Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Amok Time 

In the throes of his Pon Farr mating period, Spock must return to Vulcan to meet his intended future wife, betrothed from childhood.


Joseph Pevney


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Theodore Sturgeon

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Celia Lovsky ... T'Pau
Arlene Martel ... T'Pring
Lawrence Montaigne ... Stonn
Majel Barrett ... Christine Chapel
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Byron Morrow ... Admiral Komack


Lately, Spock's behavior has been increasingly and unprecedentedly erratic. When McCoy finds it to be a growing medical risk, Kirk drags the truth out of him: it is the 'blood fever', the one time in a Vulcan's life he regresses to a primitive, hormonal state of mind, setting out to mate for life. He is granted the first request for shore-leave in his entire career to go to Vulcan, asking Kirk and McCoy to join him in his equivalent of a marriage ceremony with his since-age-seven arranged fiancée, T'Pring. But, once on Vulcan, T'Pring halts the matrimony by calling the ancient challenge, whereby a champion of her choice will fight Spock for her. Surprising all, she selects Jim Kirk. He accepts after due consideration only to find, when the first of two dueling weapons are handed out, that the fight is to the death - too late to decline in front of T'Pau, the presiding top official for Spock's family and the most powerful of all Vulcan dignitaries. Written by KGF Vissers

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15 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kirk at one point says to Spock, "You have been called the best first officer in the fleet." It was McCoy who said this, in Star Trek: Operation - Annihilate! (1967). See more »


Councilwoman T'Pau makes many grammatical mistakes with the word "thee," when "thou" would be the correct pronoun. See more »


Spock: [wipes a tear from Christine's face with his finger] Your face is wet.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song. Highlights include a new aerial view of the arena with a city in the distance. See more »


Referenced in After Trek: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (2017) See more »

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Time to die
2 August 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

It's because of "Star Trek III" that I knew about Pon Farr at a young age (long before fandom had taken over) but 'Amok Time' is a far better into to the Vulcan ritual. The genius of this episode is how it uses Spock as a device to witness first-hand the physical effects. Insubordination and mood swings aren't applicable to our favorite Vulcan at all, but here he is completely out of his mind.It's a great way to build drama and flesh out the character.

And then there's the back half, full of drum beats and swirling camera moves; it doesn't really devolve into a fight scene between friends so much as speaks to Spock's frenzy (and integrity in the aftermath). It's as deep as it is dramatic.


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