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Star Trek - The Gamesters of Triskelion

episode 2.16
Raumschiff Enterprise - Meister der Sklaven

USA 1968
produced by
John Meredyth Lucas, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Gene Nelson
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Joseph Ruskin, Angelique Pettyjohn, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, Steve Sandor, Walter Koenig, Jane Ross, Victoria George, Dick Crockett, Mickey Morton, Bart La Rue (voice), Walker Edmiston (voice), Bob Johnson (voice)
written by Margaret Armen, created by Gene Roddenberry

TV series
Star Trek, Classic Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Kirk (William Shatner), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Chekov (Walter Koenig) are to beam down onto an unpopulated planet for a routine survey ... and instead they're teleported to another planet half a galaxy away where they're held as gladiators/slaves by unseen but all-knowing beings only known as the Providers (voiced by Bart La Rue, Walker Edmiston, Bob Johnson), who like nothing more than betting on odds, and are kept in line by their slavemaster Galt (Joseph Ruskin), who can make them suffer unbearable pain through their collar. However, Kirk sees a way of making escape plans through his lovely female minder Shahna (Angelique Pettyjohn), whom he sweettalks into giving up more and more information about the planet, and sparks a seed of rebellion in her. Meanwhile, back on the Enterprise, Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and Scotty (James Doohan) are looking for the needle in the haystack looking for Kirk and company, and when Spock follows an unpromising energy signature as the only lead to them, McCoy and Scotty almost rebel - but of course, Spock proves to be right - and the Enterprise flies right into the trap of the Providers. To save his crew (and himself), Kirk proposes a wager to the Providers (who turn out to be coloured brains): Should he defeat three gladiators of the Providers choice, they will not only let the Enterprise go but also lead the other slaves into freedom. The alternative is immaterial, because of course Kirk is victorious.


This is Star Trek at its campiest, which is really one of the reasons the (original) series is so enduringly beloved (though die-hard Trekkies might disagree): The "exterior" locations don't even try to shake their studio looks, the aliens are a funny bunch with Angelique Pettyjohn sporting a very sexy outfit, Shatner proves himself once again to be the ladies' man while being given plenty of opportunity to ham it up, the whole thing is decided more by brawns than brains (despite the adversary being just that, brains), and the interaction between Nimoy, Kelley and Doohan aboard the ship is really priceless.

Tons of fun for sure!


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