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"Ready to beam down. Energise. Energise."
Kirk: "Having trouble, gentlemen?"
Berkeley: "I just don't understand the problem, sir."
Kirk: "You're beaming cargo down to a penal colony, Mister
Berkeley: "Their security force field, sir."
Kirk: "U.S.S. Enterprise to Tantalus colony."
Woman (Over Communications): "Rehab colony. Come in."
Kirk: "Request opening in your force field for beaming down of
Woman (Over Communications): "Enterprise, affirmative. Our
security cover is now open."
Kirk: "Energise. Any incoming cargo?"
Berkeley: "Just one item, sir. Some research material bound for
the Central Bureau of Penology at Stockholm."
Woman (Over Communications): "Tantalus cargo ready to beam up."
Kirk: "Oh, Mister Berkeley, you might refamiliarise yourself with
the manual on penal colony procedures."
Berkeley: "Immediately, sir."
Kirk: "I think you can take the time to lock this up first."
Berkeley: "I'll get a vault assignment."
stardate 2715.1. Exchanged cargo with penal colony on Tantalus V. I've
departed without going ashore."|
"I would like to have met Doctor Adams. Have you ever been to a penal
colony since they started following his theories?"|
McCoy: "A cage is a cage, Jim."
Kirk: "You're behind the times, Bones. They're more like resort
Uhura: Message, Captain. Switching to speaker."
Woman: "Tantalus colony to Enterprise. We are unable to locate
of our inmates. This is a potentially violent case. Possibly hidden in
the box we beamed up to you. Repeat, unable to locate one of our
inmates. This is a potentially violent case."
Kirk: "Enterprise acknowledging. Stand by. Security alert three."
Uhura: "Security alert, condition three. All sections go to alert
condition three. We may have an intruder aboard."
Spock: "Negative in the deck
area, Captain. He may have gotten out. Expanding search to adjoining
Kirk: "Enterprise to Tantalus colony."
Adams (Over Communications): "Tantalus colony. Adams here."
Kirk: "Doctor Adams? This is Captain Kirk. It appears we may have an
inmate of yours aboard the ship."
Uhura: "Transporter crewman found unconscious, Captain. Cargo
open and empty."
Kirk: "Make that definite, Doctor. He's aboard."
Adams: "Terribly sorry, Captain. I take all the blame. Let me repeat,
he's clever as well as extremely violent. Take all possible precautions."
Kirk: "We'll keep you posted, Doctor. Kirk out."
Spock: "Interesting. Your Earth people glorify organised violence
forty centuries, but you imprison those who employ it privately."
McCoy: "And, of course, your people found an answer."
Spock: "We disposed of emotion, Doctor. Where there is no emotion
there is no motive for violence."
Gelder: "Where's the captain? Which one of you is the captain?"
Kirk: "I'm Captain Kirk."
Gelder: "My name is Van Gelder. I want asylum."
Kirk: "At gunpoint?"
Gelder: "I want your promise first, your word that you won't take me
back there, to Tantalus."
Kirk: "No promises. Give me the
Gelder: "No! No. No, I'm not going back! I'll disable your vessel
first. You choose, Captain. I'll destroy your control panel."
(Gelder is distracted and Spock neck-pinches him)
Kirk: "Take him to Sickbay. Reverse course. Head back for Tantalus
McCoy: "Abnormal, of course, but it's not schizophrenia, tissue damage,
or any condition I'm acquainted with, Jim. And you know after getting
him here, it took almost a triple dose of sedative to put him under."|
Kirk: "Your report said he was quite talkative."
McCoy: "But not very informative. He claimed one thing, then he seemed
to forget, and then he'd start to claim something else, but
just the ring of truth in it. I'd sure like to study this one, Jim."
Kirk: "Not our problem, Bones."
Gelder: "You smart, button-pushing brass hat. Wash your hands of it. Is
that your system? You're both quite sure of yourselves, aren't you?
