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?


When McCoy, DeSalle and Jaeger first enter Trelane's castle, immediately to their left they are startled by a creature. This is the salt creature costume from Star Trek: The Man Trap (1966). See more »


Spock gives the wrong "precise definition" of desert as a, "water-less barren wasteland". Deserts are places where very little perspiration reaches the ground. That is it. It has nothing to do with the amount of water present. The Arctic desert is nothing BUT water and Antarctica is covered in water ice (sometimes MILES thick). Deserts are far from barren, they support many species of plant and animal life, though it is more sparse than a rain forest. See more »


Mr. Spock: The precise meaning of the word 'desert' is a waterless, barren wasteland. I fail to understand your romantic nostalgia for such a place.
Dr. McCoy: Doesn't surprise me, Mr. Spock. I can't imagine a mirage ever disturbing those mathematically perfect brainwaves of yours.
Mr. Spock: Thank you, Dr. McCoy.
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Guests of General Trelaine
10 January 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

William Campbell's performance in the title role of The Squire Of Gothos really makes this Star Trek story. Later on Campbell would play a Klingon captain in another classic Star Trek story The Trouble With Tribbles.

Some strange readings on a planet that should have no life on it make William Shatner want to lead an away team there. They land on a spot that shows earth like readings in the atmosphere and become the guests of Trelaine who styles himself The Squire Of Gothos.

He's living in a 18th century castle much like a home that William Pitt both senior and junior would feel at home in. But stuck out there in space he's lonely. He wants the Enterprise crew for company. Only Shatner and his crew have work to do.

Leonard Nimoy intrigues Campbell. He's studied earth, but he's only gotten as far as the 18th century. A Vulcan like Spock is something he can't account for. The very serious minded Spock has no time to deal with what Captain Kirk and the rest realize is an immature mind. But a very powerful one who can change matter to energy and back simply at will.

In the end of course the Enterprise crew escapes Campbell's clutches, but how they do it is something that puts the entire human and Vulcan races in its place in the universal scheme of things.

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