Episode 64 – The Tholian Web


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In this episode of Trekking Through Compliance, we consider the episode The Tholian which aired on November 15, 1968 and occurred on Star Date 3842.3.

When the Enterprise attempts to ascertain the fate of the U.S.S. Defiant which vanished 3 weeks ago and Spock reports strange sensor readings. They visually detect the Defiant, but sensors indicate it is not there. A landing party beams aboard and when McCoy tries to touch one of the dead crew members, his hand passes right through him, revealing that the Defiant is starting to disintegrate. They all beam back save Captain Kirk.

Kirk and the ship are trapped in a parallel universe by the weakening of the surrounding fabric of space. The appearance of two hostile Tholian ships disrupts the spatial interphase which would have allowed Kirk to reenter his own universe. Spock convinces the Tholians to wait until the interphase occurs, but the Enterprise is unable to beam Kirk aboard. The Tholian then fire and damage the Enterprise.

In her cabin, Uhura sees a vision of Captain Kirk and reports to McCoy that he is alive. McCoy believes Uhura is going mad and confines her to sickbay. Scott then sees the same vision, and rushes to the bridge, where everyone, including Spock, sees it as well. The Enterprise is able to hold Kirk in the transporter beam at the next interphase and then escape from the completed Tholian web by using ship's power to disrupt space-time.

Compliance Takeaways:

  1. How do you manage talent in your function?
  2. What is smart risk in compliance?
  3. Do you have to be nice to lead in compliance?


Excruciatingly Detailed Plot Summary by Eric W. Weisstein


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