Operation -- Annihilate! (Episode)

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Myriad Universes: "Operation -- Annihilate!"
"Operation--Annihilate!" (TOS29)

"Operation--Annihilate!" (TOS29)
Series Star Trek
Season 1
Episode 29
Production Number 29

Previous The City on the Edge of Forever (TOS28)
Next Catspaw (TOS30)
Released 13 Apr 1967
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 3287.2: 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 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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Related Data

Astrometrics asteroid belt; Beta Portilin system; Deneva; Ingraham B; Kappa Fornacis system; Levinius V; Milky Way galaxy; Starbase 10; Theta Cygni XII; Vulcan
Chronology Prime Timeline; 21st Century; 2265; 2267; Stardate 3287.2-3289.8
Culture Denevans
Education archaeologist; biologist; doctor; doctorate; physician; nurse; surgeon
People Brent; Chapel, Christine; Denevan pilot; Harrison; Jamal, Zahra; Kartan; Kirk, Aurelan; Kirk, George Samuel; Kirk, James T.; Kirk, Peter; Leslie; McCoy, Leonard; Science Crewman; Science Crewman 2; Scott, Montgomery; Security Officer; Spock; Sulu, Hikaru; Uhura, Nyota; Vinci
Politics Starfleet; Starfleet Command; Starfleet Ranks (Crewman, Ensign, Lieutenant, Starfleet Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain); United Federation of Planets; Yeoman
Science & Technology appendix; archaeology; asteroid; asteroid belt; audio receiver; biology; brain; cells; club; communications; communicator; computer; degree; ears; eyes; gravity; hypospray; impulse drive; inner eyelid; mass; medicine; microtapes; mile; mining; nacelle; optic nerves; orbit; PADD; phasers (Type 1, Type 2); radiation; satellites; sedative; sensors; subspace; subspace radio; surgery; time (hour, year); tractor beam; tranquilizer; transporter; trevium; tricorder; trimagnesite; ultraviolet; warp drive
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; Denevan ship; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Xenology bees; dogs; Humans; neural parasites; Vulcans; wasps
Miscellaneous bridge; briefing room; captain's quarters; first officer; GSK-783; logs; science lab; sickbay; Vulcan nerve pinch


William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Directed by
Herschel Daugherty

Written by
Steven W. Carabatsos

Produced by
Gene L. Coon

Executive Producer
Gene Roddenberry

Created by
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producer
Robert H. Justman

DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy

James Doohan as Scott
Joan Swift as Aurelan
Maurishka as Yeoman Zahra
Majel Barrett as Christine Chapel
George Takei as Sulu
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
Craig Hundley as Peter
Fred Carson as First Denevan
Jerry Catron as Second Denevan

Music Composed and Conducted by
Alexander Courage

Script Consultant
D.C. Fontana

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Art Directors
Rolland M. Brooks
Walter M. Jefferies

Film Editor
Fabien Tordjmann

Assistant to the Producer
Edward K. Milkis

Assistant Director
Michael S. Glick

Set Decorator
Marvin March

Costumes Created by
William Theiss

Post Production Executive
Bill Heath

Music Editor
Jim Henrikson

Sound Editor
Douglas H. Grindstaff

Sound Mixer
Carl W. Daniels

Photographic Effects
Westheimer Company

Script Supervisor
George A. Rutter

Music Consultant
Wilbur Hatch

Music Coordinator
Julian Davidson

Special Effects
Jim Rugg

Property Master
Irving A. Feinberg

George H. Merhoff

Head Grip
George Rader

Production Supervisor
Bernard A. Widin

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

Hair Styles by
Virginia Darcy, C.H.S.

Wardrobe Mistress
Maragaret Makau

Joseph D'Agosta

Glen Glenn Sound Co.

A Desilu Production

In Association with
Norway Corporation

Executive in Charge of Production
Herbert F. Solow