KirkCaptain's Log. Star date 5784.2. We are responding to desperate distress calls from an unknown planet. My science officer Mr. Spock is unable to account for this, since he reported no signs of life on the planet. It is rich in kironide deposits-- a very rare and long-lasting source of great power.
AlexanderAre you from the spaceship Enterprise?
KirkThat's right.
AlexanderAlexander, at your service. I sing, I dance, I play all variety of games, and I'm a good loser, a very good loser. Please, sir, try to bear that in mind. Now, would you please accompany me?
KirkWho are the inhabitants of this planet?
AlexanderOh, Platonians. I'm sure you've never heard of us. Our native star is Sahndara. Millennia ago, just before it went nova, we managed to escape. Our leader liked Plato's ideas-- Plato, Platonius. See? In fact, our present philosopher-king, Parmen, sometimes calls us Plato's children, although we sometimes think of ourselves more as Plato's stepchildren. Excuse me. Uh, someone's waiting for you.
PhilanaWelcome to our republic. Who among you is the physician?
McCoyI am. What's the problem?
PhilanaMy spouse. His leg. Come this way.
McCoyWell, what happened to that leg?
ParmenI suppose I scratched it.
McCoyI don't understand. This should have been attended to immediately.
ParmenSheer ignorance. Is there anything you can do?
McCoyWell, we're certainly going to try. The infection is massive. Let me give you a hypo to ease the pain.
McCoyIn the arm.
AlexanderPhilana, they came to help. They deserve better than to die-- Argh!
PhilanaAlexander, you talk too much.
KirkSpace-- the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship 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.
KirkCaptain's Log. Star date 5784.3. Dr. McCoy is endeavouring to treat the leader of a strange group of people. When their planet novaed, millennia ago, they transported themselves to Earth in the time of Socrates and Plato. After the death of the Greek civilization they idolized, they came to this planet and created for themselves a utopia patterned after it.
ParmenWhat is it? What is your prognosis, Doctor?
McCoyI'll let you know when I have the results. And from now on, it would be better if I handled the instruments without your help.
KirkBones, I can't understand why a simple cut like that could become so serious.
McCoyNeither do I, but it has. How do I knock out an infection when the tricorder doesn't recognize Platonian bacteria? All I can do, and this is going to take time, is to try to match his bugs with a known strain and hope.
AlexanderYour pan is in jeopardy.
EraclitusMm-hmm. It isn't now. I win.
DioniydeWell played, Eraclitus.
EraclitusI thank you, Dionyd.
KirkThis psychokinetic power of yours, how long have you had it?
PhilanaTwo and a half-- Ever since our arrival here on Platonius.
SpockHow is the power transmitted?
PhilanaBrain waves.
SpockDo these waves cease while you are asleep?
PhilanaNo, not if they're embedded in the unconscious.
McCoyWhat about medicine? Why no doctors?
PhilanaWe haven't had any pressing need for the medical arts. You see, while still on Sahndara, we instituted a mass eugenics program. We are the result. Pared down to a population of 38, we're perfect for our utopia. We're bred for contemplation and self-reliance... and longevity. How old would you say I am? Don't be afraid. I'm not vain.
PhilanaThat old? I stopped aging at 30. Well, anyway, you're off by 2,000 years. I'm 2,300 years old. We were married very young. I was only 117, and he was 128. So you see, we scarcely have to move anymore, let alone work.
KirkThat's why you have no resistance?
PhilanaThat's right. A break in the skin can be fatal.
SpockFascinating. I believe we're experiencing the psychokinetic manifestations of Parmen's delirium.
ScottScott to Captain Kirk.
KirkKirk to Enterprise.
ScottCaptain, we're in the midst of a storm. No discernible cause. I've never seen anything like it. There's 10-scale turbulence right now. Emergency gyros and stabilizers at maximum. If this keeps up, Captain, we can't last!
KirkEngines at full speed. Get her out of orbit. and into space.
ScottI've tried that, sir. She's locked tight.
KirkWell, then there's nothing you can do but batten down and weather.
ScottRight, Captain.
