Amok Time (Episode)

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Star Trek, Season 2, Episode 34
Star Trek
"Amok Time"
Stardate 3372.7
Series Star Trek
Episode Number 34
Release Date 15 September 1967
Writer Theodore Sturgeon
Director Joseph Pevney

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.


Related Data

Astrometrics: Altair VI; Earth; Starfleet Command, Sector 9; Vulcan
Cast & Crew: Barrett, Majel; Doohan, James; Kelley, DeForest; Koenig, Walter; Lovsky, Celia; Martel, Arlene; Montaigne, Lawrence; Morrow, Byron; Nichols, Nichelle; Nimoy, Leonard; Pevney, Joseph; Shatner, William; Sturgeon, Theodore; Takei, George
Chronology: Stardate 3372.7; 2266
Culture: koon-ut-kal-if-fee, marriage
Education: doctor; nurse
Food: plomeek soup
People: Chapel, Christine; Chekov, Pavel; Komack; Kirk, James T.; McCoy, Leonard; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Stonn; Sulu, Hikaru; T'Pau; T'Pring; Uhura, Nyota
Politics: President, Altair VI; Federation Council; Starfleet; Starfleet Command; Starfleet Ranks; United Federation of Planets; Vulcan Space Central
Science & Technology: adrenalin; ahn-woon; computer; impulse drive; lirpa; neural paralyzer; phaser; plak tow; pon farr; transporter; tri-ox compound; tricorder; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles: Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Xenology: Aldebaran shellmouths; bees; birds; Humans; Regulan eelbirds; salmon; Vulcans
Miscellaneous: Finagle's Laws; Vulcan lyre; Vulcan language
Star Trek, Season 2, Episode 34