Start your readings.
I just might stake out a claim
and settle down here, Jim.
It is spectacular, isn't it?
It's a shame to intrude.
The last scout ship reported some strange sensor readings.
Starfleet wants it investigated
and the inhabitants contacted.
We do what we're told.
Soil here is remarkably rich and fertile, Captain.
Husbandry would be quite efficacious.
You sure about that?
Oh, quite sure.
Readings indicate the entire planet
is covered with growth like this.
Curious -- even at the poles
there's very little variation in temperature
which maintains a planetwide average of 76 degrees.
I know. Almost impossible.
It makes me homesick.
Just like Russia.
More like the Garden of Eden, Ensign.
Of course, Doctor.
The Garden of Eden was just outside Moscow.
A very nice place.
It must've made Adam and Eve very sad to leave.
"Just outside Moscow." All right.
There's a village about 17 kilometers away on bearing 2-3-2.
We'll head that way.
What did somebody say?
That paradise must've looked like this?
Space -- the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission --
To explore strange new worlds ...
to seek out new life and new civilizations ...
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Captain 's Log. : Stardate 3715.3.
While making a routine exploration
of the unexplored Gamma Trianguli VI,
one of my men has been killed by a poisonous plant.
When we get out of the way, beam the body up.
That's a shame about Hendorff.
We have aproblem here, too.
What is it?
We're losing potency in our antimatter pods.
I don't think it's serious.
What's causing it?
I'm not sure, sir.
We've run measurements of the planet's electromagnetic field,
and they are a wee bit abnormal.
That might be the cause.
But there's nothing to worry about?
Well, sir, I didn't exactly say that.
Well, we've got a Job to finish here.
I hear it's nice down there.
If we're a little more careful,
we shouldn't run into any more trouble.
I could do with a nice walk in a garden
with green leaves and grass.
We'll do the walking, Scotty.
You get on the antimatter pod.
If it gets worse, we'll beam up.
I find that most unusual, Captain.
Scotty will handle it.
We got a job to do.
Turn up anything on your tricorder?
Indeed. Subsurface vibrations for miles in all directions.
Quite strong, fairly regular, artificially produced.
We're heading for the village.
Avoid contact with the humanoids.
I want you and Marple to make a full reconnaissance.
Be careful. There may be other dangers.
Keep in constant communication.
Aye, aye, sir.
What is it?
There's a humanoid hiding directly behind us
moving with remarkable agility,
What is it, Mr. Spock?
One wanting to retain his anonymity, I should say.
All this beauty,
and now Mr. Hendorff dead,
somebody watching us.
If you insist on worrying,
worry about me.
I've been wanting to get you in a place like this
for a long time.
Mr. Chekov, Lieutenant Landon.
I know you find each other fascinating,
but we're not here
to conduct a field experiment in human biology.
I was about to take some readings.
Whatever it is, it moves like a cat.
Jim, I don't like this.
Neither do I. All hands!
We've been watched, we'll probably be watched.
We're moving out.
Extremely low specific gravity,
some uraninite, hornblende, quartz.
Fragile, good cleavage.
An analysis should prove interesting.
Would you mind being careful where you throw your rocks?
Obviously highly unstable, Captain.
This could be a find of some importance.
In large quantities,
it could be a considerable source of power.
Garden of Eden ...
with land mines.
Enterprise to Captain Kirk.
Ourantimatter pods are completely inert.
I couldn't stop it, but I know why.
Something from the surface.
It's like a pail of water on a fire.
A beam, maybe, or a transmission.
And it's still on.
I'm having it analyzed,
but it's like nothing I've seen before.
It's pinpointed in the area of that village.
We're heading there now, Scotty. Need any help?
There's nothing you can do about it, sir.
There doesn 't seem to be any immediate danger.
We'll try and find out what's going on down here.
If Scott is correct about the force,
it may have to do with the vibrations earlier.
Some kind of generator?
If so, an immense one,
Some of the thorns that killed Hendorff.
See the stuff on the end?
It's like saplin, only it's 1,000 times stronger.
Peculiar stuff to find in paradise.
Is he alive?
I filled him with enough Masiform D
to make the whole crew turn handsprings.
We've got to get him back to the ship, Jim.
Kirk to Enterprise.
