Kodos the Executioner. By the end of the episode, this has happened to two villainous characters. Karidian, who is Kodos and becomes spooked when he overhears an argument between Riley and Kirk about his past during a performance of Hamlet, breaks down backstage during the intermission, believing the voices to be ghosts from his past. At the same time, his daughter Lenore reveals she has murdered seven of the nine witnesses who could still identify him, and plans to kill Kirk and Riley, even swearing she would destroy a planet to save him. Kodos breaks down further as he realizes his actions in the past have corrupted his own child as well. In true Shakespearian fashion, this causes a chain reaction that ends in the death of Kodos, who dies trying to stop Lenore from shooting Kirk and instead takes the lethal blast meant for Kirk. Lenore is pronounced completely insane in the epilogue, as she believes her father to be alive and well. Evil Kirk in "Mirror, Mirror". "I. ORDER. YOU!!!!" And Evil Kirk in "The Enemy Within". "IIIIIII'MMMMMMMM CAPTAIIIIIN KIIIIIIIRK!"
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RayGunGothic
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Ray Gun Gothic: The Original Series was the last of the classic examples. Soon afterwards, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Real Life moon landings introduced more realism into the genre.
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Characterisation Click Moment
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Characterisation Click Moment: Originally, Spock didn't have the impassive, scientific characterization he is famous for. Leonard Nimoy said the character first began to click for him in "The Corbomite Maneuver", when someone suggested he react to Balok's threatening ship with "Fascinating."
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Never My Fault
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Never My Fault: In "A Taste of Armageddon", Anan 7 describes the future he envisions if Kirk's crew does not submit to be executed because they were "killed" in a simulation: Eminiar and Vendikar will switch to real weapons and totally destroy each other. He lays the blame for this at Kirk's feet, taking no responsibility for his future actions escalating the war. He even says, "Escalation is automatic," as if the two sides have no agency to, you know, stop killing each other. He also says, before calling the Enterprise to threaten to kill the Federation people already on the planet if the remaining crew doesn't beam down, that Kirk is "forcing" him to do so. After the computer responsible for the simulated war is destroyed, Anan claims the whole thing because they had admitted to themselves that they were killers and they just couldn't stop killing. As far as he was concerned, the fact that it was their instinct meant they were helpless to behave otherwise.
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Men Are the Expendable Gender
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Men Are the Expendable Gender: Only three female personnel are killed in the whole series, whereas dozens of male Starfleet personnel are killed. In one of the three aversions, "By Any Other Name", the Black Dude Dies First trope is also averted, as the white female redshirt is killed by the Kelvans (sparing the black male redshirt in the party) when the Kelvan could have killed both of them just as easily.
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Orchestral Bombing
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Orchestral Bombing: Like many dramatic series of its era, the show makes full and effective use of a brassy orchestral soundtrack.
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Black Dude Dies First
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Black Dude Dies First: Averted in "The Galileo Seven" and "By Any Other Name"; in both cases, the black male character survives to the end of the episode while one or more white characters die.
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Proud Warrior Race
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Proud Warrior Race: While the Klingons and Romulans are the expected examples, there are many species in this series that fit this trope.... including humanity to some extent.
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As You Know
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As You Know: In "Wolf in the Fold" Spock explains to Captain Kirk how ordering the computer to compute the value of pi to the last digit will drive the Redjack creature out of it.
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Once for Yes, Twice for No
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Once for Yes, Twice for No: if not the Trope Maker, then certainly the Trope Codifier with Captain Pike's portrayal in "The Menagerie".
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Not So Different
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What's more, the Romulan Commander himself sees his own mission the same way: he's testing new weapons (a cloaking device and extremely powerful plasma torpedo) to see if the Romulans have a sufficient technological edge to win another war against the Federation, and to see if the Federation has grown soft in the intervening years. He is haunted by the fact that if his mission goes well, a new war will be the result, with senseless wastes of Human and Romulan lives on both sides. Nevertheless, he fights to the best of his ability, as his duty demands. This all serves to highlight the fact that he and Kirk are Not So Different.
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"Ass" in Ambassador: How many times has the presence of Federation diplomatic personnel actually helped matters? More often than not Kirk and company have to smooth over problems created by overbearing Federation officials. Alien ambassadors aren't much of an improvement.
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Doctor McCoy (and Edith Keeler) in "The City on the Edge of Forever".
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Pressure Point
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Pressure Point: Spock's Vulcan nerve/neck pinch. According to Word of Nimoy, this was originally going to be a traditional Tap on the Head, but Nimoy insisted that Vulcans had something more sophisticated and reliable instead.
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Rounded Character
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"The Way to Eden" features a group seeking a world where they can set up such a society. In the end, it doesn't work out (both because the planet they've chosen is uninhabitable, and because their leader is a nut), but it's interesting that, out of the whole crew, the one who is most sympathetic to their goal is Spock.
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Space Western
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Lampshaded in "Friday's Child" when Kirk wonders why "the cavalry doesn't come over the hill in the nick of time anymore." Then Scotty arrives with a Redshirt Army.
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What Measure Is a Non-Human?
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What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The Horta (rock monster) in "The Devil in the Dark".
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Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Thanks to his incredibly rationalist thinking, Spock has notable difficulty with understanding human euphemisms and metaphors.
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Kill the Cutie
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Kill the Cutie: Edith Keeler in "The City on the Edge of Forever". After all, You Can't Fight Fate.
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Spot the Imposter
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Spot the Imposter: In "Whom Gods Destroy", Spock sees Kirk standing right next to an insane shapeshifter who is posing as Kirk. Spock identifies the imposter getting into a fight and noticing that one Kirk orders them both shot to prevent the imposter from escaping. Knowing that the imposter would never give that kind of command, Spock stuns the other one. This may be the origin of the "shoot us both" gambit, which itself is so well-known that today it's more likely that the evil one will use it, expecting the decider to shoot the other one. Spock knew that the shapeshifter in question couldn't hold another identity for more than a few minutes. He says so, and explains that all he has to do is wait. That's when the "Shoot him! No, shoot us both" dialogue occurs. Leonard Nimoy hated this episode, noting that as The Smart Guy 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 serious injuries and thus was at a disadvantage against the healthier duplicate. "The Man Trap" features a shapeshifting creature that drains the salt from people. It shapeshifts several times before settling on shifting into McCoy's form. It can be spotted by its tendency to curve its index finger and nibble slightly on the arc of the finger. In "The Enemy Within", Kirk is split by a transporter accident into his "good" and "evil" halves. In what might be considered a subversion, it turns out Kirk's "evil" half is not so much evil, as driven by passion and base instinct, and Kirk's "good" half, the logic and intellect side, is incapable of acting competently without it. In "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", Spock is able to spot the android Kirk because the genuine article focused on a particular out of character thought, embedding it in the android's programming.
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A Day in the Limelight
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A Day in the Limelight: "For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky" is this for McCoy. "A Wolf in the Fold" and "The Lights of Zetar" for Scotty.
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Public Secret Message
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Public Secret Message: In "Space Seed", Khan Noonien Singh was named for Kim Noonien Singh, one of Roddenberry's buddies from World War II. Roddenberry hoped that the name would attract the attention of the Real Life Singh in hopes that they would reconnect. David Gerrold did a similar thing in writing "The Trouble With Tribbles"; the space station on which the episode takes place is in orbit around "Sherman's Planet". Gerrold's girlfriend at the time was one Holly Sherman.
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Time Travel
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Time Travel: "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" has a time disturbance send the crew back to Earth of the 1960s. "The City on the Edge of Forever" has a weird time portal on a strange planet send the Power Trio back to the 1960s. "Assignment: Earth" has them do it deliberately for "historical research."
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
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Evil Kirk in "Mirror, Mirror". "I. ORDER. YOU!!!!"
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Empathic Healer
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Empathic Healer: Gem of "The Empath" heals injuries by taking the patient's pain into herself.
