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"Earth-style distress signal. SOS."
Farrell: "I've answered it on all frequencies, sir. They don't
Spock: "Not a vessel, a ground source. The third planet in this
solar system, according to my instruments."
Farrell: "Directly ahead. Definitely an Earth-style signal."
Kirk: "We're hundreds of light years from Earth, Mister Spock. No
colonies or vessels out this far."
Spock: "Measuring the planet now, Captain. It's spheroid-shaped,
circumference twenty four thousand eight hundred seventy four miles.
Mass six times ten to the twenty first power tons. Mean density five
point five one seven. Atmosphere oxygen, nitrogen."
Kirk: "Not the Earth, another Earth. Another Earth?"
Kirk: "Captain's Log, stardate
2713.5. In the distant reaches of our galaxy, we have made an astonishing
discovery. Earth type radio signals coming from a planet which apparently is
an exact duplicate of the Earth. It seems impossible, but there it is."|
"Hold us in a fixed orbit, Mister Spock."|
Spock: "Affirmative, Captain."
Kirk: "Still no response, communications?"
Farrell: "None, Captain."
Kirk: "We'll beam down. Alert security. Prepare to transport
landing party to surface."
Kirk: "Identical. Earth, as it
was in the early 1900s."
Spock: "More the, er, mid-1900s I would say, Captain, approximately
Rand: "But where is everybody?"
Spock: "Readings indicate that natural deterioration has been taking
place on this planet for at least several centuries."
Rand: "You mean there's no one alive?"
Spock: "Not conclusive, Yeoman. The evidence would suggest that the
distress signal is automated."
"Now, this is marvellous. the most horrible conglomeration of antique
architecture I've ever seen."
Teenager: "It's, it's broke.
Somebody broke it. Fix. Somebody, please fix."|
McCoy: "Of course somebody will fix it."
Spock: "Definitely humanoid, in spite of the distortion."
Kirk: "But with the mind of a child."
McCoy: "It's dead. It's
Kirk: "What is?"
McCoy: "Its metabolic rate. It's impossibly high as if it's
burning itself up, almost as if it aged a century in just the past few
Kirk: (sound in the closet)
"Come out. We mean you no harm." (opens door)
Miri: "Don't hurt me, please."
Kirk: "I'm not going to hurt you."
Miri: "No, please, don't. I didn't do anything."
Kirk: "I won't hurt you."
Miri: "No, please don't."
Kirk: "I only want to talk to you."
Miri: "No, don't. Don't hurt."
Kirk: "Come on."
Miri: "Don't, please."
Kirk: "I won't hurt you."
Miri: "Don't hurt me."
Kirk: "Come on. It's all right. Come on."
Rand: "We won't hurt you, sweetheart. We're your friends. No, shh!"
Kirk: "Captain's Log, stardate
2713.6. The building Miri led us to also housed an automatic transmission
station, which sent out the signal that drew us to this planet. We also
discovered something else. That the blues blotches, characteristic of the
unknown disease had appeared on each of us, with the exception of Mister
Spock. There was a well-equipped laboratory in the building. Doctor McCoy
took tissue samples of each of us in an attempt to isolate the organism
McCoy: "A veritable zoo of
bacteria. Beam down a biocomputer and a portable electronic microscope.
If I'm dealing with viruses, I'll need better equipment than I have
Farrell: "Yes, Doctor."
Kirk: "Bones, why do you think
the symptoms haven't appeared in Mister Spock?"
McCoy: "I don't know. Probably the little bugs or whatever they
are have no appetite for green blood."
Spock: "Being a red-blooded human obviously has its
disadvantages. Now there you have a museum piece, Doctor.
microscope) Lens type, manually operated, light-activated."
McCoy: "Spare me the analysis, Mister Spock, please. It is enough
that it works."
Miri: "It spreads real fast. I know. When you're old, it covers
you like anything."
Kirk: (reading) "Intermediate experimentation report project on
Spock: "Progress report, genetics section, Life Prolongation
Rand: "So that's what it was."
McCoy: "Life prolongation. Didn't have much luck, did they?"
Kirk: "Captain's Log. Doctor
McCoy's biocomputer and a portable electronic microscope have been beamed
down from the Enterprise. They will be used in conjunction with computer
banks on-board ship."
Spock: "Doctor, there are
certain glandular changes which take place upon entering puberty, are
McCoy: "Of course. It changes the entire body system. You know
that. Of course you know that. Why?"
Spock: "Is it not possible that these children here, as they
enter puberty, contract the disease?"
