Episode Title: "AND THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD"
Production Number: 60
Original Air Date: 10-11-68
Stardates: 5029.5, [5025.3], [5032.4], [5038.3]
The U.S.S. Enterprise crew responds to a distress call from a science colony on Triacus, and finds Professor Starnes and the rest of his team dead, apparently from self-inflicted injuries, but their children are still healthy and happy.
The children are taken aboard the Enterprise, secretly following the orders of an alien called the Gorgan, who wants them to go to a Federation settlement on Marcos Twelve to recruit more children. According to legend, Triacus was the seat of a band of marauders who made constant war throughout the system of Epsilon Indi; after many centuries they were destroyed by those they preyed upon, but the legend says that the evil is awaiting a catalyst to send it maurauding across the Galaxy again.
Captain Kirk uses images of the children's dead families to break them from the Gorgan's control, and the alien fades away with no followers to do his bidding.
Factoid: There are 430 men and women aboard the Enterprise.
Dr. McCoy: "He's dead, Captain."
Guest Characters: Nurse Christine Chapel, Lt. Leslie
Alien Races: *Gorgan
KEY: [brackets]=illusions *star=first appearance