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Long-Lived
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Long-Lived: The children in "Miri" (hundreds of years) and Mr. Flint in "Requiem for Methuselah" (six thousand years). The tie-in novel Cry of the Onlies has Flint coming to the children's planet to be a mentor for them, especially those who chose to have treatments so they would age at a normal rate.
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It's the Same, Now It Sucks!
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It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: invoked Used by Spock as a Logic Bomb in "I, Mudd":
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Our Vampires Are Different
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Our Vampires Are Different: The alien Kirk hunts down in "Obsession" is a shapeless cloud that can travel through space at warp speed without a ship, that subsists off of human blood. In the first episode aired, "The Man Trap", the monster can appear as someone the viewer finds attractive... but its true form is a shaggy creature with a lamprey-like mouth, that feeds through its fingers, on salt.
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Leitmotif
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Leitmotif: Mr. Spock was first given his 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 instrumentnote tell that to Jaco Pastorius or Sting!, a juxtaposition that suits the dichotomy of Spock's character. Scotty also has his own leitmotif, typically used in lighter moments. It is prominently heard in both "The Trouble with Tribbles" and "By Any Other Name".
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Sarcasm Mode
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Spock is totally unaffected by Tribbles. He is only petting it because it is logical... What's everybody looking at?
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Proxy War
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Proxy War: "A Private Little War" has the Klingons supplying increasingly advanced firearms to one tribe of a primitive planet, to install them as a puppet leader of that world. Another tribe, one that Kirk had met years before, begins to demand similar weapons by the end, and Kirk begins arranging a Federation-aligned alliance of tribes to oppose the Klingon-controlled ones. He even references the brush wars of the 20th century as he does so.
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Sexy Discretion Shot
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Often, a scene of Kirk kissing a Space Babe (none were actually green) would cut away, and following the commercials, either Kirk or the Space Babe would have somewhat more disheveled hair. This particular instance is especially apparent in the third-season episode "Wink of an Eye", in which, after the requisite Fade to Black, the next scene shows Kirk sitting on his bed, finishing dressing after an interlude with Deela, the Space Babe Of The Week. And in "Elaan of Troyius", Kirk is sitting shirtless on his bed while Elaan lies next to him.
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One-Hit Kill
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One-Hit Kill: The Romulan Plasma Torpedo is this, but only at close range.
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Would Rather Suffer
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The Organians look like this for most of "Errand of Mercy". Spock describes the planet as a stagnant culture, and the planet seems to be populated by amiable old men who placidly allow the Klingons to conquer them, rebuking Kirk and Spock's efforts to inspire a resistance because they abhor violence so much they'd rather allow arbitrary executions than fight back. It's only at the end that we learn the Organians have simply pretended to be harmless (and executed, and humanoid) to make their visitors feel at ease. When tensions come to a head, they revert to their luminous true forms and make both sides sit in the corner.
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Ascended Extra
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Ascended Extra: Most of the main crew members (with the exception of Kirk and Spock) are not credited with starring roles in the opening credits, even McCoy (for the first season). Many of them don't appear in certain episodes, and don't even receive any real focus or characterization until late season 1 and throughout season 2. Only the movies credit them with starring roles.
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Auto-Kitchen
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Auto-Kitchen: The Enterprise has slots in the wall which can produce any food desired by inserting the correct computer tape. In The Next Generation, these are replaced by replicators.
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And I Must Scream
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And I Must Scream: The unfortunate fate that Captain Pike is ultimately reduced to. The fate of Lazarus and Anti-Lazarus in "The Alternative Factor". Charlie's reaction to the ending of "Charlie X".
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Not So Stoic
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Not So Stoic: "Amok Time" has Spock react in excitement when Kirk isn't dead.
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Think Nothing of It
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In the episode "Bread and Circuses" Bones gives Spock a Grudging "Thank You" and receives a Think Nothing of It in return.
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What a Senseless Waste of Human Life
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What a Senseless Waste of Human Life: Kirk is often upset whenever one of his crew members (usually a Red Shirt) dies. He is also clearly upset when the Romulans decide to self-destruct rather than surrender in "Balance of Terror". What's more, the Romulan Commander himself sees his own mission the same way: he's testing new weapons (a cloaking device and extremely powerful plasma torpedo) to see if the Romulans have a sufficient technological edge to win another war against the Federation, and to see if the Federation has grown soft in the intervening years. He is haunted by the fact that if his mission goes well, a new war will be the result, with senseless wastes of Human and Romulan lives on both sides. Nevertheless, he fights to the best of his ability, as his duty demands. This all serves to highlight the fact that he and Kirk are Not So Different.
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Aggressive Negotiations
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Aggressive Negotiations: This can happen quite easily. The Federation's Starfleet often flexes their muscle, and they almost never bluff. In fact, their official policy regarding diplomatic contacts with hostile forces extends to potentially killing everything on the planetnote As per Starfleet General Order 24, which is frighteningly easy to do because all large starship weapons are essentially weapons of mass destruction.
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Evolving Trope
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In "Whom Gods Destroy", Spock sees Kirk standing right next to an insane shapeshifter who is posing as Kirk. Spock identifies the imposter getting into a fight and noticing that one Kirk orders them both shot to prevent the imposter from escaping. Knowing that the imposter would never give that kind of command, Spock stuns the other one. This may be the origin of the "shoot us both" gambit, which itself is so well-known that today it's more likely that the evil one will use it, expecting the decider to shoot the other one. Spock knew that the shapeshifter in question couldn't hold another identity for more than a few minutes. He says so, and explains that all he has to do is wait. That's when the "Shoot him! No, shoot us both" dialogue occurs. Leonard Nimoy hated this episode, noting that as The Smart Guy 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 serious injuries and thus was at a disadvantage against the healthier duplicate.
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Good Cannot Comprehend Evil
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Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: In "The Savage Curtain", Surak, Spock and President Lincoln have a hard time understanding the motives and actions of the opposing "evil" side. Only Kirk seems to have a grasp of their potential for deceptiveness and duplicity.
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Jack the Ripoff
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Jack the Ripoff: Subverted: the killer actually is Jack the Ripper, who was really a noncorporeal alien possessing human bodies.
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Red Shirt
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Kirk is often upset whenever one of his crew members (usually a Red Shirt) dies. He is also clearly upset when the Romulans decide to self-destruct rather than surrender in "Balance of Terror".
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: In "Amok Time" Kirk is chosen to face Spock in battle. Kirk agrees, reasoning that, if things get bad, he'll quit and Spock will be declared the winner. Then, when the lirpa (the staffs with really big blades) are produced, T'Pau announces, "If both survive the lirpa, combat will continue with the ahn-woon." When Kirk asks about what she means, she tells him "This combat is to the death."
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Apocalyptic Log
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Apocalyptic Log: Losira's computer log in "That Which Survives", which explained how her colony died.
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Master-Apprentice Chain
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Master-Apprentice Chain: Pike—>Kirk—>Sulu (although seen briefly in TOS, the Pike-Kirk relationship is only shown in any detail in the reboot and in the non-canon Expanded Universe). Chekov appears to be a mentee of Kirk as well, but ends up on a different career path (in Starfleet Intelligence as opposed to starship command) after the second movie.
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Hollow World
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Hollow World: "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched The Sky" has a variation, a shell covering an artificial planetoid to hold the atmosphere in.
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Knockout Gas
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Knockout Gas: In the episode "Space Seed". After Khan takes over the Enterprise, Kirk orders that all decks be flooded with Neural Gas, which would render everyone aboard unconscious. That attempt fails, but later the attempt succeeds.
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I Can Still Fight!
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I Can Still Fight!: Justified, when Kirk is injured but insists on being on the bridge because Spock is needed to give a vital transplant to his father. However, the end of the episode suggests Kirk hates being cooped up in Sickbay.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: The epic snarkfests between McCoy and Spock are legendary for a reason.
