Star Trek (1966–1969): Season 1, Episode 7 - What Are Little Girls Made Of? - full transcript

Nurse Chapel is reunited with her fiancé; but his new obsession leads him to make an android duplicate of Captain Kirk.

We're entering standard orbit.
lt won't be much longer.

l understand you gave up a career in
bio-research to sign aboard a starship.

l know he's alive down there, Captain.

lt's been five years
since his last message.

Roger is a very determined man.
He'd find a way to live.

Beginning signals to surface.

- Put it on all frequencies.
- Records show little we don't know.

Gravity is 1.1 of Earth,
atmosphere within safety limits.

The surface temperature
is 100 degrees below zero.

The sun in this system has been fading
steadily for half a million years.

Dr Korby, called "the Pasteur
of archaeological medicine".

His translation of medical records
from the Orion ruins

our immunisation techniques.

Required reading at the Academy.

l've always wanted to meet him.
Any chance of him still being alive?

- l've tried all frequencies. No signal.
- Keep trying.

His last signal told
about finding underground caverns.

Since then,
two expeditions have failed to find him.

l've run all frequencies a second time.
There's no...

Enterprise, come in.

This is Roger Korby.
Repeating, this is Dr Roger Korby.

Do you read me, Enterprise?

This is Dr Roger Korby, standing by.

Space - the final frontier.

These are the voyages
of the starship Enterprise.

lts five-year mission,
to explore strange new worlds,

to seek out new life
and new civilisations,

to boldly go
where no man has gone before.

Captain's log, stardate 2712.4.

A signal from planet Exo lll.
Dr Roger Korby has been located,

he and part of his expedition
remaining alive due to underground ruins

left by the former inhabitants
of this world.

Enterprise to Korby,
we are preparing to beam down a party.

- lt may interest you to know that...
- l have an unusual request.

Will you beam down alone?

We've made discoveries that may
require an extraordinary decision.

lt is an unusual request.

The man making it is Dr Roger Korby.

- You would recognise his voice?
- Have you ever been engaged?

Yes, it's Roger.

- Agreed. But there will be two of us.
- Hello, Roger.

- Christine!
- Yes, Roger.

Darling, where are you?
Yes, by all means, Captain.

l had no hope.
Darling, are you all right?

Yes, everything is all right now.

We're on our way. We'll be with you
in a moment. Enterprise out.


He said he'd be waiting.

Dr Korby?

Dr Korby?

lt's possible we may have hit
the wrong entry point.

- Kirk to Enterprise.
- Spock here, Captain.

- Beam down two security men.
- Any problems?

Some delay in meeting us,
probably nothing. Kirk out.

Corridors could be quite deep.

Getting here may have taken more time
than he estimated. Don't worry.

Thank you.

Rayburn, maintain post here.
Matthews, you accompany us.

ls that you, Dr Korby?

Dr Brown! lt's Roger's assistant.
Where's Roger?

- Be careful.
- ls there a path down there?

There's no hope. lt's bottomless.
He must have slipped.

- Any chance of a projection or a ledge?
- None.

Unfortunate. Terribly unfortunate.

Dr Korby was detained.
l came as soon as l could.

Not soon enough.

- Browny, what is it?
- Explain.

Don't you recognise me?


You look well. My name is Brown.
Korby's assistant. l presume you're Kirk.

He is dead, l assure you.

Come, Dr Korby will be waiting.

You do know him well?
An old friend?

l suppose living here for five years...

- Kirk to Rayburn. Report.
- All quiet here.

- Any problems there, sir?
- We lost Matthews. An accident.

Tell the Enterprise to have
a full security party standing by.

We'll both report at hourly
intervals. lf you and l lose contact,

or if he fails to hear from either of us,
he's to beam the security party down.

As the sun dimmed, the inhabitants
of this planet moved underground.

From an open environment
to this dark world.

When you were a student of his,
you must have heard Korby remark

how freedom of movement
and choice produced the human spirit.

The culture of Exo lll proved his theory.

When they moved from light to darkness,

they replaced freedom
with a mechanistic culture.

Korby uncovered elements of this culture

which will revolutionise the universe
when freed from this environment.

l'm Andrea. You must be Christine.

l've always thought
how beautiful your name is.