KirkParmen's mind is not-- Watch it!  Not only throwing around furniture, he's tearing up the Enterprise as well. Bones, knock him out fast.
AlexanderHelp! Save me!
KirkAlexander-- Stand behind me.
AlexanderNo use.! His mind will find me anyhow. Oh! Don't save him. Let him die. The others will kill each other trying to take his place.
KirkHurry up with that shot!
PhilanaNow, Doctor!
AlexanderUh... I can't breathe. I'm choking.
KirkBones! Shake him. Break his concentration. Kirk to Enterprise.
ScottScott on the Enterprise. It's all right, Captain. The turbulence has abated.
KirkGood, I think you'll find the orbit broken as well. Assess damage and repair whatever is necessary.
ScottAye, Captain.
PhilanaI don't know how I can ever thank you, not only for Platonius, but for myself.
KirkNo thanks is necessary.
PhilanaAlexander, show our guests to the south wing.
KirkOh, thank you, we must return to the ship.
McCoyI think I'd better wait until the fever breaks. that case, we'll stay.
AlexanderAnything you want, Just ask me. Anything.
KirkThank you, Alexander.
AlexanderYou saved my life. I think I should tell you that--
KirkTell me what?
AlexanderWell, just that I never knew any people like you existed.
KirkWhere is everyone?
AlexanderThey're all in chambers... meditating.
KirkAlexander... are there other Platonians like you?
AlexanderWhat do you mean, like me?
KirkWho don't have the psychokinetic ability.
AlexanderI thought you were talking about my size... because they make fun of me for my size. But, um, to answer your question, I'm the only one without it. I was brought here as the court buffoon. That's why I'm everybody's slave and I have to be ten places at once, and I never do anything right.
SpockHow does one obtain the power?
AlexanderAs far as I know it just comes to you sometime after you're born. They say I'm a throwback, and I am, and so are you. I'm Sorry. I shouldn't have said that.
KirkDon't worry about it. We're happy without it.
AlexanderYou know, I believe you are. Listen, where you come from, are there a lot of people without the power and my size?
KirkAlexander, where I come from, size, shape, or colour makes no difference, and nobody has the power.
AlexanderNobody? Uh, s-somebody wants me.
SpockCaptain, it will be very gratifying to leave here.
KirkThat might not be easy should Parmen die.
SpockBut, even if he shouldn't.
KirkYes. This utopia of theirs is one of the best-kept secret in the galaxy. Screening themselves from our sensors, and locking us into orbit-- all this adds up to a pattern.
McCoyJim, my concoction actually worked. The fever's broken. And what recuperative powers. The infection's begun to drain already.
SpockDr. McCoy, you may yet cure the common cold.
KirkIf ever there was a time to get out of here, it is now. Kirk to Enterprise. Scotty, come in.
ScottScott here, sir.
KirkPrepare to beam us up.
ScottI'm afraid I can't do that, sir. Everything's frozen.
KirkThe turbulence hit you that hard?
ScottIt's not the turbulence, sir. Damage to the ship is minimal.
KirkWhat caused it?
ScottI don't know, sir, and those are the facts.
KirkDid you get up into space?
ScottNo, sir. The orbit's locked tighter than ever, and subspace communication with Starfleet, it's completely severed.
KirkAll right, Scotty. I'll handle it down here. Stand by.
Alexander"Great Pan sounds his horn"
"Marking time to the rhyme"
"With his hoof with his hoof"
"Forward, forward in our plan"
"We proceed as we began"
Brekekekekx... brekekekekx... koooax.
KirkYour Excellency.
ParmenParmen will do. Philosopher kings have no need of titles.
KirkI'd like to know why the ship's instrumentation and weaponry is frozen... and why the Enterprise is locked in orbit.
ParmenCaptain, please. You are mistaken, I assure you.
KirkParmen, I've talked to the engineer aboard the ship. We've showed our good faith. Now you show yours. I want this ship released immediately.
ParmenThe amenities, Captain. Allow me to remind you that I am the head of this principality. Guests do not come barging in here, making demands and issuing orders.