Quite expert. Take him back. Let someone else worry about him."
Kirk: "What did you say your name was?"
Gelder: "My name? My name is Simon Van Gelder. (in great pain) I was the
director of, director at the Tantalus colony."
McCoy: "You see what I mean?"
Gelder: "I was a graduate of, of. I was assistant to Doctor. I knew. I
knew, but they've erased it."
Gelder: "Edited, adjusted, subverted me, but I won't forget! I won't
forget! You, you're so blind ignorant. You believe I belong back there,
don't you? Dead or alive. Well, I won't let you take me back. I'm not
going! I'll die first! Do you hear? I'm not going! No! No! No."
Kirk: "Estimated arrival at Tantalus?"|
Spock: "Fifty seven minutes, thirty seconds, Captain."
Kirk: "What's so fascinating?"
Spock: "An identification tape from our ship's library on Doctor
Simon Van Gelder."
Kirk: "Doctor Van Gelder?"
Spock: "Doctor Van Gelder, Captain. No mistake. There's a full ID
Kirk: "Committed to Tantalus colony when?"
Spock: "Assigned there six months ago as Doctor Adams' associate."
Kirk: "Ship to surface, Tantalus colony."
Uhura: "Hailing frequency's open, sir."
Kirk: "U.S.S. Enterprise to Tantalus colony."
Kirk: "This is Captain Kirk. I'd like to speak to Doctor Adams."
Woman: "Stand by, Enterprise."
Adams: "Captain Kirk, Doctor Adams here."
Kirk: "Doctor Adams, regarding your escaped man..."
Adams: "Is Doctor Van Gelder all right? And your people, no injuries?"
Kirk: "No casualties, sir. This man is Doctor Simon Van Gelder?"
Adams: "Yes, of course. You're certain he's all right? We've been very
concerned. In the violent state he's in..."
Kirk: "No harm to him, sir. We thought you might enlighten us as to his
Adams: "He'd been doing some experimental work, Captain, an
beam we'd hoped might rehabilitate incorrigibles. Van
Gelder felt he
the moral right to expose another man to something he hadn't tried on his
Kirk: "Tragedy, Doctor."
McCoy: "Jim, that doesn't quite ring true."
Kirk: "Er, Doctor Adams, please stand by. Explain."
McCoy: "I don't believe him. I can't explain it, but the more I study
Kirk: "You don't believe him, and you can't
explain it. Bones, are
that in the last twenty years Doctor Adams has done more to revolutionise,
to humanise prisons and the treatment of prisoners than all the rest of
humanity had done in forty centuries? I've been to those penal colonies
since they've begun following his methods, and they're not cages anymore."
Kirk: "They're clean, decent hospitals for
McCoy: "Jim, listen!"
Spock: "Gentlemen, I suggest you ask Doctor Adams if he wants Van Gelder
Kirk: "Doctor Adams, regarding Van Gelder."
Adams: "Yes, Captain. May I inquire about your patrol destinations? Are you
passing near any hospital facilities superior to ours? I'd like Van Gelder
to have the
best possible treatment, of course."
Kirk: "Thank you, Doctor. I'll take it up with the ship's surgeon. Stand by.
Well, Bones, you've got the ball. You care to recommend a better place?"
McCoy: "There are no superior facilities, he knows that. But that's not the
question. If something unusual is going on down there..."
Kirk: "An assumption, Doctor."
McCoy: "I'm required to enter any reasonable doubts into my medical log.
That requires you to answer in your log. Sorry, Jim."
Kirk: "Doctor Adams, this is rather embarrassing. By strict interpretation
of our starship regulation, I'm required to initiate an investigation of
this so that a proper report..."
Adams: "No need to apologise, Captain Kirk. In fact, I'd take it as
personal favour if you'd beam down and
look into it yourself. I'm sure you
realise we don't get too many visitors here. Oh, I, er, Captain, I would
appreciate it if you could come down with a minimum staff. We're forced to
limit outside contact as much as possible."
