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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Did You Know?


DeForest Kelley actually portrayed Morgan Earp in the 1957 film version of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). See more »


When the bartender asks Kirk and his men whether they want the usual to drink, Sylvia is standing behind Chekov with her hands at her side. In the very next cut, she has her hands on his shoulders massaging him. See more »


Melkotian: [voice] You, Captain Kirk, the disobedience was on your orders. Yours is the responsibility. Yours shall be the pattern of your death.
Capt. Kirk: We come in peace. But we'll defend ourselves if necessary.
Melkotian: [voice] You are outside. You are disease. The disease must be destroyed. Your plea has been heard, and sentence has been pronounced. It is done.
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11 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't understand the 3rd season criticism. I read a review of this episode the other day that called it "corny", "goofy", etc... Have these people ever seen the rest of the series? How is this episode cornier than "The Omega Glory", or "The Apple"? Every complaint about this episode I've seen can easily be said about any 1st or 2nd season episode. (Kinda sounds like Star Wars prequel hate to me.) I think the third season is actually better in places than the first two seasons. For one thing, the music is much better, a lot more subtle. The slow pace people complain about is actually a good thing because it allows for more character development as well as simply slowing down and presenting the environment a little bit. Yes, the episodes are corny, but THIS IS STAR TREK!!! That's par for the course here, friends.

I like the feel and look of this episode. Sure, the Sylvia character isn't really needed but one could easily say that about many Star Trek characters. I like this episode a lot better than the movie Tombstone. That's for sure.

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