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Star Trek: The Original Series Season 1

Episode 25 "The Devil in the Dark"

Stardate 3196.1: The Enterprise is ordered to the mining colony on Janus VI to investigate the deaths of several miners caused by an unknown menace. Kirk, Spock, and a security team beam down to help in the search, but shortly after talking to Chief Engineer Vanderberg, another miner is killed and a reactor pump is stolen. Scotty juryrigs a replacement but predicts an eventual reactor failure which would cause a planetwide contamination. Now facing a race against time, Kirk and Spock join the search directly and with the aid of Spock's tricorder, manage to find a silicon based life form that can easily burrow through the the planet's interior. They wound the creature with a phaser blast, but it escapes. While remaining on the same mining level, Kirk and Spock are forced to take separate tunnels. At one point the creature attempts to collapse Kirk's tunnel, but the captain avoids the debris and stumbles upon a large deposit of round silicon objects, the same objects that had been found throughout the lower mining levels and had somewhat interested Spock just after their arrival to Janus VI. Suddenly, the creature appears. Kirk draws his phaser, but the creature doesn't attack. When Spock discovers what's happening, he hurries to join the captain. After observing the creature for a short time, Spock decides to make telepathic contact and learns that the creature is a Horta, an intelligent and peaceful entity which turned to attacking the miners after the miners broke into her hatchery and destroyed many of the silicon objects which were her eggs. McCoy treats the Horta's injury, the reactor pump is retrieved, and a deal is struck which would bring the hostilities to an end. The miners will continue their operations while the Hortas burrow their way to the planet's mineral deposits. As the Enterprise departs from Janus VI, the miners learn to live among the Hortas and look forward to becoming embarrassingly rich
 
 
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