And you must be Captain Kirk
of the starship Enterprise.

We appreciate you
bringing Roger's fiancée.

l don't remember Dr Korby
mentioning an Andrea.

You're exactly as Roger described you.
No wonder he missed you so.

- Where is Dr Korby?
- Here, Captain.


l've been looking forward to...

- l knew l'd find you.
- Everything's all right now.

Forgive me, Captain. l'm Roger Korby.

No need to apologise
or introduce yourself.

The captain lost a man in the caverns.

What? How did it happen?

The pit near the outer junction.
The edge must have given way.

l'm terribly sorry. lf l'd been there...
l know the passages so well.

lt wasn't your fault.
Kirk to Rayburn. Report.

l must make a security confirmation.

List your personnel,
cargo requirements, any needs...

- l'd prefer...
- Rayburn, are you receiving me?

l'd prefer you waited until we've talked.

l've lost contact.
l'm required to call my ship.

No communications.

- Roger?
- lf they send down more people...

- That man...
- He won't be harmed.

lsn't it possible there could be
things here so important...

One man is dead,
l've lost contact with the other.


- What are you doing?
- This is necessary. You'll understand.


Drop it.

Enterprise from Captain Kirk.
Do you read?

Frequency open.

- Spock here, Captain.
- Contact established with Dr Korby.

We were becoming concerned.
Your check-in was overdue...

No problem.
We'll return to the ship within 48 hours.

Dr Korby's records and
specimens will require careful packing.

Captain, are you all right?

lf you move or cry out, Ruk may
injure you. Wait until you and l can talk.

Acknowledge, Captain.
ls everything all right?

Fine. Dr Korby has made
some fascinating discoveries.

All under control.
Stand by for regular contact. Kirk out.

This is not a vain display, Captain.

l'm a scientist. You know my reputation.
Trust me.

l know your reputation.

The whole galaxy knows what you stand
for. That's why this makes no sense.

There is so much to learn
before you make a final judgement.

For example... Andrea.

You must be
Captain Kirk of the starship Enterprise.

- Christine, it's all right.
- You see, Captain?

Yes, Roger.
Everything is all right now.

That's enough.
You are not to mock Christine.

- You will never harm her.
- Or disobey an order from her.

You will not disobey her orders.

Both love and trust.

Now, give me 24 hours to convince you.

Do l need to be a prisoner?

What would your first duty be
upon return to your vessel?

Report. Do you realise the number
of discoveries lost to superstition?

A layman's inability to comprehend?

A simple layman's question.

Where's my other crewman?
Alive? Dead?

Ruk was programmed
to protect my experiments.

- His machine mind saw danger to me.
- Where is my other crewman?

Ruk destroyed them both.
But totally against my wishes.

He's an android? Like Brown?

More complex than Brown.

Much superior.

l was left here by the Old Ones.

Ruk was still tending the machinery
when we arrived. How many centuries?

Even Ruk doesn't know.

With his help, with the records
l could find, we built Brown.

You've convinced me...

You've convinced me
that you are dangerous.

Ruk, no.

l do not understand.

Why are you unhappy?
You're with Roger again.

Where is Captain Kirk?

- You are concerned about the Captain?
- Yes, l am.

How can you love Roger
without trusting him?

Why does it bother you
when l use the name Roger?

Andrea. lt's sufficient
that it does disturb her.

- You will call me Dr Korby from now on.
- Yes, Dr Korby.

l didn't mean to eavesdrop, darling.

As you can see, Captain Kirk is fine.
He won't be harmed.

The things at stake make it necessary
he doesn't report to his ship.

l need time to explain and demonstrate
to him and to you.

- Shall we start with Andrea?
- Yes, let's start with Andrea.

l'm like Dr Brown, an android.

Didn't you know?

Remarkable, isn't she?

Notice the life-like pigmentation,
the variation in skin tones.

The flesh has warmth,
there's even a pulse.

- Physical sensation.
- How convenient.

Christine, an android is like a computer.
lt does only what l programme.

As a scientist you must realise...

That given a mechanical Dr Brown,
a geisha would be no more difficult.

- Do you think l could love a machine?
- Did you?

Andrea is incapable of that.
She simply obeys orders.

She has no meaning for me.
There's no emotional bond.

Andrea, kiss Captain Kirk.

