Star Trek 101,'s newest regular column, serves two functions: succinctly introduce Star Trek newcomers to the basic foundations and elements of the franchise and refresh the memories of longtime Trek fans. We're pulling our entries from the book Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, And Why, written by Terry J. Erdmann & Paula M. Block and published in 2008 by Pocket Books. An invaluable resource, it encompasses The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, as well as the first 10 Trek feature films. Today, we learn about the Ceti Eel from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

A foul-tempered mollusk-like creature native to Ceti Alpha V – and, in fact, the only remaining indigenous lifeform on that world. The eel’s parasitic babies like to crawl into the ears of sleeping humans and wrap themselves around the brain’s cerebral cortex.
This renders the victim extremely susceptible to suggestion – making the eels a useful tool for Khan when he needs Chekov’s assistance in capturing the Reliant. 

Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann are coauthors of numerous books about the entertainment industry, including Star Trek 101; Star Trek Costumes: Fifty Years of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek: The Original Series 365; and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion. They currently are writing the latest in their series of Ferengi novellas, which (so far) includes Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found); and Rules of Accusation. Their most recent non-Star Trek book is Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History.



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