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In the Star Trek episode “And the Children Shall Lead”, an alien entity that is trying to conquer the galaxy tried to get children to take over the Enterprise to go to Marcos 12 where it had “millions of friends”.

Kirk de-programs the children by showing them images of their dead parents and the Gorgan disappears. Sulu says that they are approaching Marcos 12, but Kirk tells him to redirect to Star Base 4.

Why did Kirk just leave? Why didn’t he go to Marcos 12 to find out what was there? It seems logical that if the creature had some sort of army there, Kirk should have investigated or at least sent word to the Federation to investigate, not simply leave as though everything is fine and dandy now that the one creature appears to be gone.

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My impression was that Marcos 12 was a well-known planet with a high level of civilization, and the "millions of friends" were the children there. The Gorgan wanted to bring the children of Marcos 12 under its influence, like it did on Triacus.

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I guess that makes sense. It sounded like he was saying that they were already people he had brain-washed, but I suppose since he said “Marcos 12 will be our new beginning”, he may have meant to go there to repeat what happened on Triacus. –  Synetech Jan 7 at 16:18

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