Approaching planet Omega IV, sir.
Another vessel in planet orbit, Captain.
Lieutenant, sound alert.
[Uhura] All decks report ready, sir.
Long range sensor scan, Mr. Sulu.
It's the U.S.S. Exeter, sir.
Try to contact her, Lieutenant.
The Exeter ...
she was patrolling in this area six months ago.
I hadn't heard of any trouble.
Receiving no response to our signal, sir.
The sensors indicate no damage to the vessel, Captain.
Magnification factor 3, Mr. Sulu.
Hold our position out here, Mr. Sulu.
Lieutenant, have Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy,
and Lieutenant Galloway report to the transporter room.
We'll board and investigate.
We're locked onto
the Exeter's engineering section, Captain.
Phasers on heavy stun.
Just the uniforms are left.
As if they were in them when ...
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.
This is Captain Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Is anyone on board?
If there is, and you can hear me,
please respond by intercom to the engineering section.
Is there anyone on board?
Spock here, Captain.
Lieutenant Galloway and I are checking out the lower levels.
There seems to be no one aboard ...
What about the shuttlecraft?
Galloway on the hangar deck, sir.
All four of the craft are still here.
If they left, they didn't leave that way.
Dr. McCoy and I are going to the bridge. Meet us there.
Captain 's log.
Aboard the U.S.S. Exeter commanded by Ron Tracey,
one of the most experienced captains in the starfleet.
What could have happened to him
and the over 400 men and women who were on this ship?
The helm was left on automatic, sir.
play the last log tape.
Maybe they had time to record what happened to them.
Jim, the analysis of this so far
is potassium -- 35%, carbon -- 18%,
phosphorous -- 1.0, calcium -- 1.5.
Jim, the crew didn't leave.
- They're still here. - What do you mean?
These white crystals -- that's what's left of the human body
when you take the water away,
which makes up 96% of our bodies.
Without water, we're all just 3 or 4 pounds of chemicals.
Now, something crystallized them down to this.
I have their surgeon's log, Captain.
Their last log entry, Captain.
If you've come aboard this ship ...
you're dead men.
Don't go back to your own ship.
You have one chance.
Get down there. Get down there fast.
Captain Tracey is ...
Prepare to beam down to the planet surface -- fast.
[Speaking Foreign Language]
[Speaking Foreign Language]
Put the ax away, Liyang.
[Captain Kirk] That's Ron Tracey.
I knew someone would come looking for us.
I'm just sorry it had to be you.
I'm glad your arrival stopped this.
No more of this, Wu. Lock up the savages.
They carry fire boxes.
I said lock up the savages.
The prisoners are called Yangs.
Impossible even to communicate with.
Hordes of them out there.
They'll attack anything that moves.
Interesting that the villagers know about phasers.
You were left alone down here, Ron.
Our medi-scanners revealed this planet as perfectly harmless.
The villagers, the Kohms here, were friendly enough
once they got over the shock of my white skin.
As you've seen, we resemble the Yangs -- the savages.
My landing party transported back to the ship.
I stayed here to arrange for the planet survey
with the village elders.
The next thing I knew, the ship was calling me.
The landing party had taken an unknown disease back.
My crew, Jim.
My entire crew ... gone.
Yes, I know.
And I'm just as infected as they were ...
as you are,
but I stayed alive because I stayed down here.
There's some natural immunization
that protects everyone on the planet surface.
I don't know what it is.
Lucky we found that log. If we'd gone back to the Enterprise ...
You'd be dying by now,
along with the rest of the Enterprise crew.
You'll stay alive only as long as you stay here.
None of us will ever leave this planet.
Captain 's log -- supplemental.
The Enterprise has left the Exeter and moved into close planet orbit.
Although the infection may strand us here the rest of our lives,
I face an even more difficult problem --
The growing belief that Captain Tracey has been interfering
with the evolution of life on this planet.
It seems impossible.
A star captain's most solemn oath
is that he willgive his life, even his entire crew,
rather than violate the Prime Directive.
Tell the lab the final reading on our tissue
is Y-3, X-point, 004,
and I could use a second blood-analyzer unit.
We'll beam it down shortly, Doctor.
Our tissues definitely show
a massive infection, Jim,
but something is immunizing us down here,
or we'd have been dead hours ago.
I don't think we're gonna have time to isolate it, Bones.
The problem is it could be anything --
Some spores or pollen in the air, some chemical.
