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"Shore Leave" is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. It was first broadcast on December 29, 1966 and repeated on June 8, 1967. It is episode #17, and was written by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon, and directed by Robert Sparr. 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. ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Theodore Sturgeon (February 26, 1918 – May 8, 1985) was an American science fiction author. ...

Quick Overview: The crew of the Enterprise visits a bizarre planet of dangerous illusions. The starship Enterprise (NX-01). ...

The White Rabbit is just one illusion seen in "Shore Leave".
The White Rabbit is just one illusion seen in "Shore Leave".

On stardate 3025.3, the starship USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, arrives at a planet in the Omicron Delta system. Scans reveal the planet as a great place for some rest and relaxation, and Kirk announces shore leave for all off duty personnel. Image File history File links Image for Star Trek: The Original Series episode Shore Leave, ©1966 Paramount Studios, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... Stardate is the dating convention used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Starship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... 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). ... A planet (from the Greek πλανήτης, planētēs which means wanderer or more forcefully vagrant, tramp) is an object in orbit around a star that is not a star in its own right. ...

Not to long after beaming down, the landing parties discover some strange things are going on. Dr. McCoy encounters a large white rabbit who hops by in a hurry, then witnesses young Alice, who politely asks if McCoy had seen the rabbit pass by. In another area, Lt. Sulu finds an old .38 Special police pistol just lying on the ground, then encounters a katana-wielding samurai warrior. Yeoman Tonia Barrows is accosted by Don Juan, and several others report being chased by bengal tigers and strafed by vintage aircraft. Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D., nicknamed Bones, is a fictional character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by the late DeForest Kelley. ... Hikaru Sulu - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... .38 Special (pronounced Thirty-Eight Special) is a straight walled, rimmed, centre-fire cartridge designed by Smith & Wesson. ... The katana (刀) is the Japanese sabre or longsword (大刀 daitō), although many Japanese use this word generically as a catch-all word for sword. ... Japanese samurai in armour, 1860 photograph. ... Other people known as don Juan include the Castilian writer don Juan Manuel, the European general John of Austria, the pretender to the Crown Juan de Borbón, Count of Barcelona, the Mexican shaman don Juan Matus and the American rapper Don Magic Juan. ... Tigers (Panthera tigris) are mammals of the Felidae family and one of four big cats in the Panthera genus. ...

Kirk beams down to answer McCoy's insane report of witnessing a live scene from Alice in Wonderland. At first, Kirk doesn't believe the doctor's story, but then he spots large bunny tracks as proof. Kirk then stumbles upon young Finnigan, a cocky practical joker he knew back from his academy days. Finnigan dangles in a tree mocking him. Kirk then spots a former girlfriend, Ruth, who he hadn't seen in years. Dr. McCoy gets an eyeful, when Yeoman Barrows returns dressed as a beautiful princess right out of a fairy tale. Alice in Wonderland is the widely known and used title for Alices Adventures in Wonderland, a book written by Lewis Carroll -- as well as several movie adaptations of the book -- and is also the setting for several short stories. ... Finnigan is a character from the television series Star Trek. ...

Kirk contacts the Enterprise, ordering a temporary halt to the beaming down of personnel until he can figure out what is going on. At the same time Mr. Spock reports that the planet is emanating a strange force field which seems to be drawing energy from the ship's engines. If the drain continues it could jeopardize the ship. Mr. ...

Spock beams down to gather sensor readings as communications with the ship are nearing impossible. In the meantime, McCoy admires Yeoman Barrows, but then a fearsome knight appears, complete with horse and jousting lance. The knight charges McCoy and impales him with the lance. Kirk shoots and kills the knight with the pistol he confiscated from Sulu. Kirk and Spock analyze the body of the knight, determining it's cellular biology is similar to the plant life around them, and appears as if it was "manufactured". A Japanese Zero fighter plane then strafes the landing party, and during the commotion, the bodies of Dr. McCoy and the knight mysteriously vanish. Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Model 52 The Mitsubishi A6M was a light-weight carrier-based fighter aircraft employed by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1945. ...

Spock wonders if there may be a connection between what the landing party thinks about, and what actually appears. He asks Kirk what was on his mind just prior to his "vision". Kirk recalls thinking of his academy days, then as Spock expected, Kirk's rival Finnigan, appears again. Finnigan insults the Captain then runs off, with Kirk on his heels. The chase ends in a ravine where Finnigan sneaks up on Kirk and cold cocks him. Remembering all the torment Finnigan put him through, Kirk angrily fights back and finally knocks out the old school bully from his youth. Spock approaches and calms his Captain down. He and Kirk realize that their thoughts are conjuring up their fantasies, but the visions are starting to pose deadly for them.

Just then, out of nowhere an elderly man appears and identifies himself as the "Caretaker". Accompanying him is Dr.McCoy, who was revived by the sophisticated machinery below the planet's surface. McCoy smiles and confirms he's alright and shows off the two sexy Rigelian cabaret girls he conjured up.

The Caretaker informs Kirk that planet is a sophisticated "amusement park", but the illusions are not designed to be harmful or to last permanently. He apologizes for the misunderstandings and offers the services of the planet to the Enterprise's weary crew. Kirk accepts the offer as Ruth appears again, and authorizes the crew to beam down. Spock however, has had his fill of shore leave, and requests to be returned to the Enterprise.


Watch the lengthy fight scene between Kirk and Finnigan. It is recognized by many as one of the better fight scenes in television history.

External Links

Shore Leave article at Memory Alpha, a Star Trek wiki Memory Alpha is the name of a collaborative project launched in November 2003 by Harry Doddema and Dan Carlson. ... This article is being rewritten at Star Trek/temp. ... A wiki is a web application that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows anyone to edit the content. ...

  Results from FactBites:
Shore Leave - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (801 words)
"Shore Leave" is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.
Scans reveal the planet as a great place for some rest and relaxation, and Kirk announces shore leave for all off duty personnel.
Spock however, has had his fill of shore leave, and requests to be returned to the Enterprise.
SHORE LEAVE (3043 words)
Shore leave is an ancient and cherished seafarers' right that should not be denied except for compelling reasons.
The decision to grant shore leave should not be at the master's personal whim, nor should a master deny shore leave as a punishment.
Shore Leave Detention Data from the United States: The Center for Seafarers' Rights of the Seamen's Church Institute conducted a nation-wide survey of shore leave detentions and chaplain's access to ships in United States ports July 11 through 17, 2004.
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