Keep a Close Watch on STAR TREK’s “Dagger of the Mind” Neural Neutralizer

Television Series: Star Trek
Episode #11: “Dagger of the Mind”
USA Airdate: November 3, 1966 (#9)
Written By: S. Bar-David (Shimon Wincelberg)
Music Composed By: Alexander Courage
Directed By: Vincent McEveety
Running Time: 50 Minutes


Marianna Hill is Doctor Helen Noel and William Shatner is Captain James T. Kirk in STAR TREK: "Dagger of the Mind" (Desilu, 1966)

Marianna Hill is Doctor Helen Noel and William Shatner is Captain James T. Kirk in STAR TREK: “Dagger of the Mind” (Desilu, 1966)

Rapid Reviewpoints

Story: 5 (out of 10)
Performances: 5
Visual Style: 8
Music: 8
Overall: 6
Verdict: Worth Watching
Comments: The story meanders and Morgan Woodward (Doctor Simon Van Gelder) overacts, but “Dagger of the Mind” manages to entertain. Some trims along the way would have been nice in order to include time to resolve properly the Kirk and Noel subplot.


Also Known As

Marianna Hill (Doctor Helen Noel) had a long career in television and movies. Earlier in 1966, she appeared as Lani Kaimana in the movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style, starring Elvis Presley. Through no fault of Hill, it is unfortunately one of Elvis’ worst movies.

Hill’s appearances in better films included High Plains Drifter (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).

Marianna Hill and Elvis Presley performing a duet in PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE (Paramount Pictures, 1966)

Marianna Hill and Elvis Presley performing a duet in PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE (Paramount Pictures, 1966)