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Is There in Truth No Beauty? 

Lovely telepath Miranda is aide to Ambassador Kollos, in a box to stop insanity when humans see Medusans. She rejects Larry, a designer of Enterprise, and senses murderous intent nearby.


Ralph Senensky


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Jean Lisette Aroeste | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Diana Muldaur ... Dr. Miranda Jones
David Frankham ... Larry Marvick
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov


The Enterprise transports the Medusan Ambassador Kollos; his telepathic interpreter, Dr Miranda Jones; and Engineer Laurence Marvick. Only Vulcans and those trained in Vulcan self-control can handle the horrible sight of a Medusan (and then only with eye protection). Attempting to kill Kollos, Marvick (jealous of Miranda's interest in Kollos) goes insane at the sight of the Mudasan ambassador. Before dying Marvick, one of the designers of the Enterprise, takes the ship outside the galaxy where it is hopelessly lost. Once it is discovered that Miranda is blind (she had fooled them with a complicated neural sensor in her dress) and cannot guide the Enterprise, Spock mind-melds with the navigationally proficient ambassador who quickly gets the Enterprise back in known galactic space. However, while severing the mind-meld, he forgets the visor, sees Kollos, and goes insane. Because of her jealousy of Spock's relationship with Kollos, Miranda hesitates to give help, but with Kirk's urging ... Written by JW Kearse

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18 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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This episode included a rare glimpse of the seldom seen left side of the bridge opposite the turbolift. See more »


In the very last scene, Spock places the visor over his eyes to protect himself from the Ambassador when initiating transport. Kirk should have vacated the room, however he is still in the room thus risking himself to insanity (as shown by him walking out after the transport is complete). There is no actual need for Spock to don the visor at this point. It was obviously done to allow a reversed re-use of the shot of Miranda and Kollos beaming aboard, saving the cost of a second special effects shot. See more »


[first lines]
Captain James T. Kirk: Captain's log, stardate 5630.7. We have been assigned to convey the Medusans' ambassador to the Federation back to their home planet. While the thoughts of the Medusans are the most sublime in the galaxy, their physical appearance is exactly the opposite. They have evolved into a race of beings who are formless, so utterly hideous that the sight of a Medusan brings total madness to any human who sees one.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Star Trek Continues: To Boldly Go: Part I (2017) See more »

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6 October 2018 | by zitacarnoSee all my reviews

...so said the great poet Keats in his "Ode on a Grecian Urn". And so it is---truth and beauty, two inseparable concepts, whatever we humans choose to make of them. And one wonders what Kollos---the ambassador in the box---really looked like. Probably the best person to ask would be Spock, who successfully joined with said ambassador in the Vulcan mind-fusion. And we could ask Captain Kirk, the real hero in this story, who when he saw that Spock was in danger went after Miranda Jones with both barrels, chewed her out mercilessly and forced her to see just what her insane jealousy was doing to her. (And she had trained on Vulcan!) So she had to let go of that most destructive emotion so that she could achieve her desired objective---to be one with the ambassador. And she probably felt a great sense of relief.

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