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The Squire of Gothos
(Godsejeren på Gothos)
Stardate 2124.5
Star Trek: The Original Series, episode 18 (1.17)

Last Modified: 07 Jul 2007 23:37:29

         
Cast:
William Shatner   IMDB   Captain James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy   IMDB   Lt. Commander Spock
DeFobest Kelley   IMDB   Lt. Commander Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan   IMDB   Lieutenant Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
George Takei   IMDB   Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle Nichols   IMDB   Lieutenant Nyota Uhura
Guest Cast:
William Campbell   IMDB   Trelane
Richard Carlyle   IMDB   Karl Jaeger
Michael Barrier   IMDB   Lieutenant Desalle
Venita Wolf   IMDB   Yeoman Teresa Ross
Barbara Babcock   IMDB   Trelane's mother's voice
James Doohan   IMDB   Trelane's father's voice
Music:
Alexander Courage   IMDB
Director:
Don McDougall   IMDB
Author:
Paul Schneider   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TOS LaserDisc Volume 08
DVD   ST:TOS DVD Volume 09
VHS   ST:TOS VHS 1.7
Book tie-ins
Various ST:TNG #008: Q-Squared
Teaser
The Original Series Teaser #18: The Squire of Gothos

The Enterprise is captured by an alien being named Trelane (The Original Q?), who is equipped with a wide variety of powers that enable him to manipulate the world around him. Having grown bored with loneliness, he has chosen Kirk and his crew to stay on his world to provide him with entertainment. Coming across as an impudent child (and turning out to be just that), Trelane grows furious when Kirk disrupts his plans, and he puts humanity on trial.
Synopsis
The U.S.S. Enterprise must cross an empty sector of space on their way to deliver supplies to colony Beta VI. In this space, they find an uncharted planet whose presence can't be explained. After Kirk and Sulu disappear without apparent reason, Spock orders McCoy and geophysicist Lieutenant Karl Jaeger to the planet's surface to begin a search.

They find Trelane, a humanoid with tremendous psionic powers and a passion for Earth's 18th-century military history. It is he, they discover, who impulsively kidnapped Kirk and Sulu, wanting to add them to his arena of the Napoleonic era that he has created on this planet, Gothos.

While Trelane has great powers, he has little self-control and is spoiled, willful and impetuous. When McCoy and Jaeger appear, Trelane invites them all to join him at his party.

Spock manages to beam them aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, but Trelane, determined to have his way in all matters, transports the entire bridge crew to Gothos for a banquet. Kirk challenges Trelane to a duel and in the process, destroys the device the alien uses to create his illusions. However, Trelane repairs it and prevents the U.S.S. Enterprise from leaving orbit until he can punish Kirk for his rash actions.

In exchange for freedom for the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew, Kirk offers himself as the prey in a "fox hunt." Suddenly, as Trelane is about to kill the Captain, two more humanoids appear. They explain to Kirk that they are Trelane's parents, and apologize for letting their child play such dangerous games. They then scold the errant child for his selfish behavior and temper tantrums. They inform Trelane that he will not be allowed to have another planet to play with until he learns how to treat other beings with respect.
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