Kirk: "That would explain why there are no adults."
McCoy: "Glandular, post-pubescent. Could be."
Spock: "It's illogical. It does not follow. All the adults on
this planet died three hundred years ago, but there are children in the
Kirk: "Who die when they enter adolescence."
McCoy: "But how do they keep the line going?"
Rand: "One thing, Captain. If she were a wild animal ever since
she's been a little girl, how do you explain that she wants to stay
Kirk: "Loneliness? I don't know, curiosity? I think children have
an instinctive need for adults. They want to be told right and wrong."
Spock: "There may be other emotions at work in this case,
McCoy: "She likes you, Jim."
Spock: "She's becoming a woman."
Jahn: "Miri is with them! Why?
Red Headed Boy: "What's she going to do, Jahn?"
Jahn: "I don't, I don't know. I know what we've got to do. There are
more of them than we see. Somewhere, up in the sky, maybe, somewhere. They
talk to each other all the time. You know Grups. You know what they do, the
hurting, the killing."
Red Headed Boy: "I remember, Jahn, the way it was."
Jahn: "That's right, the way it was in the before time. They talk to
the other Grups with these little boxes. Now, if they didn't have those
little boxes, they'd be all alone, huh?"
Red Headed Boy: "But they don't see us. We hide. Olly olly oxen free!"
Children: "Olly olly oxen free! Olly olly oxen free! Olly olly oxen
Jahn: "No! It's not a game, it's real. They're dangerous, they're
Grups. Don't you understand?"
Masked Boy: "Jahn!"
Jahn: (sees Kirk and Miri approach the building) "All right, let's
Kirk: "Captain's Log,
supplement. This is the second day of the seven left to us. We've found
nothing. Enterprise is standing by with labs and computers ready to assist
McCoy: "I think I've found
Kirk: "Janice, take Miri for a walk."
Rand: "Yes, sir."
McCoy: "Only one half intact."
Kirk: "But do you know what they were up to?"
McCoy: "More or less. The idea was to create a new series of
diseases, a chain reaction of viruses meant essentially to extend
life of the human cell immeasurably."
Spock: "Unfortunately, they weren't successful. We've seen the
Kirk: "You two will have to recreate their thinking. If you can
isolate that virus, we'll be able to develop a vaccine."
McCoy: "Is that all, Captain? We have five days, you know."
Kirk: "I know."
The Children: "Nyah na nyah. Nyah na nyah."
Kirk: "The children!" (all dash out, while Jahn sneaks in and
collects the communicators from the desks)
Kirk: "Captain's Log, stardate
2717.3. Three days, seven hours left to us. Investigation proves that
the supply of food in the area is running dangerously low. Unless
something is done, the children will starve in a few months. The disease
is working on each of us according to Doctor McCoy's prediction. Our
tempers are growing short, and We're no further along than we were two
Rand: "I'm upset, so upset. Back
on the ship, I used to try to get you to look at my legs. Captain, look at
my legs." (covered in blotches)
Kirk: (holds her) "We're all frightened."
Jahn: "That would be some
foolie, Miri, but do you think it would work?"
Miri: "I know. I know. Don't you think I've heard them talk? They
have such little time to do this dumb thing of theirs, this baninski
thing. If we get her away. that Yeoman, that's one person less to start
Masked Boy: "But how, Miri? If they're so busy, if they're going
have the big emergency, how are you going to get her away?"
Miri: "It's easy. She's always asking me about the youngest
little Onlies, little ones. What if they get sick, who takes care of
them? Do they have enough to eat? Where do they sleep? I'll just tell
her one of you fell down and got hurt."
Red Headed Boy: "Me. Say it's me."
Miri: "All right, you."
Jahn: "But Grups, they know things and all that. You know, I bet
they'll be able to do it with one person less."
Miri: "Not one, two. Because he'll try to find her."
Red Headed Boy: "Who? Who will, Miri?"
Miri: "The Captain. He'll try to find her, but he won't. Mister
Red Headed Boy: "Lovey-dovey. Bonk bonk on the head. Bonk bonk!
Children: "Bonk bonk! Bonk bonk!"
Red Headed Boy: "Blah, blah,
Jahn: "No, you got the wrong game. A teacher, I told you. Now,
what does a teacher say, huh?"
Red Headed Boy: "Yeah. Study, study, study, or bonk bonk, bad
kid." (children all applaud)
Rand: "It's not funny."
Jahn: "It's a foolie."
Rand: "What are you going to do with me?"
