Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 25

Bread and Circuses (15 Mar. 1968)

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The Enterprise crew investigates the disappearance of a ship's crew on a planet that is a modern version of the Roman Empire.


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Episode complete credited cast:
R.M. Merrick / Merikus
Logan Ramsey ...
William Bramley ...
Rhodes Reason ...
Bart La Rue ...
Announcer (as Bart Larue)
Jack Perkins ...
Master of Games
Max Kleven ...
Lois Jewell ...


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 MGR

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The DVD and earlier VHS editions of this episode contain what is probably the best McCoy/Spock dialogue of the series, which was always edited out in syndication. See more »


During the first fight in the arena, Flavius is struck twice, vigorously, by a bull whip, and yet on subsequent shots from Flavius' rear, there's no evidence of any kind of wound whatsoever on his back, which there surely would have been. See more »


Claudius Marcus: Admit it, you find these games frightening, revolting.
Capt. Kirk: Proconsul, in some parts of the galaxy, I have seen forms of entertainment that makes this look like a folk dance.
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Referenced in Muppets Tonight: Andie MacDowell (1998) See more »

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Too many historical bloomers
10 January 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Two things spoil this episode for me. First, the plot line and situation is too close to "Patterns of Force" (the Nazi episode). Secondly, there are some notable historical bloomers.

"Parallel development"...apparently proved by the fact the "Romans" speak English. Shouldn't that be Latin?

"Rome had no sun-worshippers" (McCoy)... actually, Mithraism (sun-worship) was the biggest religion among the Roman soldiery in the first two centuries AD.

Surely they could have afforded a historical consultant!

A pity, because there are some nicely ironic touches - I particularly like the commercial breaks during the gladiatorial combats!

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