The Man Trap
Get ready for a salty look at Star Trek’s first broadcast episode and your introduction to the last of a dying breed. Enjoy a cast of redshirts before they wore red shirts. Boldly go where so many went on September 8, 1966, the day Star Trek: The Original Series first aired.
Tags: extinction, George Clayton Johnson, M-113, Marc Daniels, Nancy, Robert Crater, salt, salt vampire, shape-shifter, The Man Trap, The Original Series, The Original Series Season 1, TOS
Insert in TV Guide from the book “Inside Star Trek.”
which was available as an audio book on cassette
According to James Blish’s script adaption – this episode was original titled
“The Unreal McCoy.”
Never understood that.
It’s a play on an old expression: “He’s the real McCoy” meaning a person who is the genuine article. Since McCoy was being duplicated, it would be an Unreal McCoy.
Not THAT. it’s been so long I can’t remember what I referred to.
My impression was that this aired first as an “NBC Special Preview” ahead of the shows official launch to show viewers what the new show was going to be like.
Behind the scenes photo
Original TV Guide listing:
Happy Star Trek Day, everyone!
I’ll be listening to Classic Mission Log on the 50th anniversary of each episode. Wow, the Computer did not sound fully functional back then.
Good idea! And yes, the computer has evolved over time. Be vary afraid.
Found a piece of trivia!
The planet is M113, as in M one HUNDRED thirteen. You guys kept referring to it as M thirteen.
For me there was a big plot hole. The salt creature was not a shapeshifter – it used mental telepathy, which is why it could appear as three different women to Kirk, McCoy and Darnell at the same time. So if they scanned the planet or used tricorders on the ship, the creature should have registered as an alien life form. Of course, then the story would have been wrapped up in less than 30 minutes…