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"The Empath" was the 63rd episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the 8th episode of the show's third and final season, first aired on 6 December 1968. The episode was written by Joyce Muskat, directed by John Erman and novelized in Star Trek 10 by James Blish.


Captain's log, stardate 5121.5.
Orbiting the second planet in the Minarian star system. This star has long given evidence of entering a nova phase, and six months ago, a research station was established to make close-up studies of the star as its end approaches. Minara is now entering a critical period, and the Enterprise has been ordered to evacuate the station before the planet becomes uninhabitable. Yet our attempts to contact the station's personnel have been, so far, unsuccessful.
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Episode characters

GemBill HadleyJames T. KirkLalRoger LemliLinkeLeonard McCoyOzabaMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluThannunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel

Novelization characters

GemJames T. KirkLalLinkeLeonard McCoyOzabaMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluThann

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Minara II (Minara star system, the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants)
Referenced only
Gamma Vertis IV (Gamma Vertis system) • Manark IV (Manark system)

Shipboard areas

USS Enterprise

Planetary locales

Minara II
Minara II research stationVian laboratory

Races and cultures


Technology and weapons

decompression chamberenergy transfer control unitforce fieldmatter-energy scramblerrecord tapestarshiptricordercommunicatormedical kitmedical tricordersensorsviewscreentransporter

Materials and substances


States and organizations


Ranks and titles

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officerdoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)helmsmanfirst officerlieutenantlieutenant commandermechanicminermedical practitionernavigatorofficerscientistscience officersecond officerweapons officer

Other references

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stardate 5121.5, 2268 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages)
Enterprise travels to Minara.


Related media


Video releases


Episode images

Adaptation images



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Is There in Truth No Beauty?
TOS episode produced Next episode:
The Tholian Web
Previous episode:
Wink of an Eye
TOS episode aired Next episode:
Elaan of Troyius
Previous story:
The Alternative Factor
Star Trek 10
Next story:
The Galileo Seven
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Pocket Next Adventure:
Previous Adventure:
Is There In Truth No Beauty?
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
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