Scott here, sir.
We're beaming up. Notify transporter room.
Make arrangements to pick up Mallory and Marple.
They're scouting ahead of us.
Aye, aye, sir.
Transporter room, stand by to beam up landing party.
Standing by, sir.
Scotty, what's the matter?
We can't make transporter contact, sir.
The entire system's inhibited.
The way it is now,
we couldn't beam up a fly.
Captain 's log, supplementary --
Our investigation of Gamma Trianguli VI
has suddenly turned into a nightmare.
We're being watched and followed,
Mr. Spock has been injured,
and now we find we are unable to return to theship.
Scotty, is the transporter malfunction
tied in with trouble you're having
with the antimatter pods?
I don't know, sir.
I'll check it and get back with you.
You all right?
Dr. McCoy's potion
is acting like all his potions --
turning my stomach.
Other than that, I am quite well.
If your blood were red instead of green,
you wouldn't have an upset stomach.
What were you trying to do?
I surmised you were unaware of that plant, so I --
Took the thorns yourself.
I assure you, Captain,
I had no intention of doing that.
My own clumsiness prevented me
from moving out of the way.
Next time, yell. I can step out of the way
as quickly as the next man.
I shall do so.
You know how much Starfleet has invested in you?
Kaplan, take the post.
Not only is something after us,
but it's after the ship as well.
To affect the ship at this extreme range
would require a sophisticated planetary defense system.
30 seconds ago,
there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
Beautiful day, Mr. Spock.
Not a cloud in the sky.
Just like paradise.
Mallory here, Captain.
I'm near the village.
Coordinates -- 1-1-8 by 2-2-0.
Mallory, you all right? Come in!
The village is ... primitive.
Strictly tribal from the looks of it.
Captain, there's something else.
Captain, come in!
Mallory, you all right?
Those coordinates are a short distance in that direction.
On the double.
It's over there!
That way! I never saw anything like --
Marple, stand back!
I know Kaplan's family.
Jim, you couldn't have stopped any of this.
His father helped me get into the academy.
In each case, this was unavoidable.
I could've prevented all of it.
I don't see how.
Walk in paradise ...
among the green grass and flowers.
I should've beamed up at the first sign of trouble.
You are under orders to investigate this planet and culture.
I also have the option
to disregard those orders if I consider them overly hazardous.
This isn't that important a mission, Spock.
Not worth the lives of three of my men.
I drop my guard for a minute
because I like the smell of growing things,
and now three men are dead.
And the ship's in trouble.
No one's stated that Starfleet duty was safe.
You've followed the correct and logical course,
done everything a commander could do.
our friend is back.
Marple, Chekov, at attention.
Gentlemen, something or someone
is behind that rock.
I want it.
Marple, cut around the rock to your right.
Make a loud noise.
you and Chekov create a diversion
and make it loud.
Mr. Chekov, your tricorder readings are totally inefficient!
Mind your own business!
I have a very high efficiency rating!
You will not address me in that tone of voice!
What do you want, violins?
I won't hurt you.
Do you understand?
I won't hurt you.
You struck me.
With your hand.
Well, I won't strike you again.
You've been following us ...
watching us. Why?
I am the eyes of Vaal.
He must see.
Who is Vaal?
Vaal is Vaal. He is ...
Do you have a name?
I am Akuta.
I am the leader of the feeders of Vaal.
They're not going to hurt you.
I promise you.
we come in peace.
We would like to speak to this Vaal.
Akuta alone speaks to Vaal.
I am the eyes and the voice of Vaal.
It is Vaal's wish.
Captain, this is fascinating.
If you will permit me, sir?
They are my ears for Vaal.
They were given to me in the dim time
so the people could understand his commands
Are the people of Vaal nearby?
We are close to Vaal so we may serve him.
I shall take you there.
Enterprise to Captain Kirk.
Condition Red! Condition Red!
something has grabbed us from the planet's surface,
like agiant tractor beam.
Mr. Scott, we're barely holding our own.
The warp drive still out?
Aye. All we have is impulse power.
Put it on maximum.
Full emergency circuits.
They're all on, Captain.
Status -- are you still holding?
No, sir. We're slipping.
Feed in our rate. Get me a figure.
We might be able to pull out with warp drive.
