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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 » | Add 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 .... 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)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (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?

The episode parodies the television industry in several ways. Fake applause and catcalls are used to simulate a studio audience, and the race for high television ratings is lampooned several times. The TV station manager threatens the now-pacifist runaway slave that he had better fight convincingly: "You bring this network's ratings down, Flavius, and we'll do a special on you!" Later, the Proconsul sneers at Kirk about the captain's impending death, to be televised from the arena, by telling Kirk that "You're centuries beyond anything as crude as, television." Kirk replies, "I've heard it was... similar," an oblique reference to the series' own ratings difficulties. Comic relief is in the scene where McCoy and Spock heckle each other on the TV Stage during the gladiatorial duels.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Kirk, Spock, and McCoy discuss the matter of a parallel Roman Empire in the 20th century, and find it logical that such a civilization would speak English. Shouldn't it speak Latin, or even a modified derivate such as Italian?See more »
[last lines]
Spock:[referring to Flavius] I wish we could've examined that belief of his more closely. It seems illogical for a sun worshiper to develop a philosophy of total brotherhood. Sun worship is usually a primitive superstition religion.
Uhura:I'm afraid you have it all wrong, Mister Spock, all of you. I've been monitoring some of their old-style radio waves, the empire spokesman trying to ridicule their religion. But he couldn't. Don't you understand? It's not the sun up in the sky. It's the Son of God.
Capt. Kirk:Caesar - and Christ. They had them both. And the word is spreading... only now.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
You bring this network's ratings down..., 3 September 2013
Author: tavives from United States

While this is an enjoyable episode, one of the things that sets it apart is that it has some great lines in it.

"Doctor, if I were able to show emotion, your new infatuation with that term would begin to annoy me."

"Really, Doctor? I had no idea they were trained. Watching you, I assumed it was trial and error."

"You bring this network's ratings down and we'll do a special on you!"

"Fight, you pointed-eared freak!"

"I'm trying to thank you, you pointy-eared hobgoblin!"

"Oh...we've preempted 15 minutes on the early show for full color. I guarantee you a splendid audience."

If nothing else, this episode gets high marks for the script.

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