KirkGuests? You don't know the meaning of the word. Guests aren't treated like common prisoners.
ParmenDo not take that tone with me.
KirkKirk to Enterprise. Acknowledge. Acknowledge. Enterprise, come in. Enterpri-- I can't raise them.
SpockObviously Parmen does not wish any contact made with the Enterprise.
McCoyHe may still need the ship's medical stores. Why prevent contact?
SpockTo shut out any knowledge of his brutal treatment of a Starfleet captain.
KirkNo, Mr. Spock. One thing for certain-- Parmen isn't concerned with my dignity or safety.
SpockAgreed, Captain. And Parmen wouldn't have treated you so brutally if he had any intention of releasing you or the Enterprise.
KirkWhere are you going?
McCoyI don't know. I don't want to go, but I can't help myself.
PhilanaGentle spacemen, we are eternally in your debt. We've some trifles for you. Please accept them as tokens of our gratitude. They stem from the very source of our inspiration. To our noble captain, the shield carried by Pericles, as a symbol of gallant leadership. To our silent and cerebral Mr. Spock, this kithara to pluck music, to soothe his ever-active brow. And lastly, to the physician Dr. McCoy, who saved Platonius and my spouse, this ancient collection of Greek cures, penned by Hippocrates himself.
KirkHas the Enterprise been released yet?
ParmenCaptain, wait. I know what you're thinking. My humble apologies. You were badly used. In my own defense, allow me to say that my illness was more profoundly disturbing that I myself realized. I'm sure that you, too, have been out of sorts and have been driven to fits of temper and rage. Unlike you, however, what I think and feel, whether for good or ill, is instantly translated into reality. So please, find it in your heart to forgive me.
KirkCertainly. Has the Enterprise been released yet?
ParmenIt will be shortly.
KirkThen good day. Thank you for the presents.
ParmenNot at all. But there is one final request. After my nearly fatal infection, it has become obvious to us all, that we cannot afford to be without a skilled physician. Therefore we should like you, Dr. McCoy, to remain.
McCoyI'm very sorry, but that's impossible.
ParmenYour duties will be extraordinarily light. You'll be free to read, meditate, conduct research, whatever you like. You'll want for nothing.
McCoyThe answer is no.
ParmenWe'd like to keep it cordial, but we are determined to have you stay, Doctor.
KirkDr. McCoy saved your life.
ParmenI am losing patience, Captain.
KirkAnd you consider yourself a disciple of Plato?
ParmenWe manage to live in peace and harmony.
SpockWhose harmony, yours? Plato wanted truth and beauty and above all justice.
ParmenMy dear Mr. Spock, I admit that circumstances have forced us to make a few adaptations of Plato, but ours is the most democratic society conceivable. Anyone can, at any moment, be or do anything he wishes, even to becoming ruler of Platonius if his mind is strong enough.
KirkAnd if his mind isn't strong enough, he gets torn apart like Alexander.
ParmenCome now. We aren't children. In your culture, justice is the will of the stronger. It is forced upon people by means of weapons and fleets of spaceships. Our justice is the will of the stronger mind, and I, for one, consider it a vast improvement.
KirkWe don't use our weapons for the kind of brutality you practice.
ParmenFarewell, Captain.
KirkCome on, Doctor. McCoy.
McCoyI can't move, Jim. They're going to keep me here no matter what. Leave, please.
KirkNo. You're the doctor. They don't want to force you. They need your good will.
ParmenCaptain, go while you still can.
KirkWe're not leaving until McCoy is released.
ParmenThis isn't the Enterprise. You are not in command, captain.
PhilanaWhy discuss it? Get rid of them.
ParmenNo, my dear. That might offend the good doctor. You wish to stay? By all means. You can help us celebrate our anniversary. In the process, I hope we can persuade you to join our tiny republic.
McCoyYou won't persuade me.
ParmenI think we will.
Kirk"I'm Tweedledee He's Tweedledum"
Spock"Two spacemen marching to a drum"
Kirk+Spock"We slither among the mimsey toves"
"And gyre among the borogoves"
KirkYou're not staying, McCoy. No matter what he tries to--
Kirk"Being your slave, what should I do but tend"
"upon the hours and times of your desire?"