Jahn: "You think I'd tell you? Miri, you're not supposed to be
Miri: "I know."
Jahn: "What's the matter, something go wrong?"
Jahn: "Okay, then. Don't just stand there in the doorway, come on
Miri: "Listen to him."
Jahn: "You listen, Miri."
Miri: "I did. Why do you think I brought him here? Tell them,
Jahn: "Tell'em, Jim. Tell'em, Jim."
Children: "Tell'em, Jim! Tell'em, Jim! Tell'em, Jim! Tell'em,
Kirk: "Listen to me. Listen to me!"
Jahn: "No yelling in the classroom! Look at him, a very bad
Kirk: "This isn't a game. It never was a game."
Blonde Girl: "Call the police!"
Red Headed Boy: "I'm the police. Bonk bonk unless you're good."
Jahn: "You're the teacher."
Red Headed Boy: "I got two jobs. Bonk bonk!"
Children: "Blah blah blah! Blah blah blah! Blah blah blah! Blah
Kirk: "Listen to me! You've got our communicators, the boxes we
talk into. We need them to talk to the ship."
Red Headed Boy: "Blah blah blah!"
Kirk: "No blah blah blah! Because if we don't talk to the ship,
if you don't help us, there won't be any games anymore. There won't be
anything. Nothing, no Grups, no Onlies, nobody left forever and ever."
Rand: (sees boy with club coming up behind him) "Captain."
Kirk: "Now listen to me. You've got to help us before it's too
late. Let Janice go. Give me those communicators before it's too late."
Children: (approaching menacingly) "Nyah na nyah, nyah na nyah,
nyah na nyah, nyah na nyah."
Kirk: "You've seen your friends change one by one as they grew
up. Did you ever see one of them not change? One by one, they got the
disease, and they became like, Iike those creatures you're afraid of,
like Louise. One by one they changed and got the disease. The disease
like I've got, like Miri has. You understand what I'm talking about.
You're not babies. We can help you!"
Red Headed Boy: "Naughty Grup." (starts hitting Kirk) "Bonk
Miri: No, please. No! (the other children join in as the little
blonde girl watches, smiling)
Kirk: (bleeding) "It's waiting for you. It may only be a matter
Miri: "Listen to him. He's telling the truth."
Jahn: "He's funny. He thinks he's funny."
Red Headed Boy: "Bonk bonk! Get him!"
Kirk: "Look at my arms! That's what's going to happen to you
unless you let me help you."
Red Headed Boy: "Bonk bonk! Hit him!"
Kirk: "And the little ones. What's going to happen to them after
you've gone, after you've turned into creatures like Louise? Oh, they'll
still be here, but not for long, because the food's all gone.
eaten it. Maybe six months left, that's all, and then nothing left to
eat, nobody left to take care of them. They'll die, too."
Miri: Look at my arm, Jahn. It's happening to me. He's telling
Jahn: "They're Grups!"
Children: "Bonk bonk! Bonk bonk! Bonk bonk! Bonk bonk!"
Kirk: "All right, you want a foolie? All right. I dare you, I
double-dare you. Look at the blood on my face. Now look at your hands.
Blood on your hands. Now who's doing the hurting? Not the Grups, it's
you hurting, yelling, maybe killing, just like the Grups you remember
and creatures you're afraid of. You're acting like them, and you're
going to be just like them unless you let me help you. I'm a Grup, and I
want to help you. I'm begging you, let me help you or there won't be
anything left at all. Please."
McCoy: "We can't wait for
those communicators any longer."
Spock: "We must. The vaccine could be fatal."
McCoy: "The disease certainly is. How long do we have left?
Hours, minutes? How much longer do you want to wait?"
Spock: "Bickering is pointless. I'll check on the Captain's
progress." (leaves. McCoy picks up the hypospray and injects himself,
then collapses in agony)
Galloway: "Is he dead, Mister Spock?"
Spock: "Not yet."
Jahn: "Is this supposed to be a
good thing, Miri?"
Miri: "Of course it is."
Rand: "They were just
children. Simply to leave them there with a medical team."
Kirk: "Just children, three hundred years old and more. I've
already contacted Space Central. They'll send teachers, advisers."
McCoy: A"nd truant officers, I presume."
Kirk: "They'll be all right."
Rand: "Miri. She really loved you, you know."
Kirk: "Yes. I never get involved with older women, Yeoman. Mister
Kirk: "Full ahead. Warp factor one."
Spock: "Warp factor one, Captain."
These audio caps are thanks to Tom Austin