Episode Title: "THE EMPATH"
Production Number: 63
Original Air Date: 12-06-68
The U.S.S. Enterprise arrives at the second planet in the Minarian star system, whose sun is entering the nova phase, to evacuate a research station studying the dying star. Captain Kirk, Commander Spock, and Dr. McCoy beam down to the reasearch station and find it empty, before they are transported to an underground facility by alien Vians who are studying a mute empathic woman.
The Vians subject the landing party to torture, but the empathic woman is able to heal their injuries with her touch. The Vians have the power to save the inhabitants on only one planet in the Minarian star system before the sun dies, so they created a test to see if the empathic woman would give her own life to save another, demonstrating that her race is worthy of saving.
Factoid: The sand bats on Manark Four appear to be inanimate rock crystals, until they attack.
Factoid: The civilization on Gamma Vertis Four is a race of mutes.
Alien Races: *Minarian, *Vians
KEY: [brackets]=illusions *star=first appearance