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Grudging "Thank You": In the episode "Bread and Circuses" Bones gives Spock a Grudging "Thank You" and receives a Think Nothing of It in return. There's another one in "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield". One of the aliens of the week is set up as someone who's hotheaded and difficult, but ultimately at least somewhat sympathetic. Viewers get a hint of that second half coming when in his first exchange with Kirk and McCoy, after reacting very angrily to their (perfectly accurate) accusation that he had stolen a Federation ship, the alien visibly pulls himself together enough to thank them quite sincerely for rescuing him.
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Creepy Children Singing
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Creepy Children Singing: The kids from "And the Children Shall Lead" use this song to summon Gorgon: In "Miri" they just do the familiar "nyah nyah-nyah nyah nyah" chant but it's made very sinister.
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Catchphrase
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Catchphrase: Dr. McCoy's "I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder" and "He's Dead, Jim." Spock's "Fascinating" and "Illogical."
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Bread and Circuses: The aptly named episode "Bread and Circuses" explores a planet in which the Roman Empire never fell. Gladiator sports are broadcast on TV and interrupted by commercial breaks.
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Where's the Fun in That?
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Where's the Fun in That?: "The Squire of Gothos". Kirk asks his captor, "Where's the sport?" in simply hanging him, as he had planned. Instead, Kirk talks his captor into staging a "royal hunt". This buys Kirk enough time for a Deus ex Machina rescue.
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Omnicidal Maniac
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Omnicidal Maniac: Matter!Lazarus from "The Alternative Factor". In order to kill his enemy, his Anti-Matter double, he has to cross the threshold into the other universe, but bumping into said enemy while in the same universe will destroy both universes. Despite knowing this, he's so far gone that he simply doesn't care.
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Tap on the Head
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Kirk chins Shahna, his "drill thrall" in "The Gamesters of Triskelion", into unconsciousness, but it doesn't get him very far.
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Historical Rap Sheet: In "Wolf in the Fold" it is discovered that Redjac is a noncorporeal lifeform which has been a serial killer on several planets, including Earth where it was Jack the Ripper as well as a few other unnamed killers (in China in 1952 and Kiev in 1974).
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Civilization Destroyer: "That Which Survives". Thousands of years ago, a Human Alien civilization called the Kalandans made an artificial planet to live on. Unfortunately, the process created a microorganism that killed the personnel stationed on the planet. By the time they died, the disease had been transported back to the original civilization via supply ships, completely wiping it out. ''Operation: Annihilate!" Going back to ancient times, a number of civilizations on different planets have been destroyed by outbreaks of mass insanity. The cause of the insanity is alien creatures that attack people and inject material into their bodies that takes control of their nervous systems. The aliens make the victims travel to other planets using starships, thus spreading the infection. "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" The aliens who lived on the planet Exo 3 created android robots to serve them. When the androids developed Artificial Intelligence, the aliens became afraid of them and started to turn them off. In self defense, the androids Turned Against Their Masters and destroyed them. "The Changeling". The interstellar probe Nomad uses its alien technology-enhanced weapons to completely wipe out the population of the Malurian system, killing more than 4 billion people. "I, Mudd". The aliens who created the androids originally came from the Andromeda galaxy. Their home planet's star went nova and destroyed their civilization except for a few outposts, whose inhabitants died out over time. "The Immunity Syndrome". The entire population of the Gamma Seven-A system, consisting of billions of inhabitants, is killed by having their Life Energy drained by a giant space amoeba. "Return to Tomorrow". A half million years ago, a highly advanced Human Alien civilization fought an apocalyptic war that destroyed the surface of their planet, ripped away the atmosphere and killed all living creatures on it. Before the end, a few members stored their minds in advanced devices to wait rescue. "The Empath". The star Minara is about to go nova, and all of its planets (several of which have populations) will be destroyed. The Humanoid Alien Vians can only save the population of one planet. They do so, but the other civilizations are doomed. "Let That Be Your Last Battlefied". The Humanoid Aliens of the planet Cheron completely wipe themselves out in a genocidal war. "The Lights of Zetar". Long ago, every living thing on the planet Zetar was killed. The minds and Life Energy of 100 of its Humanoid Aliens inhabitants traveled into space and search for new bodies to possess. "For the World Is Hollow, And I Have Touched The Sky". Several thousand years ago the Fabrini people's home sun went nova and destroyed their planets, but some of them were put on an ship resembling an asteroid and sent to another planet. "Plato's Stepchildren". When the planet Sahndara is destroyed by its sun going nova, almost all of its civilization is annihilated. A small number escape to Earth, then later another planet. "Wink Of An Eye". On the planet Scalos, radioactive water causes the entire race to live at hyper-accelerated speeds (which tremendously shortens their lifespans) and makes the male part of the population sterile. By the time the Enterprise arrives, there are only a few Scalosians left. "All Our Yesterdays". When the star Beta Niobe goes nova, its only planet, Sarpeidon, will be destroyed. However, the entire population of the planet has used time travel to journey into the planet's past. They are mentally and physically conditioned to fit in, but their civilization in the future is effectively destroyed.
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Chekov was then used as a delivery vessel for a number of minor Take Thats to the Russians for the remainder of the series, turning In the Original Klingon into an art form:
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Too Dumb to Live
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Too Dumb to Live: One Girl of the Week has a guy obviously in love with her who is Too Dumb to Live. Given that said girl had to spend four years on Vulcan to retain her sanity, I'm sure trying to make her feel strong emotions is a wonderful idea! Oh, and what better way to get a girl to like you than by ruining her career by murdering the ambassador she's accompanying? The ambassador is an Eldritch Abomination the mere sight of which can make humans go mad. Just walk up, look it straight in the whatever-seeing-organs-it-possesses, and kill it. What could possibly go wrong? Almost every Red Shirt seems Too Dumb to Live in a way. (Except in the cases where their deaths are the direct result of the orders or actions of a superior officer.) To expand on the example, let's examine just how well Starfleet Landing Parties are designed to kill the men and women assigned to them: They carry no protective gear of any kind (helmet, armour, gas mask etc), no emergency food or drink, no miscellaneous survival equipment such as a knife or stove, no emergency shelter, no storage capability beyond a small belt, refuse to change out of their thin brightly coloured uniforms into anything resembling camouflaged and/or practical gear, and they never ever carry a back-up communicator/combadge despite it constantly being broken or lost. Special mention to Joe Tormolen in "The Naked Time" for taking off the glove of his hazmat suit to fucking scratch his nose. He then just leaves the glove off for no apparent reason, touching things with his bare hands. Then when Spock stresses the importance of not touching anything and they have to be decontaminated, Tormolen says nothing, doesn't even seem nervous like he's thinking "Hey, maybe I shouldn't have done that." His stupidity gets him killed and the entire crew infected.
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People Puppets
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People Puppets: "Plato's Stepchildren", and a literal example in the ending of the original version of "Catspaw".
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High-Heel–Face Turn
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High-Heel–Face Turn: Frequently with women Kirk seduced.
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My Country, Right or Wrong
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Balance of Terror is the first episode to feature the Romulans, who are introduced by launching an unprovoked sneak attack. In the selfsame episode the two main Romulan characters are examples of My Country, Right or Wrong and What a Senseless Waste of Human Life, and it is made very clear that if it weren't for their being on opposite sides of battle, Kirk and the Romulan Commander could have easily been friends.
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The Final Temptation
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The Final Temptation: In "This Side of Paradise", the spores caused the target to be content with living a simple comfortable life, abandoning any greater ambitions.
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Glowing Eyes of Doom
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Glowing Eyes of Doom: Gary Mitchell gains these when he gains godlike powers.
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Girl of the Week
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One Girl of the Week has a guy obviously in love with her who is Too Dumb to Live. Given that said girl had to spend four years on Vulcan to retain her sanity, I'm sure trying to make her feel strong emotions is a wonderful idea! Oh, and what better way to get a girl to like you than by ruining her career by murdering the ambassador she's accompanying? The ambassador is an Eldritch Abomination the mere sight of which can make humans go mad. Just walk up, look it straight in the whatever-seeing-organs-it-possesses, and kill it. What could possibly go wrong?
