“The Lights of Zetar”
Written by Jeremy Tarscher and Shari Lewis
Directed by Herb Kenwith
Season 3, Episode 18
Production episode: 3×18
Original air date: January 31, 1969
Star date: 5725.3
The Enterprise has some newly designed hardware for Memory Alpha, the central repository for all Federation knowledge both cultural and scientific. To help with the installation is Lieutenant Mira Romaine, a beautiful young specialist that Scotty has taken quite a liking to. This concerns Kirk:
KIRK: When a man of Scotty’s years falls in love, the loneliness of his life is suddenly revealed to him. His whole heart once throbbed only to the ship’s engines. He could talk only to the ship. Now he can see nothing but the woman.
Good thing he’s archiving that thought in a log for the bureaucrats back home!
But before they can give him any dating advice, a series of strobe lights flashes across the viewscreen. It seems at first to be some kind of storm, but the speed and precision with which it moves betrays a kind of intelligence. It closes in on the Enterprise and engulfs the bridge and her crew in sparkly lights.
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