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KIRK: Duty? Did McCoy release you from Sickbay?
JOHNSON: I released myself.
Kirk: Then get back to Sickbay!
JOHNSON: Not on your life, sir. I'm fit and ready for action. The Klingons almost did me in once. I'm out to even the score.
Kirk: I order you...
JOHNSON: I've got my orders. I'm obeying orders! Kill the Klingons! It's them or us, isn't it?
(They cross swords, but Spock neck-pinches Johnson. The light becomes yellow.)
SPOCK: Fascinating. During Lieutenant Johnson's emotional outburst, his expression of hatred and lust for vengeance, the alien's life energy level increased. When the Lieutenant became unconscious, the alien lost energy.
KIRK: It subsists on the emotions of others.
SPOCK: This one appears to be strengthened by mental irradiations of hostility, violent intentions.
KIRK: It exists on the hate of others.
SPOCK: To put it simply.
And it has acted as a catalyst; creating this situation in order to satisfy that need. It has brought together opposing forces & provided crude instruments in an effort to promote the most violent mode of conflict.
KIRK: And kept numbers and resources balanced, so that it can maintain a constant state of violence. It's got to have a vulnerable area. We've got to get rid of it.
SPOCK: Then all hostile attitudes on board must be eliminated. The fighting must end and soon.
KIRK: Or we're a doomed ship, travelling forever between galaxies, filled with eternal bloodlust, eternal warfare. Kang has got to listen. We've got to pool our knowledge and get rid of this thing. (goes to intercom) Kang. Kang, this is Captain Kirk.
KIRK [OC]: Kang, do you read me?
MARA: Commander, it's a trick!
KIRK: Kang. (switches off intercom) He won't answer.
Spock: The alien is affecting his mind, Captain. Soon, it will become so powerful that none of us will be able to resist it.
SCOTT [OC]: Scotty, sir.
SCOTT: The ship's dilithium crystals are deteriorating. We can't stop the process.
Kirk: Time factor?
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