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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 »




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 ... Virgil Earp
Rex Holman ... Morgan Earp
Sam Gilman ... Doc Holliday
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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Charles Seel plays the saloon bartender. He also played a Western bartender in the series Tombstone Territory (1957), Bat Masterson (1958), Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958), and The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967) as well as the feature films The Texas Rangers (1951) and The Horse Soldiers (1959). 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 »


Ed: You boys want your usual?
Scott: Absolutely! Er... half a gallon of scotch.
Ed: You know we ain't got nothin' but bourbon, 'less you want corn whiskey.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Arrow: Spectre of the Gun (2017) See more »

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Just terrible despite the pretty high rating
8 December 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Enterprise has many of its regular crew members sent to a barren red-skied planet (that looks all the world like the inside of a sound stage). There, they find cardboard-like sets where they re-enact the famous and historically insignificant Gunfight at the OK Corral. While this topic has been beaten to death in many, many films, having an intergalactic crew go to the old West is amazingly dumb but original. However, given that this is Star Trek, you know it will all work out in the end. Frankly, everything about this episode stank from the writing, the acting to the sets. It was just awful and pointless and just an excuse to use some old props. You see, if this had all been done "tongue in cheek", it might have worked, but as a drama, I just found myself laughing too much to take it seriously.

FYI--Many years later, when Star Trek the Next Generation was running low on ideas, they sent Worf to the old West again--a sure sign that the show is out of ideas or is "jumping the shark".

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