"The Man Trap" was the sixth episode of Star Trek: The Original Series in the show's first season, becoming the first episode of the Star Trek franchise to air on television on 8 September 1966. The episode was written by George Clayton Johnson, directed by Marc Daniels and novelized as "The Unreal McCoy" in Star Trek 1 by James Blish.



Episode charactersEdit

Robert AbramsBarnhartBeauregardBerkeleyRobert CraterScott DarnellGreenBill HadleyHarrisonJames T. KirkRyan LeslieLeonard McCoyJanice RandM-113 creatureMontgomery ScottSpockSturgeonHikaru SuluNyota UhuraVinci (?) • unnamed 2260s USS Enterprise personnel
Referenced only 
José DominguezNancy Crater

Novelization charactersEdit

BarnhartBierceScott DarnellJames T. KirkSpockNyota Uhuraalien creature
Referenced only 
Nancy Bierce

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


M-113 (aka Regulus VIII)
Referenced only 
Corinth IVVulcanWrigley's Pleasure Planet

Shipboard areasEdit

USS Enterprise 

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVulcanM-113 creature

States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Technology and weaponsEdit

communicatorphaser pistollaser pistol

Ranks and titlesEdit

captaincrewmanship's surgeonFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)

Other referencesEdit

Borgia plantBotulinusbuffalochili peppergeneral quartersGertrudeGreat Bird of the GalaxyM-113 creaturemedical tricorderpassenger pigeonpentathnolsaltSaurian brandyStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)Starfleet uniformtimetitleuniformuniverseweeperarboretumplumtapiocachili peppergeneral quartersautopsy1914copperpoisonaspirinpetechiamottlingparsnipcaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2266Starfleet General Orders and Regulationsaconitealkaloidaspirinautopsyborgia rootbotulinusbuffalogeneral quartersmousenarcosynthesispassenger pigeonpentaholpetachiaephysicalsaltsalt tabletsalt vampiretapioacatranquilizervacuum mottling


prior to 2266 
Nancy is taken by the creature. (prior to episode/novelization)
stardate 1513.1, 2266 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages
Enterprise travels to M-113.


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published order
Previous episode:
The Enemy Within
TOS episode produced Next episode:
The Naked Time
Previous episode:
first episode aired
TOS episode aired Next episode:
Charlie X
Previous story:
Dagger of the Mind
Star Trek 1
Next story:
Balance of Terror
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Enemy Within
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Naked Time
Previous Adventure:
The Enemy Within
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
The Naked Time

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