Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 22

The Savage Curtain (7 Mar. 1969)

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



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


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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"The Savage Curtain" introduces Klingon founding father Kahless and Vulcan founding father Surak to the Star Trek universe. Kahless' history played an important role in several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) (where he is regarded as a force for good, contrary to the sentiments expressed here), and Surak's history was crucial to the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) which also gave a little bit of backstory to Colonel Phillip F. Green. Zora of Tiburon is the only "historic" figure introduced here who was not further developed in a later Star Trek series. See more »


When Kirk and Spock are making spears and Surak yells for help, there are limbs on Kirk's spear, then a few frames later it has none. See more »


Dr. McCoy: You're the science officer. Why aren't you... well, doing whatever a science officer does at a time like this?
Mr. Spock: I am, Doctor. I am observing the alien.
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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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