Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 18

Arena (19 Jan. 1967)

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

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When an alien race known as the Gorn destroys an Earth colony, the Enterprise pursues the fleeing Gorn vessel until another race of powerful aliens called the Metrons intervenes and forces Captain Kirk and the Gorn captain to face off in one-on-one combat in which the winner will be released and the loser destroyed along with his ship and crew. Written by Anonymous

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In his final speech, the Metron informs Kirk that, because he demonstrated mercy, he will not be destroyed. Initially, they said they planned to destroy the loser, "in the interests of peace". In Coon's script, in dialog not aired, the Metron admits that they had, all along, planned to actually destroy the ship of the winner of the personal combat, because that race would represent the greater danger to them. See more »

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When Kirk is coming down the hill after pushing the rock on the Gorn, his left side is leading. In the next shot, his right side is leading. See more »

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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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What happened to the Gorns?
17 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Some aliens have destroyed a Federation colony with a Pearl Harbor style attack and the Enterprise is in pursuit. But the whole thing is halted by a super race known as the Metrons. They whisk the captain of the alien ship and William Shatner down to an uninhabited earth like planet for single combat. Single combat without the use of their futuristic weapons though.

If I was laying odds I wouldn't give much chance for Captain Kirk's survival. He's facing a Gorn, a reptile looking creature that's big and slow and strong. Whoever wins gets to take his ship and crew home and the other gets destroyed.

The Metrons look like our conception of angels in western tradition. These folks don't serve a universal Deity however. But they're way in advance of us or the Gorn.

Super beings the Enterprise contacted before and would again in Star Trek prime. But we never see the Gorn again in any Star Trek show. I think the writers thought them too difficult to work with in putting together a plot. Aliens we meet later on were far more erudite.

Secretly I think the Metrons were rooting for Kirk. But they sure didn't make it easy for him.


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