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> THE DEADLY YEARS >
On the way to Starbase 10, the U.S.S. Enterprise stops
to deliver supplies to the colonists of Gamma Hydra IV. A
landing party consisting of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott,
Lieutenant Galway and Chekov beam to the planet's surface.
They find that accelerated aging has taken place, killing most
of the colonists. Chekov is terrified when he discovers the
first body. The only survivors, an elderly couple who claim to
be in their twenties, die shortly after meeting the
Enterprise crew. When the landing party returns to the
Enterprise, the aging acceleration begins to affect each of
them ... except Chekov, who remains curiously immune. While
Kirk wants to stay in orbit around Gamma Hydra IV until a cure
can be found, one of his passengers, Commodore Stocker, wants
to proceed to Starbase 10 where he feels the best medical aid
can be obtained.
The senior officers succumb to the effects of old age and soon
Kirk is unable to command, as are Scotty and Spock. Command
falls to Commodore Stocker, who, while an efficient desk
officer, has no deep space training. Thinking he will save
time, Stocker plots a course through the Romulan Neutral Zone
on his way to Starbase 10. The Romulans are waiting and begin
Stocker, panicked and inexperienced, has no idea what to do.
As the Enterprise is surrounded, McCoy comes up with an
antidote to the aging sickness ... adrenaline. Chekov, he
explains, wasn't affected because his fear at finding the
bodies on Gamma Hydra IV had already kicked his natural
adrenaline into high gear.
McCoy restores Kirk to normal in time to save the ship by
reusing his famous "corbomite" bluff and telling the Romulans
that the Enterprise would destroy anything within a
200,000 kilometer radius. McCoy distributes the antidote and
restores everyone to their normal state.