An alien observer aboard the Enterprise, capable of detaching its body parts, chooses a dangerous mission to test Kirk and Spock's resourcefulness to deem them worthy of contact with his people. His interference (deliberately switching Kirk and Spock's communicators and phasers with fakes) imperils Kirk's and Spock's lives - especially when a bodiless entity arrives, angered by the harm they pose to the lizard-like tribe she watches over.
Did You Know?
This episode was originally developed for the first season of this series; however, it was postponed because Gerrold and D.C. Fontana
were disappointed with the script due to Gene Roddenberry
's frequent changes to it. See more
Kirk maintains an eye on Commander Bem among the aborigines, fearing against permanently losing track of him otherwise. This doesn't make sense. Commander Bem is a unique species in the area. It shouldn't be hard for the Enterprise to locate him in the relatively small area. See more
This is an odd time to remain adamant.