The James Goldstone directed “Star Trek” original series episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?,” with a teleplay written by Robert Bloch, was first televised in the United States on Thursday, 20 Oct. 1966.
While the principle writer responsible for penning the teleplay for “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” was Bloch, during shooting, the script underwent many rewrites by “Star Trek” series creator Gene Roddenberry. Because of Roddenberry’s exactitude to detail, production on this episode overran by two days.
This is the episode where we find Nurse Christine Chapel, played by Majel Barrett, reunited with her fiancé, Dr. Roger Korby.
Known as the “Louis Pasteur of archaeological medicine,” Korby, played by Michael Strong, is an accomplished exobiologist. With designs on galactic conquest, after meeting the Enterprise captain, Korby’s new obsession leads him to create an android duplicate of Captain James T. Kirk.
Anyone familiar with the “Star Trek” universe will know Barrett was the actress cast as the unnamed executive officer, Number One, in the then untelevised Robert Butler directed series pilot “The Cage.” Barrett, the wife of “Star Trek” series creator, went on to voice starship and space station computers in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” Further to voicing the Enterprise-D computer in “ST: TNG,” the actress had an on-screen role as the Betazed Ambassador to the United Federation of Planets Lwaxana Troi, a role Barrett reprised for three episodes of “ST: DS9.”
While “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” is listed as the seventh episode of the original “Star Trek” series, it was shoot tenth. Furthermore, in relation to the title of this article, “Star Trek: S1.E8. ‘What Are Little Girls Made Of?’,” it reflects an acknowledgement of the existence of the then untelevised Butler directed series pilot.