Without it, we're like a fly on fly paper.
Even worse, we're starting to lose ground.
Maintain full reverse thrust against the pull.
Put a team on that warp drive.
I've done that, Captain.
They haven't been able to do a thing.
It's no good, Captain.
With maximum thrust against the pull,
we'll only be able to maintain full power for 16 hours,
then we burn up for sure.
you're my chief engineer.
You know everything about that ship there is to know.
If you can't get those warp engines working ...
I'll do everything there is to do, sir.
Tell me about Vaal.
All the world knows about Vaal.
He causes the rains to fall and the sun to shine.
All good comes from Vaal.
Take me to him.
I wish to speak to him.
I shall take you to him,
but he will not speak to you, only to me.
I'll take my chances.
Captain 's Log. : Stardate 3715.6.
We have been introduced to Vaal.
Evidently the source of the planet's power emanations
and possibly the force
that threatens both us and our ship.
Very high order of workman ship.
Generating great power.
But this is not the center, Mr. Spock?
No, the center is deep in the earth beneath us.
This is an access point.
It would also seem to be --
A force field?
You all right?
It extends some 30 feet beyond the figure in all directions.
Conventional in composition ...
and quite formidable.
Akuta, how do you talk to Vaal?
Vaal calls me.
We can't get to it.
We can't talk to it unless it wants to talk to us.
Vaal sleeps now.
When he is hungry,
you may be able to speak with him.
When does he get hungry?
Come. We will give you food and drink.
If you are tired, you may rest.
These are the people of Vaal.
Where are the others?
There are no others.
The, uh, children.
Ha ha. You use unknown words to me.
Little ones like yourselves.
None are necessary.
They are forbidden by Vaal.
But when a man and woman fall in love ...
"Love." Ha ha ha ha.
Strange words -- children, love.
What is love?
Love is ...
when two people are ...
Yes. The holding. The touching.
Vaal has forbidden this.
Well, there goes paradise.
These people ...
are from another place.
They have come among us.
- Welcome to Vaal. - Welcome to Vaal.
Our homes are open to you.
Well, thank you.
It, uh, does something for you.
Yes, indeed it does, Captain.
It makes me uncomfortable.
I am Sayana.
You have a name?
I am Spock.
Ha ha ha. Spock?
Ha ha ha.
I fail to see what they find so amusing.
Ha ha ha ha!
This house is your house.
I will send you more food and drink.
You are welcome in the place of Vaal.
Now we're welcome.
Earlier, this whole planet was trying to kill us.
It doesn't make sense.
Nothing makes sense down here. Kirk to Enterprise.
Status report, Scotty.
No change, Captain.
The orbit is decaying along computed lines.
We're going down, and we can't stop it.
I'm sick of hearing "can't." Get that ship out!
Sir, we're doing everything within engineering reason.
Then use your imagination.
Tie every ounce of power into the impulse engines.
Do what you have to,
but get that ship out of there!
Sir, I'm going to switch over everything
but the life support systems and boost the impulse power,
but that's just about as dangerous.
Do it. Kirk out.
I just ran a check on the natives,
and there's a complete lack
of harmful bacteria in their systems,
no decalcification, no degeneration of tissue,
In simple terms, Jim ...
they're not growing old,
and I can't tell you how old they are --
20 years or 20,000 years.
It checks with my atmospheric analysis.
Their atmosphere completely negates
any harmful effects from their sun.
Add to that a simple diet ...
perfectly controlled temperature ...
no natural enemies ...
apparently no vices, no replacements needed.
Maybe it is paradise after all.
Apparently, our hypothesis is correct.
There is no living being there.
It is a machine, nothing more.
Well, the field's down, people are going in.
Let's see what kind of luck we have.
That's not the way.
This is no ordinary machine, Captain.
It may well possess a rudimentary intelligence.
But it needs to eat frequently,
so it can't have any great power reserves.
That may not be of any help.
The Enterprise has only 10 hours left
in which to break free.
What happens ...
if Vaal weakens around feeding time?
Spock, check the electromagnetic section of the astrophysics lab.
Get an estimate of the total amount of energy
being expended against the ship.
Have them measure it hour by hour.
What's going on,Jim?
In my view, a splendid example of reciprocity.
