Return to Tomorrow (Episode)

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Return to Tomorrow
"Return to Tomorrow" (TOS 51)

"Return to Tomorrow" (TOS 51)
Series Star Trek
Season 2
Episode 20
Production Number 51
Release Date 9 Feb 1968
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Stardate 4768.3: Telepathic aliens take over Kirk and Spock's bodies.

Answering a mysterious distress call from Arret — a planet thought long dead — Kirk, McCoy, and Dr. Anne Mulhall are transported underground to confront the last three survivors of that world's civilization. Sargon, Thalassa, and Henoch have preserved their conscious minds within spherical containers, and have remained in this state for centuries. They now wish to "borrow" the bodies of Kirk, Spock, and Dr. Mulhall so that they can construct android bodies to house their minds on a permanent basis. Sargon assures Kirk that his people will be safe, their minds encased for a short time within the same containers his people now occupy. McCoy is concerned about the high metabolic rate necessary for "possession." The real danger, however, is Henoch, who appropriates Spock's body without any intention of returning it. Henoch telepathically forces Nurse Chapel to poison Sargon (in Kirk's body) and then destroys the globe that houses Spock's mind. Fortunately, Spock's consciousness had already left the globe, hidden within the mind of Nurse Chapel. Henoch is tricked into leaving Spock's body, and is destroyed. Sargon and Thalassa vacate the bodies of Kirk and Dr. Mulhall voluntarily, announcing (after one last kiss) that they will be happy to roam throughout the universe together in their noncorporeal state.

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Credits

Story
John T. Dugan

Writer
Gene Roddenberry

Director
Ralph Senensky

Starring
William ShatnerCaptain Kirk
Leonard Nimoy … Mr. Spock
DeForest KelleyDr. McCoy

Also Starring
James DoohanScott
George TakeiSulu
Nichelle NicholsUhura
Walter KoenigChekov

Guest Starring
Majel BarrettNurse Christine Chapel
Diana MuldaurDr. Anne Mulhall
James DoohanSargon (Voice)
Uncredited … Thalassa (Voice)
Uncredited … Henoch (Voice)