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"Star Trek" Bread and Circuses (1968)

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Star Trek: Season 2: Episode 25 -- Spock and McCoy are forced to fight in Roman-like games.


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Original Air Date:
15 March 1968 (Season 2, Episode 25)
The Enterprise crew investigates the disappearance of a ship's crew on a planet that is a modern version of the Roman Empire. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Shatner ... Captain James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock

DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy

William Smithers ... R.M. Merrick / Merikus
Logan Ramsey ... Claudius

Ian Wolfe ... Septimus
William Bramley ... Policeman
Rhodes Reason ... Flavius

James Doohan ... Scott

Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura

Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Bart La Rue ... Announcer (as Bart Larue)
Jack Perkins ... Master of Games
Max Kleven ... Maximus
Lois Jewell ... Drusilla
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Baxley ... Policeman #1 (uncredited)
Bill Blackburn ... Lt. Hadley (uncredited)
Frank da Vinci ... Lt. Brent (uncredited)
Roger Holloway ... Lt. Lemli (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Jeannie Malone ... Yeoman / Slave Girl (uncredited)
Bob Orrison ... Policeman #2 (uncredited)
Eddie Paskey ... Lt. Leslie (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Slave #3 (uncredited)
Paul Stader ... Slave #1 (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Slave #2 (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ralph Senensky 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (created by)

Gene Roddenberry (written by) and
Gene L. Coon (written by)

John Kneubuhl  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Gene L. Coon .... producer
Robert H. Justman .... associate producer
Gene Roddenberry .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Gerald Perry Finnerman (director of photography) (as Jerry Finnerman)
Film Editing by
Fabien D. Tordjmann  (as Fabien Tordjmann)
Casting by
Joseph D'Agosta 
Art Direction by
Walter M. Jefferies 
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer 
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss 
Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist
Pat Westmore .... hair stylist
Production Management
Gregg Peters .... unit production manager
Herbert F. Solow .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Rawlins .... assistant director
Art Department
Irving A. Feinberg .... property master
John D. Jefferies Sr. .... set designer
Sound Department
Carl Daniels .... production sound mixer (as Carl W. Daniels)
Doug Grindstaff .... sound effects editor (as Douglas H. Grindstaff)
Elden Ruberg .... sound re-recording mixer (as Elden E. Ruberg)
Special Effects by
James Rugg .... special effects (as Jim Rugg)
Visual Effects by
Melissa Berryann .... assistant to executive producer (remastered version)
Petri Blomqvist .... technical consultant (remastered version)
Chris DeCristo .... 2D supervisor (remastered version)
Doug Drexler .... technical consultant (remastered version)
James Holt .... digital compositor (remastered version)
Gary Kerr .... technical consultant (remastered version)
David LaFountaine .... visual effects executive producer (remastered version)
Denise Okuda .... producer (remastered version)
Michael Okuda .... producer (remastered version)
David Rossi .... producer (remastered version)
Wendy Ruiz .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
John Small .... systems support engineer (remastered version)
Chris Tezber .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
Brian Vogt .... lead lighting technical director (remastered version)
Craig Weiss .... director of visual effects: CBS Digital (remastered version)
Niel Wray .... visual effects supervisor (remastered version)
Darrell A. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Howard A. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George H. Merhoff .... gaffer
George Rader .... head grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ken Harvey .... key costumer
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... composer: theme music
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Other crew
D.C. Fontana .... script consultant
Edward K. Milkis .... assistant: producer
George Rutter .... script supervisor (as George A. Rutter)
Bill Blackburn .... stand-in: DeForest Kelley (uncredited)
Frank da Vinci .... stand-in: Leonard Nimoy (uncredited)
Roger Holloway .... stand-in: James Doohan and male guest star (uncredited)
Jeannie Malone .... stand-in: female guest star (uncredited)
Eddie Paskey .... stand-in: William Shatner (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

50 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (video rating) | Canada:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

This episode marks the final appearance of Kirk's second season green wrap around tunic. Beginning in "Star Trek: Assignment: Earth (#2.26)" (1968), which followed, and when the series returned for its third and final season Kirk goes back to wearing his standard gold and black v-neck tunic full time.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Flavius:What do you call those?
Spock:I call them 'ears'.
Flavius:Trying to be funny?
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7 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Too many historical bloomers, 10 January 2007
Author: David Brown from London, England

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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