It would take a computerized Vulcan mind, such as yours,
to make that kind of a statement.
Doctor, you insist on applying human standards to nonhuman cultures.
Humans are only a tiny minority in this galaxy.
There are certain absolutes,
and one of them is the right of humanoids
to a free and unchained environment,
the right to have conditions which permit growth.
Another is their right to choose a system
which seems to work for them.
Jim, you're not just going to stand by
and be blinded to what's going on here.
These are humanoids, intelligent.
They need to advance and grow.
My readings indicate
there's been no progress here in at least 10,000 years.
This isn't life. It's stagnation.
Doctor, these people are healthy and they are happy.
What ever you choose to call it,
this system works, despite your emotional reaction to it.
It might work for you, Mr. Spock,
but it doesn't work for me.
Humanoids ... living so they can service
a hunk of tin.
I think this philosophical argument can wait
until our ship is out of danger.
We have a reading on the power source
Mr. Spock requested.
When we first monitored,
it was generating alternating cycles
totaling 100 to the 20th power Waltham units.
Did it maintain, Scotty?
No, sir. Power's dropping bit by bit,
nominal but a definite drain.
Good. Keep monitoring.
How are you coming along with the circuit switchover?
We're putting everything but the kitchen sink
into impulse power, sir.
It will take us another eight hours.
That's cutting it fine.
Aye, but if we don't break out ...
I'd rather we didn't have to wait too long
for the end of it.
Every time I think of the Enterprise, burning up --
Yeoman, you're wasting energy.
Captain, we're trapped --
Sit down ...
and have something to eat.
The Enterprise is up there --
That hasn't happened yet.
I wonder what would happen ...
What would happen if someone on this planet died?
But they can't.
You said that Vaal takes care of them.
Yes ... I suppose if someone
were to fall off a cliff or something,
that might upset the balance of the population.
Then they would need a replacement.
They'd need a replacement.
Opinion, Mr. Spock?
I see no alternative.
But these people ...
I mean, if they don't know anything about ...
What I mean is ...
they don't seem to have any natural ...
I mean ... how is it ... done?
You're the science officer.
Explain it to the young lady.
Well, I ... can believe it's safe -- ahem --
safe to assume that they would ...
receive the necessary ... instructions.
From a machine?
That I'd like to see.
I understand, Vaal.
It shall be done.
You know, if it weren't for ... Vaal,
this place would be a paradise.
Any place we can be together is paradise.
can the ship really break away?
I don't know.
Will we be able to get back aboard?
Martha, I don't know.
But if we do have to stay here,
would it be so ... very bad?
not if you're with me.
Why do you look like that?
The way they touched ...
I do not understand.
They were not angry.
I think it was pleasant for them.
But what is to be gained?
It is not a dance.
It gathers no food.
It does not serve Vaal.
it did seem as though it was ...
pleasant to them.
It is pleasant, Makora.
They touched ...
in this way.
Vaal! He is angry.
The law is plain.
I have given you the words of Vaal.
Do you beg the lightning to strike?
We saw the strangers do this thing.
You copied them?
We meant no harm.
Vaal speaks truly to me.
The new comers are a danger.
Tell the men of Vaal
to meet me in the clear place
when the strangers are asleep.
It is Vaal's own words.
Vaal has spoken to me.
His words are true. Hear them.
We are to kill the strangers.
we do not understand.
It is a ...thing to do, like ... like feeding Vaal.
Vaal explained it to me. I will show you.
This ... is the head of one of the strangers.
Find a -- a heavy stick.
Come up from behind the stranger
and do this.
It is a simple thing.
It is the word of Vaal.
It will be done ...
to all of them ...
when the sun returns in the morning.
I am concerned, Captain.
This may not be an ideal society,
but it is a viable one.
Bones was right.
These people aren't living. They're existing.
They don't create, produce, even think.
They exist to service a machine.
If we do what it seems we must,
in my opinion,
it would be in direct violation
of the noninterference directive.
These are people ...
They should have the opportunity of choice.
We owe it to them to interfere.
Starfleet Command may think otherwise.
I'll take my chances.
Why don't you look around?
Kirk to Enterprise. Mr. Scott?
How is it going, Scotty?
We need a half an hour yet.
You realize within 45 minutes,
the ship will be pulled into the atmosphere?
