While searching for the crew of a destroyed spaceship, the Enterprise discovers a planet whose oppressive government is a 20th-century version of Earth's Roman Empire. Kirk, Spock and McCoy meet the rebels, seemingly sun worshipers, but are soon thereafter apprehended by the regime. The missing Captain Merik is revealed as the "First Citizen" and a pawn of the regime, but he and the rebels ultimately help Kirk and company to escape. Back on the Enterprise, Uhura observes that the crew's understanding of the rebels as sun worshipers was not completely accurate. Written by
Did You Know?
Near the end of the program, the viewer gets a look at the planet from space, and we can see two moons off in the distance, with the sun shining from off screen right. In a subsequent shot, from the bridge of the Enterprise, we see the same thing, except that the sun is shining from the left onto the two moons, but still from the same direction as before onto the planet below. See more
Master of Games
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