Amok Time (Episode)

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Amok Time
"Amok Time" (TOS34)

"Amok Time" (TOS34)
Series Star Trek
Season 2
Episode 1
Production Number 34

Previous Who Mourns for Adonais? (TOS33)
Next The Doomsday Machine (TOS35)
Released 15 Sep 1967
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 3372.7: Spock undergoes the Vulcan mating ceremony.

Strange behavior from Spock prompts Captain Kirk to order Dr. McCoy to examine the science officer. Spock explains that he has begun the pon farr, the Vulcan mating cycle: if he does not return to Vulcan to take a wife, he will die. Disobeying direct orders from Starfleet, Kirk takes Spock to Vulcan, rather than proceeding to inauguration ceremonies on Altair VI. Kirk and McCoy accompany Spock to the surface, where they will bear witness to the koon-ut-kal-if-fee marriage ceremony, conducted by the esteemed political figure T'Pau.

T'Pring, Spock's betrothed since childhood, invokes her right to ritual combat, demanding that Spock fight a champion of her choosing — surprising everyone by selecting Kirk as her champion, rather than her companion, Stonn. The captain agrees, only to discover that the fight is to the death. McCoy, noting that Vulcan's thin atmosphere places Kirk at a disadvantage, injects him with a tri-ox compound. Spock, deep in the plak tow, or blood fever, apparently kills Kirk soon into the combat. His grief canceling out his mating urge, Spock returns to the Enterprise, only to find that Kirk is alive and well: McCoy injected the captain with a drug that would simulate death, rather than the tri-ox compound that he claimed he was administering.

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Related Data

Astrometrics Aldebaran; Altair VI; Earth; Regulus V; Vulcan
Chronology Prime Timeline; 2267; Stardate 3372.7
Culture chess; devil; koon-ut-kal-if-fee, lyre; marriage; Vulcan language
Education doctor; doctorate; nurse; physician; surgeon
Food plomeek soup
People Chapel, Christine; Chekov, Pavel; Komack, James; Kirk, James T.; Leslie; McCoy, Leonard; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Stonn; Sulu, Hikaru; T'Pau; T'Pring; Uhura, Nyota
Politics Altarian President; Federation Council; Klingon Empire; Starfleet; Starfleet Command; Starfleet Ranks (Ensign, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain, Admiral); United Federation of Planets
Science & Technology adrenaline; ahn-woon; atmosphere; audio receiver; bed; bell; biobed; biocomputer; biology; blood; books; communications; companel; computer; eyes; fire; heart; hypospray; impulse drive; Jefferies tube; lirpa; medcal scanner; medkit; microscope; microtapes; nacelle; neural paralyzer; orbit; PADD; phaser; physical examination; plak tow; pon farr; reproduction; subspace; subspace radio; tears; temperature; time (minute, day, week, year); transporter; tri-ox compound; tricorder; turbolift; viewscreen; warp drive; wind chimes
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Xenology Aldebaran shellmouths; bees; birds; Humans; hybrids; pigs; Regulan eelbirds; salmon; Vulcans
Miscellaneous bridge; captain's quarters; chief medical officer; Finagle's Laws; first officer; logs; main engineering; senior officer quarters; ship's surgeon; shore leave; sickbay; Starfleet delta; Starfleet Sector 9; Starfleet Uniforms (2266); Vulcan Space Central


Created by
Gene Roddenberry

William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy

Written by
Theodore Sturgeon

Directed by
Joseph Pevney

Produced by
Gene L. Coon

Executive Producer
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producer
Robert H. Justman

Guest Star
Celia Lovsky as T'Pau

Also Starring
Arlene Martel as T'Pring
Lawrence Montaigne as Stonn

Majel Barrett as Christine Chapel
George Takei as Sulu
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
Walter Koenig as Chekov
Byron Morrow as Admiral Komack

Script Consultant
D.C. Fontana

Assistant to the Producer
Edwark K. Milkis

Theme Music by
Alexander Courage

Music Composed and Conducted by
Gerald Fried

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Art Directors
Rolland M. Brooks
Walter M. Jefferies

Film Editor
James D. Ballas, A.C.E.

Unit Manager
Gregg Peters

Assistant Director
Rusty Meek

Set Decorator
Joseph J. Stone

Costumes Created by
William Theiss

Photographic Effects
Westheimer Company

Sound Effects Editor
Douglas H. Grindstaff

Music Editor
Jim Henrikson

Re-Recording Mixer
Elden E. Ruberg, C.A.S.

Production Mixer
Carl W. Daniels

Script Supervisor
George A. Rutter

Joseph D'Agosta

Glen Glenn Sound Co.

Makeup Artist
Fred B. Phillips, S.M.A.

Hair Styles
Pat Westmore

George H. Merhoff

Head Grip
George Rader

Property Master
Irving A. Fenberg

Special Effects
Jim Rugg

A Desilu Production

In Association with
Norway Corporation

Executive in Charge of Production
Herbert F. Solow