The mid-1960s were a busy time for Kovak. From 1965 to 1968, Kovak appeared in 14 films and television shows, including “Batman,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Silencers,” “Enter Laughing” and “Frankie and Johnny.” In the middle of this whirlwind of work came Star Trek, a series that Kovak admitted she wasn’t familiar with; She was so busy with work that she couldn’t stop and watch a few episodes of the show.
In A Little Private War, Kovac played Nona, a cave woman who has the ability to cure people from the poisonous bite of a gorilla-like mogatu. When Nona heals Kirk, he is in her thrall. Later in the episode, she steals a phaser (something she’s not supposed to know about) and shows it to an attacking tribe. She was killed for her efforts.
Kovak knew what was in the script, but he knew little. She remembered coming to the set and hoping someone would call her aside and explain what Star Trek was, who Kirk was, and why she should care. Unfortunately, that moment never came. Novak said:
“I didn’t have the time. I was so busy working in L.A., I never got to see Star Trek. I’d probably watched half a show one day in my life, and then worked on a show. But when I did that character, I got this script, and I thought, “Okay, when I get on stage they’ll explain it to me. When I get to the set they’ll explain to me.” No one explained anything to me! And I couldn’t understand why this woman had a husband, and then was trying to get the star of the show to do something else. Why would she have a husband and do that? I’m telling you, it was On my mind nonstop.”