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The Gamesters of Triskelion 

Kirk, Uhura and Chekov are trapped on a planet where abducted aliens are enslaved and trained to perform as gladiators for the amusement of bored, faceless aliens.

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Kirk, Uhura and Chekov find themselves suddenly transported light years across the galaxy to the planet Triskelion. There, they are trained as thralls, slaves who engage in gladiatorial combat for the pleasure of the Providers, three faceless beings who amuse themselves by wagering on the outcomes. Outfitted with collars that inflict pain for disobedience, the thralls are submissive and pliant. Kirk eventually challenges the Providers to a wager that will either result in freedom for all or a lifetime of slavery. Written by garykmcd

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The story of "The Gamesters of Triskelion", relates to the Roman Empire. Which in ancient Rome, slaves were trained as gladiators (slave warriors) and fought each other to the death in spectacles of violence and death, for the amusement and entertainment of the Roman citizens. In the story, Kirk, Uhura, Chekov and other alien lifeforms from across the galaxy, have been abducted and brought to Triskelion and are enslaved and trained as gladiators, as were forced to fight each other for the amusement of the Providers. See more »

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At the end of the story, when Kirk moves in for his last kiss with Shana, the camera moves in from behind Kirk. The shadow of the mic's boom moves across Kirk's back. See more »

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Provider #3: You and your people are most challenging.
Provider #2: Yes, most challenging. It was hoped that such new blood would stimulate our stock of thrall. How unfortunate that you must be destroyed.
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Arena II: Sort Of! Poor Chekoof!
30 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Three multicolored brains bring Kirk, Chekhov, and Uhura down to their planet. They have kidnapped various "thralls" to fight battles, sort of gladiator style so they can bet on the outcomes. The obviously haven't heard of horse racing or video poker. Anyway, it doesn't take Kirk long to use his many charms to gain the trust of a beautiful "Drill Thrall." Everyone wears these dog collars that allow a Ming the Merciless sort of hologram guy with glowing eyes to drive them to submission. The Enterprise is stymied in trying to locate the place where everyone is and this leads to McCoy going off on Spock, over and over. Spock finally asks McCoy and Scotty if they have mutiny on their minds. They realize they have stepped on the tiger's tail and back off. Kirk, as usual, thousands of years in the evolutionary process, manages to shame these incorporeal brains to risk it all. He puts his ship and crew on the line, confident of his ability to fight. Shahna, the beautiful woman Kirk put the moves on, is played by a former fashion model who had a limited acting career. She is quite stunning to look at. Some of this got to be kind of old hat and we have to say we've been there before.


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