Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Gamesters of Triskelion 

Kirk, Uhura and Chekov are trapped on a planet where abducted aliens are enslaved and trained to perform as gladiators for the amusement of bored, faceless aliens.


Gene Nelson


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Margaret Armen

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Joseph Ruskin ... Galt
Angelique Pettyjohn ... Shahna
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
James Doohan ... Scott
Steve Sandor ... Lars
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Jane Ross Jane Ross ... Tamoon
Victoria George Victoria George ... Ensign Jana Haines
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Andorian Thrall
Mickey Morton Mickey Morton ... Kloog


Kirk, Uhura and Chekov find themselves suddenly transported light years across the galaxy to the planet Triskelion. There, they are trained as thralls, slaves who engage in gladiatorial combat for the pleasure of the Providers, three faceless beings who amuse themselves by wagering on the outcomes. Outfitted with collars that inflict pain for disobedience, the thralls are submissive and pliant. Kirk eventually challenges the Providers to a wager that will either result in freedom for all or a lifetime of slavery. Written by garykmcd

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5 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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The original version of the script featured Kirk, Sulu, and Uhura being taken captive while traveling in a shuttlecraft. However, the production staff thought it was too similar to the Teaser of "Metamorphosis", and changed it to feature them being detained while transporting down instead. See more »


As Lars is taking liberties with Uhura, Kirk shouts "What's happening to Lieutenant You-hear-uh?" See more »


Dr. McCoy: Hope? I always thought that was a human failing, Mr. Spock.
Spock: True, doctor. Constant exposure does result in a certain degree of - contamination.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988) See more »

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Kidnapping, Enslavement & Gladiators
10 January 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Season 2, episode 16. The Enterprise is on a routine mission to Gamma II to inspect facilities. Kirk, Chekhov and Uhura step on the transporter to beam down and Scotty was ready to energize when the three suddenly vanished off the transporter. Naturally Scotty notified Mr. Spock what happened and assured him that they did not beam down but they disappeared. Kirk, Chekhov and Uhura find themselves on a strange planet where they are attacked, captured, collared and finally learn they are on the planet of Triskelion where they are to perform as gladiators for entertainment purposes of the aliens. Mr. Spock and crew trying to figure out what happened and to find them... they are staying at Gamma II searching for signs of them but have no idea they are light years away. Soon they catch a lead and head towards it but are the enslaved three there? How can the kidnapped three be found and get back to the Enterprise? We all know that the 3 will end back up on the Enterprise but it is suspenseful as to how it happens.


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