"Tomorrow and the Stars" was the first of 13 regular episode scripts prepared for the abortive development of the television series Star Trek: Phase II. Although the episode went unproduced, a detailed synopsis was published in the reference work Phase II: The Lost Series.
- Introduction, The First Thirteen Episodes
- These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise… on its second five-year mission... to boldly go where no one has gone before... again.
A battle with a Klingon ship left the Enterprise transporter damaged and Pavel Chekov suffering from exposure to Iridium-7. When the ship reached Earth orbit, Captain James T. Kirk also began to exhibit symptoms from the radiation. Montgomery Scott and Xon believed the transporter was reasonably safe, and since any delay could kill Chekov, he and Kirk were beamed down for treatment with Christine Chapel and a medical team. Everyone arrived except Kirk.
Kirk reformed in a transparent state in the back yard of the house of Elsa Kelly, wife of an officer in the United States Navy. She was spooked by his appearance, but told him that they were in Honolulu, Hawaii. She accepted that he was not a spy and sympathized with his inability to touch or eat anything. When Richard Kelly returned early that evening, Kirk hid in their automobile and rode with them to an officer's dance. While Richard sought General Grant to discuss his fears of an impending war, Elsa and Kirk went for a walk on the beach. Military police officers approached them, but retreated when they noticed Kirk's transparency.
The two returned to Elsa's house, with Kirk revealing he was the commanding officer of a starship from the future. Aboard the Enterprise, Scott, Xon and Willard Decker discovered that Kirk was transported through time to Pearl Harbor the day before the Japanese attack in December 1941. Scott established contact with Kirk — the transporter could not beam him back but it did restore his opacity. Kirk and Elsa hugged each other.
They left the house to go to one of her friends on the mainland, but were spotted by Richard. Once at the friend's house, Kirk and Elsa tried using 1941 equipment to enhance his communicator. While going for a walk on the beach, they realized that they loved each other. Meanwhile, believing Kirk to be a spy, Richard and officers from the Office of Naval Intelligence entered the house and found the communicator. Elsa and Kirk fled in her car.
Scott and Xon recreated the transporter malfunction and were able to beam Leonard McCoy and Decker within two kilometers of Kirk. Kirk and Elsa parked and overheard the sounds of war planes approaching. She wanted to warn her husband and the rest of his crew stationed on the USS Arizona, but Kirk resisted, wary of altering history. As Bombs started falling, she left to help, just as McCoy and Decker arrived. The Starfleet officers beamed back to the Enterprise.
- Christine Chapel • Pavel Chekov • Willard Decker • Elsa Kelly • Richard Kelly • James T. Kirk • Leonard McCoy • Montgomery Scott • Hikaru Sulu • Nyota Uhura • Xon
- Referenced only
- Grant • Ilia
Starships and vehiclesEdit
Races and culturesEdit
States and organizationsEdit
- Office of Naval Intelligence • United States Navy • Starfleet (command division • operations division • sciences division)
Science and technologyEdit
- bomb • communicator • main computer • microtape • poison • telephone • time travel • transporter • tricorder • universal translator • weapon
Ranks and titlesEdit
- admiral • captain • chief engineer • commander • commanding officer • counselor • doctor • emperor • ensign • Federation Starfleet ranks (2270s) • lieutenant • military police officer • officer • rank • spy • Starfleet ranks
- 1930s • 7 December 1941 • bridge • Captain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2273 • coordinates • dimension • flower • fruit • Iridium-7 • Japanese language • jungle • kilometer • language • minute • mountain • ocean • quarters • radiation • second • space • Starfleet uniform • Starfleet uniform (early 2270s) • starship • time • transporter room • war • week
- As a springboard, Gene Roddenberry provided an unused story idea from his Genesis II production to writer Larry Alexander. Alexander's first treatment, "Ghost Story", involved Kirk being sent backwards in time on an alien planet and resulted in the deaths of everyone on the surface. Roddenberry liked the time travel element, but suggested that Kirk instead travel to Pearl Harbor. Alexander completed his final draft script on January 18, 1978. (ST reference: Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages)
- Larry Alexander chose to handle Xon as Spock "from a character point of view". (ST reference: The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years)
- The 1980 movie The Final Countdown explored a similar premise. In the film, a freak storm transported the US Navy nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) near Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1941. The ship's captain, played by Kirk Douglas, also faced the choice whether to alert local authorities of the imminent Japanese attack. (The Final Countdown (film) article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)
- In this story, Ilia was introduced as the ship's counselor, a starship role that would be explored further through the character of Deanna Troi.
- TOS episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever" – Kirk fell in love with Edith Keeler after time travel to 1930.
- TOS comic: "No Time Like the Past" – Time travel to Earth in 218 BC.
- TOS comic: "A Bomb in Time" – Time travel to Earth in 1855 and 1955.
- TOS - The New Voyages short story: "Mind-Sifter" – Another trip to Earth in 1955.
- TOS short story: "Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited" – Time travel to Hollywood, California in 1967.
- TOS episode: "Assignment: Earth" – Time travel to Earth in 1968.
- TOS episode: "Tomorrow is Yesterday" – Time travel to Earth in 1969.
- TOS comic: "Getting Real" – Time travel to Earth in 1983.
- TOS movie: The Voyage Home – Time travel to Earth in 1986.
- TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky – Time travel to Earth in 2045.
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