Star Trek: TOS Women 11

The late Kathie Browne was a California-based actress who appeared as┬áDeela in the TOS episode Wink of an Eye. Her character was Queen of the Scalosians, whose inhabitants had undergone acceleration in their bio-chemistry so that their hours were like normal minutes. Scalosian males were also made infertile due to the radiation sickness. The Scalosians hijacked the USS Enterprise in 2268. They planned to use the ship’s male crew as a gene pool so her species could continue.

Deela is quite taken by the handsome captain Kirk and tries to seduce him and bring him to her point of view. Wanting him as her consort, accelerated him to her level, causing him to vanish from the Enterprise crew’s view. Deela informed him that the Scalosians planned to┬ácryogenically freeze the crew of the ship so that they would have a ready gene pool to populate their race. A large number of individuals were required for the plot to be successful since┬áhyper-acceleration caused rapid aging and death if the subject became injured. Deela’s husband,┬áRael, became jealous of Kirk because he believed that Deela had feelings for him. Rael tried to kill Kirk, but Deela stopped him. Kirk, along with the help of┬áSpock, was able to stop her plan and reverse the effects of the hyper-acceleration on themselves. Deela and her people however were returned to┬áScalos with their problems unsolved.

This episode caused some stir back in the late 60s as a scene managed to slip past the censors the scene suggesting that Deela and Kirk have just had sex. The captain is sitting on the edge of the bed, tugging on his boot, while Deela is busy brushing her hair. Nowadays ofcourse this wouldn’t create anything. However, Kathie Browne was a beautiful woman. She appeared in many films and TV shows such as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, My Favorite Martian, The Wild Wild West, Fantasy Island, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker (with her husband Darren McGavin, to whom she had been married since 1969).

She died of natural causes in 2003 in Beverly Hills, California.

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