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Encyclopedia > The Lights of Zetar (TOS episode)
Star Trek: TOS episode
"The Lights of Zetar"
Image:STLightZetar.jpg
Lt. Romaine becomes possessed by aliens,
The Lights of Zetar.
Episode no. 73
Prod. code 60043-73
Airdate January 31, 1969
Writer(s) Jeremy Tarcher
Shari Lewis
Director Herb Kenwith
Guest star(s) Majel Barrett
Jan Shutan
John Winston (actor)
Libby Erwin
Frank da Vinci
William Blackburn
Roger Holloway
Year 2269
Stardate 5725.3
Episode chronology
Previous "That Which Survives"
Next "Requiem for Methuselah"

"The Lights of Zetar" is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast January 31, 1969 and repeated on August 26, 1969. It is episode #73, written by Jeremy Tarcher and Shari Lewis, and directed by Herb Kenwith. Image File history File links Image from Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Lights of Zetar ©1969 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Shari Lewis (born Sonia Hurwitz; January 17, 1933 - August 2, 1998) was a ventriloquist, puppeteer, and childrens television show host, most popular during the 1960s. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... Herbert Kenwith, (sometimes credited as Herb Kenwith), was a television writer, director and producer. ... Majel Barret Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (born Majel Lee Hudec on February 23, 1932 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American actress and widow of television director/producer/writer Gene Roddenberry. ... John Winston (born October 24, 1933 in Leeds, Yorkshire) is an English actor best known for his appearances as Lieutenant Kyle, the Transporter Chief on Star Trek: The Original Series. ... Frank da Vinci is a stuntman and stand-in who appeared on Star Trek: The Original Series. ... William Blackburn was the leading prison architect of the Georgian Era. ... Roger Holloway is an American television actor who portrayed the recurring character Lt. ... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... Stardate is one of the dating conventions used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... That Which Survives is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast January 24, 1969 and repeated July 29, 1969. ... Requiem for Methuselah is a third season episode of Star Trek: Original Series, first broadcast February 14, 1969. ... 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. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Shari Lewis (born Sonia Hurwitz; January 17, 1933 - August 2, 1998) was a ventriloquist, puppeteer, and childrens television show host, most popular during the 1960s. ... Herbert Kenwith, (sometimes credited as Herb Kenwith), was a television writer, director and producer. ...


Quick Overview: Strange incorporeal aliens threaten the Memory Alpha station and the Enterprise For information about the Star Trek wiki, see Memory Alpha. ... USS Enterprise (XCV 330) Enterprise (NX-01) (from United Earth’s Starfleet) USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (the Federations first so named) USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) (the Federations second so named) USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) (the Federations third so named) USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) (the...

On stardate 5725.3, the Enterprise heads for Memory Alpha , a planetoid where the Federation has set up a storehouse of computer databases, containing all cultural history and scientific data it has acquired. While en route, the ship detects a strange energy storm, tracking its speed at warp factor 2.6, on a course to the planetoid. Given the storm's speed, it is believed that it cannot be a natural phenomenon. Stardate is one of the dating conventions used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Memory Alpha (often abbreviated to MA) is a collaborative project to create the most definitive, accurate and accessible encyclopedic reference for topics related to the Star Trek fictional universe. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, the United Federation of Planets (UFP) – widely referred to and known as the Federation – is an interstellar federal state of more than 150 member planets and thousands of colonies. ... In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the warp drive is a form of faster-than-light (FTL) propulsion. ...


The Enterprise intercepts the storm which bypasses the ship's shields and penetrates the hull. The exposure to the storm begins to affect crew members' nervous systems differently; Lt. Uhura is unable to move her hands, Mr. Chekov is unable to control his eyes, and Mr. Sulu is unable to speak. Lieutenant Uhura is a character from the fictional Star Trek universe and was played by Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek: The Original Series and the first six Star Trek movies. ... Pavel Andreievich Chekov (Cyrillic: Павел Андреевич Чеков) is a Russian Starfleet officer in the fictional Star Trek universe played by Walter Koenig. ... Hikaru Sulu is a fictional character in the original Star Trek series, played by George Takei. ...


Lieutenant Mira Romaine, aboard to oversee the transmission of newly acquired data from the Enterprise to the Memory Alpha station, faints from the effects of the storm, much to Mr. Scott's dismay, as he is also madly in love with Mira. Dr. McCoy examines her on the bridge. Mira seems paralyzed and unresponsive. She makes strange grunting sounds as she lies on the deck. Mira soon recovers and refuses to be examined any further. Montgomery Scott, usually known as Scotty, is a character in Star Trek: The Original Series, played by James Doohan. ... 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). ...


