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Journey To Babel

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Title ---------------------------------- Journey To Babel
Writer ------------------------------------- D.C. Fontana
Director -------------------------------- Joseph Pevney
Original Air Date --------------- November 17, 1967
Order of Filming ------------------------------------ 44th
Order of Broadcasting ---------------------------- 39th
Filmed ------------------------- Late September 1967


Captain James T. Kirk ------------ William Shatner
Lieutenant Cmdr. Spock ---------- Leonard Nimoy
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy ---- DeForest Kelley
Lieutenant Uhura ------------------ Nichelle Nichols
Ensign Pavel Chekov --------------- Walter Koenig
Nurse Christine Chapel -------------- Majel Barrett


Ambassador Sarek -------------------- Mark Lenard
Amanda ----------------------------------- Jane Wyatt
Thelev ----------------------------- William O'Connell
Ambassador Shras ----------------- Reggie Nalder
Ambassador Gav -------------------- John Wheeler
Lt. Josephs ----------------------- James X. Mitchell
Little Coppe Ambassador -------------- Billy Curtis
William Shatner's Stunt Double ----- Paul Baxley
William O'Connell's Stunt Double - Jim Shepherd


The U.S.S. Enterprise is appointed to transport ambassadors from many worlds to the Babel Conference. Among those aboard are Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan and his human wife, Amanda — Spock's parents.

Keeping peace aboard his ship is complicated for Kirk by an unidentified vessel following the U.S.S. Enterprise and high tensions running among delegates on board. At a cocktail party, Ambassador Gav, a Tellarite, quarrels openly with Sarek about the admission of Coridan into the Federation. When Gav is later murdered, circumstantial evidence points to Sarek. The strain of such an accusation causes Sarek's already existing heart condition to worsen and he has the Vulcan equivalent of a heart attack. McCoy battles with less familiar Vulcan physiology to try and correct the damage. Spock is needed as a blood donor for the operation.

When Kirk is attacked by Thelev, an Andorian, Spock assumes command of the Enterprise, and refuses to participate in McCoy's operation on his father. The Vulcan insists that they identify and stop the vessel that is following them. Kirk fakes recovery and returns to the bridge, freeing Spock to go to the sickbay and assist in his father's surgery. On the bridge, Kirk must deal with the unknown ship, now in contact with someone on board the U.S.S. Enterprise. A search uncovers the fact that Thelev is not Andorian, but a surgically altered Orion, put on board to disrupt the Babel Conference.

The unknown ship attacks the U.S.S. Enterprise and is defeated. Rather than be captured, it destroys itself and Thelev commits suicide. With Spock available for the blood transfusion, Sarek's operation is a success and he recovers. Father and son make peace, realizing they have a common bond that transcends their differences. Kirk returns to sickbay for treatment of the knife wound caused by Thelev and McCoy gets the last word.


Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 54

(1) Sling --------------------- 24.1 KB
Dr. McCoy

(2) Shuttle ------------------ 6.16 KB
Mr. Chekov

(3) Salute ------------------- 13.0 KB
Dr. McCoy

(4) Serve -------------------- 7.93 KB
Mr. Spock

I just realized the first 4 WAVs all start
with the letter 'S'.
Why did I mention this?
I really have no idea.
I must need a break!!

(5) Tour --------------------- 16.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Ambassador Sarek

(6) Parents ------------------ 34.3 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Don't you think Kirk would have known who
Spock's parents were?  Even if he didn't, I don't
think Kirk should have asked Spock this question
in front of the Vulcan Ambassador, he should have
done it before, perhaps as they were waiting
for the shuttlecraft to dock.

(7) Smile -------------------- 18.6 KB
Amanda - Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk (background)

(8) Computer ---------------- 26.2 KB
Captain Kirk - Ambassador Sarek

Asking Spock to "Explain the computer components."
is rather silly.  I'm sure any explanation would've
taken far longer than the ambassador had.

(9) Friend ------------------- 10.2 KB
Captain Kirk

(10) Stubborn --------------- 6.66 KB
Captain Kirk

(11) Warfare ----------------- 19.8 KB
Captain Kirk

(12) Retire ------------------- 25.4 KB
Dr. McCoy - Ambassador Sarek

(13) Teddy Bear ------------ 105.0 KB
Dr. McCoy - Amanda - Mr. Spock

The look on McCoy's face when he finds out
about Spock's 'teddy bear' is priceless!!

