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Synopsis
This episode (30) of the original Star Trek series incorporates plot elements from Macbeth. The crew of the USS Enterprise beams down to the surface of the planet Pyris VII. Once on the foggy ground, they are confronted by three witches who chant: "Winds shall rise / and fog descend / So leave here all / or meet your end." Asked to assess the situation, Commander Spock (Leonard Nimoy) comments: "Very bad poetry, Captain.". The episode continues in a supernatural vein when the crew members enter a large castle to encounter a wizard and a black cat, and Captain Kirk has to deal with the ambitious temptress Sylvia.
Series
Star Trek
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
27 Oct 1967
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Director
Joseph Pevney
Producer
Gene L. Coon
Writer
Robert Bloch
Cast
Antoinette BowerSylvia
DeForest KelleyDr. Leonard H. McCoy
Gail BonneyWitch (2nd)
George TakeiCaptain Hikaru Sulu
James DoohanLieutenant Montgomery Scott
Leonard NimoyCommander Spock
Maryesther DenverWitch (3rd)
Nichelle NicholsCommander Uhura
Rhodie CoganWitch (1st)
Theodore MarcuseKorob
Walter KoenigCommander Pavel Chekov
William ShatnerCaptain James T. Kirk

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Future
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Science fiction (television)

Notes

Notes
Available on VHS and DVD either as an original two episode single-disc release (Star Trek: The Original Series, Volume 15: Episode 29 & 30), or as part of the complete second season DVD set.
General
Theo Marcuse, a versatile actor who played many villains over the years, died in a car accident one month after this episode was broadcast in the US.
History
Although this was the first episode of Season 2 in production (filmed in early May 1967), it did not premiere in the US until the week of Halloween, 1967.

Online Availability

Online URL
www.startrek.com

Production Company

Name

Desilu Productions

Distributor

Name

Paramount Pictures

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.com

Web
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