Kirk: "Affirmative, Doctor. I've visited rehab colonies before. Enterprise
out. Find me someone in your department with psychiatric and penology
experience, if possible."
McCoy: "Yes, sir."
Kirk: "Captain's log, stardate 2715.2. Standard orbit, planet Tantalus V.
Mission, routine investigation and report as per ship surgeon's medical
log. As for my last entry, it seems I will get to meet Doctor Adams at
last. However, I would have preferred other circumstances."
McCoy (on monitor): "Van Gelder's still violently agitated, Captain."
Kirk: "And you'd prefer to keep him here until I complete my investigation
Spock: "I believe we should, Jim."
McCoy (on monitor): "Oh, I'm assigning your technical aide,
Captain. One of
our psychiatrists does have a background in rehabilitative therapy. Doctor
Noel, standing by in the transporter room now."
Kirk: "Thank you, Doctor. Bridge out. Mister Spock."
Adams: "Hello Captain Kirk, and er..."
Kirk: "Doctor Helen Noel. It's a pleasure to finally meet you, sir."
Adams: "Thank you. Thank you, Captain. Welcome to Devil's Island,
Noel: "Perhaps you'll call me Helen, Doctor. With so many titles around,
we're not going to be sure who's talking to who."
Adams: "I shall indeed. Won't you?"
Noel: "Thank you."
Kirk: "I believe regulations call for me to check my weapon."
Adams: "No, no. That won't be necessary in your case, Captain. Just keep
it out of sight, hmm? I know you people feel as naked without a weapon
as we do without a medikit. A small toast. Do you mind? It's such a
great day for us here on Tantalus when we have visitors, no matter what
Adams: "Oh, now, Captain, you made your apology from upstairs. Now
forget it. I don't think you'll be able to get through the security
screen, Captain." Just a second, hmm? There. Now try it."
Kirk: "Kirk to Enterprise. Come in."
Spock: "Enterprise. Spock here."
Kirk: "Your landing co-ordinates were right on the nose, Mister
We arrived safely, and we're here with Doctor Adams right now. Kirk out.
Spock: Affirmative, Captain. Enterprise out."
Adams: "Ah, Lethe, come in. Lethe, this is Captain Kirk and Doctor Helen
Noel. Lethe came to us for rehabilitation and stayed on as a therapist,
and a very good one too, I might add."
Lethe: "I love my work."
Adams: "Go right ahead, Captain."
Kirk: "Before you came here..."
Lethe: "I was another person, malignant, hateful."
Kirk: "May I ask what crime you committed?"
Lethe: "Does it matter? That person no longer exists."
Adams: "Um, part of our cure, if you will, Captain, is to bury the past.
Why should a person go on living with unbearable memories if there's no necess. Oh, I feel quite sure that you'd concur with me in that, Doctor.
Noel: "A shifting of memory patterns is basic to psychotherapy."
Adams: "Yes. And now to the toast, hmm? You'll forgive us, Lethe. There
you are, Captain. To all mankind. May we never find space so vast,
planets so cold, heart and mind so empty that, that we cannot fill them
with love and warmth."
Adams: "Ah. I was afraid you would ask about this, Captain. One
doesn't like to talk about their personal failures, you know? It was
just an experiment that went wrong, I'm afraid."
Kirk: "May I see it?"
"Captain, if something hasn't worked out and therefore has no scientific
Kirk: "Shall we leave it up to the doctor?"
Noel: "Since you brought me down here for advice, Captain."
Kirk: "One of the advantages of being a Captain, Doctor, is being
able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it."
Adams: "I think I'll have to award that round to the Captain,
Helen. You're fighting over your weight. All right, let's take a look."
