The Enterprise responds to a distress call from the planet Scalos, but when Kirk and a landing party beam down to the planet they find no living beings. It turns out that the Scalosians live at a much higher rate of acceleration, rendering them invisible to the human eye. One of the Scalosians, the beautiful and seductive Deela, accelerates Kirk so they can interact, where she tells him he cannot return to his normal life. For the crew, Kirk has virtually disappeared before their eyes. The Scalosians want to turn the Enterprise into a cryogenic storage facility for the crew. Kirk learns that at his current state of acceleration, they are subject to cellular degeneration and rapid aging should they suffer the slightest cut. He leaves a message for the crew but it is left to Mr. Spock to find a way to decipher it.
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In a note from Gene Roddenberry
to Fred Freiberger dated May 29th, 1968, he calls the water "Scalian water", which may be a mistake on his part or a indication that the name was changed to "Scalosian" later. See more
After Kirk is accelerated, he converses with Deela for a time, then attempts to stun her with his phaser, which she easily evades because the phaser itself is not accelerated. She then uses her own weapon to remove the phaser from his hand. And yet, in "real time," nobody on the bridge notes the sudden firing of a phaser, or the appearance of the weapon itself. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
It is my belief that they are turning the Enterprise into a gigantic deep freeze for purposes only the Scalosians know.
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