"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 charactersEdit

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

Novelization charactersEdit

GemJames T. KirkLalLinkeLeonard McCoyOzabaMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluThann

Starships and vehiclesEdit

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 areasEdit

USS Enterprise 

Planetary localesEdit

Minara II 
Minara II research stationVian laboratory

Races and culturesEdit


Technology and weaponsEdit

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Materials and substancesEdit


States and organizationsEdit


Ranks and titlesEdit

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Other referencesEdit

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


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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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