THE DEADLY YEARS
Charles Drake, Sarah Marshall.
The Enterprise crew contracts a virus which causes
This episode features elaborate, and sometimes
funny old age makeup for various crew members. Makeup artist Fred B.
Phillips has a field day, aging Kirk and company. Shatner's Kirk ages
less visably than other crew members for reasons that are unclear. Charles
Drake ("It Came From Outer Space") is credible as Commodore
The Enterprise encounters colonists, on Gamma
Hydra IV who are dying of old age. Their actual ages are quite young.
Back on the Enterprise, Kirk and other members
of the landing party begin to age rapidly. Chekov, however, shows no
sign of the aging disease.
McCoy, racing against time before senility sets
it, discovers an antidote for the virus. Kirk and the others receive
injections, and their youth returns.
Director Joseph Pevney's, "THE DEADLY YEARS," is a fun, unusual
Sci-Fi yarn, that provides food for thought. Pevney directed numerous
other classic Trek episodes, as well as the feature film, "The
Night of the Grizzly" from 1966.
Interestingly, Kirk ages less noticeably than most of the other crew
members. Could a star's ego have been behind this?
As McCoy ages, he becomes even more cranky, and develops a pronounced
Southern accent. It's fun to see him as the old country doctor that
we always knew he was. The effective makeup is by Fred B. Phillips.
Fans of "The Corbomite Maneuver" should dig this episode.
When Kirk returns to his normal self, he once again uses the corbomite
con to save his ship.
Charles Drake offers strong support as Commodore Stocker. Drakes other
credits, include the feature films: "It Came From Outer Space,"
(1953), and "Tobor the Great" (1954).
This episode, written by David P. Harmon, ("A Piece of the Action"),
deals cleverly with the subject of aging. It's shocking to see thirty-something
Kirk, being grey, senile, and fighting to hang onto his Star Fleet captain's
"THE DEADLY YEARS" should be fairly watchable for most Sci-Fi