Star Trek (1966–1969)
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For bringing hostility into their solar system, a superior alien race brings Captain Kirk in mortal combat against the reptilian captain of an alien ship he was pursuing.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Gene L. Coon (teleplay by), Fredric Brown (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
George Takei ... Sulu
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Jerry Ayres Jerry Ayres ... O'Herlihy
Grant Woods ... Kelowitz
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Lt. Harold
James Farley James Farley ... Lang
Carolyne Barry Carolyne Barry ... Metron (as Carole Shelyne)
Sean Kenney Sean Kenney ... DePaul
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Storyline

When a reptilian alien race known as the Gorn destroys an Earth colony, the Enterprise comes under attack by the Gorn vessel. Captain Kirk soon gives chase to the Gorn ship, leading them to an unexplored solar system, gradually (and dangerously) increasing speed. Kirk prepares to destroy the Gorn ship until another race of powerful aliens called the Metrons stops them and forces both captains to face off in mortal combat. The main purpose of this one-on-one duel is to solve their dispute, the winner will be released and the loser will be destroyed along with his ship and crew. Written by Anonymous

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

This was the first episode directed by Joseph Pevney, brought in by producer Gene Coon. Pevney was known for his fast work, and finished this episode - originally expected to be shot in seven days (one day extra) - in six days, remaining on schedule, for which he received a $500 bonus. See more »

Goofs

Kirk heaves a rock at the Gorn striking it in the stomach and coming to rest to Gorns right. In the next shot, when the Gorn approaches, the rock has disappeared, and another rock on the ground is in a noticeably different spot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain James T. Kirk: You'll enjoy Commodore Travers. He sets a good table.
Dr. McCoy: I wonder if he brought his personal chef along with him to Cestus III.
Captain James T. Kirk: Probably. Rank hath its privileges.
Dr. McCoy: [they both chuckle] How well we both know that!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are set against a combination background of stills from that episode and previous episodes. See more »

Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song. Highlights include a wider angle on the Cestus outpost showing more destruction (and removing an oddly-placed chunk of metal in the foreground) and the never-before-seen Gorn ship. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: A Space Oddity (2009) See more »

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Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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Kirk vs. a giant lizard
18 June 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Although it may seem like a silly story on the surface (in essence, Kirk fights against a man-sized reptile), Arena is actually one of the best Star Trek episodes, being an insightful critique on the unnecessary casualties of war.

The episode begins with the destruction of a Federation outpost, which prompts Kirk to go after the alien attacker and destroy him at all costs. During the pursuit, the Enterprise is seized by more powerful beings who send Kirk to a desert planet so that he can face his adversary: the reptilian Gorn. Whoever wins the duel will be set free; the loser will be destroyed, along with his ship and crew. Given the Gorn is much stronger than Kirk, the latter has to come up with an inventive strategy to survive.

Of the many examinations of the futility of war that Star Trek has offered, Arena is undoubtedly one of the more interesting ones, all because of its central idea: the preconception that all conflicts must end with the total annihilation of one of the two conflicting sides. The episode's presentation of the villain also plays on man's natural fear of all things unknown or different, making for 45 minutes of intelligence and tension that still resonate four decades on (despite the fact that the Gorn is obviously a stuntman in a suit).


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