"Miri," one of the most popular episodes of the original Star Trek
series, featured a couple of soon-to-be-semi-icons from two very different kinds of films from the late 1960s: Michael J. Pollard (who would appear in Bonnie and Clyde
) and Kim Darby (John Wayne's costar in True Grit
). The intriguing story concerns a race of children on an Earth-like planet who are in fact 300 years old, kept pristine in the summer of their lives by a disease that also causes madness and death with the onset of adulthood. The Enterprise
's landing party, including Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), are instantly contaminated and forced to remain on the planet until McCoy can find an antidote. In the meantime, Darby's character, Miri, falls for Kirk and becomes jealous of his attentions toward anyone else. Easily one of Star Trek
's strongest shows, "Miri" is a must-see for Trekkers and Trekkies. --Tom Keogh
From the Back Cover
When Kirk and a landing party beam down to a planet that's identical to Earth, they find a city in decay inhabited by 300-year-old "children." TREK TRIVIA
Michael J. Pollard, who later starred in Bonnie and Clyde
, was actually in his late twenties when he played the teenager Jahn. Kim Darby (Miri) costarred with screen legend John Wayne in True Grit.
"Miri" features children of the Star Trek
cast, including William Shatner's daughters. Look for Phil Morris (The New Mission: Impossible
) as one of the 300-year-old children.