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Forgotten Fallen Friend
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Forgotten Fallen Friend: Everyone who got killed on the show.
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Pointy Ears
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Trying to explain Spock's Pointy Ears to native people. The cake-taker has to be this gem, from "The City on the Edge of Forever":
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Wanting Is Better Than Having
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Wanting Is Better Than Having: Spock in "Amok Time", almost word for word.
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DramaticDownstageTurn
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Dramatic Downstage Turn: Several instances, especially during dramatic scenes featuring female cast members. One simple example appears in a conversation between Leila and Spock near the end of the episode "This Side of Paradise".
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Sadistic Choice
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Sadistic Choice: Everyone is forced to make these every so often.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: There is only one curse in the entire series, occurring at the end of "The City on The Edge of Forever". It's notable for being one of the few curse words on American TV during the 1960s and showing just how hurt Kirk is as a result of the Bittersweet Ending. Bones does say "Don't give me any damnable logic..." in one episode, and a gangster from the gangster episode does say "hell" in a non-religious context. Neither case is given the emphasis of Kirk's declaration.
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Clear My Name
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Clear My Name: Happens once in a while. In "Journey to Babel", Sarek is accused of murdering a Tellarite ambassador. The culprit is an Orion pretending to be a staff member of the Andorian ambassador. In "Court Martial", Kirk is accused of causing the death of one of his crew members. The crew member has faked his own death and is trying to sabotage Kirk's career, as he blames Kirk for ruining his. Scotty has to do this in "Wolf in the Fold" after being set up for several murders by none other than Jack the Ripper himself—actually an alien entity who took possession over the centuries of (among others) Jack the Ripper and the city administrator investigating Scotty's alleged murders (conveniently stonewalling the investigation in the process). Even Spock gets in on the fun in "The Menagerie", although the crime in Spock's case is mutiny, not murder, and the whole ordeal is arranged by an alien entity just like the other incidents, albeit out of compassion rather than any sinister motive.
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Berserk Button
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Berserk Button: Don't insult the Enterprise within earshot of Scotty, much less to his face. The Klingons find this out the hard way in "The Trouble With Tribbles". Then again, they are Klingons, so they may have been looking for that fight. Don't imply to McCoy that logic is a good substitute for compassion in a crisis.
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I, Noun
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I, Noun: "I, Mudd".
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Cowboy Episode
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Cowboy Episode: "Spectre of the Gun", in which the main characters are forced to re-enact the gunfight at the O.K. Corral on an alien world.
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No Social Skills
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Justified/Played with in "Charlie X", because he really doesn't understand the rules.
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Act of True Love
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Act of True Love: "The Empath", McCoy sacrifices himself to save Kirk and Spock from death or insanity via Cold-Blooded Torture. Again, he lives, but he didn't know that.
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Mate or Die
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Mate or Die: The Vulcan pon-farr period provides a biological imperative that strong, as seen with Spock in "Amok Time". The Federation has no knowledge of it, as Vulcans do not speak of it even among themselves.
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Sense Freak
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The Kelvans from the Andromeda Galaxy are implied to have a culture like this; they are completely organic beings, but in their true form they experience none of the sensory distractions of humanoids, and consider themselves much more efficient. They go about trying to take over the Milky Way with very straightforward methods (transforming Kirk's crew into vulnerable dust-cubes that only their technology can restore to human form, for example) but without any of the typical Trek villains' hamminess. The Federation is saved from them by the fact that, when in artificial humanoid form, the Kelvans become Sense Freaks and can be incapacitated in a variety of ways, such as by the effects of alcohol or unfamiliar emotions like pleasure or jealousy.
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Hollywood Torches
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Hollywood Torches: In "Errand of Mercy" and "Catspaw".
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Sliding Scale of Continuity
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Sliding Scale of Continuity: The series adhered to the level 2 of continuity (Status Quo Is God) well enough that with a scant few exceptions you can watch the series in any order and it generally makes perfect sense.
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Imperiled in Pregnancy
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Imperiled in Pregnancy: In "Friday's Child", a usurper named Ma'ab kills Aka'ar, the Teer (tribal king), in an attempted coup. He then demands Aka'ar's pregnant wife Eleen and her unborn son killed, as the unborn son is the true heir of succession. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy have to go on the run with Eleen to keep her safe.
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Pleasure Planet
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Pleasure Planet: "Shore Leave" takes place on a planet where aliens go for amusement and the Enterprise crew finds danger and weirdness.
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Industrialized Evil
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Industrialized Evil: In "A Taste of Armageddon", the Enterprise discovers two planets are involved in a bizarre war in which computers simulate the conflict, and civilians deemed "killed" in the simulation are required to report to disintegration chambers. The people willingly go to their deaths, believing that in doing so, they are preventing an actual war from breaking out.
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Amnesia Danger
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Amnesia Danger: In "The Paradise Syndrome", the danger was that the amnesiac character (Kirk) had forgotten that there was a danger.
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Dramatic Chase Opening: "The Return of the Archons" starts with Sulu and another crewman running from some pursuers in a city street. They're both caught.
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Big
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Big "NO!": Lazarus in "The Alternative Factor". Charlie Evans does this in "Charlie X".
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Neck Snap
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Neck Snap: The Vulcan tal-shaya technique performed by the Orion spy in "Journey to Babel".
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True Companions
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True Companions: Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
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Xanatos Gambit
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Xanatos Gambit: "Amok Time". T'Pring benefits no matter who wins the duel. Turns out Vulcans love these, since they are, as Spock comments, "Logical. Flawlessly logical." They're always looking to turn some kind of benefit from plans and events.
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Let's You and Him Fight
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Let's You and Him Fight: In "Amok Time" Spock's "fiancée" has chosen another, and elects to invoke a ritual in which the two fight for her hand. He's perfectly willing to fight Spock for her, but she elects Kirk as her champion instead - for reasons that Spock later describes as "logical."
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Novelization
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Novelization: between 1967 and his death in the late 1970s, James Blish adapted virtually every TOS episode in short-story format for a series of paperback books (Star Trek 1, Star Trek 2, etc.). A handful of leftover stories were subsequently adapted by his widow, J.A. Lawrence, as the final Star Trek 12 volume, plus the Harry Mudd stories were combined with an original novella to form the novel Mudd's Angels. Early Blish volumes exhibit Early Installment Weirdness as they are based on early scripts of some episodes, resulting in noticeable differences in plot and characterization from the broadcast episodes.
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Time-Travelers Are Spies
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Time-Travelers Are Spies: "Tomorrow is Yesterday", "Assignment: Earth".
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And Your Little Dog, Too!
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And Your Little Dog, Too!: Villains often find that this trope is what forces Kirk to comply to them. Textbook case in "The Squire of Gothos", with Spock as the collateral.
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Grand Theft Me
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Usually it's to show how evil the villains can get, as the main characters would rarely ever do it (unless their body is taken over or if they are under the influence of something). In one episode alone, one minion slaps Uhura and would do it on two more occasions if others hadn't stepped in.
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Fallen Hero
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Fallen Hero: Gary Mitchell, John Gill, Garth of Izar.
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Self-Destruct Mechanism
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Self-Destruct Mechanism: The Enterprise has one on board. It requires simultaneous voice input from three senior officers to activate.
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Enemy Without
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"The Enemy Within": Kirk is split into a good and an evil version. Guess which one is the enemy.
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Dropped After the Pilot
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Dropped After the Pilot: Perhaps the most famous example, Captain Pike from the first pilot. More accurately, everyone but Spock was replaced. The 2nd pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", has Ship's Doctor Mark Piper, Communications Officer Alden, and Yeoman Smith. They were replaced by Leonard McCoy, Lieutenant Uhura, and Janice Rand, respectively, in the series.