The storm continues straight for Memory Alpha and the Enterprise gives chase. The storm manages to penetrate the station and destroys the main computer core, wiping out the crucial stores of data. Captain Kirk, along with Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy, beam down to the station to inspect the damage. Meanwhile, Mira has a strange premonition of dead people, apparently of various Federation races. 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). ... Spock, commonly called Mr. ...


The landing party finds the staff technicians have been killed, except for one, a woman, who lies unconscious on the floor. She makes the same strange guttural noises as Mira did and her skin seems to charged with a mysterious colored energy. As the energy fades, she quickly dies from what McCoy determines to be a brain hemorrhage.


Kirk then has Mira beamed to the station and is terrified to see the exact scene about which she had the premonition. She then warns that the storm is returning. Sensor scans confirm this and the landing party returns to the ship. Scans of the storm determine that it may be a lifeform, and Kirk tries to communicate with it through the Universal Translator, but gets no response. He then fires phaser warning shots but the storm still approaches. Kirk then orders a full attack, blasting phaser streams through the core of the storm. The universal translator is a fictional device common to many science fiction works. ... The Star Trek fictional universe contains a very large number of weapons. ...


This action seems to cause Mira considerable pain and she crumples to the floor. Mr. Scott believes Mira and the storm are connected and begs Kirk to stop his attack. Kirk backs off and Mira is taken back to sickbay for a full medical analysis. Her medical records show that she has an extremely flexible ability to assimilate new knowledge and experiences. A neural scan shows her mental pathways have been adjusted to match those of the intelligence pattern of the storm. It appears the beings are trying to possess her body and completely take over her mind. Lying weak on the examining table, Mira manages to confess her latest vision to Scotty; seeing him die.


Making an attempt to rid her of the alien influence, Mira is placed in gravity pressure chamber. The alien force however, enters the ship and finishes its invasion of Mira's mind. They have now completely taken over her body. The aliens speak through Mira, identifying themselves as survivors from the long dead planet of Zetar. The creatures have evolved to shed their physical bodies and now seek one as tuned to their mental capacity, as Mira, to live out their remaining existence.


Scotty refuses to allow the aliens to fulfill their plan and places Mira in the chamber, exposing her body to conditions that drive out and kill the aliens before they can completely wipe her mind.


With the conclusion of the crisis, Kirk, Spock, Scotty and McCoy all agree to allow Mira to complete her original assignment on Memory Alpha, which will now involve overseeing the salvaging and repairs.


Trivia

  • This appears to be the first TOS episode to feature Computer graphics. If you look at the main veiw screen as the aliens approach memory alpha - you will see what looks like modern realtime graphics. Perhaps the effects crew had just been to see 2001 and decided Star Trek needed a bit of an update
  • The much-criticized third season of the original Star Trek contained a number of dark, frightening episodes such as "That Which Survives" and "The Mark of Gideon", but many fans believe the scene of the Zetarians' possession of Mira Romaine to be by far the scariest.
  • A blooper is noticed when Mira is placed in the "anti-gravity chamber", she floats in the air, but her hair hangs down.
  • One of the co-writers of the episode was indeed Shari Lewis, the noted ventriloquist. She was a huge fan of the series and not only wrote the episode but also hoped to play the role of Mira Romaine.
  • James Doohan performed this episode under protest because he didn't think it believable that "an old Aberdeen pub crawler" like Scotty would fall madly in love with a bookworm like Mira Romaine. Fan critics agree, saying that aside from the age difference, there isn't enough exposition to justify the pair's interest in one another, and that Scott appears to behave like a lovesick teen rather than a mature man who is deeply in love.
  • The (non-canonical) novel Memory Prime by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens was written as a sequel to "The Lights of Zetar", featuring Scotty's reunion with Mira Romaine and a successor facility to Memory Alpha equipped with about a dozen sentient artificially intelligent systems.
  • Strange New Worlds VII later established that Romaine married Morgan Bateson from the TNG episode "Cause and Effect", a fact that Scott disliked intensely.

That Which Survives is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast January 24, 1969 and repeated July 29, 1969. ... The Mark of Gideon is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, and was broadcast on January 17, 1969. ... Shari Lewis (born Sonia Hurwitz; January 17, 1933 - August 2, 1998) was a ventriloquist, puppeteer, and childrens television show host, most popular during the 1960s. ... Ventriloquism is an act of deception in which a person (ventriloquist) manipulates his or her voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere. ... Doohan in an episode of The Twilight Zone (1963) James Montgomery Doohan (March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) was an Irish Canadian character and voice actor best known for his portrayal of Scotty in the television and film series Star Trek. ... Cause and Effect is considered by many fans to be one of the best episodes of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...

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