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When the U.S.S. Enterprise answers a distress call from a small
planet, the landing party is captured by a group of agents from the
Kelvan empire, located in the distant Andromeda galaxy. The Kelvans'
purpose is to find planets suitable for colonization. However, their own
ship was destroyed and now they need the Enterprise to make the
300-year journey home. To utilize the starship, the Kelvans — huge,
tentacled creatures — take on human form. After several attempts at
escape, Kirk accepts his fate and agrees to let the aliens take over his
ship. The Kelvans use their technology to transform all but essential
Enterprise personnel into small "cubes" which, unless broken or
damaged, can be restored to human beings.
Recognizing that the Kelvans, in their new human bodies, are discovering
human sensation and emotion, the remaining crew attempts to foster
dissent amongst the aliens: Scotty succeeds in getting one of them
drunk, McCoy injects an irritant into another, and Kirk makes romantic
overtures to the Kelvan leader's woman. With the Kelvans thus
distracted, Kirk and the crew are able to regain control of the ship.
Kirk points out to Rojan, the Kelvan leader, that the Kelvans are
already becoming less like they were before by encountering the humans.
In 300 years, their descendants will be so human-like that they won't be
able to live among their people on Kelva. Rojan sees the logic in his
argument and sends a robot probe to Kelva, reporting what has happened.
Pledging to restore the Enterprise crew, Rojan accepts Kirk's
offer that the Enterprise find the Kelvans a Class-M planet to