Star Trek: “The Deadly Years”


I remember seeing this one as a kid and loving it. On repeated viewing as I got older, I realized how silly it was but as a science fiction episode, it still works on a level despite itself.

First of all, the makeup effects in this episode are spectacular and the performances really sell it. It’s comparable to the latex jobs of today and that says a lot.

What hampers “The Deadly Years” is the complete urgency. When it comes to Kirk’s unwillingness to give up command of his ship when he becomes senile, it’s really silly to hold a hearing of all things with a ticking clock going on and the fact that the search for a cure is apparently halted during this throwback to Court Marshall? Hey, if they don’t care enough to be worried about dying, why should I care?


Interesting Fact: The fan series “Star Trek: The New Voyages” produced a sequel to this episode in which Walter Keonig reprised his role as an aged Chekov finally afflicted by the rapid aging disease.

“Give us some more blood, Chekov. The needle won’t hurt, Chekov. Take off your shirt, Chekov. Roll over, Chekov, breathe deeply, Chekov! Blood samples, Chekov; marrow samples, Chekov; skin samples, Chekov.” If, If, I live long enough, I’m going to run out of samples.”
– Chekov

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Jason Donner

Jason Donner devoured the universe and you are all living inside him.