"I have no precious time at all to spend,"
"nor services to do, till you--"
McCoyStop it! Don't do this to him, Parmen!
KirkMcCoy... no matter what he makes me... say or do... the answer
McCoyNo, Parmen! Stop it!
ParmenWell, Doctor?
McCoyI have my orders.
ParmenAs you wish, Doctor.
KirkUhh... Is this... your utopia, your grand vision of the future? You don't even...
ParmenWe've had enough or your moralizing.
McCoyAnd we've had enough of yours. I'll never get me to stay here.
ParmenYou'll be happy to stay. It takes time, Doctor, but you'll be happy to stay.
McCoyHe's a Vulcan. You can't force emotion out of him.
PhilanaYou must be joking, Doctor.
McCoyIt can destroy him.
ParmenWe can't let him die laughing, can we?
McCoyI beg you.
KirkSpock... Spock... Don't... let them... break you. Hold on. Don't--
AlexanderParmen... they saved your life. I'm ashamed to be a Platonian. Ashamed! Aah!
ParmenHow can you let this go on?
KirkCan you do anything for him?
McCoyThere is no medicine that can help him. He'll have to come through this himself.
SpockI trust they did not injure you too much, Captain.
KirkMy muscles are sore, that's all.
SpockThe humiliation must have been most difficult for you to bear. I can understand.
McCoyThe release of emotions, Mr. Spock, is what keeps us healthy, emotionally healthy, that is.
SpockThat may be, Doctor, however I have noted that the healthy release of emotion is frequently very unhealthy for those closest to you.
KirkWhich just goes to prove that there's no such thing as a perfect solution.
SpockSo it would seem. Captain.
KirkYes, Spock.
SpockDo you still feel anger toward Parmen?
KirkGreat anger.
SpockAnd you, Doctor?
McCoyYes, Spock. And hatred.
SpockThen you must release it, gentlemen, as I must master mine. I might have seriously injured you, Captain, even killed you. They have evoked such great hatred in me. I cannot allow it to go further. I must... master it. I must... control.
McCoyJim. This is senseless. I've thought it over. I'm staying.
KirkYou can't.
McCoyParmen has promised me you'll be safe.
KirkPromised? Parmen? He'd let us beam up to the Enterprise, and plunge the ship back into the atmosphere.
McCoyWhy? Why trick me?
KirkBecause, if he killed us outright in front of you, you'd retaliate. You're a doctor. You have the means. Bones, I know you're trying to do the right thing, but if any one of us escapes, Parmen knows Starfleet would never let this planet go unpunished. Sacrifice yourself by agreeing to stay, and you sign our death warrant.
AlexanderHe's right. I should have warned you. They were treating you the same way they treat me, just like me only you fight them. All the time, I thought it was me, my mind that couldn't move a pebble. They even told I was lucky they bothered keep me around, and I believed them. The arms and legs of everybody's whim. Look down. Don't meet their eyes. Smile. Smile. Those great people... they were gods to me. But you showed me what they really are. Now I know. Don't you see? It's not me or my size. It's them! It's them! It's them!
KirkPut it down.
AlexanderNo. This is the best thing for them.
KirkPut it down. Do what I say.
AlexanderI'm going to cut their... I'm going to cut them. Parmen first. They'll all get infected. Only this time, whatever they say, don't save them. Let them die.
KirkGive it to me!
AlexanderPlease let me give them a taste of what they gave me. Please! They're going to kill you anyhow. You know that.
KirkIn that case, what's the point in you dying, too?
AlexanderTh-That's the first time anybody ever thought of my life before his own. I should have told you when you first came here that they were going to kill you. Because I knew, but I was afraid. I was afraid.
KirkThat's all right. It's all right, Alexander. Listen, we haven't given up, and there may be something you can do to help.
AlexanderAnything I can do, you just tell me.
KirkAll right, did the Platonians always have this power?
AlexanderNo. Not until we came to this planet.
SpockAlexander, it is possible for you to recall how long after you arrived here that that power began to develop?
