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> WHOM GODS DESTROY
Elba II, a planet with a poisonous atmosphere, also has a facility
beneath its surface for the incurably, criminally insane. The U.S.S.
Enterprise is bringing a new medicine with which they hope to
eliminate mental illness forever.
When Kirk and Spock beam down to the facility of 15 inmates, they find
that the asylum has been taken over by Garth of Izar, who was once a
famous starship captain. He was driven insane by the terrible injuries
he received while rescuing others. Garth convinces them that he is the
head of the facility, in an attempt to gain control of the U.S.S.
Enterprise and conquer the galaxy. He crowns himself, "Master of the
Universe," and, when the officers won't be tricked into beaming him
aboard the starship, he tortures Elba II's governor and then Kirk. He
then sends his Orion mistress, Marta, out to the deadly surface above,
only to "mercifully" spare her by blowing her to bits.
Spock, who had become separated from Kirk, returns to help the captain
but finds two James Kirks. Garth learned the power of shape-shifting
from a gentle race of beings that were unaware of his madness. When one
of the Kirks offers to sacrifice himself to stop Garth, Spock realizes
that this is the real Captain Kirk and subdues Garth. Garth is given the
healing medication brought by the Enterprise crew and begins the
long road to recovery.