Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Squire of Gothos 

A being that controls matter and creates planets wants to play with the Enterprise crew.


Don McDougall


Paul Schneider, Gene Roddenberry (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
William Campbell ... Trelane
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Jaeger
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
George Takei ... Sulu
James Doohan ... Scott
Michael Barrier Michael Barrier ... DeSalle
Venita Wolf Venita Wolf ... Yeoman Teresa Ross


When Kirk and Sulu vanish into thin air from the bridge of the Enterprise, Spock sends a landing party to the planet below to locate them. What they find is an 18th century castle and a rather foppish man, Trelane, who seems to know a great deal about the Earth - even if it is the wrong time period. If truth be told, Trelane acts like a spoiled little boy and it's obvious Kirk and the others have become his playthings. They soon realize that if they are to overcome Trelane and free themselves, they must locate and destroy his power source. Written by garykmcd

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12 January 1967 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Uhura refers to a "Spacefleet Command", even though the names Starfleet and Starfleet Command originated several episodes earlier in Star Trek: Court Martial (1967), and again in the two-part episode Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part I (1966) and Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part II (1966). See more »


In the bridge scene where Spock is dictating the Captain's Log after 14 orbits of the planet, there is a close-up shot of Uhura. A cup is perched on her console above her right arm. The shot cuts to Spock who then walks past Uhura and the cup has disappeared. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: How were our scanners able to penetrate that radiation field?
Mr. Spock: They didn't, Captain. Not clearly. We merely beamed up all life forms in a given area.
Dr. McCoy: Which means Trelane is not a life form as we know it or he'd be beaming through now.
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Pretty good, though far from great
6 December 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I did enjoy watching Squire Trelane jerk around the crew in this episode, though after a while the whole thing just seemed a little too long. Sure, the histrionics were kind of funny for a while, and the ending was a pretty good way to wrap the whole thing together. I think the problem was that I enjoyed seeing Trelane when he was full of bravado and fun, the fun seemed to vanish when Trelane became vindictive and nasty. Talk about a mood killer--going from the obnoxious but affable host to the guy sentencing Kirk to death! But, despite this, the episode was enjoyable and worth my time. For die-hard Trekkies, this is a must-see, for others it's just a pretty run of the mill one.

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