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.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Capt. Kirk
... Mr. Spock
... Dr. McCoy
... Wyatt Earp
... Sylvia
... Scott
... Chekov
... Uhura
Charles Maxwell ... Virgil Earp
... Morgan Earp
... Doc Holliday
Charles Seel ... Ed
... Johnny Behan
Ed McCready ... Barber
... 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)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chekov is the only member of the landing party who wears a two-holstered gun belt. See more »


During the shootout at the OK Corral, Doc Holliday fires his double barreled shotgun several times without reloading. See more »


Melkotian: [voice] You, Captain Kirk, the disobedience was on your orders. Yours is the responsibility. Yours shall be the pattern of your death.
Capt. Kirk: We come in peace. But we'll defend ourselves if necessary.
Melkotian: [voice] You are outside. You are disease. The disease must be destroyed. Your plea has been heard, and sentence has been pronounced. It is done.
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Referenced in Star Trek Continues: Pilgrim of Eternity (2013) See more »

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5 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This unusual episode might well have been subtitled "Enterprise meets 'Twilight Zone' "---there are a number of such elements here. It's also a provocative and intriguing exploration of the nature of reality vs. illusion, and as I watched it, not just once but many times (which goes to show just how hooked I am on this original series), I found myself speculating on various aspects of this exploration---not the least of which was the stupidity of the Melkotians for not doing their homework! They should have known that the information they gleaned from Kirk's mind was erratic and inconsistent, so they could only come up with an illogical scenario in which to throw the landing party. Fascinating (in Vulcan the word is "sem-rik".) And speaking of Vulcan---I was thoroughly intrigued by the triple mind-meld, which was actually a beautiful demonstration of one of Spock's unusual and little-known abilities: telepathic hypnosis. I noticed that he worded his spoken suggestions differently for each member of the rest of the command crew---each one a bit different, but the end result was the same: the idea that the bullets were unreal, they did not exist. The only thing damaged in the shootout was the wooden fence! As for the question of whether the review contained any spoilers, I would have to say " no". Something to think about.

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