Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 6

Spectre of the Gun (25 Oct. 1968)

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As punishment for ignoring their warning and trespassing on their planet, the Melkot condemn Capt. Kirk and his landing party to the losing side of a surreal recreation of the 1881 historic gunfight at the OK Corral.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ron Soble ...
Bonnie Beecher ...
Charles Maxwell ...
Rex Holman ...
Sam Gilman ...
Charles Seel ...
Bill Zuckert ...
Johnny Behan
Ed McCready ...
Melkotian (voice)


When the Enterprise trespasses into uncharted territory, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott and Chekov are transported to a location that has all the trappings of the American Old West. It's October 26, 1881, and Kirk soon realizes they are in Tombstone, Arizona, on the day of the famed gunfight at the OK Corral between the Clanton gang and the Earps - with Kirk and company representing the ill-fated Clantons. If history is to be repeated, they will fairly all be killed so must use whatever resources availed to them to defeat the threat and survive. The solution, however - and the only way of escape - lies within them. Written by garykmcd

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The writing of this episode was influenced by NBC executives who wanted Chekov to be featured more in the third season than he had been in the second season. See more »


The bartender has five glasses on his tray when he comes to serve the crew drinks. After putting two on the table, it cuts to Kirk and Spock, and we hear the sound of him putting two more glasses down. But when it cuts back to the bartender, there are still two glasses on the tray. See more »


Scott: If we only had a phaser.
McCoy: Or a communicator. It'd be a pleasure to watch those Earps as we beamed back to the ship at exactly 4:59:30.
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References Hour of the Gun (1967) See more »

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"For violating Melkotian space.........."
10 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Once again Star Trek writers went back into an earth identification to come up with a story about that great western event the gunfight at the OK Corral in outer space. To be fair here this was a race that had great power of illusions and set this all as a trap for the cast members and crew of the USS Enterprise.

The Melkotians whom we get a glimpse of and who Abraham Sofaer gives voice to have had a strict isolationist policy having ventured forth into the universe and not liking what they see. So when the Enterprise comes calling on a diplomatic mission like Commodore Perry was in Japan the aliens take their weapons, give them old Colt 45 six guns and set them down in a replica of Tombstone, Arizona where everyone calls, Kirk, Spock, Chekhov,Scotty, and McCoy the names of the participants in the famous gunfight with the Earp family.

Sad to say that Blazing Saddles came around a half dozen years later and seeing the 'Tombstone set' I was reminded of the fake town that Cleavon Little had the townspeople of Red Rock make. It does take away from the serious aspect of the episode, but not exactly Gene Roddenberry's fault.

Of course they pass the Melkotian test, but as to how, let's say that Leonard Nimoy's abilities as a Vulcan come in mighty handy here.

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