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"Wink of an Eye" was the 68th episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the 13th episode of the show's third and final season, first aired on 29 November 1968. The episode was written by Arthur Heinemann, directed by Jud Taylor and novelized in Star Trek 11 by James Blish.


Kirk is trapped in accelerated time with a beautiful alien while the rest of the Enterprise crew is in danger of being frozen as space breeding stock!

Log entries

Ship's log, stardate 5710.5
Lieutenant Commander Scott reporting. While exploring an outer quadrant of the galaxy, the Enterprise received distress calls from an apparently uninhabited, incredibly beautiful city on the planet of Scalos. Captain Kirk and a landing party have beamed down to investigate.
Captain's log, stardate 5710.9
Mr. Spock has remained in accelerated time so that he might effect repairs to the ship more rapidly.



Episode characters

Christine ChapelPavel ChekovComptonDeela (Scalosian)EkorBill HadleyJames T. KirkRoger LemliLeonard McCoyMira (Scalosian)RaelMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraUSS Enterprise computerunnamed Scalosianunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel

Novelization characters

Christine ChapelComptonDeela (Scalosian)EkorJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMira (Scalosian)RaelMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Scalos (Scalos system, Mutara sector, the galaxy's Beta Quadrant)

Shipboard areas

USS Enterprise
bridgetransporter roomquarters (Kirk's) • medical labhangar decklife support center

Planetary locales

Scalosian city

Races and cultures


Technology and weapons

communicatorcomputerintercommedical kitmedical tricordersensorsstarshiptapeviewscreentransportertricorderphaserdeflectorsforce fieldlife support systemsuspended animation devicespaceshipScalosian weaponself-defense mechanismprotective shield

Materials and substances

atmospherebloodgasoxygenwaterScalosian water

Food and beverages




States and organizations


Ranks and titles

captainchief engineerchief medical officerchief scientistcommandercommanding officercommunications officerconncrewmandoctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerlieutenantlieutenant commanderhelmsmankingmedical practitionernavigatorofficerqueenscientistscience officersecond officersecuritytactical officertechnicianweapons officeryeoman

Other references

anatomyarmbeamingBonesbootbruisecaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2268cell (biology)cityclothingcoordinatesdressfingerfive-year missiongovernmenthomeworldhourjumpsuitKirk's womenlanguagelife spanlifeformlog entrylogicmattermemorynation-stateorbitpantsplanetpopulationquadrantraces and culturesrankship's logship's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)spacestarstar systemStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2260s)technologytitletunicuniformuniverseweaponindustrial scalehyper-accelerationstuncommand chairhistoryradiation poisoningtelemetrylanding partydistress calltimecomputer voiceearinfertilityliteraturemedical supply cabinetpaintingpopulationquarantinered alertrepair crewskinstandby alertsurveysuspended animationvolcano


stardate 5710.5, 2268 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages)
Enterprise travels to Scalos.


Related media

Scalos's surface. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds)




published order
Previous episode:
Plato's Stepchildren
TOS episode produced Next episode:
That Which Survives
Previous episode:
Plato's Stepchildren
TOS episode aired Next episode:
The Empath
Previous story:
The Squire of Gothos
Star Trek 11
Next story:
Bread and Circuses
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
First Frontier
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Hunting
Previous Adventure:
Plato's Stepchildren
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
That Which Survives

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