Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 16

The Mark of Gideon (17 Jan. 1969)

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Kirk beams down to the planet Gideon and appears to find himself trapped on a deserted Enterprise. Spock on the real Enterprise must use his diplomatic skills to deal with the uncooperative inhabitants of Gideon and find the Captain.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sharon Acker ...
David Hurst ...
Gene Dynarski ...
Richard Derr ...


While beaming down to the planet Gideon, Captain Kirk finds himself still in the transporter room. He can find no one on the ship, now apparently abandoned by the entire crew. He does find one other occupant on the Enterprise, a beautiful young woman, Odona, who does not know how she got there. Back on the real Enterprise, Spock tries to deal with Gideon's representatives who claim that Kirk never arrived and claim no knowledge of his whereabouts. Soon, Odona falls deathly ill, which is exactly what the leaders of Gideon were hoping for. Spock soon realizes that there is problem with the beam down coordinates they were provided. Written by garykmcd

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When Kirk materializes in the transporter room, he is standing on a pad near the front of the chamber (near the steps). A subsequent wide shot from within the transporter chamber, establishing there to be no one at the transporter controls, also has Kirk's transporter pad empty. Then we return to the angle on Kirk and he is standing on the same pad again. See more »


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Captain James T. Kirk: [narrating] Captain's Log, stardate 5423.4: We are orbiting the planet Gideon, which is still not a member of the United Federation of Planets. The treaty negotiations have been difficult because Gideon has consistently refused the presence of a delegation from the Federation on its soil or any surveillance by the ship's sensors. They have finally agreed to a delegation of one. They insisted it be the captain of the Enterprise. I am, therefore, beaming down at once.
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Spock Cuts Some Red Tape
26 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Star Trek prime should probably been done with a bigger budget, or when computer graphics came into use. You needed that to show the mass of humanity that was on the planet Gideon. Yet for a television show episode this one was effective and is a favorite of mine from the series.

Captain Kirk beams down to the planet Gideon, but when he materializes it looks like he's beamed into an alternate universe because he's still on the Enterprise, but no one else is. His entire crew has vanished and he soon finds a waif of a young woman played by Sharon Acker.

Acker tries real hard to get William Shatner's mojo going and she's doing her best and he's weakening. But more than a good time with Acker, he wants to find what's going on.

The secret is a frightening one. Two things you should know, what can make a place a paradise can also turn it into a nightmare. Secondly this is an example of the concept of right to life run totally amuck.

While Kirk is in his predicament, Spock is having a dual of words with the Gideon ruler played by David Hurst. Hurst won't let Leonard Nimoy come down and investigate. In the end Spock cuts some red tape, but even Vulcans can lose their patience and what he did was eminently logical.

One of the best Trekkie episodes ever.

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