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Food and Animal Attraction
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Food and Animal Attraction: In "The Cage", during one of the illusions the Talosians create for Captain Pike, a horse starts nuzzling his jacket pocket in search of the sugar therein.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: To the show's precursor Forbidden Planet, which included the early line, "We'll reach D.C. point at 1701."
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Playing Gertrude
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Playing Gertrude: Even though they played father and son, Mark Lenard was only six years older than Leonard Nimoy.
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Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!
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Get A Hold Of Yourself Man In the episode "The Naked Time", Kirk does this to Spock. After several slaps, Spock finally retaliates and sends Kirk flying across the room. It does seem to work though. Kirk attempts it on McCoy, who is under the influence of the Lotus-Eater Machine in "The Return of the Archons". This one isn't so successful.
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Obvious Stunt Double
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Obvious Stunt Double: The most infamous example might be the fight in "Amok Time", which features a stunt double that looks nothing like William Shatner fighting an equally non-Leonard-Nimoyish stuntman. Though you could also cite the fight between Ricardo Montalban's stuntman and whoever was doubling for Shatner in "Space Seed". Or the fight in "Court Martial", where seemingly two random guys fought in place of actors William Shatner and Richard Webb.
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No Name Given
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No Name Given: Several prominent examples: The character played by Majel Barrett in "The Cage" is referred to only as "Number One," the unofficial nickname attached to her position as Captain Pike's first officer. Neither the male Romulan Commander played by Mark Lenard in "Balance of Terror" nor the female Commander played by Joanne Linville in "The Enterprise Incident" are ever referred to by name.
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Deus ex Nukina
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Deus ex Nukina: In "The Doomsday Machine," Commodore Decker takes a shuttle and steers it 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 rigged to self-destruct in a big explosion. Kirk manually pilots the Constellation into the maw. In "Obsession," the vampire cloud, which has been freely munching on the crew, finally heads home to reproduce. Kirk beams down to the planet Where It All Began to deliver a chunk of antimatter. When it blows, it rips half the planet's atmosphere away. In "The Immunity Syndrome", the Enterprise must deliver an anti-matter bomb to the nucleus of the giant space amoeba. In a twist, Mr. Spock volunteers for a separate suicide mission, to deliver the probe that enables Kirk to target the nucleus.
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Teleporters and Transporters
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Teleporters and Transporters: The Trope Codifier. Transporters work by disassembling an object (or person) into energy, shooting it some distance away, and reassembling that object at the new location. It consists of the following parts: A de-materializer, which breaks down the object in a controlled fashion A buffer, which holds the disintegrated object until transmission A transmitter, which transmits the disintegrated object as a beam of energy A re-materializer, which reintegrates the object in a controlled fashion invoked Contrary to popular opinion, the transported object is indeed the original object from the start, and the device does not kill living things that are being transported. note People transported are in fact conscious during transport. If there's unbroken continuity of consciousness, then there cannot have been a death. However, as you can probably imagine, transporters can be rather scarily dangerous if some part of the process were to be interrupted.
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Settling the Frontier
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Settling the Frontier: A couple of examples: "This Side of Paradise" has the Enterprise on a rescue mission to settlers on a Federation colony, supposedly endangered by deadly radiation. In "The Way to Eden", the crew of the Enterprise meets a group of space hippies who hope to settle a new colony on a planet they call Eden. In "The Trouble with Tribbles" the Federation and the Klingons are competing to develop a colony world. The Enterprise is tasked with delivering a special grain hybrid to kickstart the colony's agriculture. A Klingon agent subsequently poisons the grain.
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Space Is Noisy
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Space Is Noisy: Star Trek's writers are very well aware that there is no sound in space - in fact, the show was originally planned to not feature sound during the space scenes at all. This idea was dropped because without sound, the scenes felt unreal. In "Balance of Terror", both the Romulan and the Enterprise crews cut their ship's power to avoid detection. During this, the crews whisper so they will not alert the enemy. This is actually justified by the fact that starship sensors are established to be able to detect even very faint vibrations - such as heartbeats - from very long distances: the impact of voices hitting the hull could give them away.
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Antagonist Title
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Antagonist Title: "Charlie X": Charlie Evans becomes a Reality Warper and goes mad with power. "The Enemy Within": Kirk is split into a good and an evil version. Guess which one is the enemy. "The Devil in the Dark": Subverted. The silicon-based Horta was killing the miners to protect its eggs. The Enterprise crew heal it and communicate with it. "The Doomsday Machine": It is a planet-eating machine from another Galaxy. "The Ultimate Computer": A.I. Is a Crapshoot. "The Tholian Web": The energy web is being created by the Tholians to destroy the Enterprise.
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Sexier Alter Ego
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Sexier Alter Ego: In the episode "Mudd's Women", Mudd has pills that he claims makes a woman more attractive. Mirror Universe Spock is this for many viewers.
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Every Episode Ending
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Every Episode Ending: The Enterprise flies off into parts unknown, as the dramatic fanfare plays her out. Very rarely averted. But when it is. . .
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Lying in the Dirt Together
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Lying in the Dirt Together: In the episode "Shore Leave", while exploring an alien planet Captain Kirk meets Finnegan, an upperclassman who tormented him at Starfleet Academy. Finnegan taunts Kirk into a prolonged fight, which ends with both of them too tired to continue. It's later revealed that Finnegan was a robot created based on Kirk's memories.
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Death of the Old Gods
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Death of the Old Gods: "Who Mourns For Adonais" has the Enterprise meeting Apollo, the last of the Greek gods (who were actually Sufficiently Advanced Aliens). Kirk pretty much tells him to stuff it, and then gets schizophrenic about whether humanity has Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions as religion in general, or just moved on to Christianity.
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Forbidden Fruit
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Forbidden Fruit: In "Requiem for Methuselah", the only part of Flint's mansion that Rayna Kapec is forbidden to enter is one specific room. Guess where she wants to go more than anywhere else? Flint doesn't want her to go in there for a good reason. It's the laboratory where she was created: she's a humanoid robot. The clue is when she tells Kirk that the area just outside that is the place she goes when she's troubled and wants to think things over.
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Psychotic Smirk
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Psychotic Smirk: Chekov gets a particularly nasty one in "Mirror, Mirror" when he threatens to kill Kirk for disobeying an order. Doubles as Slasher Smile.
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That's What I Would Do
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That's What I Would Do: In "Balance of Terror", this is Kirk's comment after the nameless Romulan commander dodges one of the Enterprise's attacks: "He did exactly what I would have done. I won't underestimate him again."
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Days of Future Past
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Days of Future Past: Primarily a Space Western, with Kirk frequently acting as the Army Scout who helps the struggling colonists. But there was also plenty of "Age Of Sail" IN SPACE and the American Cold War IN SPACE.
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DeadlyDecadentCourt
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Deadly Decadent Court: The Romulan government at several points is implied to be one. The Platonians in "Plato's Stepchildren" started out with a good idea—create a society based upon Plato's Republic—but ended up as this after centuries of isolation. In "The Gamesters of Triskelion" the three brains running the planet have resorted to pitting random aliens against each other in gladiatorial combat after losing their purpose in life.
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Unlimited Wardrobe
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Unlimited Wardrobe: Guest star Barbara Anderson (Lenore Karidian, "Conscience of a King") shares the record with Ricardo Montalban and Joan Collins for the most costumes worn in an episode (six).
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No-Paper Future
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No-Paper Future: Although paper still exists, characters take notes on what are obviously tablet computers. Most characters find reading e-books off of screens to be more convenient than hauling wood pulp around. And this was over forty years ago. The characters are reading what the series calls "microtapes." Yet another example of Zeerust, in that microfilm was predicted to replace paper books back in the 1960's. Averted in the unaired pilot, where the ship's computer produces printouts.
