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The Immunity Syndrome

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EPISODE DATA

Title ---------------- The Immunity Syndrome
Writer ---------------------- Robert Sabaroff
Director --------------------- Joseph Pevney
Original Air Date ----------- January 19, 1968
Order of Filming ----------------------- 48th
Order of Broadcasting ----------------- 47th
Filmed ---------- Late Oct. / early Nov. 1967


REGULAR CAST

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


GUEST CAST

Lieutenant Kyle --------------- John Winston
Stunt double --------------------- Jay Jones
Stunt double ---------------------- Dick Dial


TITLE REFERENCE

"The Immunity Syndrome"

"Here we are, antibodies of our own galaxy - attacking an invading germ.  It would be very ironic indeed if that were our sole destiny, wouldn't it?"
-Doctor McCoy


ORIGINAL TITLES

None


UNUSUAL FOREIGN TITLES

France ---------------------------- Amoeba
Germany ----------------- The Hole in Space
Italy -------------------- The Galaxy in Peril
Japan ------ Crash With One Celled Life Form


STORY SYNOPSIS

The U.S.S. Enterprise is en route to Starbase 6 for shore leave when Uhura receives a jumbled message from which all she can make out is a sector coordinate and the name U.S.S. Intrepid, a starship manned entirely by Vulcans. Suddenly, Spock shudders with pain and reports that the Intrepid just "died."

Kirk gets orders to head to Sector 39J because all contact has been lost with solar system Gamma 7A and with the Intrepid, which was investigating it. As the Enterprise changes course, long-range sensors show that the solar system, and its billions of people, are dead.

Approaching its destination, the U.S.S. Enterprise encounters a strange dark area in space. Kirk launches a probe. Seconds later, the crew hears a high-pitched whine throughout the ship, rendering half the people on board ill, and causing some to faint. Spock speculates that the phenomenon is some form of energy that is probably responsible for the death of the system inhabitants and the Intrepid crew. Kirk decides to move closer, and the crew hears the whine again. This time when they recover, the stars seem to have vanished. Spock reports that the noise was produced when the Enterprise passed through a boundary layer, and that they are surrounded by a field that is draining their mechanical and biological energy. McCoy confirms this when he reports from sickbay that everyone on the ship is dying.

Attempts by Scotty to recalibrate the engines and break free from the dark zone fail, and in fact the ship's expenditure of energy attracts an enormous amoeba-like creature approximately 18,000 kilometers in length. McCoy identifies the creature as an incredibly simple, single-celled organism which feeds on energy, but he needs more data to save the ship. He and Spock each volunteer to take a shuttle to investigate the creature — what would most certainly be a suicide mission — and Kirk decides to send Spock.

Spock takes the shuttlecraft through the creature's membrane and moves toward its nucleus. He reports that the creature appears to be ready to reproduce. He loses voice contact but manages to continue transmitting data.

Kirk and McCoy determine that if the creature begins to reproduce, it will spread rapidly and pose a serious threat to the galaxy, so it must be destroyed. But the Enterprise only has enough power left to survive for an hour.

Kirk and McCoy realize they have to use the U.S.S. Enterprise as an "antibody." Kirk orders the ship to punch its way into the giant creature and set a course for the nucleus. An antimatter charge is attached to a probe with a seven-minute delay. As soon as it is lodged in the nucleus, the Enterprise backs away at full impulse. There are only a few seconds to spare, but then they detect Spock's shuttle. Kirk locks two tractor beams onto the shuttle, even though doing so delays their escape. But when the antimatter explosion ruptures the creature's membrane, both ships are thrown to safety.



THE IMMUNITY SYNDROME

Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 49


(1) Rest --------------------- 52.1 KB
Captain Kirk


(2) Storms ------------------- 8.95 KB
Mr. Spock


(3) Died --------------------- 34.5 KB
Mr. Spock

Here's something to consider:

A starship with an all-Vulcan crew - that's great!
Good for the Vulcans!  However, if you have a
starship with an all-Human crew, society would
probably consider it a racist issue and demand
at least some other races be represented on board.

Just a random observation.


