Shore Leave (Episode)

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Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 17
Star Trek
"Shore Leave"
Stardate 3025.3
Series Star Trek
Episode Number 17
Release Date 29 December 1966
Writer Theodore Sturgeon
Director Robert Sparr

On shore leave, the crew's thoughts come to life.

Captain Kirk decides to give his crew shore leave on an inviting Earth-like planet—but trouble begins when McCoy sees a giant, talking White Rabbit being chased by a little girl. Sulu is menaced by a Samurai; other crewmen are strafed by aircraft, chased by Tigers, and threatened by swordsmen. Kirk meets Finnegan, an old nemesis from his Academy days, and Ruth, an old flame. Then McCoy is killed by a Black Knight on horseback, and as the perils become progressively deadlier, Spock and Kirk realize their thoughts are being brought to life. A kindly old man appears, identifying himself as the planet's Caretaker and explains they are in an "amusement park" where advanced alien science synthesizes the "entertainment" from the thoughts of the "vacationers." McCoy reappears, alive and well in the company of two Rigel cabaret girls. Kirk decides that, with the proper mental precautions, this can be a good shore leave planet after all—just as Ruth reappears.


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Astrometrics amusement planet; Earth; Omicron Delta
Cast & Crew Baldavin, Barbara; Banks, Emily; Doohan, James; Gruzaf, James; Kelley, DeForest; Lopez, Perry; Mars, Bruce; McGowan, Oliver; Nichols, Nichelle; Nimoy, Leonard; Shatner, William; Sparr, Robert; Sturgeon, Theodore; Takei, George
Chronology Stardate 3025.3-3025.8; 2266
Culture Alice in Wonderland; samurai
Education doctor
Food soup; water
People Alice; Barrows, Tonia; Black Knight; Caretaker; Don Juan; Finnegan; Kirk, James T.; Teller; McCoy, Leonard; Rodriguez, Esteban; Ruth; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Sulu, Hikaru; Uhura, Nyota; White Rabbit
Politics Starfleet; Starfleet Academy; Starfleet Ranks; United Federation of Planets; Yeoman
Science & Technology communicator; computer; impulse drive; phaser; pistol; transporter; tricorder; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701; Mitsubishi Zero
Xenology geese; Humans; tigers; Vulcans
Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 17