The Deadly Years
Episode 12 of 26 within Season Two. Item 42 of 90 overall.
Production number 6149-40.
David P. Harmon - Writer
Joseph Pevney - Director
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Stardate: 3478.2  --Kirk and a landing party investigate a colony on Gamma Hydra 4 and find that most of the residents have died... of old age!They bring the last few survivors on board the Enterprise where they also die.Then it becomes apparent that everyone from the landing party is showing the same signs of accelerated aging. Only Chekov appears immune and they must find a cure before they all die of old age.

original airdate--December 8, 1967  Remastered date--November 10, 2007

music:"Theme from Star Trek" "Where No Man Has Gone Before" by Alexander Courage 

Goof--In the final shot, Chekov is suddenly wearing a wig instead of his natural hair. (The shot was obviously borrowed from an earlier episode.)

Trivia--William Shatner reportedly threatened producer Robert H. Justman with bodily harm after enduring many torturous hours during the old-age makeup process. "Who's afraid of such a wrinkled, feeble old coot!" scoffed Justman. Nevertheless, Justman locked his office door and hid under his desk until shooting was finished.


Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Klingon: logh: HeH Qav'e'. DaH 'entepray' Duj lengmey lutalu'. Qu' vagh-DIS: Huj chu' qo', yISam yIn tayqeq chu', vay' boldly nuqDaq V pagh 'ej explore.


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alternative title

Also known as - Klingon=DIS Deadly

regional titles

The Deadly Years
The Deadly Years
Les annees noires
Wie schnell die Zeit vergeht
Na Blianta deadly
Gli anni della morte
Los AŅos de la Muerte