Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Savage Curtain 

Kirk, Spock, Abraham Lincoln and Vulcan legend Surak are pitted in battle against notorious villains from history for the purpose of helping a conscious rock creature's understanding of a concept he does not understand, "good vs. evil".



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Episode complete credited cast:
Barry Atwater ...
Phillip Pine ...
Arell Blanton ...
Chief Security Guard
Carol Daniels ...
Zora (as Carol Daniels DeMent)
Bob Herron ...
Kahless (as Robert Herron)
Nathan Jung ...


The Enterprise's sensor readings indicate a planet unsuitable for any carbon-based life at the level of a developed civilization. Suddenly they get an apparition in space from someone who looks like and claims to be Abraham Lincoln. He insists on them checking him out and coming over to a small part on the planet surface (which has suddenly developed a perfect atmosphere for humans). He is received with full presidential honors and Kirk and Spock agree to beam down with him, but as they do, phasers and tricorders fail to dematerialize with them, and communicators won't work. There they meet Surak, the greatest Vulcan of all time, equally convincing. The quartet is greeted by a creature consisting of molten rock who presents them to notorious historical villains Ghengis Khan, Colonel Green, Zora and the Klingon Kahless the Unforgettable. They're told the teams represent good versus evil and must battle to the death against each other to teach the creature their concept. When Kirk ... Written by KGF Vissers

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7 March 1969 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The war that included Colonel Phillip Green's atrocities was later decided to be World War III in the middle 21st century, which served as an important macguffin in later Trek productions such as Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), and a number of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) episodes. See more »


When Lincoln first appears on the Enterprise's viewscreen, Uhura has a different hairstyle in a closeup than she does in the rest of the episode. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: Where do you come from?
Col. Green: I can't remember. Isn't that strange? My memory used to be quite remarkable. Well, wherever it was, I want to get back.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) See more »

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I Wish the Earps Had Been There!
10 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lets have Abe Lincoln and Sarek and the starship guys go against the bad guys from other eras, including Ghengis Kahn and some Klingon warrior and see what happens. This is all set up by a rock who has flashing eyes and can talk. Just your every day event. If one can get by this idiocy, it is an intriguing event. Kirk and Lincoln work together to defeat the Gorn (Oh, wait! That was another episode). They must figure out how to impress the rock so it will have an understanding of something or other. Lincoln seems perfectly comfortable in his role. Is it really Abe or a made up Abe. The thing we need to ask ourselves is how many aliens have to entertained by Enterprise combatants and their associates to make an episode? Ingenuity is the name of the game because pure and simple might is on the opponents side. That Ghengis Khan would have made a hell of a linebacker.

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