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)

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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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Release Date:

25 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A scene that was never filmed included McCoy/McLowery (DeForest Kelley) offering to share his medical expertise with Doc Holliday (Sam Gilman) to treat his progressing tuberculosis. See more »


Towards the end of the episode, when the Melkotian contacts the Enterprise, there is a wide shot of the bridge with Uhura's left hand reaching for the transceiver in her ear. When Kirk gets out of his command chair to respond, her hand is holding the transceiver. However, in between those two shots is a close-up reaction shot, and both of her hands are on her console. See more »


[Kirk comes precariously close to a shoot-out with Morgan Earp]
Spock: Captain, since we have seen that death is the one reality in this situation, I seriously suggest you reseat yourself immediately, without moving a muscle of either hand. If I remember correctly, that would involve you in what was called 'the fast draw'. It initiated unfortunate events.
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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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6 June 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Star Trek

A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it. The series didn't seem to mature as it should have but definitely has improved on terms of implementing smarter approach, parallel plot lines and thought provoking concept.

Season 03

Contrary to expectations, second season failed to project the essential character development which would have give a perfect arc to the series and instead focused on different cases. In this final season the expectations are still higher as they have somehow glued their audience with their gripping screenplay and innovative imagination that doesn't flinch on pushing the boundaries.

Spectre Of The Gun

It walks on familiar premise that it has explored earlier too, and has sloppy writing in its first act where the set plot is predictable and exhausting, but after the second act kicks the plot thickens only to offer an intriguing and surprisingly impressive climax which begs the question why hasn't this been projected up till now.

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