> TOS > EPISODES
Caught in the beginnings of an ion storm,
Kirk, McCoy and Uhura interrupt their negotiations with the Halkans
for dilithium crystals, to return to the U.S.S. Enterprise. Scotty
beams the landing party aboard as a burst from the storm hits the starship.
The transporter malfunctions, sending Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura
into an alternate universe. In this world, they soon discover the "Galactic
Empire" is maintained by fear and assassination. Now, aboard the
Imperial Starship Enterprise, the four must find a way to remain
undetected until they can return to their own universe.
Meanwhile, the parallel versions of Kirk, Scott, McCoy and Uhura have
been beamed on board the positive U.S.S. Enterprise. Their behavior
is so different from their counterparts that Spock immediately realizes
something is wrong. He had the four imprisoned until the transporter
could be checked and repaired.
On the I.S.S. Enterprise, the parallel Chekov is foiled in an
attempt to assassinate Kirk. When Kirk refuses to give an order to destroy
the Halkans, who have refused to give up their dilithium crystals, the
parallel Spock becomes suspicious.
The Imperial Fleet sends a secret message to the parallel Spock, telling
him to kill Captain Kirk and assume command of the starship. Finding
an unexpected ally in the parallel Spock, Kirk continues to stall while
his three comrades gather the information needed to send them back to
their own universe.
Parallel Spock has no desire to become captain, and therefore a mark
for assassination. Along with Lieutenant Marlena Moreau, who wants the
parallel Kirk back because she is "the Captain's woman," they
help return the four U.S.S. Enterprise officers to their own
world. Before he goes, Kirk talks to the bearded Spock, telling him
the advantages of a Federation-like system over the anarchy of this
universe. Spock seems almost convinced that he should in fact get rid
of his Kirk, seize control of the I.S.S. Enterprise, and manipulate
the Imperial Starfleet into working toward a more civilized universe.