Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 14

Whom Gods Destroy (3 Jan. 1969)

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Kirk and Spock are taken prisoners by a former starship captain named Garth, who now resides at, and has taken over, a high security asylum for the criminally insane.

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The Enterprise travels to the planet Elba II, home of the last asylum for the criminally insane, to deliver a serum that should cure all of its remaining inmates. Kirk and Spock beam down to the planet's surface where all seems in order, but they soon find the inmates now run the asylum, led by Garth (at one time a starship Captain, whose exploits were required reading at the Academy). Garth, who's learned how to shape-shift, can take on the appearance of anyone, including Kirk or Spock. In the process of learning this ability, he lost his sanity. Garth plans to pose as the Captain, beam up to the Enterprise and take over the ship, but Kirk has a roadblock set up to overcome. Written by garykmcd

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Leonard Nimoy complained to the producers that the story's climax was unbelievable that Spock would have had so much difficulty who the real James Kirk is. For instance, Spock is a close friend of the Captain and could have easily posed personal trick questions that only the real Kirk could have answered properly. See more »

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During the seduction scene between Marta and Kirk, Kirk is alternately lying down or sitting halfway up. See more »

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Mr. Spock: How could you, a starship fleet captain, believe that a Federation crew would blindly obey your order to destroy the entire Antos race, a people famous for their benevolence and peaceful pursuits?
Garth: That was my only miscalculation.
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This is the second episode where bad things are happening in an asylum. Obviously, thing have not changed much in about 400 years. They're still locking people up. The patients are abused. Every kind of malady is treated the same way. In this one, a man named Garth, a former starship captain has gained control of the facility, driving the iconic administrator out. Garth is monumentally cruel. He is a total narcissist, caring only for himself and using the other patients for his own purposes. This pretty much forces Kirk and Spock to deal with a totally irrational man. They must decide life and death situations concerning the other patients and bear the cruelty of Garth. The end is a bit anticlimactic and pulls some of Garth's responsibility off the table. It's hard to see his villainy when it is revealed that he is not responsible for his mental illness.


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