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Dagger of the Mind
(Sjælens daggert)
Stardate 2715.1
Star Trek: The Original Series, episode 11 (1.10)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

William Shatner   IMDB   Captain James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy   IMDB   Lt. Commander Spock
DeForest Kelley   IMDB   Lt. Commander Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan   IMDB   Lieutenant Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
George Takei   IMDB   Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle Nichols   IMDB   Lieutenant Nyota Uhura
Guest Cast:
James Gregory   IMDB   Doctor Tristan Adams
Morgan Woodward   IMDB   Doctor Simon van Gelder
Marianna Hill   IMDB   Helen Noel
Susanne Wasson   IMDB   Lethe
John Arndt   IMDB   First Crewman
Ed McCready   IMDB   Inmate
Eli Behar   IMDB   Therapist
Alexander Courage   IMDB
Vincent McEveety   IMDB
S. Bar-David   IMDB
Laser Disc   ST:TOS LaserDisc Volume 05
DVD   ST:TOS DVD Volume 05
The Original Series Teaser #11: Dagger of the Mind

While delivering supplies iv penal colony Tantalus Five, Kirk happens upon the madness of Dr. Tristan Adams, who is using a revolutionary neural neutralizer to control and manipulate his patients. Fearful of exposure, he uses the device on the captain.
When Dr. Simon van Gelder, part of the psychiatric staff at the Tantalus Penal Colony escapes to the U.S.S. Enterprise, exhibiting signs of manic insanity, an enraged McCoy insists that Kirk investigate the colony. The Captain reminds McCoy of Tantalus' excellent reputation, but McCoy is unconvinced.

Kirk and Dr. Helen Noel, the U.S.S. Enterprise's psychiatrist, tour the facility. They discover that the Colony director, Dr. Tristan Adams, has been using a brainwashing device, the neural neutralizer, to control not only the colony's inmates, but his staff, as well. When the doctor realizes that Kirk has discovered his secret, he convinces the captain to try the machine for himself, to prove that it is perfectly safe. The result is that Kirk falls madly in love with Helen Noel and the two remain on the Colony as Adams' prisoners.

Meanwhile, on board the U.S.S. Enterprise, van Gelder is in such a distraught state from the neural conditioning that he is unable to explain to Spock what is going on at the penal colony. The Vulcan attempts a mind-meld with van Gelder and discovers what has been happening on the planet below. On Tantalus, Dr. Noel escapes through an air-conditioning duct to the power room, where she lowers the planet's defense shields, enabling Spock to beam down a security team.

Kirk recovers enough to fight Adams, who falls into his torturous machine. Weakened by the conditioning and his fight with the doctor, Kirk stumbles away, not knowing that Adams is still in the neutralizer. Adams is later found dead. Dr. van Gelder is made sane again and returns to direct the Tantalus Colony.
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