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The Deadly Years

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Title -------------------------------- The Deadly Years
Writer -------------------------------- David P. Harmon
Director ------------------------------- Joseph Pevney
Original Air Date ---------------- December 8, 1967
Order of Filming ------------------------------------ 40th
Order of Broadcasting ---------------------------- 41st
Filmed ------------------------------ Early August 1967


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


Commodore George Stocker ----- Charles Drake
Dr. Janet Wallace ------------------- Sarah Marshall
Lt. Arlene Galway -------------- Beverly Washburn
Robert Johnson ------------------------- Felix Locher
Elaine Johnson -------------------------- Laura Wood
Yeoman Doris Atkins --------------- Carolyn Nelson
Computer Voice ------------------------- Majel Barrett


On the way to Starbase 10, the U.S.S. Enterprise stops to deliver supplies to the colonists of Gamma Hydra IV. A landing party consisting of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, Lieutenant Galway and Chekov beam to the planet's surface. They find that accelerated aging has taken place, killing most of the colonists. Chekov is terrified when he discovers the first body. The only survivors, an elderly couple who claim to be in their twenties, die shortly after meeting the Enterprise crew. When the landing party returns to the Enterprise, the aging acceleration begins to affect each of them ... except Chekov, who remains curiously immune. While Kirk wants to stay in orbit around Gamma Hydra IV until a cure can be found, one of his passengers, Commodore Stocker, wants to proceed to Starbase 10 where he feels the best medical aid can be obtained.

The senior officers succumb to the effects of old age and soon Kirk is unable to command, as are Scotty and Spock. Command falls to Commodore Stocker, who, while an efficient desk officer, has no deep space training. Thinking he will save time, Stocker plots a course through the Romulan Neutral Zone on his way to Starbase 10. The Romulans are waiting and begin an attack.

Stocker, panicked and inexperienced, has no idea what to do. As the Enterprise is surrounded, McCoy comes up with an antidote to the aging sickness ... adrenaline. Chekov, he explains, wasn't affected because his fear at finding the bodies on Gamma Hydra IV had already kicked his natural adrenaline into high gear.

McCoy restores Kirk to normal in time to save the ship by reusing his famous "corbomite" bluff and telling the Romulans that the Enterprise would destroy anything within a 200,000 kilometer radius. McCoy distributes the antidote and restores everyone to their normal state.


Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 43

(1) Routine ------------------ 46.0 KB
Captain Kirk

(2) Deaf --------------------- 16.3 KB
Captain Kirk - Robert Johnson

(3) Older -------------------- 27.9 KB
Dr. McCoy

(4) Investigation ------------- 8.44 KB
Mr. Spock

(5) Long --------------------- 25.7 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. Janet Wallace

We get to meet another of Kirk's old flames.
He does seem to have a lot of them.

(6) Change ------------------ 23.4 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. Janet Wallace

(7) Bridge ------------------- 12.7 KB
Lt. Uhura

(8) Orbit --------------------- 20.3 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Sulu

The first sign that Kirk is ill.

(9) Hearing ------------------ 56.6 KB
Lt. Galway - Dr. McCoy

(10) Vitamins ---------------- 18.0 KB
Scotty - Dr. McCoy

(11) Grey -------------------- 19.3 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. McCoy

(12) Strain ------------------ 46.7 KB
Dr. McCoy - Captain Kirk

(13) Aging ------------------- 42.9 KB
Dr. McCoy

(14) Live -------------------- 14.7 KB
Mr. Spock

(15) Healthy ----------------- 53.8 KB
Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy

There's some great Spock / McCoy dialogue
in this episode.

(16) Rest -------------------- 28.5 KB
Scotty - Captain Kirk

(17) Youth ------------------ 17.5 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. McCoy

(18) Wrong ------------------ 26.9 KB
Dr. Janet Wallace

(19) Chekov ----------------- 59.9 KB
Mr. Chekov - Mr. Sulu

This is one of Chekov's best lines
of dialogue in the entire series!

Hey!  I just noticed he said the word 'needle.'
They don't use needles - they use hypos!!
They goofed having him say 'needle.'

(20) Late -------------------- 32.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Commodore Stocker

(21) Comet ------------------ 67.8 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock - Lt Uhura

(22) Commands -------------- 13.2 KB
Captain Kirk

(23) Radiation --------------- 22.1 KB
Dr. McCoy - Mr. Spock

(24) Temperature ------------ 35.1 KB
Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy

125 degrees!!  Wowzers!!

(25) Doctor ------------------ 22.4 KB
Dr. McCoy - Mr. Spock

(26) Physical ---------------- 28.5 KB
Commodore Stocker

(27) Regulation -------------- 58.9 KB
Commodore Stocker - Mr. Spock

(28) Hurt -------------------- 16.8 KB
Dr. McCoy - Mr. Chekov

Come on Chekov -- don't be a wuss!!!

(29) Hours ------------------- 18.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. McCoy

(30) Work ------------------- 19.8 KB
Captain Kirk

(31) Obeyed ----------------- 8.95 KB
Captain Kirk

(32) Suffering ---------------- 27.4 KB
Dr. McCoy

(33) Machine ---------------- 10.2 KB
Dr. McCoy

(34) Command --------------- 43.7 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

I doubt Stocker would have reached the rank
of commodore without having at least 1 field command.
Commodore comes right after Captain in the
chain of command so Stocker would have had
to command something at one point.
Yes, I know... Picky, picky.

(35) Poisoning --------------- 33.8 KB
Captain Kirk

Even under incredible stress he still
manages to be funny.

(Yes, I know the lines were written for him
and it's just a TV show)

(36) Jawin ------------------- 21.3 KB
Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy

Jaw'in is a great southern word!

(37) Cure -------------------- 17.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy

(38) Happening -------------- 4.13 KB
Dr. McCoy

(39) Surrender --------------- 36.1 KB
Commodore Stocker - Mr. Sulu - Mr. Chekov

The Romulans surrounded them WAY too easily
even though they have cloaking devices.

(40) Corbomite --------------- 41.2 KB
Captain Kirk

Gotta love the Corbomite Maneuver!!
Kirk first used this tactic in the first season
episode 'The Corbomite Maneuver'

(41) Starship ---------------- 42.2 KB
Commodore Stocker - Captain Kirk

(42) Ready ------------------ 48.8 KB
Dr. McCoy - Mr. Spock

(43) Experience -------------- 21.1 KB
Captain Kirk

A funny ending to an ok episode.


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