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The Alternative Factor
Stardate 3087.6
Star Trek: The Original Series, episode 20 (1.19)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
William Shatner   IMDB   Captain James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy   IMDB   Lt. Commander Spock
DeFobest Kelley   IMDB   Lt. Commander Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan   IMDB   Lieutenant Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
George Takei   IMDB   Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle Nichols   IMDB   Lieutenant Nyota Uhura
Guest Cast:
Robert Brown   IMDB   Lazarus A And B
Janet MacLachlan   IMDB   Lieutenant Charlene Masters
Richard Derr   IMDB   Commodore Barstow
Arch Whiting   IMDB   Assistant Engineer
Christian Patrick       Transporter Chief
Meade Martin   IMDB   Crewman
Eddie Paskey   IMDB   Lesley
Music:
Alexander Courage   IMDB
Director:
Gerd Oswald   IMDB
Author:
Don Ingalls   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TOS LaserDisc Volume 13
DVD   ST:TOS DVD Volume 10
VHS   ST:TOS VHS 1.7
Teaser
The Original Series Teaser #20: The Alternative Factor

The Enterprise encounters two ver sions of a man named Lazarus, one of them seeming perfectly rationale and the other a snarling madman from an antimatter universe. The latter is planning on opening a rift between the two dimens ions, damning both to a form of Armageddon. It is up to Kirk and the rational Lazarus to set things straight before its too late.
Synopsis
While orbiting what should be a dead planet, the U.S.S. Enterprise experiences a moment of "nonexistence." Starfleet Command fears an enemy invasion and orders Kirk to find out what caused the stellar system disturbance.

On the planet below, Kirk finds a man called Lazarus, who tells Kirk that the effect was caused by his enemy. Lazarus has been chasing him with the aid of a time/space craft and wants the Enterprise's dilithium crystals to continue his search. The captain refuses.

When Kirk takes Lazarus aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, it becomes apparent that there is something strange about their visitor. He has incredible mood swings, one minute sane and rational, the next exhibiting violent rage. He also has a bloody head wound that disappears, then reappears moments later.

Lazarus manages to steal the ship's dilithium and return to the planet. Kirk follows and discovers that Lazarus is two people - one sane and one a madman, with one from an anti-matter universe. The sane Lazarus informs Kirk that the beings can only appear in either universe one at a time. Should both men be in the same place at the same time, both universes would be destroyed. Kirk helps the sane Lazarus trap his counterpart in an intermediate time corridor where they can hurt neither the matter nor anti-matter universe, but where the two will be trapped in fight until the end of time.
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