By Any Other Name

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"By Any Other Name"
Star Trek: The Original Series episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 22
Directed by Marc Daniels[1][2]
Story by Jerome Bixby[1][2]
Teleplay by D. C. Fontana[1]
Jerome Bixby[2][3]
Featured music Fred Steiner[4]
Cinematography by Keith Smith
Production code 050
Original air date February 23, 1968 (1968-02-23)
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"By Any Other Name" is a second season episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek, first broadcast February 23, 1968, and repeated May 31, 1968. It is episode #51, production #50, with screenplay by D.C. Fontana and Jerome Bixby based on Bixby's story, and directed by Marc Daniels. The title is taken from a line spoken by Juliet in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet: "that which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet",[5] a line quoted by Captain Kirk during the episode.

In this episode, beings from another galaxy commandeer the Enterprise in an attempt to return home.[2]


The Federation starship USS Enterprise responds to a distress call from an uncharted planet. A landing party beams down to locate the source, and finds a humanoid male and female, Rojan and Kelinda of the Kelvan Empire, who paralyze Kirk and the landing party, and order Kirk to surrender the Enterprise. Rojan tells Kirk that the Kelvans originate from the Andromeda Galaxy, and have come to find planets suitable for conquest in the Milky Way Galaxy.

As their own ship was destroyed by the negative-energy barrier at the galactic rim, they need the Enterprise to make the 300-year return journey. Three other Kelvans transport aboard the Enterprise, and quickly gain control of the ship.

Rojan orders the landing party to a holding cell, guarded by Kelinda. Mr Spock uses his Vulcan telepathic ability to lure Kelinda into the cell, where Kirk knocks her unconscious and seizes her control belt.

Their freedom is short-lived and as punishment, Rojan orders the Kelvan Hanar to activate his belt, reducing two of the landing team members to small cuboctahedral blocks of a chalk-like substance. Rojan picks up the blocks and crushes one to dust, killing Yeoman Thompson. He then transforms the other block (Lt. Shea) back into human form.

Back in their cell, Spock relates the experience of his mental contact with Kelinda. The Kelvans, it seems, are not humanoid after all, but have taken human form for convenience. Kirk and Spock decide to try to adapt McCoy's neural scanning equipment into a countermeasure to the Kelvans' paralysis field.

As a pretext for beaming back to the ship, Spock feigns illness by placing himself into a deep trance. Shortly afterward, the Kelvans transport the rest of the landing party and themselves to the ship.

Spock determines that there is no hope of penetrating the field projector's casing. Instead, he has Scott rig the matter/antimatter system to explode on contact with the barrier if Kirk so orders. Kirk opts not to.

The ship having successfully crossed the barrier, the Kelvans reduce all personnel except Kirk, Scott, Spock, and McCoy into chalk-like blocks. Spock remembers more from his mental contact with Kelinda and reveals that the Kelvans in their natural form have very weak senses and emotions, but in their present form they are having human reactions. Kirk decides to use their inexperience with physical and emotional stimuli against them.

Scott introduces the Kelvan engineer Tomar to alcohol, McCoy injects Hanar with a "supplement" that is actually a stimulant, and Kirk begins a flirtation with Kelinda, provoking feelings of jealousy in Rojan. Kirk is eventually able to goad Rojan into attacking him, and, in the course of the fight, points out that Rojan is behaving like a human and that his descendents who reach the Andromeda Galaxy will be alien inferiors in the eyes of the Kelvans. Realizing Kirk is correct, Rojan relinquishes control of the ship to Kirk, who then gives the order to return "home" to our galaxy. The world on which Rojan and his people were marooned is suggested as their new home.


  1. ^ a b c d e Mark Phillips, Frank Garcia (1996), Science Fiction Television Series, McFarland, p. 413, ISBN 9780786400416 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Sam Sloane, Michael Okuda (March 7, 2008), "By Any Other Name" Premieres This Weekend — Star Trek Remastered, Slice of SciFi 
  3. ^ Gene Roddenberry (1977), The Star Trek Reader, III, p. 179 
  4. ^ Jeff Bond (1999), The Music of Star Trek, p. 26, Steiner's final score of the season was written for "By Any Other Name" 
  5. ^ Romeo and Juliet, II.ii.43–44.

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