"A neural neutraliser. Experimental. Actually, we don't expect to get much
use out of it at all. That beam from above neutralises brain waves, relaxes
the patient's mind. Does them no harm, of course, and the effects are only
Kirk: "One question, Doctor. If it doesn't do any good."
Adams: "Why do we go on using it, hmm, Captain? Hope. Yes, yes,
there's always that slight chance that it might do some good
the more violent cases.
Noel: "Tranquillisers are fine, Captain, but to continually pump
chemicals into a person's bloodstream
Adams: "Exactly my point, Helen. Yes. Shall we? (he and Noel leave)
Kirk: (to therapist) "How does it work?
Therapist: "Quite simple. Off on switches, and the large control
changes the strength of the brain neutralising beam."
Adams: "Captain, you remind me of the ancient sceptic who demanded of
the wise old sage to be taught all the world's wisdom while standing on one
Noel: "Beam neutralising has been experimented with on Earth,
Captain. I'm not acquainted with this particular style of equipment, but I
can assure you that Doctor Adams has not created a
of horrors here."
Kirk: "I didn't mean to suggest that he had. The reason I asked, sir,
was you haven't mentioned where Doctor Van Gelder's injury occurred."
Adams: "Right here, Captain. Yes, Simon was a very stubborn man. He
could've sat in that room for years with the beam at that volume or even
higher. Or if he simply had someone standing by to
it off in case he got into trouble, but, but no. He tried it alone and on
full volume. It's a pity."
Kirk: (to therapist) "Thank you." (leaves)
Therapist: (to man in treatment chair) "You will forget all you have
heard. To remember any portion of it, any word, will cause you pain,
terrible pain, growing more terrible as you fight to remember."
"Enterprise log. First officer Spock, acting captain. I must now use an
ancient Vulcan technique to probe into Van Gelder's tortured mind."
McCoy: "Spock, if there's the
slightest possibility it might help."
Spock: "I've never used it on a human, Doctor."
McCoy: "If there's any way we can look into this man's mind to
see if what he's seeing is real or delusion."
Spock: "It's a hidden, personal thing to the Vulcan people, part
of our private lives."
McCoy: "Now look, Spock, Jim Kirk could be in real trouble. Will
work or not?"
Spock: "It could be dangerous. Do you understand? It requires I
make pressure changes in your nerves, your blood vessels."
Gelder: "You must open my mind. Let me warn you and explain to
Spock: "This will not affect you, Doctor McCoy, only the person I
touch. It is not hypnosis."
McCoy: "I understand. (Spock puts his hands on Gelder's face)
Good, the reading's levelling."
Spock: "You begin to feel a strange euphoria. Your body floats."
Gelder: "Yes, I begin to feel it."
Spock: "Open your mind. We move together. Our minds sharing the
Spock: "What is our name? Who are we?"
Gelder: "We are Simon Van Gelder."
Spock: "Doctor Adams. The neural neutraliser. What did he do to us?"
Gelder: "He can reshape any mind he chooses. He used it to erase our
memories, put his own thoughts there. He was surprised it took so
much power. We fought him, remember? But we grew so
tired, our minds
so blank, so open, that any thought he placed there became our
thoughts. Our minds so empty like a sponge, needing thoughts,
begging. Empty. Loneliness. So lonely to be sitting there empty,
wanting any word from him. Love."
Gelder: "Such agony to be empty."
Gelder: "So empty."
Gelder: "So empty."
Kirk: "I have no desire to damage my brain. Can this be handled with
reasonable safety? Yes or no?"
Kirk: "And will you be able to determine if that beam is harming me
in the slightest?"
Noel: "Yes, Captain. I know my profession. (Kirk sits in treatment
Noel: "We'll try minimum intensity, a second or two." (light turns)
Kirk: "Anytime you're ready, Doctor, just for a second or two."
Noel: "We already tried it for that long, Captain."
Kirk: "Nothing happened."
Noel: "Something happened. Your face went completely blank."