Now strike him.

You see? There's no emotion in it.
She simply responds to orders.

She's a totally logical computer.

A thing. That's not a woman.

Now do you understand?

lf mechanical things have no feelings

and perform only as programmed,
why did Brown try to shoot me?

Why did he kill two of my men?

l don't understand.

l will answer all of your questions. Now.

This is how you make an android.


He's not being harmed, l promise.

What's happened to you?

When l sat in your class
you wouldn't dream of harming an insect.

Their life was sacred to you then.

lf l had simply beamed up to their vessel
with Brown and the others,

l would have given them
objects of curiosity, foolish theories.


Watch carefully.

Choose, Christine.
Which is your captain?

l don't know.

They're exact. l honestly don't know.

Synthetic organs are in place.

We synchronise them
with Kirk's nervous system,

duplicating the rhythms of his body
and the mental pattern.

Physical pattern complete.
We now make a mental pattern.

Ready for final synaptic fusion.

Andrea, stand by for cortex circuits.

The android will be so perfect,
it could even replace the captain.

The same memories,
the same attitudes, the same abilities.

- Activate circuits.
- Mind your own business, Mr Spock.

l'm sick of your half-breed interference.
Mind your own business, Mr Spock.


- Are you all right?
- As far as l know.

And now, meet an android.

How do you do, Miss Chapel?

l am now programmed
to please you also.

- ls the food appealing?
- Yes, thank you.

- Please sit, Captain.
- Thank you. l'm on parole.

Dr Korby suggested that you have lunch.

He thought you might have
a few things to talk about.

- Captain...
- l know.

l'd hate to be torn
between commander and fiancée myself.

No, l'm not torn.

But l'm puzzled. l'm worried.

- Has he confided in you?
- Nothing he hasn't told you.

l know it doesn't make sense...

What he's done may seem wrong but
he is Roger Korby. Whatever he does.

Unless something
has gone wrong with his mind.

You're forgetting how well l know him.
He's as sane as you or l.

Nurse, if l gave you
a direct order to betray him...

Please, don't ask me
to make that choice.

l'd much rather you pushed me off the
same precipice where Matthews died.

l can't. Please, go ahead and eat.

Androids don't eat.

Even has your sense of humour.

- There's one difference. l'm hungry.
- The difference is your weakness.

One at a time, gentlemen. Captain?

Eating is a pleasure.
Unfortunately one you'll never know.

Perhaps. But l will never starve.

- An exact duplicate?
- ln every detail.

What about memory?
Tell me about Sam.

George Samuel Kirk, your brother.
Only you call him Sam.

- He saw me off on this mission.
- With his wife and sons.

He said he was being transferred
to Earth Colony 2 Research Station.

He said he was continuing his research
and he wanted to be transferred.

Like trying to outthink
a calculating machine.

Obviously l can't. But we do have
some interesting differences.

Totally unimportant ones.
You may leave now.

You haven't guessed the rest?

Not even you, Christine?

What you saw was only a machine.

Only half of what l could have
accomplished. Do you understand?

By continuing the process

l could have transferred your very
consciousness into that android.

Your soul, if you wish. All of you.

ln android form, a human being
can have practical immortality.

Can you understand what l'm offering?

Programming. Different word.

But same old promises made
by Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Hitler...

A human converted to an android
can be programmed for the better.

lmagine how life could be improved
if we could do away with jealousy, hate.

lt can also be improved by eliminating
love, tenderness, sentiment.

- The other side of the coin.
- No one need ever die again.

No disease. No deformities.

Even fear can be programmed away,
replaced with joy.

l'm offering you a practical heaven,
a new paradise. All l need is your help.

All you wanted before
was my understanding.

l need transportation to a planet colony
with proper raw materials.

There are good possibilities
among your next stops.

No diversion from your route.
l want no suspicions aroused.

l'll begin producing androids carefully.

Yes. No one need know.
No need to frighten uninformed minds.

They must be strongly infiltrated before
the android existence is revealed.

l want no wave of hysteria
to destroy what is good and right.

Are you with me?

You've created your own Kirk.
Why do you need me?

l've created him to impress you,
not to replace you.

l'm impressed.

But not the way you think.

Stand back or l'll kill him.

Stay back.

Ruk, protect.


