Here's another goofy one. Catspaw, the 36th episode, was first broadcast on Oct 27 1967. It was written by Psycho writer Robert Bloch. The Enterprise is parked around Pirus VII and Scotty, Sulu and a third crew man have been sent down to the planet surface. Only the third man returns, dropping dead in the transporter room, and eirie voice comes out of his dead mouth warning Kirk to leave this place. He joins Spock and McCoy down on the planet where they encounter some creepy looking gals who warn them off. Not listening the guys continue on only to find a giant gothic castle covered in smoke or fog.
They enter the castle and soon enough the guys are chained to a wall by a bald alien. Korob, the bald guy, and Sylvia seem to have some magical powers as they make food and gems appear. They have the Enterprise trapped in a force field and they toy with the crew. Kirk figures how to defeat the two annoying aliens by smashing the electronic device they use to create the illustion around them and the aliens die without it. Kind of sad for them but, hey, they were assholes for the most part. So many aliens often are, ever notice?
A new crew member takes over Engineering and hijacks the ship in I, Mudd. The episode was originally aired on November 3 1967. There's some fighting as the new crew member beats up all the guys in Engineering. Turns out he's an android and his job is to take the ship to an unknown planet. They beam down to find Harcourt Fenton Mudd holding court over a planet full of androids. Roger C Carmel returns as Harry Mudd.
The androids are there to terriform the planet and they are happy to help Harry but they don't want him to leave. He wants to steal the Enterprise and escape but that doesn't go well. The androids have decided to take over the galaxy to better serve the humans. Spock figures out how to combat that take over and they reprogram the androids to go back to fixing up the planet. Kirk won't take Harry with them. He's left on the planet with the android replica of his annoying shrill nagging wife. 500 of them and they can't be shut off. Poor Harry. He deserved it anyway.
Metamorphosis aired on November 10 1967 and it was the 38th episode broadcast and the 31st produced. It's got Glenn Corbett and Elinor Donahue as guest stars. Corbett is Zefram Cochrane who created warp drive in 2063. This is about 200 years before the time the Enterprise is cruising around the galaxy and about 150 years since Cochrane disappeared. Elinor Donahue plays an ambassador that is being transported in the shuttle to the Enterprise. She was on Fathers Knows Best (1954-1960) when she was a kid. She was still working in 2010. The shuttle is pulled down to a planet where they meet Zefram Cochrane. They figure out who he was and wonder at his apparent age, he tells them he was made younger by the energy being that lived on the planet. He calls it The Companion.
The energy being has fallen for Cochrane and won't let them leave the planet. Elinor has Sakuro disease and could die if they don't get to the Enterprise soon. Spock figures out a way to disable the energy being and that almost works. Kirk tries communicating with it and that gets them further ahead. Then the energy being merges with Elinor, cures her disease, and she stays with Cochrane on the planet. Weird, huh.
Elinor's Father Knows Best mom, Jane Wyatt, plays Spock's mom on the next episode of the second season. Journey To Babel aired on November 17 1967 and it was the 39th episode broadcast. The Enterprise is transporting various Ambassador's to a meeting. They stop at Vulcan to pick up the Ambassador and his human wife. Mark Lenard plays Sarek and he appears colder toward Spock than you'd expect a Vulcan to be. Kirk asks Spock if he wants to visit his parents while they are there. Spock tells him that the Ambassador and his wife are his parents. Kirk learns that Sarek didn't approve of Spock's joining the Stafleet. Nearly 20 years later he's still being a dick about it.
Sarek gets sick and needs some of Spock's green blood. Before the procedure starts Kirk is attacked and laid up in sick bay. Spock can't take the chance of going into surgery when he's in charge. Kirk pretends to be better and orders Spock to sickbay. A plot is uncovered and the Enterprise is attacked and disabled. They play dead and blast the alien when he gets close. Things get back on track and Sarek and Spock now have grown closer. I vividly remember the scenes with all the alien ambassador's from when this was new. I didn't remember the details but all those costumes and makeups are pretty memorable. DC Fontana wrote the episode and it was a pretty good one.
All in all a pretty good bunch of episodes with a nice variety of stories.