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Star Trek: Asterisk "Wink of an Eye"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E11
Air Date: November 29, 1968
Written by: Arthur Heinemann and Lee Cronin (Gene L. Coon)
Directed by: Jud Taylor

Premise
Kirk takes a drink of coffee and is super-accelerated to see the invisible foes trying to take over the ship! This is the last time he would ever drink coffee again.

Review
Answering a distress call on the planet Scalos, Kirk and the landing party find the city to be completely abandoned save for an insect-like buzzing floating around everywhere. So they investigate the beautiful city and a redshirt takes a sample of water from a nearby fountain. As he's taking the sample, he disappears right in front of Bones' eyes in a flurry of insect-like buzzing! Welp, that's enough for investigation... time to go back to the ship.

Back on the Enterprise, they try to make sense of what had happened. But, meanwhile, malfunctions happen all over the ship and Nurse Chapel reports several medical supplies being messed around with. Heading down to the environmental controls, Spock and Kirk find a device attached to it that they can't touch, much less destroy. They can't even figure out what it does. But it kind of looks like someone had a hard time hooking up a washer/drier unit. Back on the bridge, the computer deduces that someone is trying to take over the ship, and when Kirk takes some time to think about what to do, he takes a cup of coffee to help. An insect-like buzzing floats around and a bubbling appears in the coffee and when Kirk takes a drink he finds himself hyper-accelerated, seeing everyone in slow motion.
What do you mean I can't sleep in your quarters? Am I moving too fast?
In his hyper-accelerated state, he meets Deena, Queen of the Scalosions. She explains that she wants Kirk to be her mate. Which, ya know, is pretty much a normal day for Kirk. Kirk tries to hit her with a phaser, but the beam moves so slowly that she is able to step out of the way. Kirk runs to environmental controls and finds the redshirt that had disappeared earlier. He explains that Kirk will eventually come to accept the new arrangement, but instead off accepting, Kirk fights the redshirt and is subdued by a couple of Scalosions inside engineering after knocking the redshirt down.

When he wakes up, Compton, another Scalosion, explains that the redshirt passed out and died of rapid aging from cell damage. Later, Kirk makes a recording for Spock to find later, and Deela interrupts by explaining the history of her race. Radiation poisoning accelerated them for some reason and made them sterile. So now they want to put the Enterprise crew in a deep freeze so they'll have plenty of mates whenever they need them. Kirk slips his recording into the machine Spock is using while Deela isn't looking and, in normal time, Spock finds it and examines it.
Right after a shot of Kool-Aid
Spock realizes what the insect-like buzzing sound is and speeds up the distress call to test his theory. When the distress call sounds like an insect, he slows down Kirk's tape and is able to listen to what Kirk recorded. After learning the Scalosion plot, Spock and Bones quickly work to find an antidote and then Spock drinks from the water sample they brought back with them and hyper-accelerates himself.

Well, it turns out one of the other Scalosions is jealous of Kirk's relationship with Deela, so they start a fight and Kirk runs out. Turns out the Scalosions are about to activate the freezing device, so Kirk steals a weapon and goes after it. On his way, he runs into Spock. Huzzah! Happy moment of celebration quickly before continuing to save the ship. Kirk and Spock take out the freezer unit and transports Deela and the jealous Scalosion back down to the planet.
Not before breaking one last heart.
After they're gone, Kirk takes the antidote that Spock brought with him and goes back to the bridge. Meanwhile, he explains that Spock will be along in a minute. While, in the meantime, all the ships controls seem to take over themselves and make repairs. Spock, still in hyper-acceleration, is fixing everything the Scalosions broke. He finally finishes and arrives on the bridge and returns to his post. Then Uhura slips and accidentally lets the image of Deela appear on the viewscreen. Kirk takes a good long look and says good bye before telling Uhura to take it back down.

Overall Thoughts
It's an interesting concept, being hyper-accelerated. I don't think in practice it would actually work like that, and I don't think radiation would ever have anything to do with it, but it's nice to think about. In any case, this was a story about a woman who was desperate for love. And she couldn't have it. Why? Because she looked for it in Kirk. And Kirk is married to Spock his ship.