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Assignment: Earth
Production Number 55
Air Date (US) 1968-03-29
Season 2
DVD Disc No. 7
Watch Episode Trailer (.avi format - 3.783 MB)  
William Shatner as James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy as Spock
DeForest Kelley as Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan as Montgomery Scott
Walter Koenig as Pavel Andreievich Chekov
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
George Takei as Hikaru Sulu

Guest Cast:
Robert Lansing as Gary Seven
Teri Garr as Roberta Lincoln

Creative Staff:
Director: Marc Daniels
Teleplay By: Art Wallace
Story By: Gene Roddenberry and Art Wallace
Sent back in time to find out how Earth managed to survive without destroying itself, the U.S.S. Enterprise inadvertently beams aboard a space traveler, Gary Seven, along with his black cat, Isis. Seven claims to be a 20th-century human raised and trained by unknown and unnamed aliens to prevent Earth from destroying itself. Before Kirk can determine whether or not the man is telling the truth, Seven escapes to the planet below. Kirk and Spock follow him to Earth. Meanwhile, Seven has tried to contact two fellow agents, who are discovered to have recently died in an auto accident. Instead, he contacts Roberta Lincoln, who becomes his reluctant cohort.
An orbital bomb is about to be launched by the United States and it is Seven's mission to make sure the rocket explodes somewhere over Asia, thereby frightening the governments into not launching future bombs into space.

When the rocket goes out of control, Seven barely succeeds in stopping it, despite Kirk and Spock's well-meaning interference. Before Kirk and Spock leave Earth, Kirk consults the Enterprise's computer records and informs Seven and Roberta that they have a very interesting future in the offing.
"Assignment: Earth" was originally a pilot for another series and became an episode when the spin-off didn't sell.
In this episode, Spock notes than an important assassination will take place. Less than a week after the show aired, Dr. Martin Luther King was shot. Episode includes footage of the Saturn V launching from Cape Kennedy.




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