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Encyclopedia > All Our Yesterdays (TOS episode)
"All Our Yesterdays"
Star Trek: TOS episode

Spock and McCoy meet Zarabeth,
All Our Yesterdays.
Episode no. 78
Prod. code 078
Airdate March 14, 1969
Writer(s) Jean Lissette Aroeste
Director Marvin Chomsky
Guest star(s) Mariette Hartley
Ian Wolfe
Kermit Murdock
Johnny Haymer
Ed Bakey
Al Cavens
Stan Barrett
Anna Karen
Previous episode
"The Savage Curtain"
Stardate 5943.7 Year 2269
Next episode
"Turnabout Intruder"

"All Our Yesterdays" is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast March 14, 1969 and repeated on August 5, 1969. It is episode #78, written by Jean Lissette Aroeste, and directed by Marvin Chomsky. It guest-stars Mariette Hartley as Zarabeth. Image from Star Trek: The Original Series episode All Our Yesterdays ©1969 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... March 14 is the 73rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (74th in Leap years) with 292 days remaining in the year. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... Marietta Hartley Marietta Hartley (born June 21, 1940 in Weston, Connecticut) is an American actress, best known for her work in television. ... Johnny Haymer played Sgt. ... The Savage Curtain is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast on March 7, 1969 and repeated July 1, 1969. ... Stardate is the dating convention used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... Turnabout Intruder is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... March 14 is the 73rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (74th in Leap years) with 292 days remaining in the year. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Marietta Hartley Marietta Hartley (born June 21, 1940 in Weston, Connecticut) is an American actress, best known for her work in television. ...


Quick Overview: The crew of the Enterprise are trapped inside a time portal on a world threatened by a supernova. The early Earth starship Enterprise (NX-01) The original Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701) The second Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) The third Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) The fourth Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) The fifth Federation starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) The sixth Federation starship... Multiwavelength X-ray image of the remnant of Keplers Supernova, SN 1604. ...

On stardate 5943.7, the USS Enterprise arrives at the planet Sarpeidon to evacuate inhabitants that are doomed by an impending supernova explosion of the system's star. Oddly, sensors detect no signs of humanoid life on the surface and Captain Kirk, along with Dr. McCoy and Mr. Spock, beams down to investigate. Stardate is the dating convention used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... A planet is generally considered to be a relatively large mass of accreted matter in orbit around a star that is not a star itself. ... Captain James T. Kirk James Tiberius Kirk, a fictional character in the Star Trek television series, was the captain of the starship Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A). ... Dr. Leonard H. McCoy Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D., nicknamed Bones, is a fictional character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by the late DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 - June 11, 1999). ... Spock, commonly called Mr. ...


Once there, the landing party finds a sophisticated computer library where they encounter a man named Atoz. Atoz explains that the library contains an archive of historical data disks. Kirk warns Atoz of the planet's imminent destruction and that they must leave immediately. Atoz however, says he is aware of the destruction of his world, and is already prepared. He informs that he will be joining his wife and family soon. He then activates a machine called the "atavachron". By viewing the historic disks, the time portal can send any who enter back in time to the point recorded in the data.


Kirk hears a woman's scream on the other side of the portal. Without realizing what the doorway is, he rushes through and disappears. McCoy and Spock rush into the portal after him despite Atoz's warnings not to go through since they have not been "prepared". The two find themselves transported through time 5,000 years in the past to when Sarpeidon was in the midst of an ice age. The two are trapped in the brutal cold and desperately look around for their captain. Variations in CO2, temperature and dust from the Vostok ice core over the last 400 000 years For the animated movie, see Ice Age (movie). ...


Meanwhile, Kirk arrives in an alleyway at a point in Sarpeidon's history reminiscent of Earth's Charles II era. He manages to rescue a disheveled-looking woman from being assaulted by sword-bearing nobles. Kirk chases the assailants away, but then discovers the "maiden in distress" is really a thief that was attempting to cut the man's purse. Earth is the third planet from the Sun. ... The name Charles II is used to refer to numerous persons in history: Kings Charles the Fat (also known as Charles II of France and Charles III of the Holy Roman Empire) Charles II of England Charles II of Naples Charles II of Navarre Charles II of Romania Charles II... A thief is someone or something that performs theft, a crime against property. ...


He offers to have McCoy treat the woman's wounds, but on looking where he came from, sees only a stone wall. Kirk steps back to the alley but cannot locate the time portal. He discovers he can still talk to McCoy and Spock but cannot get to them.


Spock surmises that all of the planet's inhabitants have escaped their demise by going through the portal to their past, which explains why only Atoz is left. (Atoz later confirms this. He was just about to depart when the landing party arrived.)


Authorities arrive and arrest Kirk for helping the thief. At the same time, McCoy asks his captain about what is going on at his end, and the guards are shaken when they hear the mysterious disembodied voice. The thief then betrays Kirk and tells the guards that he is using witchcraft, and the voices forced her to steal against her will. Witchcraft, in various historical, religious and mythical contexts, is the use of certain kinds of supernatural or magical powers. ...


On the verge of freezing to death, Spock and Bones look for shelter and encounter a figure wrapped in heavy furs, who leads the strangers to a warm cave. Unrobing to reveal a beautiful woman, she identifies herself to Spock as Zarabeth, and explains that she and her family have been exiled because one of them was involved in a plot to assassinate Zor-kahn, the tyrant who ruled in her time, or as she wrily puts it, her crime was "choosing my kinsmen unwisely".


