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
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The characters of Zola and Genghis Khan have no lines. This is probably due to budget constraints, as actors with speaking parts were paid significantly more than background actors. See more
When Abraham Lincoln
refers to Uhura as a "Negress" and then apologizes for using the term, she informs him that in her century, they've learned not to fear words. Yet, two years earlier in Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos
, she had a visibly contemptuous reaction when Trelane referred to her as a "Nubian prize". See more
There's no doubt they want us down there for some hidden purpose, otherwise they would have revealed some logical reason for all of this.
Captain James T. Kirk
Why Lincoln, Spock? Any speculation on that?
Speculation is unnecessary, Captain. The answer is clear. President Lincoln has always been a very personal hero to you. What better way to titillate your curiosity than to make him come alive for you.