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For bringing hostility into their solar system, a superior alien race brings Captain Kirk in mortal combat against the reptilian captain of an alien ship he was pursuing.


Joseph Pevney


Gene L. Coon (teleplay by), Fredric Brown (story by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
George Takei ... Sulu
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Jerry Ayres Jerry Ayres ... O'Herlihy
Grant Woods ... Kelowitz
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Lt. Harold
James Farley James Farley ... Lang
Carolyne Barry Carolyne Barry ... Metron (as Carole Shelyne)
Sean Kenney ... DePaul


When a reptilian alien race known as the Gorn destroys an Earth colony, the Enterprise comes under attack by the Gorn vessel. Captain Kirk soon gives chase to the Gorn ship, leading them to an unexplored solar system, gradually (and dangerously) increasing speed. Kirk prepares to destroy the Gorn ship until another race of powerful aliens called the Metrons stops them and forces both captains to face off in mortal combat. The main purpose of this one-on-one duel is to solve their dispute, the winner will be released and the loser will be destroyed along with his ship and crew. Written by Anonymous

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19 January 1967 (USA) See more »

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This was the first episode directed by Joseph Pevney, brought in by producer Gene Coon. Pevney was known for his fast work, and finished this episode - originally expected to be shot in seven days (one day extra) - in six days, remaining on schedule, for which he received a $500 bonus. See more »


Captain Kirk rolls a large rock off a cliff and it does not stop the Gorn, but a crude cannon made from a wooden tube and black powder does. If the rock weighed 400 lbs. and it fell 100 feet per second it would generate over 60,000 ft.lbs. of energy, much more energy than a small, wooden cannon utilizing crude black powder could produce. See more »


[first lines]
Captain James T. Kirk: You'll enjoy Commodore Travers. He sets a good table.
Dr. McCoy: I wonder if he brought his personal chef along with him to Cestus III.
Captain James T. Kirk: Probably. Rank hath its privileges.
Dr. McCoy: [they both chuckle] How well we both know that!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are set against a combination background of stills from that episode and previous episodes. See more »

Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song. Highlights include a wider angle on the Cestus outpost showing more destruction (and removing an oddly-placed chunk of metal in the foreground) and the never-before-seen Gorn ship. See more »


Spoofed in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »


Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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he sets a good table..
19 March 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Star Trek


A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it.

Unlike any other hit series, it only has 3 seasons so luckily it means that they will be covering up all their ideas within it until they are satisfied. As it often happens, the first season is always promising and has potential (or else it won't lift up for further more seasons) in it and is utilized with fine detailed work like focusing on different new breeds and characters bonding through this journey.

The physical sequences are as mentioned earlier, petty and the execution of it too is a bit loose and since the most of the episode relies upon it, eventually it turns out to be disappointing but the tricks and skills depicted in here are surely plausible (Kirk basically created a canon in here).

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