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Call a Smeerp a
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Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": In "The Enemy Within", Evil Kirk insists that his subordinates bring him some "Saurian brandy." It's unlikely that whatever world the Saurians come from actually has grapes that can be fermented and distilled into real brandy. On Earth, brandy can be made from many different fruits; presumably, Saurian brandy is made from a fruit native to that world. Given that ale is specifically a barley-based beverage, however, one wonders what the Romulans are using to make "Romulan ale." The Saurians were later established in Star Trek: The Motion Picture to be lizard people; there were a couple of them on the Enterprise.
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Unknown Relative
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Unknown Relative: In the episode "Journey to Babel" Kirk is surprised to meet Spock's parents. It's a little unrealistic that a Starfleet captain tasked with transporting a distinguished delegation to a vital conference would have no idea that Vulcan's ambassador to the Federation is his first officer's father.
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Mundanization: Episodes in which the crew visits Earth's past, or a planet that unusually mimics it, derive a lot of the humor from the Fish out of Water setting.
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RedShirts
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"The Ultimate Computer" is meant to replace starship captains, but ends up killing Red Shirts because it is the most efficient way of doing things.
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Dutch Angle
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Dutch Angle: Used in "Wink of an Eye" to denote the scenes taking place in hyper-accelerated time.
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Terminally Dependent Society
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Terminally Dependent Society: The Enterprise encounters several of these during the series. In The Cage, Talosian society is revealed to be so addicted to their own natural ability to create realistic psychic illusions that they allowed their entire civilization to crumble around them while they endlessly enjoyed the fake realities they constructed. In The Apple, the Enterprise encounters a society that has been kept in primitive cultural stagnation by an advanced computer that carefully controls the entire planet they live on.
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Frequently-Broken Unbreakable Vow
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Frequently-Broken Unbreakable Vow: Captain Kirk's willingness to break the Prime Directive whenever he needs to save the Enterprise and/or a "stagnant" culture is well known. He's also a hypocrite on the issue, condemning Captain Tracy in "The Omega Glory" for doing something he has done before and will do again.
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The Captain
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Perhaps the most famous example, Captain Pike from the first pilot. More accurately, everyone but Spock was replaced.
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The Cavalry
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The Cavalry: Usually in the form of the Enterprise or a second landing party arriving to save the day. Lampshaded in "Friday's Child" when Kirk wonders why "the cavalry doesn't come over the hill in the nick of time anymore." Then Scotty arrives with a Redshirt Army.
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Breakout Character
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Breakout Character: Spock became the fan favorite almost instantly, and the only way to keep the focus on the captain was for the writers to emphasize his close co-worker/friend relationship with Kirk note this was actually suggested by Isaac Asimov in this letter to Roddenberry; later, this dynamic evolved into the Power Trio of Spock, Kirk and McCoy.
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Inertial Impalement
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Inertial Impalement: In "The Menagerie", during the illusionary battle between Captain Pike and a Rigelian warrior, Pike is kneeling in a courtyard holding up a broken spearhead braced against the ground. The warrior jumps down on him and impales himself on the spearhead.
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Science Is Good: The show portrays a fairly utopian, post-scarcity, post-racism future for humankind, with Cool Starships and Faster-Than-Light Travel. Unlike many science-focused works, the original series is fairly idealistic and romantic, showing respect for both nature/tradition and new science and medicine.
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Obstructionist Pacifist
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Obstructionist Pacifist: A famous example is Edith Keeler from "The City on the Edge of Forever". A time-traveling Dr. McCoy saves her, and because she lives, she leads a pacifist movement that prevents crucial war research during WWII, causing the Nazis to win the war. Kirk has to let her die to reset the timeline. The Organians look like this for most of "Errand of Mercy". Spock describes the planet as a stagnant culture, and the planet seems to be populated by amiable old men who placidly allow the Klingons to conquer them, rebuking Kirk and Spock's efforts to inspire a resistance because they abhor violence so much they'd rather allow arbitrary executions than fight back. It's only at the end that we learn the Organians have simply pretended to be harmless (and executed, and humanoid) to make their visitors feel at ease. When tensions come to a head, they revert to their luminous true forms and make both sides sit in the corner.
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Unobtainium
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Dilithium crystals are a fundamental aspect of the Star Trek universe, as all Federation starships use them for their Faster Than Light engines. They have basically one important property: they are able to safely interact with antimatter to produce a controlled reaction. They cannot be replicated and can decay in quality, which adds to some tension in either repairing the imperfections in the existing crystal, or finding new sources of dilithium.
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Monster Is a Mommy: "The Devil in the Dark" has the Horta, which is only protecting its eggs.
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Disney Dog Fight: At the end of "Requiem for Methuselah", Robot Girl Rayna Kapec must choose between Flint and Captain Kirk. The strain causes her to overload and die.
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Updated Re-release: The remastered episodes, with redone special effects, HD film transfers and stereo soundtracks.
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Male Gaze
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Male Gaze: In "Mudd's Women", the camera rather obviously pans to the women's derrieres as they walk along the corridors of the Enterprise after leaving the transporter room.
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Battle Theme Music
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Battle Theme Music: The "Ancient Battle" theme from "Amok Time," an example of Orchestral Bombing which has been appropriated by so many homages and parodies. It's practically an Undead Horse Trope at this point. Similarly, the space battle music from the episode "The Doomsday Machine" became a standard used over and over again in later episodes.
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Good Republic, Evil Empire
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Good Republic, Evil Empire: Why the Federation is unlike the Klingons, according to Kirk.
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Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique
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Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Garth uses this on Dr. Cory and Kirk in "Whom Gods Destroy" in an attempt to learn the transporter code word.
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No Immortal Inertia
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No Immortal Inertia: In "Miri", children live for hundreds of years due to a virus, but when they reach puberty they become ill and insane and die.
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Technicolor Death
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Technicolor Death: Anyone killed by a phaser weapon set to "disrupt" will experience this.
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Last of His Kind
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Last of His Kind: "Who Mourns for Adonais?", "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield". "Devil in the Dark" plays with this one; the Horta is merely the last of her generation, trying to guard over a massive hoard of eggs until they hatch.
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Liberty Over Prosperity
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Liberty Over Prosperity: In "Space Seed", after Khan's attempt to take over the Enterprise fails, Kirk says that he and his followers can either be punished under Starfleet regulations (which would presumably involve a long prison sentence) or become colonists on an uninhabited planet.
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Unsuccessful Pet Adoption
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Unsuccessful Pet Adoption: Zigzagged. In "The Trouble with Tribbles", Uhura adopts a Tribble (a little fuzzy alien), but has to give it away because all Tribbles multiply like crazy and are "born pregnant". However, it's a bit ambiguous on whether Tribbles are usually kept as pets. They are sold, but Kirk and other such characters frequently comment on how bad they are as pets.
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The Face
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The Face: Uhura is the Communications Officer, though Kirk handles important parleys, negotiations, and First Contacts himself.
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Turns Red
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Turns Red: The Companion, when Kirk and crew attack it with something like an EMP; it takes Cochrane to stop it from killing our gallant crew.
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All Women Are Lustful
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All Women Are Lustful: Contrary to his reputation, Kirk doesn't initiate a lot of his kisses, and when he does it's nearly always used as a means to an end.
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Memetic Hand Gesture
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Memetic Hand Gesture: The Vulcan salute. Live long and prosper.
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The Hero
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The Hero: Captain Kirk
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Fascinating Eyebrow
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Fascinating Eyebrow: When Spock raises his eyebrow, he says "fascinating" very nearly every time.
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Mars Needs Women
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Mars Needs Women: "Mudd's Women"—Mudd is transporting the women to provide companionship to lonely colonists.
