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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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve Ihnat ...
Dick Geary ...
Andorian Inmate (as Richard Geary)
Gary Downey ...
Tellarite Inmate


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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The asylum planet's name is based upon an historical place. Elba II is named after the Mediterranean island off of the coast of Italy where the French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte was briefly exiled to in 1814. Napoleon succeeded in escaping from there in 1815 and was restored to power in France, but was later defeated at Waterloo. He then spent the remaining six years of his life on the remote South Atlantic island of Saint Helena. "Captain Garth" in this story was characterized as another Napoleon. See more »


When Marta is attempting to stab Kirk, the camera shows a close-up of Captain Kirk holding back Marta's arm. If you look closely, you can see the green body make-up on Yvonne Craig starting to rub off on William Shatner's hands and left sleeve of his tunic. In some scenes, you can also see that the make-up wasn't applied to the bottom of her feet. See more »


Garth: Silence! The chatter of inferior weaklings wearies me.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Replacement (2000) See more »

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Nice acting could not overcome the poor script.
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The episode begins when Kirk and Spock beam onto Elba II, which is a planet where the criminally insane people are kept, to deliver medicine to the Governor, Cory, which is the main medical doctor. But when they get to the planet they discover that one of the mental patients, Garth a former Captain of Starfleet, has taking over the facility with the ability to transform his body to whomever he wishes. Garth will assume the identity of Kirk to take over the Enterprise in order to push the power of his poor moral fiber. But it will be a scene where Spock will have to choose the correct Captain Kirk that will bring the story to a close.

Could never get into this story with the wild chair and the fancy dancing of the painted green Yvonne Craig. The most interesting thing was the way Garth could change into any person desired. If the episode could have stayed with that detail then it would have been a much better show. Instead they went with an unbelievable ending that seemed quickly made. But it was very nice to see that the most apt person on the show happened to be Scott.

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