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Is There in Truth No Beauty?

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Title ----------- Is There In Truth No Beauty?
Writer ------------------ Jean Lisette Aroeste
Director --------------------- Ralph Senensky
Original Air Date ----------- October 18, 1968
Order of Filming ------------------------ 62nd
Order of Broadcasting ------------------ 60th
Filmed ----------------------- Late July 1968


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


Dr. Miranda Jones ------------- Diana Muldaur
Lawrence Marvick ----------- David Frankham
Yeoman ----------------------- Robert Balver
Security Guard ------------------- Dick Geary
Security Guard --------------- Vince Deadrick
Security Guard ----------------- Bill Blackburn
Marvick's stunt double ---------- Ralph Garrett
Scotty's stunt double -------------- Jay Jones
Stunt double ---------------------- Alan Gibbs


"Is There In Truth No Beauty?"

"Who says that fictions only and false hair Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty?"
--George Herber, The Temple [1633]




France ------------------------------- Truth
Germany ---------------- The Strange Matter
Italy ------------------- Is Beauty the Truth?
Japan ----------------- Beauty and the Truth
Portugal --------- Isn't There Beauty in Truth?
Spain ---- It is in the Truth, Not in the Beauty


In an attempt to adapt Medusan technology to Federation use, and vice versa, the U.S.S. Enterprise picks up Medusan ambassador Kollos, instrument specialist Lawrence Marvick and telepath Dr. Miranda Jones. The Medusans have a great beauty of character, but their physical appearance causes shock to the point of insanity in humanoids.

When Dr. Jones turns down her co-worker, Lawrence Marvick's, proposal of marriage in favor of staying with Kollos, Marvick tries unsuccessfully to kill Kollos. Instead, he is driven insane by a glimpse of the Medusan. He takes over the U.S.S. Enterprise engines, which he helped design, and drives the ship out of the galaxy into an indeterminate region. The crew experiences acute sensory distortion and Marvick finally dies.

While the crew cannot pilot the starship back to the galaxy, it is possible that Kollos can, with Spock forming a mind meld. Kirk distracts Dr. Jones, who jealously objects to Spock contacting Kollos in this manner. Kirk discovers why Dr. Jones is able to gaze upon Kollos ... she's blind.

Using Spock's body, Kollos pilots the U.S.S. Enterprise back to its galaxy, but the Vulcan forgets to wear his protective visor when restoring Kollos to his box, and goes insane. Dr. Jones mind-links with Spock and draws the Vulcan's mind back to reality. She then makes a permanent mind link with Kollos and transfers with him to the Medusan vessel.


Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 37

(1) Marvick ------------------ 41.2 KB
Captain Kirk - Lawrence Marvick - Scotty

(2) Kollos -------------------- 10.7 KB
Mr. Spock

(3) Envy --------------------- 6.66 KB
Mr. Spock

You can tell that Leonard Nimoy had a cold
during the filming of this episode.

(4) Quarters ----------------- 34.5 KB
Mr. Spock - Dr. Miranda Jones

I wonder where the term "quarters" came from
when referring to a person's room.
A quarter is 1/4 of something so maybe it refers
to 4 people sharing a room and each person
receiving 1/4 of the space.

Anybody know?

(5) Impression --------------- 22.4 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(6) Mental ------------------- 23.6 KB
Dr. Miranda Jones - Dr. McCoy - Mr. Spock

(7) Understand -------------- 19.1 KB
Mr. Spock

(8) Ugly --------------------- 18.6 KB
Dr. McCoy

How butt-ugly must Kollos be in order to actually
make a person go insane just by looking at him?

He must have fallen out of the "ugly tree"
and hit every branch on the way down!

(9) Beautiful ----------------- 22.4 KB
Mr. Spock

(10) Beauty ----------------- 17.5 KB
Captain Kirk

I disagree with that.  Sorry.  Just my opinion.

(11) Help -------------------- 46.0 KB
Dr. Miranda Jones - Lawrence Marvick

(12) Scotch ----------------- 12.7 KB

What's to handle?
The ship is controlled from the bridge.

(13) Warp 9 ----------------- 21.6 KB
Mr. Sulu - Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Wow, Spock asks Chekov for assistance.
That's a "pat on the back" for Chekov.

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

(14) Love -------------------- 42.4 KB
Lawrence Marvick

This is a very troubled guy!
After all, he DID see the butt-ugly Kollos!

(15) Dead ------------------- 4.13 KB
Dr. McCoy

McCoy's most famous line.

(16) Galaxy ------------------ 32.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(17) Madman ---------------- 24.4 KB
Mr. Chekov - Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy sounds like he has a cold in some
scenes and in some he doesn't.  The cold probably
went away part way through the week of filming.

(18) Engaged ---------------- 23.6 KB
Mr. Spock - Captain Kirk

(19) Moonlight --------------- 42.9 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. Miranda Jones

Complicated = smooth talker!

(20) Telepathic -------------- 30.7 KB
Mr. Spock

(21) Dressmaker ------------- 17.8 KB
Mr. Spock

(22) Tennis ------------------ 63.7 KB
Dr. Miranda Jones - Captain Kirk

(23) Delightful --------------- 31.5 KB
Ambassador Kollos (in Spock's body)

(24) McCoy ------------------ 11.2 KB
Ambassador Kollos (in Spock body)

(25) Freedom ---------------- 31.5 KB
Ambassador Kollos (in Spock's body) - Dr. McCoy

(26) Woid ------------------- 30.2 KB
Mr. Chekov - Ambassador Kollos (in Spock's body)

Chekov's accent is great!

(27) Language --------------- 49.5 KB
Ambassador Kollos (in Spock's body)

(28) Wise -------------------- 4.63 KB
CAmbassador Kollos (in Spock's body)

(29) Look -------------------- 9.71 KB
Captain Kirk

(30) Interfere ---------------- 9.20 KB
Captain Kirk

(31) Kiss -------------------- 27.7 KB
Dr. Miranda Jones - Captain Kirk

(32) Death ------------------ 18.0 KB
Dr. Miranda Jones

(33) Visit -------------------- 7.17 KB
Dr. McCoy

(34) Trip -------------------- 27.2 KB
Dr. Miranda Jones - Captain Kirk

(35) Thorns ------------------ 23.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Dr. Miranda Jones

Here's a positive saying for you:
"You can either complain that roses have thorns
or you can celebrate the fact that thorns have roses."

It all depends on your point of view.

(36) Rejoice ----------------- 8.95 KB
Mr. Spock

This is the episode that introduced us to
the Vulcan philosophy of I.D.I.C.

"Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations"

It refers to the belief that beauty, growth & progress
all result from the union of the unlike.

The I.D.I.C. symbol is a union of a plain
circle and triangle uniting to produce a
gemstone off center in the middle.

I.D.I.C. Symbol

(37) Prosper ----------------- 13.7 KB
Dr. Miranda Jones - Mr. Spock


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