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Arena
Stardate 3045.6
Star Trek: The Original Series, episode 19 (1.18)

Last Modified: 07 Jul 2007 23:43:16

         
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:
Jerry Ayres   IMDB   O'Herlihy
Grant Woods   IMDB   Lt. Commander Kelowitz
Tom Troupe   IMDB   Lt. Harold
James Farley   IMDB   Lang
Carole Shelyne   IMDB   Metron
Sean Kenney   IMDB   DePaul
Gary Coombs   IMDB   Gorn Captain
Bobby Clark   IMDB   Gorn Captain
Vic Perrin   IMDB   Metron's voice
Music:
Alexander Courage   IMDB
Director:
Joseph Pevney   IMDB
Teleplay:
Gene L. Coon   IMDB
Story:
Frederic Brown   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TOS LaserDisc Volume 08
DVD   ST:TOS DVD Volume 10
VHS   ST:TOS VHS 1.7
Teaser
The Original Series Teaser #19: Arena

When a Federation starbase is destroyed, the Enterprise sets off in pursuit of the attackers. En route they enter an uncharted sector of space where Kirk and the commander of the other vessel, the lizard-like Gorn, are transported to a planet's surface where they are forced to carry out their barbarism against each other in a battle to the death, with the loser's ship and all those aboard being destroyed.
Synopsis
The U.S.S. Enterprise is in pursuit of an unknown alien ship which has destroyed a Starfleet base on Cestus III. In an uncharted area of space, both the alien ship and the Enterprise are caught by an advanced race called Metrons. The Metrons are angry at the two ships for trespassing into their space and believe that physical combat is the answer to finding justice.

They transport Kirk and the alien captain, a lizard-like creature called a Gorn, to an uninhabited asteroid to fight to the death. The Metrons promise that the victor and his ship will be set free, while the loser will be destroyed, along with his ship and crew.

The Gorn informs Kirk that the base on Cestus III was destroyed because it was believed to be a hostile intrusion on Gorn space. The Gorn is seven feet tall and much stronger than a human, with an extremely aggressive nature, but Kirk has the advantage of speed and agility that his opponent lacks. Kirk manages to keep out of the Gorn's way long enough to mix local minerals into gunpowder, which he uses in a primitive cannon to wound the Gorn Captain.

When Kirk refuses to kill the Gorn, the Metrons decide that there may be some hope for the human species after all. Both captains and their ships are set free.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 19:51:16
Another classic episode. The Kirk/Gorn Captain faceoff remains one of the most memorable moments in all of Star Trek. Also has a ground combat scene with the crew fighting a army of (unseen) Gorn. Great action, and extra points for introducing the Gorn and the Metrons.

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