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Rigelian fever has broken out on the Enterprise. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to Holberg 917-G to find ryetalyn, the only known basis for an antidote. The planet's sole resident is a man named Flint, and despite his initial hostility he agrees to let his robot M-4 collect and synthesize the ryetalyn. He invites the landing party to his house and introduces them to his foster daughter Rayna Kapec. Rayna feels attracted to Kirk, and while he returns her feelings he also feels that something is wrong and that Flint deliberately defers the delivery of the antidote.
Moreover, Spock discovers that Flint possesses previously unknown works of Leonardo da Vinci and Johannes Brahms and that the man is probably around 6000 years old. When the ryetalyn is ready, the landing party discovers a lab with android bodies, all copies of Rayna. Rayna is an android, and the immortal Flint used Kirk to let her emotions come to life. However, as Kirk and Flint are struggling for the welfare of Rayna, she dies of her inner conflict. Dr. McCoy successfully stops the epidemic. He also finds out that Flint is subjected to normal aging again since he has left Earth. As Kirk is suffering from the loss of Rayna, Spock decides to ease the captain's pain with a mind-meld.
Errors and Explanations
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- When Flint first suggests that M4 process the ryetalyn, McCoy pipes up that he would like to supervise. Flint readily agrees, and the doctor follows M4 to the lab. Once there, M4 flies behind into the far end of the room, and a door blocks McCoy's path. True, the partition is made of a substance like frosted glass, but the doctor can’t tell what M4 is doing back there. Yet the easily agitated McCoy takes it all in stride and opts to wait for the robot to return. Does this seem right? Wouldn’t McCoy march out and grouse at Flint because he can't see what's going on? The outer door of the lab could also be shut, possibly as a safety measure.
- Presumably a person rises to the position of captain of a starship because he puts the needs of his crew and vessel above his own. In this episode, however, Spock continually reminds Kirk that they need to concentrate on procuring the ryetalyn. His crew is dying from a horrible plague, and in the space of fewer than four hours he goes so rabid for a woman that he seemingly loses all concern for the 430 men and women aboard his ship’? Is this believable, or does he just need to visit Rigley’s Pleasure Planet for a couple of weeks? Kirk's sense of logic could be disrupted by an energy field unknowingly emitted by Rayna.
- At the end of the episode, time is short. The landing party finds the ryetalyn and then McCoy hangs around to look at the full-size Barbie dolls that Flint has created for his amusement. Shouldn't the doctor beam back to the ship immediately with the medicine? He can't risk returning to Enterprise without Kirk.
- Compounding this oversight, the creators have the landing party chat about Rayna’s true nature. Then Flint shows up and Kirk refuses to leave, and they get into a fistlight—throwing each other around while the precious, life-saving ryetalyn sits on a table very near their altercation! Even if we accept that Kirk is hopelessly smitten with this android, what's wrong with McCoy? ls the scene too juicy to interrupt with something as mundane as saving lives? McCoy is concerned about Kirk's current wellbeing.
- At the end of the episode, Kirk longs to forget Rayna, and McCoy mumbles that it would be better if the captain could forget her. In response, Spock wanders over, puts his hand to Kirk’s head, and says, “Forget.” lt Spock can actually make Kirk forget Rayna, isn't the Vulcan required to fill in the gap with something? Wouldn’t Starﬂeet Command be upset that their flagship’s captain is missing several hours of his lite? Would this mental deficiency be cause for concern? And even if Spock puts something in its place, isn't there still a problem in their reports? Kirk would remember the events one way, Spock and McCoy another. It is more likely that Spock is helping Kirk forget the pain concerning the loss of Rayna.
- Flint appears to have a Romulan computer on the desk in his lab. Perhaps it mearly looks like a Romulan computer.
- Kirk makes log entries in which he mentions Flint. Yet at the end of the episode, Kirk claims that he can keep Flint's existence a secret. Doesn’t Startleet Command get a copy of the captain's logs? Either the references to Flint are edited out, or the log entries are sealed or deleated.
- Some of the computer panels in Flint’s lab made a recent appearance in the episode Whom Gods Destroy. Do they get paid extra for this? The resemblance of Flint's computers to the ones on Elba III is similar to the resemblance between different makes of computers here on Earth.
- The first time M4 meets the landing party, the robot deactivates their phasers. Then, during its later attack on Kirk, it deactivates his phaser. Coming to the rescue, Spock walks into the room and shoots M4 . . . with his phaser! Why didn't M4 deactivate Spock’s phaser? The creators tried to smooth this over by having the Vulcan say that it was fortunate the robot didn't detect his presence and deactivate his phaser. Well, that certainly was convenient, wasn’t it? The M4's phaser disablement system may only work for a short period, and at very close range - possibly even point blank - thus enabling Spock to fire before the phaser could be disabled.
- At one point, to demonstrate his power, Flint grabs the Enterprise out of space, reduces it to the size of a large model, and deposits it on a desktop. Either the desktop is very sturdy, or Flint has some way of decreasing the ship’s mass at the same time he shrunk its size. If not, the ship would retain its weight and crush the table into tiny pieces.There could be a powerful anti gravity unit built into the table.
- Seeing his ship resting on a tabletop, Kirk wanders over and looks into the bridge. The shot changes to show Kirk peering into the main viewscreen. This actually makes sense, even though Kirk stands beside the ship and not in front of it! In all likelihood, while the ship orbits the planet, the viewscreen would be set to port. On the other hand, Kirk acts as if he can actually see the crew. The viewscreen isn't a window, it's an electronic display, and it isn't on the side of the ship, it’s in front. ls Kirk seeing the crew through the bubble in the ceiling of the bridge? He is actually examining the exterior of the ship, to make sure it is the enterprise, and not a model designed to fool him.
- After Rayna collapses, McCoy hurries over and feels her neck for a pulse. Let's see . . . he feels the mechanical woman’s neck tor a pulse. Rayna is designed to fully duplicate a real live human woman, so it makes sense that her systems would include a simulation of a human pulse.
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- Rayna's name in the end credits is spelled "Reena." This could be an alternate spelling.