AlexanderHow could I forget that? It was 6 months and 14 days after we got here that they started pushing me around.
SpockAnd would you know, how many months' supplies you brought with you?
AlexanderWell, four, I think. Uh, three.
SpockThat's close enough, Alexander. Fascinating. Their power developed two or three months after they started eating the native foods.
AlexanderThat's right.
SpockThen it's logical to assume that there is a connection between the psychokinetic power and the eating of the native foods.
McCoyThen why wouldn't Alexander have the same power as the others?
SpockPerhaps his system cannot absorb the crucial element.
KirkBones, I think it'd  be a good idea if you took a reading of Alexander's blood.
AlexanderUh, not that I'm afraid or anything, but will it hurt much?
McCoyYou won't even know it happened.
KirkYou still have a tricorder reading of Parmen's blood, don't you?
McCoyOf course. Parmen possesses the highest order of psychokinetic ability, and Alexander the lowest in the same environmental conditions.
SpockThe probabilities are that Alexander was born with some biochemical deficiency relative to Platonius.
McCoyI'll run both their blood samples for a full comparative tricorder test in the tricorder.
KirkAnd if our theory works out, we've got a weapon.
McCoyOne significant difference between Parmen's blood and Alexander's is a concentration of kironide broken down by a pituitary hormone.
KirkKironide. A high-energy source. That could be it.
SpockThe pituitary hormones confirm the hypothesis. They also regulate body growth.
AlexanderOh. You mean, the same thing that kept me from having the power made me a dwarf?
SpockYes. It's also obvious why Parmen kept this little utopia secret. Anyone coming here and remaining long enough would acquire the power.
KirkExactly. McCoy... there must be a quick way of building up a concentration of kironide in our blood.
McCoyIt will take some doing, but it is possible.
KirkWhat are we waiting for? What is it, Bones?
McCoyEven if the kironide reaches the desired effect, it still may not help us get out of here..
KirkYes. There are 38 of them.
SpockThe point is well taken, however the psychokinetic power is not additive. If it were, considering the Platonians' hostile propensities two or three of them would have combined forces centuries ago and deposed Parmen.
AlexanderHe's right. Do you know, Parmen says each has his own separate power frequency, because when they've tried to combine their powers, and use them together, it never worked.
McCoyI'm ready.
KirkLet's not any waste time. Give us double the concentration in Parmen's blood.
SpockThe time factor concerns me. It may take days or even weeks before there's enough build up from the kironide to be of any benefit to us.
KirkYes. What about Alexander?
McCoySince the kironide's broken down and injected directly into his bloodstream, it should work on him as well as us-- better in fact, because he's acclimated.
AlexanderOh, no. Not after what they've done to me.
KirkWhy not? You could conceivably take Parmen's place and run the whole planet.
AlexanderYou think that's what I want? Become one of them, become my own enemy? Just lie around like a big blop of nothing and have things done for me? I want to move for myself. If I'm going to laugh or cry, I want do it fo myself. You can keep your precious power. All I ask is one thing. If you do make it out of here, take me with you. Just drop me anyplace they never heard of kironide or Platonius.
KirkAlexander-- Nurse. Lieutenant Uhura. I guess we weren't sufficiently entertaining.
ChapelováAre we ever glad to see you.
UhuraWe were forced in the transporter and beamed down. It was like becoming someone's puppet.
ChaplováI thought I was sleepwalking. I couldn't stop myself. Captain, what is it? What's going on?
KirkSpock, do you feel any effect of the kironide shot?
SpockI have experienced a slight flush, Captain.
KirkSo did l. Let's try a simple test. Concentrate on raising this plate of fruit. Nothing.
ParmenFellow academicians, 2,500 years ago, a band of hearty vagabonds arrived on this barren, rough-hewn planet. There was a desperate hardship of backbreaking toil. And then a divine providence graced our genius and our dedication with the power of powers. And through it, our every need instantly materialized. We thereupon determined to form a utopian brotherhood. This night is indeed a festive occasion, for tonight, we welcome into that brotherhood its first new member.