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Unexplained Recovery
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Unexplained Recovery: Two rather famous Redshirts. Lieutenant Leslie gets killed by the Dikironium Cloud Creature in "Obsession" and reappears unharmed later in the episode.note According to the actor, a "recovery" scene was scripted but never filmed. Lieutenant Galloway gets disintegrated by a phaser in "The Omega Glory", but he shows up alive and well in "Turnabout Intruder." In the episode "The Galileo Seven," Spock's legs get pinned between a large rock and a cliff. After he is freed, he is visibly limping; however, later in the episode, he is shown walking around the bridge with no indication that the injury had ever occured. Justified in that Spock may heal faster than humans and that McCoy may have had a chance to treat his injuries in the meantime.
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Clothing Damage
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Clothing Damage: Kirk must have a pretty steep uniform allowance to cover all of those shirts that get torn up (or completely torn off of him). An unintended case can be seen in "The Savage Curtain" when Kirk's pants split open in the back for a brief moment.
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Suspiciously Specific Denial
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And cats. He has no particular fondness for the creatures.
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The Great Politics Mess-Up
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The Great Politics Mess-Up: Wait, did Chekov say "Leningrad" in My Grandma Can Do Better Than You below? Chekov also attributes one of the "Russian inwentions" to somebody in Minsk, which was part of the Soviet Union but is now in modern-day Belarus.
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Rubber-Forehead Aliens
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Despite the franchise's well-earned reputation for Rubber-Forehead Aliens, the original series did introduce some nonhumanoid aliens in some of the series' most highly-regarded episodes: the Horta in "Devil in the Dark," the tribbles in "The Trouble with Tribbles"; the true forms of Sylvia and Korob as seen at the end of "Catspaw"; and several non-corporeal aliens. Within the limits of the special effects technology available at the time, the original series actually did fairly well in this regard. Additionally, the Kelvans are stated to have had a truly bizarre physiology before taking on human form to steal the Enterprise.
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Sarcastic Devotee
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Sarcastic Devotee: Both Spock and Bones are devoted to the captain, but are also quite willing to question/make sarcastic comments about his orders when the situation warrants it.
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The Strength of Ten Men
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The Strength of Ten Men: In "Space Seed," Khan's "I have five times your strength!"
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Grand Theft Prototype
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Grand Theft Prototype: In "The Enterprise Incident", the Starfleet Command sent the Enterprise on a mission to steal a cloaking device so they could learn how to neutralize it.
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Freudian Trio
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Freudian Trio: Kirk (Ego), Spock (Superego) and McCoy (Id) form the page image for this trope.
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Blue-and-Orange Morality
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Blue-and-Orange Morality: Eminiar and Vendikar, the two warring planets in "A Taste of Armageddon," have so sanitized their war with each other that they no longer send actual missiles—instead they just send computer signals signifying an attack and then have all civilians who happened to be within range of the theoretical attack disintegrate themselves in booths designed for that purpose. The leader of Eminiar considers Kirk a monster because he refuses to allow the same thing to happen to the crew of the Enterprise when the ship is calculated to have been "hit" by an "attack," and even more so when he destroys Eminiar's attack computers, immediately breaking the stalemate between the two planets.
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Talking the Monster to Death
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Talking the Monster to Death: Usually with Kirk delivering a Logic Bomb to a psychotic computer.
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Monster of the Week
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Monster of the Week: In SF author David Gerrold's book about writing the episode "The Trouble With Tribbles", he recounts seeing the first episode broadcast, which featured a creature that sucked all of the salt out of people's bodies, thereby killing them. He hoped Star Trek wasn't going to turn out to be a Monster of the Week show, which ironically for him, it did.
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Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!
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Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Trelane, the Squire of Gothos... at least until Kirk breaks whatever it is he has behind that mirror. In the episode "Catspaw", Sylvia and Korob... until Kirk shatters the power transmuter wand tied to the illusions to themselves and the planet. You may notice a theme. Justified/Played with in "Charlie X", because he really doesn't understand the rules. Gary Mitchell from "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
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Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
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Wait, did Chekov say "Leningrad" in My Grandma Can Do Better Than You below?
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Beethoven Was an Alien Spy
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Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: In "Wolf in the Fold", it turns out that Jack the Ripper was just one of many creatures possessed by a Puppeteer Parasite over the centuries. "Requiem for Methuselah" concerns an immortal being who takes credit for the deeds of many historical figures.
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Licensed Pinball Tables
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Licensed Pinball Tables: There were technically two: Bally's Star Trek, originally featured the crew in their television designs. Soon after production, however, it was redecorated to bring it closer to Star Trek: The Motion Picture instead. Data East's Star Trek was released as part of the 25th Anniversary of the television series. Features oodles of character cameos on the playfield and a great transporter effect on the backglass.
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Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!
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Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: "A Piece of the Action". The inhabitants of Sigma Iotia II are so enamored of 1920s Chicago gang culture that they decided to base their entire civilization on it.
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My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That
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My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: in the episode "Mudd's Women", the computer tells the all-male hearing board the effect the women are having on them: elevated heart rate, sweating, rapid pulse. All except Spock.
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You Are in Command Now
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You Are in Command Now: In "Catspaw", a landing party that includes Scott and Sulu is taken prisoner. Kirk assigns himself and Spock to the rescue party, which also gets captured. This leaves Assistant Chief Engineer Lt. DeSalle, an obscure character that most viewers have never heard of, in command of the Enterprise. (DeSalle appeared in a grand total of 3 episodes.) Robert Bloch's original script had everyone senior to Uhura off the ship, and left her in command, but Executive Meddling wouldn't allow for a black woman being put in command of the Enterprise.
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Cartwright Curse
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Cartwright Curse: So frequent you could almost take bets on whether the Girl of the Week is going to buy the farm by the end of the episode (or if she doesn't, pull a High-Heel–Face Turn).
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Wagon Train to the Stars
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Though it's more subtle and less jarring than the transition from pilots to series, the first half of the first season (produced by Roddenberry) has a much stronger Wagon Train to the Stars emphasis, with the Enterprise functioning as a deep space exploration vessel whose missions often involved surveying uncharted space and re-supplying isolated frontier posts. When Gene Coon took over as showrunner, he introduced the United Federation of Planets, the Prime Directive, and the Klingon Empire, and the Enterprise took on many more diplomatic and strategic missions more consistent with a Cold War setting than The Wild West.
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Murderous Malfunctioning Machine
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In "The Changeling", one of Earth's probes - programmed to seek out life - collided with and damaged an alien probe that was programmed to sterilize soil samples from other planets. The alien probe used parts of Earth's probe to repair itself, resulting in their programs merging to "seek out life and sterilize it".
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Eat Dirt, Cheap
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Eat Dirt, Cheap: The Horta. It's a silicon lifeform that eats rocks.
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Mundane Utility
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Mundane Utility: In multiple episodes, they use their phasers to create a heat source, by shooting a rock. In one episode, Yeoman Rand uses a phaser to reheat Kirk's coffee!
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Combat by Champion
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Combat by Champion: "Arena" has Kirk vs. Gorn captain. "Amok Time" has Kirk vs. Spock. "The Gamesters of Triskelion" has Kirk, Chekov, and Uhura vs. an Amazing Technicolor Population.
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Redemption Equals Death
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Redemption Equals Death: Dr. Elizabeth Dehner in the 2nd pilot episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and Captain Merick in "Bread and Circuses".
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Impostor Exposing Test
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Impostor Exposing Test: In "The Trouble with Tribbles", the Tribble dislike for Klingons is used to identify the Klingon spy disguised as a human.
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Evil Twin
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Evil Twin: "The Enemy Within", which featured Kirk's evil self separated from his good self via transporter malfunction, and "Mirror, Mirror", which featured an entire universe of evil twins.
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Stealth in Space: The Romulans' cloaking device 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 "Balance of Terror" to be a submarine episode (specifically, the 1957 film The Enemy Below) Recycled IN SPACE!
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Get Back to the Future
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Get Back to the Future: "Tomorrow Is Yesterday", "All Our Yesterdays".
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Easily Forgiven: The Kelvans in "By Any Other Name". They hijack the ship, threaten the entire crew, and kill a female yeoman as a demonstration of their power (she wasn't acting as a danger to them in any way). And yet, at the end, Kirk forgives and agrees to help them.
