Like the later Next Generation ("The Perfect Mate") and Enterprise ("Precious Cargo") episodes, "Elaan of Troyius" is about a bride on the way to a politically-motivated wedding whose journey is complicated by her encounter with a formidable Starfleet officer.
|via Trek Core. Looks Egyptian but she's Greek to Kirk!|
|via Trek Core. From the little-known Greek Green Goblin myth.|
Interestingly, this is also a Klingon episode, certainly not famously so, but it does present, if not in broadcast than at least production order (meaning it was created for "Elaan"), the iconic first Klingon starship of the franchise:
I won't overstate how much you need to see "Elaan of Troyius," but there are reasons to consider it fairly significant in a minor kind of way. (Such glowing praise!) And if you're looking for near-Uhura episodes, this is another one to catch in that regard. We see her quarters. That sort of thing.
|via RPF. I had a model of it. Glued it badly together myself!|
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