KirkNot yet, Parmen. You have to convince the doctor first.
McCoyThey'll never do it, Jim.
ParmenDoctor, please. You have destroyed the festive mood of the ladies. We must recapture it at once. I know. What would be better than a serenade from the laughing spaceman?
Spock"Take care, young ladies, and value your wine"
"Be watchful of young men in their velvet prime"
"Deeply they'll swallow from your finest kegs"
"Then swiftly be gone"
"Leaving bitter dregs"
"Bitter dregs"
"With smiling words and tender touch"
"Man offers little and asks for so much"
"He loves in the breathless excitement of night"
"Then leaves with your treasure"
"n cold morning light"
"Ahh ahh"
"In cold morning light"
ParmenAnd now let the revels begin.
DioniydeOh, how faithless and fickle.
EraclitusMake up your minds.
ChapelováI'm so ashamed. Please make them stop.
SpockWe have tried.
ChapelováPlease! Please make them stop.
SpockI haven't the power. I'm deeply sorry. We failed you.
ChapelováFor so long I've wanted to be close to you. Now all I want to crawl away and die.
DioniydeCareful, Mr. Spock. Too much love is dangerous.
EraclitusRemember-- Cupid's arrow kills Vulcans.
UhuraI'm so frightened, Captain. I'm so very frightened.
KirkThat's the way they want you to feel. It makes them think that they're alive.
UhuraI know it... but I wish I could stop trembling.
KirkTry not to think of them. Try.
UhuraI'm thinking. I'm thinking of all the times on the Enterprise when I was scared to death... and I would see you so busy at your commands. And I would hear your voice from all the parts of the ship... and my fears would fade. And now they are making me tremble. But I'm not afraid. I am not afraid.
PhilanaParmen, let's get on with it.
ParmenYou are so impatient, my wife. Observe the doctor and learn. He's quite content to wait for the piece de resistance.
KirkYou're half dead, all of you! You've been dead for centuries. We may disappear tomorrow, but at least we're living now, and you can't stand that, can you? You're half crazy because there's nothing inside. Nothing. And you have to torture us to convince yourselves you're superior.
McCoyStop it, Parmen! Stop it! I'll do whatever you want me to do. I'll stay and serve you, but stop it!
ParmenAlexander again. He likes to play with knives. Very well. We shall indulge him. Who did that?
KirkI did.
SpockQuite possible... and logical.
DionyideWhat is this?
PhilanaWhat's going on?
KirkPlatonians, listen to me. The next one of you that tries any trick will get hurt. Not only do we have your psychokinetic abilities, but at twice your power level.
ParmenNot twice mine! Captain, no! Captain... I beg of you! I'll do anything you say. I do not wish to die. Captain... do you hear me?
AlexanderDon't stop me. Let me finish him off.
KirkDo you want to be like him?
AlexanderParmen, listen to me. I could have had your power, but I didn't want it. I could have had your place right now, but the sight of you and your academicians sickens me. Despite your brains, you're the most contemptible things that ever lived in this universe.
ParmenCaptain... you knew that I intended to destroy both you and the Enterprise, yet you spared me.
KirkTo us, killing is murder, even for revenge. But there will be other star ships.
ParmenThere's no need for concern. They'll be safe. Of late, I have begun to think that we've become bizarre and unproductive. We're existing merely to nourish our own power. It's time for some fresh air. We shall welcome your interstellar visits.
KirkI don't believe you.
SpockThat would be highly uncharacteristic. We must expect, Parmen, that the moment we leave here, your fear would be gone and you would again be as sadistic and as arrogant as your 2,500 years have made you.
KirkJust remember, we can recreate that power in a matter of hours, so don't try anything.
ParmenUnderstood, Captain. And you're right. None of us can be trusted. Uncontrolled, power will turn even saints into savages, and we can all be counted upon to live down to our lowest impulses.
KirkYou're very good at making speeches, Parmen. Just make sure that this one sinks in. Now, move aside. Alexander. Kirk to Enterprise. Mr. Scott, prepare to beam us up. I have a little surprise for you. I'm bringing a visitor aboard.

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