Operation -- Annihilate! (Episode)

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Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 29
Next: "Catspaw"
Star Trek
Stardate 3287.2
Series Star Trek
Episode Number 29
Release Date 13 April 1967
Writer Stephen W. Carabatsos
Director Herschel Daugherty

The Enterprise crew saves Deneva from deadly parasites. The planet Deneva, home of Captain Kirk's brother George "Sam" Kirk and his family, is in the path of an interplanetary epidemic of mass insanity. Approaching the planet, the Enterprise intercepts a radio message from a Denevan pilot who deliberately steers his ship into the sun—destroying himself and an unknown danger. Beaming down with a landing party, Kirk discovers his brother dead, his sister-in-law Aurelan dying, and his nephew Peter unconscious. Deneva has been invaded by bat-size, amoeba-like creatures that intertwine with the humanoid nervous system, manipulating their victims by causing excruciating pain. Spock is attacked and infected by one of the creatures. Kirk, remembering the Denevan who flew into the sun, theorizes that the creatures, who have proven resistant to everything Dr. McCoy has thrown at them, may be sensitive to intense light. Spock volunteers to be McCoy's guinea pig. The experiment works—but Spock has been blinded by exposure to the light. Too late, McCoy discovers that only ultraviolet light is needed to kill the creatures. A chain of trimagnesite satellites is placed in orbit to free the Denevans from their nightmare—just as a fully sighted Spock returns to the bridge. Vulcans, it turns out, developed an extra eyelid to protect them from the harsh sunlight on their homeworld.


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Astrometrics asteroid belt; Beta Portilin system; Deneva; Ingraham B; Kappa Fornacis system; Levinius V; Starbase 10; Theta Cygni XII; Vulcan
Cast & Crew Armstrong, Dave; Barrett, Majel; Carabatsos, Stephen; Daugherty, Herschel; Doohan, James; Hundley, Craig; Kelley, DeForest; Mauriska; Nichols, Nichelle; Nimoy, Leonard; Shatner, William; Swift, Joan; Takei, George
Chronology Stardate 3287.2-3289.8; 2266
Education biologist; doctor; nurse
People Chapel, Christine; Jamal, Zahra; Kartan; Kirk, Aurelan; Kirk, George Samuel; Kirk, James T.; Kirk, Peter; McCoy, Leonard; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Sulu, Hikaru; Uhura, Nyota
Politics Starfleet; Starfleet Command; Starfleet Ranks; United Federation of Planets; Yeoman
Science & Technology computer; impulse drive; phaser; satellites; subspace; subspace radio; tractor beam; transporter; trevium; tricorder; trimagnesite; ultraviolet; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Xenology dogs; Humans; neural parasites; Vulcans
Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 29
Next: "Catspaw"