(14) Unusual ----------------- 16.0 KB
Mr. Spock

(15) Estimate ---------------- 14.5 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(16) Officer ------------------ 37.6 KB
Ambassador Sarek - Amanda

Mark Lenard played the part of Sarek excellently.
Vulcans were portrayed much better in TOS than
they are today.  In the series "Star Trek Enterprise"
the Vulcans show more emotion than the Humans!

(17) Phasers ----------------- 4.63 KB
Mr. Chekov

(18) Warp 10 ---------------- 13.7 KB
Mr. Spock

(19) Quadrant --------------- 18.0 KB
Lt. Uhura

This was long before it was decided that our
galaxy was divided into 4 quadrants:
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta.

Nowadays they would use the term 'sector.'

(20) Intruder ---------------- 17.3 KB
Mr. Chekov

(21) Shadow ----------------- 30.7 KB
Captain Kirk

(22) Speak ------------------ 15.8 KB
Ambassador Gav - Ambassador Sarek

(23) Illegal ------------------- 30.0 KB
Ambassador Sarek

(24) Order ------------------- 22.4 KB
Captain Kirk

(25) Payment ---------------- 23.9 KB
Ambassador Gav - Ambassador Sarek

(26) Security ---------------- 4.89 KB
Lt. Josephs

(27) Tal Shaya --------------- 15.8 KB
Mr. Spock

(28) Killing ------------------- 20.6 KB
Mr. Spock

(29) Transmitting ------------ 17.5 KB
Captain Kirk

(30) Heart ------------------- 30.7 KB
Mr. Spock - Sarek - Captain Kirk - Dr. McCoy

(31) T Negative -------------- 18.0 KB
Ambassador Sarek - Dr. McCoy

(32) Odds ------------------- 25.4 KB
Dr. McCoy - Mr. Spock - Amanda

(33) Donor ------------------- 24.6 KB
Mr. Spock

(34) Captains Log ------------ 16.3 KB
Mr. Spock

(35) Followed ---------------- 20.6 KB
Mr. Spock

(36) Violent ------------------ 13.7 KB
Ambassador Shras

(37) Murder ------------------ 40.4 KB
Mr. Spock - Ambassador Shras

I really like this guys voice (accent)
it really sounds alien.  The buzzing you hear in the
background is from the security force field of the brig.

The actor that played Shras [Reggie Nalder]
was from Austria - he died in 1991 of bone cancer.

(38) Command --------------- 40.9 KB
Mr. Spock

(39) Transfusion ------------- 39.9 KB
Mr. Spock - Amanda

(40) Vulcan ------------------ 19.8 KB
Mr. Spock

The word 'Vulcan' is used very loosly in Star Trek.
To understand what I mean, try substituting the
word 'Earth' each time Spock says 'Vulcan.'
See what I mean?  It doesn't work for 'Earth.'

Just thought I'd bring that to your attention.
You may continue with what you were doing.

(41) Philosophy -------------- 20.6 KB
Mr. Spock

(42) Father ------------------ 33.5 KB
Mr. Spock

Consider this:
If Spock is needed on the bridge so badly
because of the danger to the ship then how come
he's chatting with his mom in her room?
Shouldn't he be on the bridge?
He's not doing the ship any good where he's at
so he may as well be helping his father!

Just something to think about.
(Yes, I know it's only a TV show)

(43) Rules ------------------- 41.7 KB

(44) Hammer ----------------- 16.8 KB
Captain Kirk - Nurse Chapel

(45) Wish -------------------- 6.66 KB
Dr. McCoy

(46) Warp 8 ----------------- 18.3 KB
Mr. Chekov

(47) Live -------------------- 13.5 KB
Captain Kirk - Thelev

(48) Baiting ------------------ 8.70 KB

A classic Captain Kirk maneuver!!

(49) Surrender --------------- 12.7 KB

(50) Poison ------------------ 23.6 KB

(51) Shaking ----------------- 6.66 KB
Dr. McCoy

(52) Stamina ---------------- 13.7 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. McCoy

(53) Understand ------------- 11.4 KB
Mr. Spock

(54) Last Word -------------- 65.3 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy

A very funny ending to a great episode!
And McCoy DOES get the last word!


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