Is There in Truth No Beauty?

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"Is There in Truth No Beauty?"
Star Trek: The Original Series episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 5
Directed by Ralph Senensky
Written by Jean Lisette Aroeste
Featured music George Duning
Cinematography by Jerry Finnerman
Production code 062
Original air date October 18, 1968 (1968-10-18)
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"Is There in Truth No Beauty?" is a third season episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek, first broadcast on October 18, 1968. It is episode No. 60, production No. 62, written by Jean Lisette Aroeste, and directed by Ralph Senensky. In the episode, the Enterprise travels with an alien ambassador whose appearance induces madness.

Plot[edit]

The starship USS Enterprise is assigned to escort Medusan ambassador Kollos and psychologist Miranda Jones to a rendezvous with a Medusan vessel. Medusans are non-humanoid creatures whose outward appearance causes humanoids who see them to go insane. Kollos travels in a carrier to hide him from view, and First Officer Spock assists as necessary using a special visor which allows his Vulcan psychology to withstand the sight of Kollos. Jones is also able to observe Kollos with the help of the visor, a fact which she claims is due to Vulcan-style mental discipline.

At a private dinner with Captain Kirk and the senior officers, Jones, a telepath, explains her assignment, which is to attempt a mind link with Kollos, in the hope of allowing humans to utilize the unique senses and navigational abilities of Medusans to improve starship technology. In the course of the discussion, Jones breaks off, sensing someone near by with murderous intentions. She then returns to her quarters, where she is visited by her associate Lawrence Marvick. It is revealed that Marvick is in love with Jones, a feeling which she does not reciprocate, and that he is the would-be murderer. He then makes his way to Kollos's quarters with a phaser, but is overcome by the sight of the Medusan before he can fire. Now insane, Marvick rushes to Engineering, overpowers Chief Engineer Scott and other crew members, and takes control of the engines. The Enterprise quickly accelerates past Warp Factor 9, which takes it far outside of the galaxy and into a strange swirling void. Marvick, now restrained, screams wild accusations at Jones before he dies.

With no navigational references, the Enterprise crew cannot return home. Kirk suggests that Kollos's superior navigational abilities could be of use, and Spock volunteers to mind-link with Kollos, allowing the two to pilot the Enterprise as one entity. Miranda Jones objects that she is a more logical choice, but McCoy reveals that she is blind and therefore couldn't possibly pilot a starship. A partition is set up on the bridge to hide Kollos, and Spock, wearing the visor, completes the mind link. Kollos and Spock, acting through Spock's body, successfully return the Enterprise to known space, and then retire behind the partition to dissolve the link, forgetting the visor. Kirk shouts a warning, but Spock, unable to look away in time, goes mad and attacks the crew. He is subdued by a phaser blast from Kirk and rushed to Sickbay, where his condition deteriorates. Jones attempts to make mental contact with Spock but is apparently unable to help, and Kirk suggests that she, in her jealousy, does not really wish to. Enraged by the accusation, she makes one more attempt, and succeeds in bringing Spock's mind back to reality.

The Enterprise arrives at its destination, and Kollos and Jones prepare to depart. Jones thanks Kirk for his insight, crediting it, somewhat cryptically, with ensuring her future. Kollos and Jones are now "one", and she now knows the joy of the mind link for herself. Kirk gives Jones a rose as they leave, reminding her that every rose has thorns.

Notes[edit]

This was the final episode filmed in the series' production that featured Eddie Paskey as Lt. Leslie. As the episodes were however shown out of production order, the final episode to feature the character was "Elaan of Troyius".

Diana Muldaur would go on to play Dr. Pulaski during Season 2 of Star Trek The Next Generation.

References[edit]

The title is taken from a line in the poem "Jordan" by George Herbert. An analysis of the poem with respect to this Star Trek episode explains that the quote fits in well with the philosophy of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations (IDIC).[1]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert". Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Retrieved 21 April 2018.