Just finding it could take months, maybe even years,
and I've only got one lead --
The infection resembles one developed by Earth
during their bacteriological war fare experiments
in the 1990s.
Hard to believe we were once foolish enough
to play around with that.
A Yang Lance, Doctor.
- You all right? - Bruised only.
We were approximately 100 meters from the village
when five savages ambushed us.
We managed to escape without firing.
Spock, do you see any hope
that these Yangs can be reasoned with?
A truce, a parley, a --
They're too wild.
They act almost insane.
Captain Tracey is being quite factual in several statements.
1 -- the Yangs are totally contemptuous of death.
They seem incredibly vicious.
2 -- he is also being factual
in that the Yangs are massing for an attack.
There are signs of thousands of them in the foothills.
However, he was less than truthful
in one very important matter ...
phaser power packs.
Captain Tracey's reserve belt packs -- empty.
Found among the remains of several hundred Yang bodies.
A smaller attack on this village a week ago,
driven off by Captain Tracey with his phaser.
I found villagers who will corroborate it.
Now wait a minute.
He lost his ship, his crew,
and found himself the only thing standing
between an entire village of peaceful people --
Regulations are quite harsh,
but they're also quite clear, Captain.
If you do not act, you will be considered equally guilty.
Without a serum, we're trapped here with the villagers.
Why destroy what's left of the man by arresting him?
I agree that formal charges have little meaning now.
However, you must at least, confiscate his phaser.
Starfleet should be made aware.
I'll be sending the next message,Jim.
Enterprise, come in.
Enterprise bridge. Lieutenant Uhura.
Captain Tracey of the Exeter.
Yes, sir. Captain Kirk informed us earlier you had survived.
I'm afraid I have some bad news.
Your captain and landing party
beamed down too late for immunization.
They've been found unconscious,
but I'm doing everything I can for them now.
This is Lieutenant Sulu in temporary command of the Enterprise.
Our medical staff will volunteer to beam down --
There's no point in risking more lives.
Since I've acquired some immunity --
At their next word, kill him.
[Sulu] Repeat your message.
Come in, landing party.
Repeat your message.
I'm sorry, Lieutenant.
Your captain's feverish, quite delirious.
I understand, sir.
When he regains consciousness,
assure him that we have no problems here.
I'll contact you later,
let you know of any future needs.
Landing party out.
That's enough of that, Captain.
Captain Ronald Tracey, as per Starfleet Command,
regulation 7, paragraph 4 ...
I must now consider myself under arrest,
unless in the presence
of the most senior fellow officers presently available,
I give satisfactory answer to those charges
which you now bring ...
et cetera, et cetera.
Those are the first words duty required you to say to me,
and you said them.
Now suppose we go on to the next subject ...
which is ...
No native to this planet
has ever had any trace of any kind of disease.
How long would a man live if all disease were erased?
Tell Captain Kirk your age.
I have seen 42 years of the redbird --
Their year of the redbird comes once every 11 years,
which he's seen 42 times.
Wu is 462 years old.
His father is well over 1,000.
McCoy could verify all that.
He will if you order it.
We must have a doctor researching this.
Are you grasping all it means?
This immunizing agent, once we've found it, is a fountain of youth --
or as much as any man will ever want.
For sale by ...
By those who own the serum.
McCoy will eventually isolate it.
Meanwhile, you inform your ship
your situation's impossible.
Order them away.
When we're ready,
we'll bargain for a whole fleet ofships to pick us up,
and they'll do it.
I suppose they would.
We've got to stay alive.
Let the Yangs kill us and destroy what we have to offer
and we'll have committed a crime against all humanity.
I'd say that's slightly more important
than the Prime Directive ...
wouldn't you, Jim?
It's a very interesting proposition. Let me think it over.
Take the doctor back to his workplace.
The pointed-eared one stays,
and, Wu, tell your men we'll be leaving soon.
We'll be in ambush for the Yangs ...
with many fire boxes this time.
What do you think of that,Jim?
Animals who happen to look like us.
You still think the Prime Directive's for this planet?
I don't think we have the right or the wisdom to interfere
however a planet is evolving.
Well, if logic won't work, perhaps this will.
Put him in there.
Don't they ever rest?
Not that I have observed, Captain.
Of course, should they wish to do so,
one could always rest while the other keeps you occupied.
Thank you, Spock.
Tell me why you want to kill me.
Good, Captain. Try to reason with them.
