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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 backdrop for the Gamesters' underground lair is a reused matte painting previously appearing in Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (1967). See more »

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Galt tells the landing party that their old titles are meaningless here, yet he continues to refer to Kirk as "Captain". See more »

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Chekov: You... You have been selected for me?
Tamoon: No. I am only your drill thrall. I have brought you nourishment.
[sits down next to him]
Tamoon: It is a nice name: Chee-koof.
Chekov: Heh, heh. Chekov.
Tamoon: Chee... koof? It is a very nice name.
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One of My favorites
7 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay so this one is not the most intellectual show of the series. And some of the content was cheesy, sure...like the weapons and the Thrall fights. But some factors were very high on the cool chart: 1. Start with the name: Triskelion! What an unusual, creative name for a planet! Almost sounds like skeleton! Way cool! 2. The three talking brains. I saw the show when it first aired. I thought talking brains were cool then, and that was on a black and white TV. In color, they're even cooler! What other show has talking brains? 3. The hot green-haired babe with the tinfoil bikini! That alone is enough to rank this one among the most memorable shows of the series! Talk to anyone who's seen it, even years ago, and they might not remember the name, or what it was about, but EVERYONE remembers the babe in the tinfoil bikini! On my black and white TV she was a blond. And all the time it was green. Off the charts on this one! I was a preteenager at that time, but still joined thousands or millions of other boys/men at the time silently shouting "Go for it Kirk!!!" Yes, this may not have been one of the best episodes in any one category, but it is one of the most memorable and it therefore ranks in my top ten.


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