(4) Starbase ----------------- 15.0 KB
Lt. Uhura


(5) Momentary --------------- 32.0 KB
Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy


(6) Hardness --------------- 123.0 KB
Dr. McCoy - Mr. Spock

Interesting dialogue from Spock.


(7) Bloody ------------------- 24.1 KB
Dr. McCoy - Mr. Spock

Spock seems to be forgetting that Vulcan's
history was even more violent than Earth's history.

(Yes, I know it's just a TV show)


(8) Readings ----------------- 19.8 KB
Mr. Spock


(9) Dust --------------------- 50.8 KB
Lt. Uhura - Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk - Mr. Chekov


(10) Data -------------------- 65.3 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Kirk sounds a bit frustrated.


(11) Reverse ----------------- 63.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(12) Stars ------------------- 8.70 KB
Mr. Chekov


(13) Malfunction ------------- 29.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(14) Answers ---------------- 44.7 KB
Captain Kirk - Scotty


(15) Solving ----------------- 13.7 KB
Captain Kirk


(16) Funny ------------------ 51.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Great dialogue!


(17) Orders ------------------ 59.4 KB
Captain Kirk

Imagine being an off-duty crewman when
this episode begins and sometime during
your off-duty hours Kirk's voice comes over the
ship-wide intercom with this message.

Time to freak out!!


(18) Dying ------------------- 50.8 KB
Dr. McCoy

Life monitors?  Energy levels?
What's he talking about??

This is one of those silly lines of dialogue
that should have been edited out but they used
it because it sounds dramatic.


(19) Thrust ------------------ 31.0 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk


(20) Forward ---------------- 72.9 KB
Captain Kirk - Scotty

Nudge it into forward?  First gear or second?
Hehehe... Sorry.


(21) Zone ------------------- 65.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk


(22) Logic ------------------ 116.0 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk


(23) Power ------------------ 25.2 KB
Scotty - Captain Kirk


(24) Distance ---------------- 32.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock


(25) Probe ------------------- 4.63 KB
Mr. Chekov


(26) Living ------------------- 83.3 KB
Mr. Spock


(27) First -------------------- 29.7 KB
Dr. McCoy - Mr. Spock

"The Vulcans saw it first!"
That's Spock's arguement?
Sounds very juvenile to me!

This is very out of character for Mr. Spock.
He should never have spoken this line.


(28) Volunteered ------------- 68.6 KB
Captain Kirk


(29) Luck -------------------- 54.6 KB
Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy


(30) Bet --------------------- 14.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy


(31) Nucleus ----------------- 16.8 KB
Mr. Spock


(32) Alive -------------------- 28.5 KB
Captain Kirk


(33) Critical ------------------ 24.1 KB
Scotty - Captain Kirk


(34) Energies ---------------- 21.6 KB
Mr. Spock


(35) Antibodies ------------- 146.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. McCoy

If this episode was on TNG they would never
have killed the amoeba creature.
They would have been politically correct
and made "friends" and sent it on its way.

Don't get me wrong, I like TNG, it's just
they were so "squeaky clean."



(36) Tunnel ------------------ 76.4 KB
Captain Kirk - Scotty


(37) Organism --------------- 30.7 KB
Captain Kirk


(38) Aware ------------------ 11.7 KB
Mr. Chekov - Captain Kirk

Yes, but it gives Mr. Chekov a chance
to say some dialogue!


(39) Pardon ------------------ 32.5 KB
Scotty - Dr. McCoy - Captain Kirk


(40) Antimatter -------------- 25.9 KB
Captain Kirk - Scotty


(41) Stimulant --------------- 22.9 KB
Dr. McCoy - Captain Kirk


(42) Finest ----------------- 103.0 KB
Mr. Spock


(43) Duty -------------------- 70.1 KB
Captain Kirk


(44) Launch ----------------- 15.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Kyle

Kirk calls him 'Cowl' in this episode
but the credits list him as 'Kyle.'


(45) Lodged ----------------- 15.0 KB
Mr. Chekov


(46) Time -------------------- 12.7 KB
Captain Kirk


(47) Risk -------------------- 29.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Dr. McCoy

Sarcasm from Mr. Spock!


(48) Botched ---------------- 65.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk - Dr. McCoy

How would McCoy know this?


(49) Planet ------------------ 32.0 KB
Captain Kirk



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