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 ...
Charles Maxwell ...
Sam Gilman ...
Charles Seel ...
Bill Zuckert ...
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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25 October 1968 (USA)  »

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The original script called for filming on an outdoor location. But due to budget constraints, filming took place in the studio. Budget constraints also prevented the set designers from building a complete Western town. So the concept of pieces of a town drawn from Kirk's mind was developed. 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 »


Capt. Kirk: I can't just kill 'em! I can't murder them! I can't kill them!
Johnny Behan: Kill 'em any way ye can! There'll be no questions asked. Honest! I-I guarantee that.
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Just terrible despite the pretty high rating
8 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise has many of its regular crew members sent to a barren red-skied planet (that looks all the world like the inside of a sound stage). There, they find cardboard-like sets where they re-enact the famous and historically insignificant Gunfight at the OK Corral. While this topic has been beaten to death in many, many films, having an intergalactic crew go to the old West is amazingly dumb but original. However, given that this is Star Trek, you know it will all work out in the end. Frankly, everything about this episode stank from the writing, the acting to the sets. It was just awful and pointless and just an excuse to use some old props. You see, if this had all been done "tongue in cheek", it might have worked, but as a drama, I just found myself laughing too much to take it seriously.

FYI--Many years later, when Star Trek the Next Generation was running low on ideas, they sent Worf to the old West again--a sure sign that the show is out of ideas or is "jumping the shark".

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