Star Trek (1966–1969)
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Spectre of the Gun 

As punishment for ignoring their warning and trespassing on their planet, the Melkot condemn Capt. Kirk and his landing party to the losing side of a surreal recreation of the 1881 historic gunfight at the OK Corral.


Vincent McEveety


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Gene L. Coon (as Lee Cronin) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Ron Soble ... Wyatt Earp
Bonnie Beecher ... Sylvia
James Doohan ... Scott
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Virgil Earp
Rex Holman ... Morgan Earp
Sam Gilman ... Doc Holliday
Charles Seel Charles Seel ... Ed
Bill Zuckert ... Johnny Behan
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Barber
Abraham Sofaer ... Melkotian (voice)


When the Enterprise trespasses into uncharted territory, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott and Chekov are transported to a location that has all the trappings of the American Old West. It's October 26, 1881, and Kirk soon realizes they are in Tombstone, Arizona, on the day of the famed gunfight at the OK Corral between the Clanton gang and the Earps - with Kirk and company representing the ill-fated Clantons. If history is to be repeated, they will fairly all be killed so must use whatever resources availed to them to defeat the threat and survive. The solution, however - and the only way of escape - lies within them. Written by garykmcd

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25 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Another difference this episode brings is the "singing plant" background noise from "The Cage", used for nearly every planet in seasons one and two, is replaced here by a warbly sound used before on the planet Triskelion. This will again be used intermittently throughout season three for example, in "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" and "The Cloud Minders". See more »


Although the OK Corral is swept by wind and flying debris in the last act, this effect ceases during the close-up shots where Spock mind-melds with the crew. See more »


Capt. Kirk: [as Sylvia kisses Chekov passionately] Um, Mr. Chekov?
Chekov: [slowly disengaging] What can I do, Keptin? You know we're always supposed to maintain good relations with the natives.
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Star Trek Continues: Pilgrim of Eternity (2013) See more »

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In the running for WORST THREE EPISODES of all time!
22 April 2019 | by gilliesSee all my reviews

It's clearly a season three episode and it's downright boring.

People complain about the sets but the real place that they saved money was in the storyline. Gene L Coon wrote this stinker, and its like 10 other episodes where an omniscient being takes control of the enterprise landing party and decides to toy with them, until Captain Kirk outwits them, right? right? Right. And oh so wrong to keep recycling this tired plot idea over and and over and over and over and over again. Coon wrote some great episodes (Arena, A Taste of Armageddonm, Devil in the Dark), but this is probably the episode (Along with Coon's "Spock's Brain", and the Hippie Episode) that got the series cancelled.

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