Episode 30 – Amok Time


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In this episode of Trekking Through Compliance, we consider the episode Amok Time which aired on September 15, 1967, Star Date 3372.7.

Spock begins requests that he be granted leave on his home planet, Vulcan, which is granted.

Spock is forced to explain that he is undergoing pon farr, a condition male Vulcans experience periodically throughout their adult life, and that he must mate or die. Kirk contacts Starfleet to request permission to divert to Vulcan but is denied. Kirk disobeys orders, believing saving his friend's life is more important than his career.

At Vulcan, Spock invites Kirk and McCoy to accompany him to the wedding ceremony. However, his mate, T'Pring, demands the kal-if-fee, a physical challenge between Spock and a champion she selects. To everyone's surprise, she chooses Kirk. Kirk accepts the challenge, only to learn that it is "to the death."

Spock is eventually garroting Kirk. McCoy rushes to Kirk's body, declares him dead, and requests immediate transport back to the Enterprise. Aboard the ship, Spock announces his intent to resign his commission and submit himself for trial for killing Kirk when he discovers Kirk is alive and well in sickbay. McCoy explains that the injection he gave Kirk was a neuroparalyzer drug that merely simulated death.

Compliance Takeaways:

1. What is your investigation protocol?

2. How do you account for different cultures within your organization?

3. When is an internal control override appropriate?


Excruciatingly Detailed Plot Summary by Eric W. Weisstein


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