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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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Ayres ...
Lieutenant Kelowitz
Tom Troupe ...
James Farley ...
Lt. Commander Lang
Carolyne Barry ...
Metron (as Carole Shelyne)


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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Did You Know?


In the original script, Kirk and the alien captain's battleground had translucent walls, making it seem as though they were in a giant terrarium. See more »


The Metrons pronounce their name "Meh-trahn" but Kirk mispronounces it as "Meh-trohn" every time, and so does Spock. 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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Spoofed in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

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Kirk And His Adversary
21 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's face it, the most far-fetched scene of the show is how Kirk constructs the rocket from the different materials in "The Arena". The Enterprise finds a planet where a terrible battle is going on between members of the Federation and a group who have claimed the planet for their own. Supposedly, the defenders of the station have attacked the Federation outpost because they themselves felt they were invaded. Kirk soon finds out that system of planets belongs to a mysterious race of beings who are indignant at the encroachment of their system by the Star Fleet. But that is not the only reason. Because of the battle raging on the planet, the Metrones decide to single out Captain Kirk to do battle with a massive warrior known as a Gorn. While this battle between only the two goes on, the Enterprise has had a lot of it's functionality disabled. By the Metrones it seems, a race of beings that are far superior to the humans(and Spock) in many ways. The first season of Star Trek has always been my favorite of all the Star Trek, and I must be indicted for my age. Yes, the shows are not high on the cinematic level in terms of effects. But there is a lot of morality and ethics in those first shows that is a major part of the episodes. The first season appears to be the best, and that is because of the screenplay of the episodes. It is very well-written, being the first season of an incredible new ongoing adventure in science fiction.

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