Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 7

Catspaw (27 Oct. 1967)

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Very alien visitors to our galaxy try to connect with human consciousness but miss, winding up tapping into the regions of human nightmares instead.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Theodore Marcuse ...
Korob (as Theo Marcuse)
Michael Barrier ...
DeSalle (as Mike Barrier)
John Winston ...
Transporter Chief
Rhodie Cogan ...
Gail Bonney ...
Maryesther Denver ...
Jay D. Jones ...
Crewman Jackson (as Jimmy Jones)


When Kirk and his landing party arrive on the planet below, they are met by eerie mists, a dark castle, witches, zombies and a black cat. They soon learn that they are under the influence of a wizard, Korob, who tries to bend them to his will. They also soon learn that the black cat they saw is more than she appears and is in fact a powerful witch in her right. It is left to Kirk and Spock to find a means to escape their grasp. Written by garykmcd

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The Three Witches are iconic characters from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, a play which inspired frequent allusions throughout this series. See more »


When Kirk first sees Sulu and Scott in the dungeon, Sulu walks ahead of Scott. Camera cuts to Kirk but when it cuts back a moment later, Sulu is behind Scott. See more »


Dr. McCoy: Three witches... what appears to be a castle, and a black cat.
Captain James T. Kirk: If we weren't missing two officers and a third one dead, I'd say someone was playing an elaborate trick-or-treat on us.
Mr. Spock: 'Trick-or-treat', Captain?
Captain James T. Kirk: Yes, Mr. Spock... You'd be a natural. I'll explain it to you one day.
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Edited from Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966) See more »

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Silly but Nevertheless Interesting Halloween Episode
21 July 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Holy space-cows what a mess! One of James Pevney's relatively weak early efforts was this Halloween episode of TOS - complete with black cats, witches, zombies, skeletons, dungeons, and magic wands. In retrospect, Catspaw (especially the not-so-special effects) is laughable, but not entirely without merit. Shatner and guest stars Theo Marcuse and Antoinette Bower have some great scenes. Sadly, the very talented Marcuse passed away a month after this episode was aired. Had he lived into his 50s and 60s, he could have become the 1970s and 1980s Vincent Price.

An away team suffers a casualty and a few missing crew members, including Sulu and Scotty. The holy trinity (Kirk, Spock and McCoy) beam down to investigate. On the planet's surface, they quickly encounter a trio of ghosts, a medieval-looking castle, and a black cat. Kitty leads them to a trap and they wake up chained up in a dungeon.

Some would say this is all pure schlock, but there are a few aspects of Catspaw that make it worth seeing. As I have mentioned, some of the acting is quite good. It's also worth thinking about the ambiguity of what goes on in the episode. On one hand it comes off as just another omnipotent alien episode, but these aliens are pretty different, and its not clear how much power they really have outside of their own minds and the minds of the Enterprise crew. Unfortunately, though these ideas are raised in the episode, they are also inadequately explored in this straightforward goth adventure story.

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