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Humans Need Aliens
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Humans Need Aliens: The Aegis (Gary Seven's alien overlords) routinely protect civilizations from destroying themselves. Fridge Logic issues arises, as they are only ever seen in one episode, in which they operate in the past (20th century).
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Would Hit a Girl: Usually it's to show how evil the villains can get, as the main characters would rarely ever do it (unless their body is taken over or if they are under the influence of something). In one episode alone, one minion slaps Uhura and would do it on two more occasions if others hadn't stepped in. Another instance is when an ex-lover of Kirk's, while in Kirk's body, hits Kirk, who is in her body. This shocks the rest of the crew, who at this point haven't learned about the change and grow suspicious, as Kirk would never hit a girl like that. Kirk chins Shahna, his "drill thrall" in "The Gamesters of Triskelion", into unconsciousness, but it doesn't get him very far. However, Kirk has a weird tendency to lay his hands on female characters as part of "normal" conversation, including grabbing them by the arms or shoulders and shaking them, even women he hasn't been sleeping with. This tendency towards physical conversation also extends to male crew members. This tendency doesn't extend to when the girls hit first. Both Kirk and McCoy have slapped women right back in a few episodes. In the very first episode, when the salt vampire disguises itself as Nancy, the woman archaeologist who's supposedly been living on the planet, it's Spock who convinces McCoy by beating the living shit out of "Nancy", who isn't affected at all, finally pretty casually backhanding Spock clear across the room.
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Human Aliens
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Human Aliens: Most alien races encountered are indistinguishable from humans, even the Klingons; they weren't given rubber foreheads until the films. This is mostly due to budget reasons, though it's odd that only Spock requires a disguise whenever the crew infiltrates an alien world.
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Aside Comment: At the end of "Journey to Babel", Doctor McCoy looks directly into the camera and happily states, "I finally got the last word."
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Trial by Combat
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Trial by Combat: Kirk must face the Gorn captain in "Arena" in a Duel to the Death to determine which of them has trespassed into the other's territory. Kirk vs. Spock in "Amok Time" is the other classic example. Spock is badass enough when he's in his right mind. Spock driven beyond the point of insanity by his mating instinct is horrifying for Kirk and McCoy!
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Battle Chant: In the episode "Miri", at one point, the Long-Lived children get together and start chanting the word "Bonk" repeatedly (as in "Bonk on the head") as an indication of what they plan to do to the Enterprise crew who have beamed down to their planet.
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Sufficiently Advanced Alien: "The Corbomite Maneuver", "The Squire of Gothos" and more.
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Dude, Where's My Respect?: Averted. Among Kirk's various honors and awards: the Grankite Order of 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 Conspicuous Gallantry, the Starfleet Silver Palm with Cluster, and the Starfleet Medal of Honor. The list goes on for so long that it has to be stopped early so that the episode can continue. Spock's no slouch either. He's in the Vulcan Scientific Legion of Honor, and received two decorations for valor from Starfleet Command.
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Planet Spaceship: In "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky", a group of aliens have been sequestered inside a large interstellar asteroid for so long that they have forgotten that they are actually inside one.
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Running Gag: Trying to explain Spock's Pointy Ears to native people. The cake-taker has to be this gem, from "The City on the Edge of Forever": Chekov claiming everything was "inwented in Russia."
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Death Ray: Phasers, at their highest setting, become Disintegrator Rays.
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Weakened by the Light: In "Operation: Annihilate!", the parasites that infected the colonists on the planet Deneva are destroyed by bright light.
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Cyberpunk: Star Trek often leans into both this and Post Cyber Punk quite often, with mentions of technology steadily replacing men, the implications of using technology to enhance men or even replace humanity entirely, and the ramifications of technology being misused by those who don't understand it. Some of the clearer examples of this trope at play are listed below: The Cloud Minders, which features the oppressive sky-city of Stratos and its subordinate, ground-dwelling Troglytes, some of whom have formed the rebellious Disrupters in an attempt to overthrow the city. Return Of The Archons in which a whole society is run by a mind-controlling computer, and an underground resistance has formed to overthrow it.
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Styrofoam Rocks: In "Return of the Archons", a melon-sized "rock" bounces off a stuntman's head and he keeps running. Apparently it wasn't supposed to hit him at all, and was left in under time pressure.
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Artistic License – Physics: In "The Naked Time", the Enterprise is observing a planet in the process of breaking up. The only explanation given for why the planet is breaking up is that its star has gone dark, which would make no difference. It's as if it's just spontaneously exploding. What's more, they talk about its mass changing, which absolutely cannot happen under the laws of physics.note The closest thing in real life would be, A.) Change the effect of gravity in some way (and most of the numbers related to gravity are called 'constants' for a reason), or B.) remove some of the planet's matter, which would change the total mass and either its density or volume (or both).
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One-Winged Angel
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One-Winged Angel: Sylvia in "Catspaw" turns into a giant cat when Kirk refuses to obey her.
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Gunboat Diplomacy: The Federation brings peace, justice, and brotherhood... and if you don't like it, Captain Kirk brings a phaser. "A Piece of the Action" is the funniest example. Captain Kirk positively revels in giving all the mob chiefs offers they can't refuse. The series was partially inspired by the Horatio Hornblower books. Parodied in a line given to Kirk in one of the classic fan songs, "Star Trekkin'" — "We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill," which was in turn inspired by a scene in one episode where Kirk declares, "We come in peace!" while pointing his phaser at the alien. He never actually said those words.
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Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Vians in "The Empath" use a beautiful, mute empath in combination with our Power Trio to determine whether her race is worthy of survival before their sun goes nova. Their methods consist of torture and mutilation, resulting in gross physical and psychological damage. Turns out that the empath's race is worthy of preservation, and the Vians, logical and possessed of their own morals and ethics regarding life, needed only "good old-fashioned human emotion" to help them see that.
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Captain's Log: The Trope Maker; 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.
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Evil Is Hammy: "The Enemy Within" has Evil!Kirk Chewing the Scenery.
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Not Rare Over There: In "Elaan of Troyius", the ship's dilithium crystals crack in the middle of a battle. Unfortunately, there are none left... until they realise that Elaan's necklace has a bunch of them. She surrenders it gladly, bemused that they would want what to her planet are Worthless Yellow Rocks.
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"Errand of Mercy" features an alien society that thrived for eons without technological advancement. Although, they really don't need to use technology. They are, after all Sufficiently Advanced Aliens.
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Talking Is a Free Action
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Talking Is a Free Action, by way of the Captain's Log used to bring viewers up to speed on current events. In "By Any Other Name", as the Enterprise approaches the Energy Barrier, Kirk records a log detailing a plan to defeat the Kelvans—while the Kelvans are on the bridge with him.
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Pet the Dog
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And dogs, too. See the space dog in "The Enemy Within".
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Once a Season: The Romulans appear in one episode per season: "Balance of Terror" in season 1, "The Deadly Years" in season 2note though they are not seen onscreen and their ship is reused stock footage from "Balance of Terror", and "The Enterprise Incident" in season 3. Kirk faces a different Nefarious Klingon Commander once per season: Kor in season 1's "Errand of Mercy", Koloth in season 2's "The Trouble with Tribbles", and Kang in season 3's "Day of the Dove". (Both Koloth and Kang were intended to be a returning Kor, but the actor who played him was unavailable both times.)
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Shown Their Work
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Shown Their Work: In "Tomorrow Is Yesterday", the Enterprise travels back in time to 1968. It's mentioned that three astronauts are taking part in a manned moon shot on Wednesday. Two years after the episode aired, Apollo 11 blasted off on July 16, 1969 (a Wednesday) carrying three astronauts (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins). Given that the Apollo program was already getting started around the time of this episode, however, it was already known that there would be three astronauts per spacecraft, and odds were good that at least one of the craft bound for the moon would launch on a Wednesday.
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