Is Wallace the "Little blonde lab tech?"Edit
Watched this episode recently to correlate its (loose) connection with Carol Marcus and the un-named "blonde lab tech" that Kirk almost married ("Where No Man Has Gone Before"). Though it's funny that a "lab tech" would become a doctor, well ... the Federation educational system is pretty spiffy, it's possible. Could Janet Wallace been that lab tech? Maybe. Kirk told Gary Mitchell, "I almost married her!" In "The Deadly Years", Kirk and Wallace have a private chat in which they argue about "... Who called it off...." Only Kirk and Wallace know for sure. -- Kojirovance 15:44, 30 October 2006 (UTC)
Is Wallace a member of the crew?Edit
In watching the episode again, I find it unclear whether Wallace is a member of the Enterprise crew. She seems to have newly arrived on board the ship (based on her interactions with Kirk), but Kirk also has no hesitation putting her to work with McCoy, as if they've worked together before. If she is a member of the Enterprise crew, she is never seen wearing a uniform. (We see in "I, Mudd" a new member of the crew (Norman) who has been on board the ship less than 72 hours, yet is already decked out in a lieutenant's uniform.) Is she a civilian? If so, why is she on the ship? Could she, like Commodore Stocker, be heading to Starbase 10? Could she be taking up a position there? When the events of this episode are over, where does she go? – The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk).
- The questions from the previous, unsigned writer are exactly why I came to talk here. Janet Wallace's presence on the USS Enterprise in "The Deadly Years" was never explained. I never believed she was a member of the crew, or Starfleet, or else she would have been in uniform. My assumption has always been that she was traveling to Starbase 10 with Commodore Stocker to assume a scientific posting in a civilian capacity. However, giving the matter further thought, it seems ridiculous for such a quiet, unassuming person like Janet Wallace to be taking a job near the Romulan Neutral Zone. It's entirely possible that the Enterprise was taking her to another destination. The bottom line in this whole conundrum is that Janet Wallace's presence aboard the Enterprise in "The Deadly Years" fulfilled the story's need for a character who could not only uniquely sympathize with Kirk's ailing condition, thanks to a shared past, but also fill in for the elder Doctor McCoy in developing a treatment to the aging sickness. LordEdzo (talk) 22:18, November 3, 2014 (UTC)LordEdzo
While the senior staff was afflicted with the disease, the Enterprise was surrounded by Romulans. Commodore Stocker, a Starfleet observer, took command of the ship and, due to his inexperience, was unable to elude the Romulans, who surrounded the Enterprise.