Star Trek (1967): S02E11 – Friday’s Child


Introduction

“Friday’s Child” is the eleventh episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek.

Written by D.C. Fontana and directed by Joseph Pevney it was first broadcast 01 December 1967.

In the episode, the crew of the Enterprise become entangled in a planet’s tribal power struggle. Adding to their difficulty is the presence of the Klingons, and a woman (Julie Newmar) who does not want her unborn child.

The episode’s title is derived from a traditional English poem, known as “Monday’s Child”. The reference is to a line in the poem: “Friday’s child is full of woe.”

Outline

The Federation starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Kirk, arrives at Capella IV to negotiate a mining contract for a valuable mineral. The Capellans are violent and warlike, but scrupulously honest. Kirk beams down to the planet with Dr. McCoy, First Officer Spock and a security officer; they find that Kras, a Klingon emissary, is already present. The Capellans order Kirk and his party to hand over their weapons as the Klingon has done, and despite killing Kirk’s security escort for drawing a weapon on the Klingon, treat the party as honoured guests.

The Capellans’ leader, Akaar, favors the Federation’s offer over that of the Klingons. However, another Capellan named Maab challenges his leadership. Fighting breaks out among the Capellans and Maab kills Akaar, winning the title of Teer (leader) for himself. He orders the death of Eleen, Akaar’s pregnant wife, because her unborn child represents competition to Maab’s rule. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy manage to escape with Eleen into some nearby hills. While a party of Capellans pursue them, McCoy is determined to assist with Eleen’s pregnancy, despite her culture’s prohibition against physical contact with a Teer’s wife. He succeeds in winning her cooperation, but she cannot reconcile herself to bearing the child, who in her culture would belong to no one. McCoy tells her to repeat the words “the child is mine”, but she misinterprets this, thinking McCoy is claiming the child as his own. The delivery is successful, but Kirk is unable to reach the Enterprise using their communicators because the starship has been drawn away by a false distress call.

The Capellans arrive and Eleen escapes to surrender to Maab, claiming that she killed the humans. When Kras questions her story, he pulls out a Federation phaser that he had retrieved earlier and threatens everyone. Maab sacrifices himself to draw Kras’s fire, and a Capellan warrior kills the Klingon. A team from the Enterprise appears and prevents further violence. Back on the Enterprise, it is revealed that Eleen, acting as her son’s regent, has authorised the mining agreement with the Federation and that the child has been named Leonard James Akaar. Because of this, Spock predicts that Kirk and McCoy will be “insufferably pleased” with themselves “for at least a month”.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Jospeh Pevney.
  • Writer(s): D.C. Fontana.
  • Production: Desilu Productions (1966-1967) and Paramount Television (1968-1969).
  • Distributor(s): Paramount Pictures (1966-2006), CBS Paramount Television (2006-2007), and CBS Television Distribution (2007-Present).
  • Original Network: NBC.
  • Release Date: 01 December 1967.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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