Shore Leave (Episode)

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Shore Leave
"Shore Leave" (TOS17)

"Shore Leave" (TOS17)
Series Star Trek
Season 1
Episode 15
Production Number 17

Previous The Menagerie (TOS16)
Next The Squire of Gothos (TOS18)
Released 29 Dec 1966
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 3025.3: 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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William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Directed by
Robert Sparr

Written by
Theodore Sturgeon

Produced by
Gene L. Coon

Executive Producer
Gene Roddenberry

Created by
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producer
Robert H. Justman

Script Consultant
Steven W. Carabatsos

Emily Banks as Tonia Barrows
Oliver McGowan as Caretaker
Perry Lopez as Rodriguez

DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy
George Takei as Sulu

Bruce Mars as Finnegan
Barbara Baldavin as Angela Teller
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
Marcia Brown as Alice
Sebastian Tom as Warrior
Shirley Bonne as Ruth

Theme Music by
Alexander Courage

Music Composed and Conducted by
Gerald Fried

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Art Directors
Rolland M. Brooks
Walter M. Jefferies

Film Editor
Fabien Tordsjmann

Assistant to the Producer
Edward K. Milkis

Assistant Director
Gregg Peters

Set Decorator
Marvin March

Costumes Created by
William Theiss

Post Production Executive
Bill Heath

Music Editor
Robert H. Raff

Sound Editor
Douglas H. Grindstaff

Sound Mixer
Jack F. Lilly

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
Margaret Makau

Joseph D'Agosta

Glen Glenn Sound Co.

A Desilu Production

In Association with
Norway Corporation

Executive in Charge of Production
Herbert F. Solow