The Man Trap (Episode)

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Myriad Universes: "The Man Trap"
"The Man Trap"
Star Trek: "The Man Trap"

Star Trek: "The Man Trap"
Series Star Trek
Season 1
Episode 1
Production Number 06

Previous The Enemy Within (TOS05)
Next The Naked Time (TOS07)
Released 8 Sep 1966
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 1531.1: A shape-shifting, salt-craving creature terrorizes the crew of the Enterprise.

The Enterprise visits planet M-113 to give archaeologists Robert and Nancy Crater supplies and medical checkups. Years ago, Nancy was romantically involved with Dr. Leonard McCoy—whom she nicknamed "Plum."

Now she is literally a different woman: each member of the landing party sees Nancy differently because the real Nancy is dead, killed by a shape-changing alien which has assumed her identity. The creature, the last surviving native of this planet, has been enjoying a symbiotic relationship with Professor Crater; Crater supplies the salt that sustains the entity, and the creature provides Crater with companionship.

The arrival of the Enterprise landing party upsets the delicate balance of this strange alliance. Craving additional salt, the creature kills two crewmen and boards the Enterprise disguised as one of its victims. The creature assumes Dr. McCoy's appearance before Captain Kirk eventually tracks it down and kills it with the aid of Mr. Spock and the real McCoy.

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Related Data

Astrometrics Caran IV; Class M planet; Earth; M-113; Mexico; Starbase 4; Vulcan; Wrigley's Pleasure Planet
Chronology Prime Timeline; 2254; 2256; 2261; 2265; 2266; Stardate 1513.1-1513.8
Culture flower bouquet; marriage; M-113 civilization; Mexican; Swahili language
Education archaeologist; doctor; doctorate; physician; professor; surgeon
Food alcohol; chili peppers; plums; salt; Saurian brandy; water
People Barnhart; Berkeley; Brent; Crater, Nancy; Crater, Robert; Darnell; Dominguez, Jose; Green; Kirk, James T.; M-113 creature; McCoy, Leonard; Navigator; Rand; Rand, Janice; Science Crewman; Science Officer; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Sturgeon; Sulu, Hikaru; Uhura, Nyota
Politics Starfleet; Starfleet Ranks; Starfleet Regulations; United Federation of Planets
Science & Technology alkaloid; archaeology; audio receiver; autopsy; biobed; blood; botany; carbon; carbon group 3; Class M planet; communicator; companel; computer; hypnotism; impulse drive; medicine; miles; orbit; phasers (Type 2); poison; pounds; sensors; sodium chloride; subspace; teeth; tongue depressor; tonsils; tranquilizer; transporter; tricorder; turbolift; vegetation; viewscreen; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Xenology Beauregard; Borgia plant; buffalo; chameleons; flowers; Great Birds of the Galaxy; Humans; M-113 creature; nightshade; passenger pigeons; Vulcans
Miscellaneous bribery; bridge; briefing room; general quarters; logs; senior officer quarters; sickbay; slavery; Starfleet Uniforms (2254, 2266); yeoman


William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Directed by
Marc Daniels

Written by
George Clayton Johnson

Created and Produced by
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producers
Robert H. Justman, John D.F. Black

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Production Designer
Walter M. Jefferies

Music Composed and Conducted by
Alexander Courage

Jeanne Bal, Alfred Ryder

DeForrest Kelley, Grace Lee Whitney
George TakeiSulu
Nichelle NicholsUhura
Bruce WatsonGreen
Michael ZaslowDarnell
Vince Howard … Crewman
Francine Pyne … Nancy III

Art Director
Rolland M. Brooks

Film Editor
Robert L. Swanson

Assistant Director
Michael S. Glick

Set Decorator
Carl F. Biddescombe

Costumes Created by
William Theiss

Post Production Executive
Bill Heath

Music Editor
Robert H. Raff

Sound Editor
Joseph G. Sorokin

Sound Mixer
Jack F. Lilly

Photographic Effects
Howard Anderson Co.

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

Glen Glenn Sound Co.

Executive in Charge of Production
Herbert F. Solow