Series: The Original Series
Air Date: January 31, 1969
Written by: Jeremy Tarcher and Shari Lewis
Directed by: Herb Kenwith
Scotty falls in love with a pretty young lass who ends up being host to a race of dead aliens.
Lt. Mira Romaine is her name and learning stuff is her game, so the Enterprise is taking her to Memory Alpha, the storage place for all of the Federation's knowledge, so she can get smarter. Along the way, Scotty takes a fancy to her and the two of them end up spending a lot of time together. Spock, however, detects a storm in their path. A storm that's traveling at warp speeds. Which, as we all know, is impossible, since natural things don't travel past the speed of light. That's when the crap hits the fan.
The storm overtakes the Enterprise and causes Kirk to be unable to speak. It causes Sulu not to be able to see and Chekov not to be able to look around. But what's really interesting is that once it leaves, Mira falls to the ground and gets a really bad case of heartburn. Scotty, of course, rushes to her to see if she's alright, but she only responds with odd guttural noises that don't mean anything while strange lights appear in her eyes and face. Bones is able to wake her up with a hypo, but she still just stares blankly around her.
|She probably just had some bad weed.|
They get to Memory Alpha as quickly as they can and find it completely dead. Mira takes a look and finds a scene exactly as she saw it in her head. Which scares the wits out of her. She goes back to the Enterprise and talks it over with Scotty who demonstrates what Nurse Chapel says is a great bedside manner. But he just thinks Mira's going space-crazy, so it's nothing to worry about. What is to worry about is the fact that the storm is coming back their way! And it seems to be attacking the Enterprise like an intelligent being!
|The only logical decision is to blow a hole through it.|
Well, after they figure that out, they believe they can get whatever's in her out by putting her through a pressure chamber. But when they take her there, the storm tightens its grip on her. Disco lights start flashing everywhere and enter into her, causing her face to glow and her mouth to make more of those guttural noises. Finally she's able to speak... as someone else. The 100 survivors of Zetar, a planet which had been destroyed, are inhabiting her body because hers is the only one they had found that was compatible.
|Or maybe she just ate some bad shrooms. It's difficult to say.|
This is a pretty adorable story about how Scotty won the affections of the hottest girl in Starfleet and then, after this episode, never saw her again. Seriously, though, nothing beats a good love story. Especially when intermingled with some disembodied aliens trying to become corporeal again.