Star Trek – Miri

★★★★★ October 27, 1966 Season 1 Episode 8

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This show was written by Adrian Spies and Gene Roddenberry


This is a wonderful episode of Star Trek. Miri is a name of a girl played by Kim Darby and she is brilliant in that role. I’m reminded of Lord of the Flies with a dash of a dark Peter Pan while watching this episode. A planet that is a replica of earth that has a disease that affects kids as soon as they start puberty. They start the symptoms with sores and then go berserk and die shortly thereafter. 

The problem started with the earlier people on the planet experimenting with trying to prolong life. They ended up creating a serious virus (hmmm been there done that). The catch is the kids do have prolonged lives and are hundreds of years old before they reach puberty but they still have the maturity of children. The crew get there and because of their age start contracting the disease. 

Bones and Spock are trying to come up with the vaccine while the children steal the communicators of the crew. Miri is a young woman about to hit puberty and is showing signs of the disease. She is not trusting of the Enterprise crew at first but then warms up to Captain Kirk and develops a crush on him. She is also jealous of Yeoman Janis Rand because of her close relationship with Kirk. She wants to help the captain and crew, to find a cure but she is scared and jealous. Can Kirk find the rest of the kids to get their help along with Miri?

This is one of my favorite episodes


Leonard Nimoy was asked to allow his children to appear as extras but Nimoy refused to let his children be involved in show business. His son, Adam Nimoy, did grow up to become a television director, including a few episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

The first of several “parallel Earth” plots in the series, contrived to save money by avoiding the necessity for “alien” sets, costumes, and makeup.

The outdoor scenes of this episode were filmed on the same back lot streets that also were used to create Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show (1960), except that the streets were piled with debris and dirt to create the appearance that the town was in ruins. Several building exteriors familiar from Mayberry can be seen in those exterior shots, including the courthouse, Walker’s Drugstore, the Grand movie theater, Floyd’s barber shop, and the Mayberry Hotel.

John Decker and Scott Dweck are Grace Lee Whitney’s sons. As an adult, Scott would return in a feature film appearance as a Vulcan members of the Enterprise crew in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).

Leonard Nimoy and Grace Lee Whitney both named this as one of their favorite episodes of the show. William Shatner was more critical, however, feeling that the story dragged and that the initial hook of “another Earth” was interesting, but didn’t amount to anything.

This episode has a number of connections to The Andy Griffith Show (1960). The outdoor scenes are shot on the streets of the set that stood in for the town of Mayberry. Visible are the old courthouse, barber shop, feed and grain store, Walker’s Drugs, bank, grocery store, the Grand movie theater; and the building with the small porch into which the crew runs is the old Hotel Mayberry. Michael J. Pollard, who plays Jahn, the leader of the Onlies, played Barney Fife’s bumbling cousin in The Andy Griffith Show: Cousin Virgil (1962). And, when Kirk asks Spock to estimate in what time period the town seems to be, Spock responds with “1960,” the year that series debuted.


The Enterprise receives an old-style SOS signal and finds on arrival a planet that is virtually identical to Earth. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Yeoman Rand beam down to the planet only to find that it is inhabited solely by children. Kirk befriends one of the older children, Miri, but they soon learn that experiments to prolong life killed all of the adults and that the children will also die when they reach puberty. They also learn that the children are in fact, very old. Soon, the landing party contracts the virus and has seven days to find a cure.


William Shatner … Captain James Tiberius ‘Jim’ Kirk
Leonard Nimoy … Mister Spock
Kim Darby … Miri
Michael J. Pollard … Jahn
DeForest Kelley … Doctor Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy
Grace Lee Whitney … Yeoman Janice Rand
Keith Taylor … Jahn’s Friend
Ed McCready … Boy Creature
Kellie Flanagan … Blonde Girl
Stephen McEveety … Redheaded Boy (as Steven McEveety)
David L. Ross … Security Guard #1 (as David Ross)
Jim Goodwin … Farrell
John Megna … Little Boy
Tom Anfinsen … Crewman (uncredited)
John Arndt … Ingenieur Fields (uncredited)
Iona Morris … Little African American Girl (uncredited)
Phil Morris … Boy – Army Helmet (uncredited)
Eddie Paskey … Lieutenant Leslie (uncredited)
Darleen Anita Roddenberry … Flowered Dress Girl (uncredited)
Dawn Roddenberry … Little Blonde Girl (uncredited)
Irene Sale … Louise (uncredited)
Leslie Carol Shatner … Brunette Girl (uncredited)
Elisabeth Shatner … Girl in Red-Striped Dress (uncredited)
Scott Whitney … Small Boy (uncredited)



Author: Badfinger (Max)

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25 thoughts on “Star Trek – Miri”

    1. There were no adults at all. So there would be no more people when this group of kids died. Of course this group of kids were 300 years old! They kept their kid emotions though…they could not grow to be mature.


  1. Wow, heavy man, talk about addressing the generation gap, circa 1966! The title could have easily been ‘They’re kids, Jim, but not as we know ’em.”And I agree with DeKE, great line ‘Lord Of The Flies with a dash of dark Peter Pan.’
    I’ve recently stumbled over the first series, buried deep in the far off rarely travelled lower reaches of Netflix here recently, so now I’m trying to sync my watching to the blog posts. One thing that has struck me- and I’m not overly Woke- but the sexism is so embedded in so many shows. Nowadays trawling through ‘Lost In Space’ is an embarrassing tragicomedy in that respect. But, a reflection of the times.

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    1. Oh yes…I’ve noticed that also. I mean what they dress those women in…yea I can see it and in the attitudes. On one hand you see women with power and then on the other…they are in micro miniskirts parading around. I think they tried to be forward thinking but just couldn’t pull the trigger on a lot of things.

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  2. It’s one I remember from childhood. “Bonk bonk on the head” is a phrase I’ve used more than a few times in the past lol. Kim Darby was in some good TV shows and I loved her in “True Grit.” I remember Michael J. Pollard was in quite a few things also.

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      1. I thought the same thing! I looked her up in IMDB and she hasn’t been in much…the last thing 2017. I would almost bet she is either halfway retired or more likely in plays…she is a high caliber actress. She was cute in the 70s…I remember watching her as a kid .

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    1. Yeah, Pollard was in a few ‘second kid on the left’ TV credits, or even guest roles for a while till he made it big in ‘Bonnie And Clyde,’ and I saw him in some motorcycle flick as well- and then I never saw him for decades. He had the classic movie star looks that would have made him perfect for the lead role of ‘Rumplestiltskin.’

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  3. It was a good episode. What I remember most is Janice Rand saying she’d wanted Kirk to look at her legs before on the ship, but now not so much since they were messed up and she tried to hide them…. that and “Bonk, Bonk, on the head.” Those crazy kids.

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    1. It is one of my favorite early episodes. One of my all time favorites is coming up with the two parter.
      Kim Darby was really good in this one. Michael J. Pollard was as well. He was older than I thought in this one…27 years old.
      I wish there would have been a relationship with Rand and Kirk .

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