This week, April 13th we’re celebrating the premiere broadcast anniversary of Operation: Annihilate! This episode originally aired during Season 1
on Thursday, April 13th, 1967.
The USS Enterprise attempts to stem an epidemic of mass insanity that has already destroyed several planet colonies.
Arriving on the planet Deneva, which appears to be in the path of the spreading malady, Kirk and Spock find Kirk’s sister-in-law, Aurelan, and his nephew, Peter, in a near-crazed condition and that Kirk’s brother has already died. When Mr. Spock contracts the disease, Kirk appears to have no alternative but to annihilate the entire colony to prevent infection of the galaxy.
Interesting facts about this episode:
In honor of its broadcast anniversary, watch the original episode (try amazon.com, Netflix or hulu plus) in a whole new way by reading all of the great behind-the-scenes details in Marc Cushman’s These are the Voyages: TOS, Season One. Get your copy today!