I know. As you said, that's cutting things fine.
Yes, I --
What is it?
The people of Vaal seem to have disappeared.
Force field, Captain.
we are on a peaceful mission.
We mean no harm to you or your people.
Variation in impulses, Captain.
I believe it is reading us.
Strong jump on all wavelengths.
Let's get out of here!
Second degree burns.
Not serious, but I'll bet they smart.
Doctor, you have an unsurpassed talent
Put them in the hut.
Find out where the women are.
Put them in there, too.
The good doctor was concerned
that the Vaalians achieve true human stature.
I submit there is no cause for worry.
They've taken the first step.
They've learned to kill.
We're ready here, sir.
All available power has been channeled
into the impulse engines.
We have 12 minutes before entering atmosphere.
All right, Scotty, put her in full reverse.
Get her out of there.
Full reverse, Mr. Kyle, all engines.
Captain, we're doing it. We're pulling away!
It's no good, sir.
Only a few systems responding.
Captain, we pulled away a little,
we gained ... maybe an hour ...
but we blew almost every system in the ship doing it.
There's nothing left to try again.
I guess you'll have to fire me, sir.
400 people ...
They'll die because I couldn't see a warning sign.
I had to follow orders, always orders.
Get back in there!
Fine time to ring the dinner bell.
Get back ... now!
Bones, that's it.
Stay with Chekov.
Keep those people from feeding Vaal.
Don't let them feed Vaal!
Keep them in the hut.
Scotty, do you still have phaser power?
Aye, but --
Lock coordinates on the energy field down here.
On my command, commence firing on those coordinates.
Aye, sir, but they won't penetrate that force field.
If I'm correct, they won't have to. Stand by.
Vaal calls to us.
Let us go to him. He hungers.
Readings are getting weaker, Captain.
Wide variation in energy transmissions,
as though Vaal were trying to draw on other sources.
Tapping its energy cells.
Good. The ship's pulling away must have weakened it.
It has to be fed,
but its reserve capacity could hold out for days.
To ward off a phaser attack,
it would have to draw more heavily on its reserves.
My plan exactly.
Scott here, sir.
Scotty, commence firing and maintain.
Mr. Kyle, all phasers commence firing.
Tremendous upsurge in generated power, Captain.
Obviously, Vaal is trying to reinforce his energy field.
Let's see how long he can do it.
[Kirk] Scotty! Cease fire!
No power generation at all, Captain.
Vaal is dead.
Mr. Scott, status report.
Tractor beam gone.
Potency returning to antimatter pods.
I'll begin work on the circuits immediately.
Transporter will be ready in an hour.
Scotty, you're rehired.
As soon as the transporter's fixed,
form an engineering detail with analytical equipment
and beam them down.
Chekov, Bones ...
let those people go.
But it was Vaal who ...
put the fruit on the trees,
caused the rain to fall.
cared for us.
You'll learn to care for yourselves with our help.
And there's no trick to putting fruit on trees.
You might enjoy it.
You'll learn to build for yourselves,
think, work for yourselves,
and what you create is yours.
That's what we call freedom.
You'll like it a lot.
And you'll learn something about men and women,
the way they're supposed to be -- caring for each other,
being happy with each other, being good to each other.
That's what we call ... love.
You'll like that, too, a lot,
you and your children.
What are children?
The ... little ones?
Just go on the way you're going. You'll find out.
I don't agree with you at all, Mr. Spock.
That's not unusual, Doctor.
Jim, I want you to hear this.
I'm not certain we did the correct thing
on Gamma Trianguli VI.
We put those people back on a normal course.
I see nothing wrong in that.
That's a good example, Mr. Spock,
of what can happen when a machine becomes too efficient,
does too much work for you.
You are aware of the biblical story of Genesis.
Yes, how Adam and Eve tasted the apple
and were driven out of paradise.
and in a manner of speaking,
we have given the people of Vaal the apple,
the knowledge of good and evil,
and they, too, have been driven out of paradise.
Doctor, do I understand him correctly?
Are you casting me in the role of Satan?
Not at all, Captain.
Is there anyone on this ship ...
who even remotely ...
looks like Satan?
I am not aware of anyone
who fits that description, Captain.
I didn't think you would.