The scientific research team on planet Psi reports that the planet is due to be destroyed. Arriving to evacuate the scientists, the Enterprise discovers that the researchers have frozen to death, after someone in the camp turned off the life support systems. To add to the mystery, the positions of the bodies indicate the researchers went beserk before they died. The riddle is solved when Lieutenant Tormolen, who lands to investigate with Mr Spock, spreads a strange germ he has contracted on the planet. As the Enterprise crew begins to become infected, strange things happen. Mr Sulu threatens the bridge crew with a sword, while Lieutenant Riley locks himself in engineering, and turns off the ship's engines. The disease must be conquered, and control of the starship must be regained in time to prevent it from being destroyed when it's orbit decays around the doomed planet. A last minute attempt succeeds in hurling the ship back in time to make an escape. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki.
"The Naked Time"
The Enterprise crew is intoxicated by an inhibition-stripping contagion that causes mayhem throughout the ship. The USS Enterprise orbits the planet Psi , a world that was much like Earth in its distant past, tasked to observe the planet 's impending disintegration. Lieutenant Commander Spock and Lieutenant junior grade Joe Tormolen beam down in environmental suits to a frozen surface laboratory and investigate the horrific deaths of the lab's scientists. Carelessly, Tormolen removes a glove of his suit to better scratch his nose, unknowingly exposing himself to a red, blood-like liquid substance leaping to his exposed hand from a frozen wall. Spock contacts the Enterprise and informs Captain Kirk that all of the station's personnel are dead. Kirk asks what caused it and Spock replies, " Unknown, captain. It's like nothing we've dealt with before. The landing party returns to decontamination on the transporter pad, and undergo further examination and clearance by Doctor McCoy. Tormolen's sudden anguish over the surface deaths, something that didn't faze him previously, is brushed off with an order by Captain Kirk for him to rest. Captain Kirk and his senior officers discuss the possible causes of the madness displayed on the surface in the briefing room.
The character was portrayed by Nichelle Nichols through the sixth Star Trek film. Since , a younger Uhura has been portrayed by actress Zoe Saldana. Uhura is a translator and communications officer who specializes in linguistics , cryptography , and philology. She was an important part of the original series' multicultural crew  and one of the first black characters to be portrayed in a non-menial role on an American television series. Gene Roddenberry had intended his new female communications officer to be called "Lieutenant Sulu". Nichols states in her book Beyond Uhura that the name was inspired by Robert Ruark 's book Uhuru , which she had with her on the day she read for the part.
Written by John D. Black and directed by Marc Daniels , it first aired on September 29, In the episode, a strange, intoxicating infection, which lowers the crew's inhibitions, spreads throughout the Enterprise. As the madness spreads, the entire ship is endangered.