Звёздный путь Assignment: Earth (1966–1969) Online
When the Enterprise is assigned to observe Earth's history in 1968, suddenly it intercepts a transporter beam which originates at least a thousand light-years from Earth, bringing aboard a humanoid alien 'agent Gary Seven' holding a black cat called Isis, who warns them to step back and let him go to accomplish his mission to save Earth; initially phaser-struck down, he manages to beam himself away, actually on a mission to prevent a nuclear rocket being launched at McKinley base because earth is socio-politically not ready for its technological progress. He assumes a classified identity to override a powerful computer, and mistakes the wrong girl, Miss Lincoln, for another agent; the computer reports both other agents he seeks are deceased in an accident. Meanwhile Kirk and Spock beam down to investigate if the alien isn't hostile, realizing the risk of changing their own past. When they get on his trail, the girl sees Spock's ears, calls the police and Seven gets away; they must ...
|Episode complete credited cast:|
|William Shatner||-||Capt. Kirk|
|Leonard Nimoy||-||Mr. Spock|
|DeForest Kelley||-||Dr. McCoy|
|Robert Lansing||-||Gary Seven|
|Teri Garr||-||Roberta Lincoln (as Terri Garr)|
|Morgan Jones||-||Colonel Nesvig|
|Bruce Mars||-||First Policeman|
|Ted Gehring||-||Second Policeman|
|Paul Baxley||-||Security Chief|
Teri Garr had such an unpleasant time filming this episode she refused to ever talk about Star Trek again. One reason was Gene Roddenberry's frequent clashes with the costume designers over the length of Roberta's skirt; Roddenbury wanted it shortened to the extent that Ms Garr's underwear is glimpsed on occasions.
The script called for Isis, when in cat form, to make various cat sounds on cue (meows, purrs, growls, etc.) Since finding appropriate real cat sounds for the soundtrack proved problematic, the director discovered that Barbara Babcock, who was hired to do the voice of the Beta 5 computer, could vocalise convincing cat sounds, Barbara was called upon to vocalise Isis' cat sounds as well.
This episode served as a "back door" pilot for a proposed new series. Gary Seven was an Earthman from the future who had been sent back in time to combat the Omegans, an evil alien people who'd mastered time travel. The pilot however didn't sell and was never made into a television series.
Gary Seven's computer display is the same one used as Dr. Daystrom's M-5 computer in Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer (1968), as well as being used by Mr. Atoz, the librarian, in Star Trek: All Our Yesterdays (1969).
Spock mentions all the events which are to occur on that date the Enterprise travelled back in time to the 20th century and met Gary Seven. Among the events mentioned was an important political assassination. As it turned out, there were ultimately two important political assassinations in 1968: just six days after this episode aired on March 29, 1968, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, and two months later, on June 6, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was killed in Los Angeles, California on the night that he won the California Democratic presidential primary.
This is the only episode of Star Trek (1966) in which a guest star is listed after the opening credits rather than in the end credits: "Guest Star Robert Lansing as Mister Seven" is displayed when the character is first shown in the transporter chamber.
While at the launch base and showing his ID to the security person, Mr. Seven shows a National Security Agency credential card. The NSA was one of the worst kept government secrets, but was not publicly acknowledged until nearly 25 years after this episode originally aired.
This is the only episode of Star Trek in which time travel is treated as "routine." The Temporal Prime Directive does not yet appear to have been proposed, least of all taken effect.
This episode features one of the first uses of stock footage of the first test launch of the Saturn V moon rocket in November 1967.
Three black cats were used for the role of Isis.
Barbara Babcock supplied the voice of the Beta-5 computer, as well as the cat Isis' vocalisations. However, Victoria Vetri, Playboy Playmate of 1968, is often credited as portraying Isis in human form. However, this is not the case. Victoria has brown eyes as opposed to the black eyes of the unknown actress who actually portrayed her.
No scenes for this episode were actually shot at Cape Kennedy itself. The illusion of being in Florida was achieved by using a combination of stock footage and Paramount studio locations.
Gary Seven's "servo" is used in this episode in ways not unlike Doctor Who's "sonic screwdriver", which had been 'invented' for the now-famous BBC series just a couple of years earlier. Whether this is coincidence or the writers had some awareness of Doctor Who's now-iconic tool is unknown.
This is the only episode where a Federation transporter system is used to intercept and re-direct another transporter beam.
This episode takes place in 1968. Along with Enterprise: Storm Front (2004) (which takes place in 1944), this is one of only two "Star Trek" episodes to take place entirely in the 20th century. Furthermore, both episodes take place mostly in and around New York City.
The aliens which Gary Seven represents call themselves "The Aegis" - another word for "shield". Gary's tool/weapon is known as a "servo". The Marvel Comics, fictional agency S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage & Logistics Directorate) was depicted as S.E.R.V.O., which sounds like "brain" (cerveau) in French.
The sound when Scotty was zooming in on Gary seven's position is the same as the one used for the poison dart flower in the Apple.
The name "Roberta Lincoln" is a feminine version of Robert Lincoln. Robert Todd Lincoln was a lawyer, politician, and businessman who had a long career and was present at or near the violent deaths of three USA Presidents: Abraham Lincoln (his father), James A. Garfield, and William McKinley. It is unknown if the writers intended any such allusion, as Roberta has very little in common with Robert Todd Lincoln. Possibly the idea is that in the unproduced series she would "just happen" to be near a lot of historical events including assassinations.
Not only is Gary Seven's servo reminiscent of the Doctor's sonic screwdriver, he also has a device that appears to be able to take him anywhere in space (if not time), originates from an advanced alien race, and has a young, attractive human companion. Coincidence?
This episode is used as the background for the 2013 e-book "Star Trek: The Original Series - From History's Shadow" by Dayton Ward.
There is some debate over the identity of Isis. Victoria Vetri has always denied playing the role of Isis in human form, and the character does not resemble the actress at the time of filming.
The team from Larry Nemecek's podcast The Trek Files identified the actress playing Isis in her human form as April Tatro in March 2019.
Roberta Lincoln was born in 1948.
Star Trek: Voyager: Prime Factors (1995) was originally going to be a continuation of this episode. David R. George III and Eric A. Stillwell's original story involved the crew of Voyager encountering the race that had dispatched Gary Seven. However, this was declined as the Aegis' technology could transport individuals over thousands of light-years.
47 Reference: While scanning Kirk's and Spock's location on earth from the Enterprise, Scotty tells them to proceed 5 meters, 247 degrees true.
The art on the wall in the office is from Reginald Pollack.
Bruce Mars: Finnegan from Star Trek: Shore Leave (1966) can be briefly seen as a New York Police Department officer.
"Assignment: Earth" was written to introduce a hoped-for spin-off series of the same name which never materialised. The series would have featured Robert Lansing as Gary Seven, Barbara Babcock as Isis, and Teri Garr as Roberta Lincoln. In the new series, the intrepid trio would have worked to make sure humanity achieved the destiny glimpsed via the Star Trek (1966) characters and Seven's mysterious extraterrestrial information.
Captain Kirk's comment - "I'm sure they'll have many interesting adventures together" - refers to the "Assignment: Earth" series that never materialized. Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln would have been up against aliens called the Omegans who had mastered time travel, and they would work to make sure mankind achieved the glorious destiny that Gary Seven's alien masters intended it should. To this end, Gary Seven's office computer would have had the ability to turn back time and cancel out any damage that had been done by the Omegans in their attempts to alter Earth's history.