"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.

Summary[edit | edit source]

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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Characters[edit | edit source]

Episode characters[edit | edit source]

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

Novelization characters[edit | edit source]

GemJames T. KirkLalLinkeLeonard McCoyOzabaMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluThann

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)

Locations[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise 

Planetary locales[edit | edit source]

Minara II 
Minara II research stationVian laboratory

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Technology and weapons[edit | edit source]

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

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Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

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

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Chronology[edit | edit source]

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

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Related media[edit | edit source]

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Timeline[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous episode:
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)
Next Adventure:

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