Episode 71 – The Mark of Gideon
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In this episode of Trekking Through Compliance, we consider the episode The Mark of Gideon, which aired on January 17, 1969, and occurred on Star Date 5423.4
In an attempt to establish diplomatic relations with planet Gideon, Kirk beams down to the sensor-shielded planet using coordinates supplied by Gideon ambassador Hodin. When Kirk materializes, he finds himself still on the transporter pad aboard the Enterprise. To his great surprise, he appears to be completely alone, and there is no sign of the crew. After noticing a bruise on his arm, Kirk encounters a girl named Odona.
Kirk begins to suspect that something is very wrong. Hodin explains that the germ-free atmosphere and an increasingly long life span on Gideon have created a vast overpopulation problem and hopes to bring it under control by introducing disease. When Kirk then asks Hodin why the people of Gideon have not practiced birth control, Hodin replies that the people of Gideon believe life is sacred and that the love of life is the greatest gift and that they, therefore, cannot interfere with the creation of life.
By this time, Spock has discovered that the two sets of coordinates he has been provided do not match. After Admiral Fitzgerald continues to refuse to let Spock beam down, Spock disobeys orders and beams down to the first set of coordinates. He locates Kirkhe, and Kirk beams up with Odona to the real Enterprise. McCoy heals Odona, and she is beamed back to Gideon, where her blood can now serve as the source of Vegan choriomeningitis for her people.
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