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 Garth, as Kirk, is have a tantrum because Scotty will not let him beam up to the Enterprise; During his transformation back to Garth while kneeling and banging his hands on the floor a piece of Garth's uniform can be seen falling off and spinning on the floor near his right hand. See more »


Garth: You do refuse to enter into the spirit of the thing, don't you, Captain? Perhaps you'd like a larger role in the ceremony. You could serve as human sacrifice, for example.
Capt. Kirk: No, I wouldn't enjoy that at all.
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Referenced in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) See more »

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Garth Of Izar in the Star Trek novels
15 October 2007 | by (Louisville, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Garth makes a return to the Star Trek universe in a sequel novel, where, having been cured of his insanity, returns to the planet where "SPOLIER ALERT" he was made insane after his accident. With the help of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the Enterprise crew, Garth tries to stop another disaster from erupting on Antos IV.

Set during the fifth year of the Enterprise's original five year mission, this was definitely an one of the better Star Trek novels and by far, an excellent sequel to the third season episode "Whom Gods Destroy". It would have been cool to have seen this sequel set after the events in Star Trek-The Motion Picture. Somehow, I can actually see Garth wearing one of those pastel-blue, pajama like uniforms.

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