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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Consistent with the Roman themes throughout this episode, the escaped slaves which Kirk, Spock, and McCoy first encounter are references to and representative of the Spartacus group of gladiators and slaves in rebellion against ancient Rome. See more
During Kirk's log entry about being in a modern-day Rome, we are taken on a "tour" of the city's landmarks, including the main library at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (plainly readable on the facade) and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, in San Francisco (as evidenced by the French - not Latin - inscription "Honneur et Patrie" on the building). See more
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