Keep trying, Captain.
Their behavior is highly illogical.
No point in repeating that it's illogical, Spock.
I'm quite aware of it.
Pity you can't teach me that.
I have tried, Captain.
Oh, thank you ...
Thank you very much.
I have managed to loosen this grill somewhat.
If the mortar on yours is as old ...
I can't even get at it.
They'd be on me in a moment.
Keep talking, Spock.
Don't let me doze off.
Captain Tracey mentioned
there was once a considerable civilization here.
The only reasonable explanation would be a war --
A nuclear devastation or a bacteriological holocaust.
That's a very interesting theory.
The yellow civilization is almost destroyed.
The white civilization is destroyed.
Keep working on the window
if we're ever going to regain our freedom.
Yes, I heard, Captain.
That is a worship word.
You will not speak it.
Well, well, well.
It is ...
our worship word, too.
You live with the Kohms.
Am I not now a prisoner of the Kohms as you are?
Why did you not speak until now?
You spoke to Kohms.
They are only for killing.
Spock, we'll have you out in a minute.
are you able to respond?
7 hours and 8 minutes, Captain.
7 hours ...
and 8 ...
I'll have you out in a minute.
Oh. Good morning, Jim.
We can contact the ship in a few moments
- if I can cross-circuit this unit. - Good.
Find out anything?
Yes. I'm convinced that once
there was a frightening biological war here.
The virus still exists.
Over the years, nature built up natural immunizing agents
in the food, water, soil.
War created an imbalance and nature counterbalanced it.
There's a disease here that affected the Exeter landing party and us.
Right. These immunizing agents take time. That's the real tragedy.
Had the Exeter landing party stayed here just a few hours longer,
they never would have died.
Then we can leave any time we want to.
Tracey is of the opinion
these immunizing agents can become
a fountain of youth.
There are people here over 1,000 years old.
Survival of the fittest,
because their ancestors who survived
had to have a superior resistance.
Then they built up
these powerful protective antibodies in the blood
during the wars.
Now, if you want to destroy a civilization
or a whole world,
your descendants might develop a longer life.
I hardly think it's worth it.
Then anything you develop here
as a result of all this is useless.
It might eventually cure the common cold,
but leng then lives? Poppycock.
I can do more for you
if you just eat right and exercise regularly.
[Spock] Ready, Captain.
Voice communication won't be possible,
but we can signal the ship.
All that bloodshed for nothing.
That'll be sufficient, Mr. Spock.
Kirk, the savage in the cell with you ...
did you set him free?
The savage -- you sent him to warn the tribes!
The Yangs must've been warned.
They sacrificed hundreds
Just to draw us out in the open.
And then they came ...
and they came.
We drained four of our phasers,
and they still came.
We killed thousands, and they still came.
He'll live, but I'll have to get him to better facilities.
You can't carry the disease up to the ship with you.
He's fully immunized now.
We all are.
We can beam up at any time.
Any of us.
You've isolated the serum?
There's no serum!
There are no miracles!
There's no immortality here!
All this is for nothing!
Explain it to him, Doctor.
Leave medicine to medical men, Captain.
You found no fountain of youth here.
People live longer here now
because it's natural for them to.
Or I'll burn down both your friends now.
Do what you can for him, Doctor.
Where is everybody?
Dead or in hiding.
Now let's see how eager you are to die.
Call your ship.
I need your help, Kirk.
They're going to attack the village.
My phaser's almost drained.
We need new fresh ones.
You're not just gonna stand there and let them kill you, are you?
You'll fight, won't you?
We can beam up, Tracey. All of us!
I want five phasers.
No, 10 ...
with three extra power packs each.
Kirk to Enterprise.
Captain, are you all right now?
Yes, quite all right.
I'd like 10 phasers beamed down
with three extra power packs, please.
Have you got that?
Enterprise, do you read me?
Captain, this is Sulu.
We read you, but surely you know
that can't be done without verification.
Not even if we're in danger, Mr. Sulu?
Captain, we have volunteers standing by to beam down.
What is your situation?
The situation ...
is not immediately dangerous.
Have the volunteers stand by. Kirk out.
You have a well-trained bridge crew, Captain.
[Applause And Cheers, Distant ]
I'm weak, Captain,
but not in difficulty.
He must have attention soon.
My need for attention is vital, Doctor,
but our need for departure
is even more immediate.
If my ancestors were forced out of the cities
into the deserts, the hills ...