Ruk, no!

Ruk, stop!
Dr Korby said you are to obey me!



Ruk, l order you not to harm him!

Captain Kirk, where are you?

Captain Kirk, l can help you.

Christine, is that you?



We finished ahead of schedule.
Dr Korby has considerable cargo.

- l must go over our schedule with him.
- You're going back down?

Mind your own business. l'm sick of your
half-breed interference. Do you hear?

Yes, very well.

- ls everything all right?
- No problems.

Good. l'll beam up shortly
with Dr Korby and party.

- Status of the landing party?
- Ready.

Meet me in the transporter room
after the captain has beamed down.

l looked it over. l think you'll find
planet Midos V an excellent choice.

Small colony. Abundant raw materials.
You made a good beginning, Captain.

Thank you. l felt quite at home
on the Enterprise.

Kiss me.


Not programmed for you.

What's the matter, Andrea? Confused?


Emotion, Ruk?

You disapprove of Miss Chapel's orders
to save my life?

- To maintain your existence is illogical.
- Why?

Can't your memory banks
solve a simple equation?

What happened to the Old Ones?

- So long ago...
- Did they build their machines too well?

Gave them pride
and a desire to survive.

Machines that wanted logic and order

and found that frustrated
by the illogical creatures that built them.

Yes, the Old Ones.

The ones who made us.
They grew fearful of us.

- They began to turn us off.
- lsn't Korby creating the same danger?

Unlike you, humans are full
of emotions that logic cannot solve.

Yes. lt had been so long ago,
l had forgotten.

The Old Ones here. The ones who made
us. Yes, it is still in my memory banks.

lt became necessary to destroy them.
You are inconsistent.

You cannot be programmed.
You are inferior.

- And Korby?
- You bring disorder here.

- The danger to you is Korby.
- l was programmed by Korby.

The Old Ones programmed you too.
But it became possible to destroy them.

That was the equation.


Survival must cancel out programming.

That's it, Ruk. Logic. You can't protect
someone who's trying to destroy you.

l'd like...

You brought him among us.

You brought the inferior ones.

We had cleansed ourselves of them.

- Now you bring the evil back.
- Ruk, stop.

Your programming.

l had no choice.

You were a man with respect for things
alive. How could l explain the change?

Tell them what has become...

lt's still me, Christine. Roger.

l'm in here.

You can't imagine how it was.

l was frozen, dying.
My legs were gone.

l was... l had only my brain
between life and death.

This can be repaired easier than
another man can set a broken finger.

l'm still the same as l was before.
Perhaps even better.

Are you, Roger?

Andrea. There's someone
in the outer junction.

- Spock. He must have got my message.
- l will find Ruk.

- He'll never find us in this maze.
- Ruk's been shut off.

Get a weapon. Deal with it. Protect.

- l will kiss you.
- No.

- You will not?
- lt is illogical.

l'm the same, a direct transfer.
All of me.

Human, rational but without a flaw.

He freed himself and l destroyed...

l destroyed him.

l am not programmed for alarms.

l listened to your instructions,
obeyed them as stated.

She killed the android.
The same way you killed Ruk.

ls this your perfect world? Your flawless
beings killing off one another.

Aren't you doing exactly what you hate
most in humans - killing with no concern?

l'm not a computer.

Test me. Ask me to solve any...



Christine! Christine!

Let me prove myself.

Does this make such a difference?

Don't you see? Everything you've done
has proved that it isn't you.

l am Roger Korby!

Then prove it.

Give me that phaser gun.

lf there's any human left in you,
give it to me.

No. You will never understand.
l constructed a perfect being.

Tested it. Proved it.

Proved it. Proved it.

- Andrea, give me the weapon.
- No. Protect.


To love you.

To kiss you.

No. You cannot love.

You're not human.

Love you...


Captain Kirk!

ln here, Spock.

Captain, are you all right? Nurse?

Where's Dr Korby?

Dr Korby was never here.

Thank you for letting me decide.
l'm quite certain l'm doing the right thing.

She's staying with the ship.

Something bothering you?

Frankly, l was rather dismayed
by your use of the term "half-breed".

You must admit,
it is an unsophisticated expression.

l'll remember that the next time
l find myself in a similar situation.

Steady as we go, helm.