Star Trek: S1.E5. “The Naked Time”

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Star Trek (1966)

Televised on Thursday, 29 Sep. 1966, “The Naked Time,” the fourth episode of the Gene Roddenberry created science fiction series “Star Trek” seen on American television screens, was the seventh episode filmed.

Film editing for this episode was placed in the hands of accomplished editor Bruce Schoengarth.

Anyone familiar with Schoengarth’s previous work will know the film editor had worked extensively on such television series as “Screen Directors Playhouse,” “Ethel Barrymore Theater,” “Passport to Danger,” “Telephone Time” and “The Barbara Stanwyck Show.”

Directed by Marc Daniels, the teleplay for “The Naked Time” was written by John D.F. Black.

On Saturday, 3 Oct. 1987, American television viewers saw “The Naked Now,” the second episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” This episode of “Star Trek: TNG” is considered a sequel to the original series episode “The Naked Time,” televised 21-years earlier.

Further, in the “Sar Trek: TNG” episode “Relics,” televised on Saturday, 10 Oct. 1992 as part of the show’s sixth season, the then Captain Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, referenced the events depicted in “The Naked Time.” In “Relics,” having been preserved inside the transporter buffer of the Federation Starship U.S.S. Jenolen for 75 years, the original “Star Trek” series actor James Doohan is seen reprising his role as Scotty.

In the original series episode “The Naked Time,” we see the crew of the Enterprise infected with a mysterious disease that removes people’s emotional inhibitions to a dangerous degree.

With impressive sword play exhibited by Sulu, played by George Takei, it is easy to see why “The Naked Time” ranks highly amongst the actor’s favourite original series episodes.

While this is the episode television viewers saw Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock employing the Vulcan nerve pinch, the first filmed episode the actor used the nerve pinch in was “The Enemy Within.”

“The Enemy Within” was televised on Thursday, 6 Oct. 1966, one week after “The Naked Time.”

The production designs came from the talented Walter M. Jefferies. In honour of the production designer that worked on the original series, in “Star Trek: TNG” and other incarnations of the franchise, the internal maintenance conduits of Starfleet vessels were given the name “Jefferies tubes.”

As a side note, the title of this article is “Star Trek: S1.E5. ‘The Naked Time’” because it makes consideration for “The Cage” as the first episode created.