Yes. I see, Captain.
They would've learned to wear skins,
adopted stoic mannerisms,
learned the bow and the lance.
Living like the Indians,
finally even looking like the American Indian.
The parallel is almost too close, Captain.
It would mean they fought the war your Earth avoided,
and in this case, the Asiatics won
and took over this planet.
But if it were true ...
all these generations of Yanks
fighting to regain their land ...
you're a romantic, Jim.
That which is ours is ours again.
It will never be taken from us again.
They can be handled, Jim.
Together it'll be easy.
I caution you, gentlemen,
don't fight me here. I'll win.
Or at worst, I'll drag you down with me.
I am Cloud William ...
Also son of chief.
Guardian of the holies,
speaker of the holy words,
leader of warriors.
Many have died,
but this is the last of the Kohm places.
What is ours ...
is ours again.
Aypledgli ianectu flaggen ...
tupep kile for stahn ...
and to the republic for which it stands,
one nation, under God,
with liberty and justice for all.
He spoke the holy word.
You know many of our high-worship words.
In my land we have a tribe like you.
Where is your tribe?
Up there. One of those points of light
that you see at night.
Why are you here?
Were you cast out?
You're confusing the stars with heaven.
He was cast out!
Don't you recognize the evil one?
Who else would trick you with your own sacred words?
Let your God strike me dead if I lie.
But he won't, because I speak for him.
Yet you killed many Yangs.
You tried to kill me!
We're not gods! We're not evil ones.
We're men, like your selves.
Would a man know your holy words?
Could a man use them to trick you?
See his servant.
His face, his eyes, his ears!
Do the Yang legends describe the servant of the evil one?
Are your faces alike?
Can you tell from them which of you is good and which is evil?
You command him. Everyone's seen that.
You want more proof?
He has no heart.
His heart is different!
The internal organs of a Vulcan are --
He has no heart.
One of them lies.
If we should kill the good,
the evil would be among us.
There is a way.
The greatest of holies.
Chiefs and sons of chiefs
may speak the words,
but the evil one's tongue would surely turn to fire.
I will begin ...
and you shall finish.
norkohn forkohn perfectunun.
Those words are familiar. Wait a moment.
He fears to speak them,
for his tongue would burn with fire.
Kill his servant unless he speaks,
so you may see if the words burn him.
There's a better way.
Does not your sacred book
promise that good is stronger than evil?
Yes, it is written.
Good shall always destroy evil.
It is written.
The fight is done when one is dead.
Spock, I've found that evil usually triumphs ...
unless good is very, very careful.
Spock, we've got to do something!
I'm open to suggestions, Doctor.
What are you doing?
I'm making a suggestion.
It is written -- good must destroy evil.
Sir, we picked up communicator signals --
We'll discuss that later, Lieutenant.
Free Dr. McCoy and Mr. Spock.
Put Captain Tracey under arrest.
You are a great God servant.
We are your slaves.
When you would not say the holy words,
of the Ee'd Plebnista,
I doubted you.
I did not recognize those words,
you said them so badly --
Only the eyes of a chief
may see the Ee'd Plebnista.
This was not written for chiefs.
Among my people,
we carry many such words as this
from many lands, many worlds.
Many are equally good
and are as well respected,
but wherever we have gone,
no words have said this thing of importance ...
in quite this way.
Look at these three words
written larger than the rest
with a special pride never written before or since --
Tall words proudly saying ...
"We the people".
That which you called Ee'd Plebnista
was not written for chiefs or kings
or warriors or the rich and powerful,
but for all the people!
Down the centuries,
you have slurred the meaning of the words
"We the people of the United States,
in order to form a more perfect union,
establish justice, ensure domestic tranquillity,
provide for the common defense,
promote the general welfare,
and secure the blessings of liberty
to ourselves and our posterity...
do ordain and establish this constitution".
These words and the words that follow
were not written only for the Yangs,
- but for the Kohms as well! - The Kohms?
They must apply to everyone or they mean nothing!
Do you understand?
I do not fully understand,
one named Kirk.
But the holy words will be obeyed.
I swear it.
There's no question about his guilt, Captain,
but does our involvement here
also constitute a violation of the Prime Directive?
We merely showed them the meaning
of what they were fighting for.
Liberty and freedom have to be more than just words.
Gentlemen, the fighting is over here.
I suggest we leave them
to discover their history ...
and their liberty.