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
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revised the shooting script as the episode was being filmed. Director Ralph Senensky
remembers picking up the day's script pages when arriving to the set in the morning. See more
During Kirk's execution and subsequent escape, two notable character errors take place. When the gladiator intervenes, only one guard tries to stop him. Even after the first guard is shot, the second guard is just standing still instead of trying to stop Kirk. He does not move until Kirk has disabled all of the other opponents. Then when Kirk has freed Spock and McCoy, the guards approach from both sides. The leader says they cannot fire since they are in each others line of fire. This would not have stopped Kirk from firing though. Instead, a sword fight takes place. See more
You're a Roman, Kirk, or you should have been.