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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Though originally intended to be filmed on a back lot set of an Old West town, when the series budget was heavily cut, it was decided to film it in a surrealistic style (half-completed buildings, shadows on the "sky" backdrop, etc.) on an interior set. 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 »


Morgan Earp: Well, I'm glad to meet you... Mr. Kirk!
[then punches Kirk]
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Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »

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I Always Enjoyed This One
5 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think what has stayed with me all these years are the cold fish-eyes of the Earps and Doc Holliday. Normally portrayed as heroes, these black clad, cold blooded killers face off against the Enterprise principles. A planetary people, the Melcotians, are angry with Kirk and the gang for crossing into their territory. He proceeds anyway because of his basic bullheadedness. The crew find themselves in Tombstone, Arizona, on the day of the Gunfight at the OK Corral. They are recognized as the Clantons and their ilk (normally the bad guys in the story). I always get a kick out of guys like Chekov (and even Kirk in some episodes) when, in the most dire circumstances, they are taken in by their human weaknesses. Chekov gets himself killed because he can't wait three hours (make that five minutes) to hook up with a saloon girl, ticking off Virgil Earp, who has desires for her. Their lives are at stake; what is he doing? What is weird is the Enterprise crew continues to wear their regular uniforms, yet the townspeople and the Earps see things differently. They have old western gun belts, but the rest of their attire is their day-to-day clothing. Why didn't the Melcotians go the extra step? All that aside, it is a pretty entertaining episode.

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