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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)




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
William Campbell ... Trelane
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
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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In an interview on the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) Season 7 DVD, John de Lancie said he believed that Gene Roddenberry, whether consciously or subconsciously, was channeling Trelane when he created Q. See more »


The Squire has watched Earth events from 1804 (Alexander Hamilton's death, Napoléon Bonaparte's Empire, etc.), which is said by various characters to be "900 years ago," suggesting that the show is taking place in 2704. This is contradicted elsewhere in the series, where the present date is given as sometime between 2100 and 2400. Eventually it was decided retroactively that this show takes place in 2267. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: I want you to leave my crewmen alone. I want you to leave my crew-WOMEN alone, too.
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The closing credits are set against a combination background of stills from that episode and previous episodes. See more »

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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


References Star Trek: The Original Series: The Man Trap (1966) See more »


Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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God of war, or naughty little child?
3 June 2009 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

What is it that compels two factions to engage in conflict with one another? What propels them to a state of warfare? An exercise whose only product is the destruction of life? How can sane and mature men engage in such a practice? The "Squire of Gothos" examines a possible explanation for this proposition. Kirk and crew must escape and evade a wandering planet controlled by a being who has all the respect for life that a sadistic child might when it levels a magnifying glass and sunbeam at an unsuspecting ant. Said child gets a sick thrill out of this. But can we blame the child? Does it know enough not to do what it is doing? It is, after all, an undeveloped mind--not having reached full maturity. But is this really an excuse? Excuse or no the author of this episode offers it as a possible explanation to the fascination of warfare by a certain kind of adult. The child reads or hears tales of gallantry on the battlefield, and wants to act "grown up" by mimicking said deeds and his heroes. But, because he is a child, he knows not the peril of the bloody pastime he hopes to partake in.

All boys (and some girls too I guess) went through the period of playing "cops and robbers" or "war" prior to adolescence. For some people that little boy never leaves. Sometimes that's a good thing. Sometimes it's bad. "The Squire of Gothos" is slightly farce by sending up a caricature of the proverbial brave yeoman on a 18th or 19th century battlefield. Trelane is a parody of the idolatry that surrounded and generated the myths of battlefield heroics, and shows the audience the absurdity of lionizing the image he portrays.

What's worse is that Kirk and the Enterprise are powerless to stop him. The episode becomes fairly symbolic and drives home a very poignant message near the end. It is ultimately a parental responsibility and obligation to their fellow man to raise and reign in their child and his behavior.

Were it only that simple when it comes to armies clashing on the battlefield.

Science fiction at its thematic best.


p.s. the "Q" comparison is apt, but is really a minor cog in a much larger clockwork of symbolism.

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