Star Trek’s TOS third and final season rewarded fans with a number of memorable episodes, it kicked off in September 1968 with “Spock’s Brain”.
Some of the best moments involved a gunfight at the OK Corral (“Spectre of the Gun”), a knock-down drag-out sword battle with the Klingons aboard the Enterprise (“Day of the Dove”), the ship getting caught in an ever-tightening spacial net (“The Tholian Web”), TV’s first interracial kiss (“Plato’s Stepchildren,” Sulu taking command (“The Savage Curtain”), and Kirk’s switching bodies with an ex-love interest (“Turnabout Intruder”).
The last episode of the series, “Turnabout Intruder”, aired on June 3, 1969.
Spock’s Brain: Stardate 5431.4
A woman appears on the Enterprise, incapacitates the crew, and removes Mr. Spock’s brain. Captain Kirk leads a landing party to Sigma Draconis VI where the crew finds the males and females of the planet to be totally separated, leaving us all to wonder “what do they want with Spock’s brain?”
The Enterprise Incident: Stardate 5027.3
An unusually restless Captain Kirk suddenly orders the Enterprise into Romulan territory where the ship is quickly surrounded by enemy forces.
The Paradise Syndrome: Stardate 4842.6
When an asteroid threatens to destroy a primitive civilization, Captain Kirk is stricken with amnesia and mistaken for a God by the natives. Calling himself “Kirok”, the only thing he can remember of his real life, he takes a wife named Miramanee who soon caries his child.
And The Children Shall Lead: Stardate 5029.5
The Enterprise finds the Starnes expedition to Triacus dead with the exception of their children, who grieve no loss for their parents. But are the children really emotionless or are they being controlled by an evil alien?
Is There In Truth No Beauty?: Stardate 5630.7
The Enterprise picks up Kollos, an ambassador from the Medusan race — a species so ugly as to cause insanity to those who look at them, along with specialist Laurence Marvick and telepath Dr. Miranda Jones. When Marvick attempts to kill Kollos, he goes mad and steers the Enterprise into an unexplored region.
Spectre Of The Gun: Stardate 4385.3
Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty and Chekov are put in the roles of the Clanton gang by the Melkotians as punishment for trespassing in their space and face a showdown with the Earps at the O.K. Corral.
Day of The Dove: Stardate Unknown
All out mayhem sweeps through the Enterprise when the Starfleet crew are pitted against a Klingon crew by an alien that thrives on the hate of others.
For The World Is Hollow and I Have Touched The Sky: Stardate 5476.3
When Dr. McCoy is stricken with xenopolycythemia, a terminal disease and learns he has a year to live, he retires from Starfleet, but not before the Enterprise encounters the asteroid-ship Yonada, on a collision course with a Federation planet.
The Tholian Web: Stardate 5693.2
The Enterprise encounters the U.S.S. Defiant slipping into the mirror universe and the ship’s crew brutally murdered by their own hands. But before the landing party can escape, Captain Kirk is pulled into interspace along with the Defiant. In order to save the captain, Mr. Spock risks the Enterprise in a battle with the Tholians.
Plato’s Stepchildren: Stardate 5784.2
On the planet Platonius, the Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Lieutenant Uhura and Nurse Chapel become the toys of the telekinetic Platonians, who hold Dr. McCoy in their custody.
Wink Of An Eye: Stardate 5710.5
The super-accelerated Scalosians, invisible to the naked eye, plan to use the Enterprise crew to sustain their civilization. When Ensign Compton and Captain Kirk drink the Scalosian water, they super-accelerate into the “Scalosian realm.”
The Empath: Stardate 5121.5
On a planet in the Minaran star system, Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy encounter a mute alien, whom McCoy names “Gem” and the Vians, who torture the crew.
Elaan Of Troyius: Stardate 4372.5
The Enterprise transports the Dohlman of Elas, Elaan, to her wedding with the leader of the planet Troyius, but when Captain Kirk falls under the spell of Elaan’s tears, it leaves the Enterprise vulnerable to a Klingon attack.
Whom Gods Destroy: Stardate 5718.3
Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are held hostage by Captain Garth, one of Kirk’s heroes, but also an insane man who has captured the Elba II insane asylum.
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield: Stardate 5730.2
Commissioner Bele pursues Lokai, both from the planet Cheron, aboard the Enterprise. But when Bele tries to take control of the ship, Captain Kirk has no choice but to arm the vessel’s self-destruct sequence.
The Mark Of Gideon: Stardate 5423.4
On a diplomatic mission to the planet Gideon, a world plagued by overpopulation, Captain Kirk is captured and trapped inside an exact duplicate of the Enterprise with O’Donna, a Gideon woman he finds there.
That Which Survives: Stardate Unknown
Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy and Sulu are trapped on an unexplored planet with a woman who has looks that could kill and a touch that certainly does, while the Enterprise screams through space on a warp factor to destruction.
The Light Of Zetar: Stardate 5725.3
While transporting Lieutenant Mira Romaine to Memory Alpha, the Enterprise is invaded by a mysterious energy storm that attacks the young officer.
Requiem For Methuselah: Stardate 5843.7
On a desperate search for ryetalyn to cure the Enterprise of Rigellian Fever, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy encounter Flint, a man who is more than he appears and his daughter Rayna, whom Kirk takes a liking to.
The Way To Eden: Stardate 5832.3
The Enterprise takes aboard insane Dr. Sevrin and his group of “hippie” followers on their quest to find the planet Eden, including one who is a long-lost-love of Ensign Chekov.
The Cloud Minders: Stardate 5818.4
On the planet Ardana, the Enterprise finds class inequities between the rulers of the planet who live in the cloud city of Stratos and the working class Troglytes who toil on the surface.
The Savage Curtain: Stardate 5906.4
A replica of Abraham Lincoln invites Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock to beam down to the planet Excalbia where they meet Surak of Vulcan and are pitted against Colonel Green, Zora, Genghis Khan and Kahless the Unforgettable in a battle of good versus evil.
All Our Yesterdays: Stardate 5943.7
On a mission to investigate the planet Sarpedion, whose sun is about to go nova, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy are pulled into the planet’s past; Kirk into a time of witchcraft and superstition and Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy into the Sarpedion ice age where they meet a beautiful woman named Zarabeth.
Turnabout Intruder: Stardate 5928.5
Dr. Janice Lester forcibly trades bodies with Captain Kirk to obtain what she always wanted: command of a starship, but when “Captain Kirk” begins to exhibit strange behaviour, the Enterprise crew turn to mutiny. In this final adventure, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy and Scotty are sentenced to death by what appears to be their captain.
The Cage: Stardate Unkown
When Captain Pike and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are lured to the distant planet Talos IV, they are exposed to a race of powerful beings capable of creating powerfully realistic illusions. Pike must battle within his own mind in order to free himself and defeat his captors.
The Cage (Extended Version): Stardate Unknown
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