Kirk: "Try a harmless suggestion."
Noel: (light turns) "You're hungry."
Kirk: "You know, when we finally get through this I'd like to locate
and raid a kitchen somewhere."
Noel: "I put that suggestion in your mind, Captain. I said simply
that you were hungry."
Kirk: "Remarkably effective for a device that Doctor Adams was going
Noel: "I think we should try this again."
Kirk: "Yes. Pick something unusual, an unusual suggestion, something
we can both be sure of.
Noel: (light turns) "At the Christmas party, we met, we danced, you
talked about the stars. I suggest now that it happened in a
different way. You swept me off my feet and carried me to your
Kirk: "Merry Christmas."
Noel: "Captain, if your crew saw you carry me here."
Kirk: "My crew is sworn to secrecy."
Noel: "But my reputation. I mean, just having met like this. Of
course, it would be different if you cared for me."
Kirk: "You want me to manufacture a lie, wrap it up as a Christmas
present for you?"
Noel: "No, I prefer honesty." (they kiss)
Adams: "Now Captain Kirk is going to have a complete demonstration.
I want there to be no doubts whatsoever in his mind. Mmm. You're
madly in love with Helen, Captain. You'd lie, cheat, steal for her,
sacrifice your career, your reputation."
Noel: "No, Doctor! No!"
Adams: "The pain. Do you feel it, Captain? You must have her, or the
pain grows worse, the pain, the longing for her."
Adams: "For years, you've loved her, Captain, for years."
Kirk: "For years, I've loved you."
Adams: "You must continue to remember that, Captain. And now, she's
gone." (machine to maximum)
Kirk: "Helen! Helen, don't go! I need you, Helen!"
Adams: (reduces intensity) "Now Captain, you must take your phaser
weapon and drop it on the floor. Captain, the pain increases unless
you obey me."
Kirk: "I must drop it."
Adams: "Very good, Captain. Very good indeed. And now your
communicator. Drop it on the floor."
Kirk: "Kirk to Enterprise. Argh! (machine to maximum) Kirk to
Adams: "Please don't fight me, Captain. The pain only gets worse
when you doubt me. You believe in me completely."
Kirk: "I believe in you."
Adams: "You trust me completely."
Kirk: "I trust you."
Adams: "Excellent, Captain. I compliment you. Do you know Doctor Van Gelder was down on his hands and knees sobbing at
this point? It was
so gratifying. I'm so fortunate to have had a couple of excellent
specimens to, to work with. I've learned a great deal."
Lethe: "The woman doctor. She's gone, Doctor Adams."
Adams: Notify security at once, Lethe. Where is she, Captain?"
Kirk: "I, argh, I don't know."
Adams: "Where is Helen And with what instructions?"
Kirk: "I don't know." (collapses)
(Noel makes it to the power control room and finds an off switch but
it won't move)
Noel: "Captain. Captain?"
Kirk: (helps her out of vent) "Helen, are you all right?" (kisses
Noel: "Yes. This isn't right, Captain. (Spock enters) Doctor Adams
did this to you."
Kirk: "Doctor Adams? Doctor A... The treatment room. Follow me."
McCoy: "Jim!" (Kirk turns machine off)
Kirk: "The power came on."
McCoy: "He's dead, Captain."
Noel: "The machine wasn't on high enough to kill."
Kirk: "But he was alone. Can you imagine the mind emptied by that
thing? Without even a tormentor for company."
Noel: "I understand."
Uhura: "Oh, Captain, there was a message from Tantalus colony, sir."|
Spock: It was from Van Gelder. He thought you'd like to know the
treatment room had been dismantled and the equipment destroyed."
Kirk: "Thank you."
McCoy: "It's hard to believe that a man could die of loneliness."
Kirk: "Not when you've sat in that room. Take us out of orbit,
Mister Spock. Ahead warp factor one."
Spock: Acknowledged, Captain. Warp factor one."