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Spectre of the Gun 

As punishment for ignoring their warning and trespassing on their planet, the Melkot condemn Capt. Kirk and his landing party to the losing side of a surreal recreation of the 1881 historic gunfight at the OK Corral.


Vincent McEveety


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Gene L. Coon (as Lee Cronin) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Ron Soble ... Wyatt Earp
Bonnie Beecher ... Sylvia
James Doohan ... Scott
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Virgil Earp
Rex Holman ... Morgan Earp
Sam Gilman ... Doc Holliday
Charles Seel ... Ed
Bill Zuckert ... Johnny Behan
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Barber
Abraham Sofaer ... Melkotian (voice)


When the Enterprise trespasses into uncharted territory, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott and Chekov are transported to a location that has all the trappings of the American Old West. It's October 26, 1881, and Kirk soon realizes they are in Tombstone, Arizona, on the day of the famed gunfight at the OK Corral between the Clanton gang and the Earps - with Kirk and company representing the ill-fated Clantons. If history is to be repeated, they will fairly all be killed so must use whatever resources availed to them to defeat the threat and survive. The solution, however - and the only way of escape - lies within them. Written by garykmcd

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25 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


This was the first episode produced for the third season but it aired as the sixth episode of the season. See more »


Early in the show when Captain Kirk is communicating with the alien he refers to the "Spaceship Enterprise" rather than Starship Enterprise. See more »


Capt. Kirk: [as McCoy wipes Kirk's split lip with bourbon] Ouch!
McCoy: What's the matter?
Capt. Kirk: What do you call that stuff? Fire?
McCoy: [reading the label] Taos Lightning, straight bourbon. Try some. In small amounts, it was considered medicinal.
Capt. Kirk: Well, label it "For external use only".
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


References Hour of the Gun (1967) See more »

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The O.K. Corral
12 January 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 3, episode 6. The Enterprise enters the uncharted territory of the Melkot and nearing their planet. An object in the sky translates telepathically to the crew they are to turn back now - one warning only. Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Chekov & Bones beam down to the planet, as Kirk put it "to find out what they are so afraid of". They meet an alien face that tells them they trespassed and passed a sentence on them - to a replica of the 1881 gunfight of the O.K. Corral. It is October 26, 1881 it is the fight of Clanton gang and the Earps. The Earps won and the Clanton's lost - the crew is in the role of the Clanton's and history cannot be changed. Now they have to find a way out of there.

Neat episode, some cute scenes, some gun-slinging and it's a bit different. A great episode? No. A fun episode? Yes.

One thing bothers me, in the beginning of the episode Kirk kept calling Spock "Science Officer" instead of his usually friendly way of saying Spock or Mr. Spock. That is a minor thing but it really bothers me.


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