Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu and Uhura are surrounded by famous people from Earth history wielding clubs and swords. Levelling his phaser at the historical figures, Kirk says they will go down fighting...
- Captain's log, star date 10:26.3 – We've established orbit around Gamma Alpha V to verify findings of the robot probe that discovered this planet ten years ago...
Although the probe reported the planet as uninhabited, Spock's sensors now detect a large city on the surface. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu and Uhura beam down to the city, where Kirk is stunned to recognize the first inhabitant he approaches as George Washington. Washington explains that the city's people have been there for as long as they can remember. A huge silver spire in the center of the city is off-limits to them. Kirk orders Spock and Sulu to investigate the tower, while Washington introduces Kirk, McCoy and Uhura to some of the city's other residents, including Emperor Nero, Abraham Lincoln, and Anton York, 45th President of the United States of America, who refers to Kirk and his crewmates as "new additions". When Kirk is unable to contact Spock, the three Enterprise officers rush to the silver spire, where Sulu is recovering from a blow to the head. Spock has disappeared.
In a cavern miles beneath the city, Spock is seated in a chair, his hands manacled behind his back. He is the prisoner of a man who identifies himself as Alexander Lazarus, an Earth historian. Lazarus explains how he fled Earth after being discredited by a computer malfunction. He gathered his android assistants and traveled to Gamma Alpha V, where the androids set up his computer in the underground cavern and built the silver spire above it. The spire is a receiver for the brain-waves of famous people throughout Earth's history, which are recorded on punch-cards. One day one of Lazarus' androids was caught in a burst of energy from the computer and was transformed into Benjamin Franklin in both body and mind. The androids constructed the city around the antenna, and Lazarus then built more androids and turned them into duplicates of famous people from Earth's past. However, Lazarus has now grown bored of their reminiscences. Spock's arrival has inspired him to study Vulcan history – for which he will need Spock's brain...
- Captain's log, stardate 10:26.8 – Upon beaming down to the planet Gamma Alpha V, we've discovered something incredible – a city peopled by every famous person who ever walked the Earth! While examining a strange silver tower in the city's center, Mr. Spock disappeared! Even now, my first officer – my friend – is somewhere on this planet, perhaps in terrible danger!
The psi-clone of Lazarus' computer can only receive the thoughts of humans, not Vulcans. To enable it to accept Vulcan brain-waves, Lazarus needs to absorb and record Spock's brain-patterns with a "brain-drain" device, destroying Spock's mind in the process. An alarm alerts Lazarus to the fact that Sulu has discovered a hatchway, which Kirk orders him to pry open. Lazarus twists a control on his computer console, then points a phaser at Spock.
On the surface, Kirk has the hatch partway open when Washington punches him on the chin. A mob of historical figures armed with clubs attacks the Enterprise officers, accusing them of treachery. Kirk refuses to beam up without Spock and orders the group's phasers set on heavy stun. At Lazarus' direction Spock rises from the chair, but then knocks the phaser from his hand, having freed himself from the manacles. Lazarus regains the phaser and fires at Spock, but misses, and Spock wrests the gun from him. Refusing to surrender, Lazarus runs and accidentally stumbles into the "brain-drain" machine. Spock is unable to free him, and the device kills him. The computer, damaged by Lazarus' phaser blasts, begins to go haywire. Spock contacts Scotty on the Enterprise and orders him to beam the others up; Spock wants to save Lazarus' records.
The historical figures are getting the better of Kirk and his group when Scotty beams them up. Kirk is horrified to learn that Spock is still on the planet and contacts him by communicator, but Scotty says he is too far underground to be transported. Kirk orders Scotty to turn the transporter up to full, but Spock says it is too late as the cavern crumbles around him. Sensors show the cavern as destroyed, but Kirk refuses to believe Spock is dead, and at that moment Scotty succeeds in beaming him up. Spock orders the helmsman to get the ship away from the planet at warp factor five. Gamma Alpha V explodes; Enterprise is hit by the shockwaves, but survives. Spock regrets not having saved the computer tapes, and Kirk muses on man's need for the heroes of the past.
- Napoléon Bonaparte • Benjamin Franklin • Helen of Troy • Adolf Hitler • James T. Kirk • Alexander Lazarus • Abraham Lincoln • Nero • Leonard McCoy • Montgomery Scott • William Shakespeare • Hikaru Sulu • Nyota Uhura • Spock • George Washington • Anton York
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- Alexander the Great • Winston Churchill • Cleopatra • Hermann Göring • Henry VIII • Louis XIV of France • Florence Nightingale
Technology and weapons
- psi-clone • android • antenna • communicator • computer • phaser • plexiglass • transporter • tri-corder • sensor • space probe • robot probe
Starships and vehicles
Races and cultures
States and organizations
Ranks and titles
- captain • chancellor • chief engineer • chief medical officer • commander • commanding officer • communications officer • doctor • emperor • first officer • general • helmsman • lieutenant • lieutenant commander • president (President of the United States of America)
- alarm • Battle of Austerlitz • brain • captain's log • class M planet • city • historian • landing party • log entry • manacles • orbit • planet • Star Date • uniform (Starfleet uniform • Starfleet uniform (2265-2270)) • wizard
- 21st century
- Anton York serves as 45th President of the United States of America.
- Robot probe charts Gamma Alpha V
- The Enterprise visits Gamma Alpha V.
- Due to artists unfamiliar with the Star Trek series, this issue features Dr. McCoy wearing a command division green-gold Starfleet uniform, rather than his proper sciences division blue uniform. Scotty is also shown, with reddish-brown hair, wearing such a command uniform, although in his case the uniform is explainable – as second officer, he can properly wear command colors as an alternative to his regular operations division uniforms. Scotty makes switches between command and operations uniforms in his last few movie appearances.
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