Synopsis by Judd Blaise
One of the most famous episodes of the original Star Trek series, "Amok Time" finds the normally logical, restrained Mr. Spock acting oddly and demonstrating an uncharacteristically short temper. His fellow officers soon discover that Spock is passing through pon farr, the Vulcan mating period; during this period, which reoccurs every seven years, Vulcans are compelled to mate or die. To save his first mate, Captain Kirk redirects the Enterprise to the planet Vulcan, so Spock can participate in the traditional mating ritual, which shall be overseen by the great Vulcan elder T'Pau and include an arranged marriage to his pre-selected mate, T'Pring. When they arrive, however, T'Pring has another suitor. Spock expects to face this suitor in a fight to the death, another part of the ritual; however, as part of her own secret scheme, T'Pring selects another champion: Kirk. Kirk soon finds himself facing a crazed Spock in deadly combat, with no apparent chance of escape. Penned by acclaimed science-fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon, this episode is remembered most for the rare glimpse inside the Vulcan culture, and the memorable final battle sequence.
alien [not human], exploration, space, space-exploration