Meanwhile, Kirk, taken to a jail cell, is interrogated by a prosecutor. Kirk mentions the "library" from which he came through time, and the prosecutor becomes nervous, realizing what Kirk means, for the prosecutor is also a refugee from Sarpeidon's future. At first, the prosecutor pretends to believe that Kirk is innocent but the guard and thief maintain they heard the mysterious voices and that Kirk must be a witch. Kirk realizes the prosecutor is from the future, and earnestly refers to the library and Mr. Atoz in the hope of getting back. The prosecutor gets scared and rushes away, saying he wants nothing more to do with the prisoner.


Back in the ice age, Zarabeth listens to McCoy's and Spock's story of their arrival, and informs them that she too is from Sarpeidon's future. She explains that the Atavachron portal is "one-way" and alters a traveler's molecular structure so that if they return to their time, they will die.


Meanwhile, Kirk sits in his cell and overpowers the jailer when he brings him food. The prosecutor arrives and Kirk confronts him, accusing him of being from Sarpeidon's future and threatening to expose him to the others as a "witch" if he does not help him escape. The prosecutor tries to calm Kirk down, admitting that he is indeed from the future but Kirk cannot return because of the "preparation" through the atavachron. Kirk points out that Atoz never prepared him, and the prosecutor says Kirk must return at once since an unprepared individual can only survive a short time in the past. He guides Kirk back to the alley, and Kirk feels for the portal, soon finding it.


Kirk steps through the portal returning to the library. He confronts Atoz and demands he help him rescue his friends. Atoz refuses to help until Kirk "prepares" himself before returning to the past. Believing his friends are dying and no more time can be wasted, Kirk tries to force Atoz to cooperate, but he zaps Kirk with a weapon, knocking him unconscious.


Back in the ice age, Mr. Spock slowly reverts to the barbaric nature of ancient Vulcans, an effect that may be the result of remaining in the past when those Vulcans are living. McCoy notices the hostile changes in Spock when the Vulcan reacts angrily to one of his typical insults. Spock begins to fall in love with Zarabeth, losing all intention of returning to the future anyway and wanting only to remain with his new love. McCoy however, is not convinced that they are trapped despite Zarabeth's statement that trying to return through the portal would cause death; McCoy believes that only Zarabeth is somehow unable to return, but he is willing to risk death for himself. Vulcans are a humanoid species in the fictional Star Trek universe who reside on the planet Vulcan and are noted for their attempt to live by reason and logic. ...


Back in the library, Kirk awakens on a cart just in time to stop Atoz from wheeling him into the time portal, and forces him to find his companions. Trying various disks, Kirk locates Spock and McCoy in the ice age and opens a portal. Meanwhile, McCoy, with Spock and Zarabeth at the base of the ice cliff where they arrived, hears Kirk's voice and manages to drag Spock away from Zarabeth long enough to follow it back to the library. The three are happily reunited, and with time running out, they watch Atoz slam a disk into the machine and make a panicked run for the portal and disappear.


Realizing they have seconds before the planet is destroyed, the landing party quickly return to the Enterprise which safely warps away just as the star explodes. In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the warp drive is a form of faster-than-light (FTL) propulsion. ...

Enterprise warps away from Sarpeidion just as Beta Niobe goes Super Nova.
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Enterprise warps away from Sarpeidion just as Beta Niobe goes Super Nova.

Trivia

  • Mr. Atoz's name apparently derives from the phrase "A to Z", a reference to his occupation as a librarian.
  • The atavachron, whose name derives from the Greek for "across time", bears an uncanny likeness to Gary Seven's Beta-V computer. It is, of course, the same prop.
  • When Mr. Spock changes in the distant past, a rĂ´le reversal is seen, with Spock supplying the passion and Dr. McCoy supplying the logic.

Ann C. Crispin is a science fiction writer and the author of over sixteen published novels. ... Star Trek currently holds the record for the most novels based upon a single fictional universe. ... Jean-François Millet Le Semeur (The Sower) Simon & Schuster logo, circa 1961. ... Gary Seven and his assistant, Roberta Lincoln, in Assignment: Earth. Gary Seven was the major character in Assignment: Earth, the last episode of the second season of the original Star Trek television series. ...

External links

Last produced:
The Savage Curtain
Star Trek: TOS episodes
TOS Season 3
Next produced:
Turnabout Intruder
Last transmitted:
The Savage Curtain
Next transmitted:
Turnabout Intruder

This is the one episode of the original series in which none of the action takes place aboard the Enterprise. Memory Alpha is a collaborative project launched in November 2003 by Harry Doddema and Dan Carlson. ... Star Trek collectively refers to a science-fiction franchise spanning six unique television series, 726 episodes and ten motion pictures in addition to hundreds of novels, video games, fan stories and other works of fiction all set within the same fictional universe created by Gene Roddenberry in the mid-1960s. ... Look up Wiki in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wikibooks has more about this subject: Wiki Science A wiki (IPA: <wee-kee> or <wick-ey>) is a type of website that allow users to easily add and edit content and is especially suited for collaborative writing. ... The Savage Curtain is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast on March 7, 1969 and repeated July 1, 1969. ... Turnabout Intruder is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... The Savage Curtain is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast on March 7, 1969 and repeated July 1, 1969. ... Turnabout Intruder is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ...


 
 

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