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Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 19
Star Trek
Stardate 3045.6
Series Star Trek
Episode Number 19
Release Date 19 January 1967
Writer Gene L. Coon
Story Frederic L. Brown
Director Joseph Pevney

Kirk is pitted in a barehanded duel with a Gorn.

Captain Kirk receives a request from Commodore Travers to visit the Starfleet base on the new colony at Cestus III. Upon arriving, Kirk finds the base completely destroyed. Suddenly Kirk and his landing party are ambushed; Lieutenant Harold, the lone survivor on Cestus, says that the base was destroyed by a sudden and merciless attack. His people didn't have time to request the Enterprise's presence. The call was a trap, set by the attackers. The Enterprise follows the enemy ship, but the two vessels intrude upon the territory of the powerful Metrons, who decide to settle the conflict by having Kirk fight the alien commander, a Gorn, in single combat: the loser's ship will be destroyed. The Gorn is a human-sized, immensely strong reptilian being, as resourceful as Kirk in battle. The captain manages to construct a weapon with which he defeats the Gorn—and his refusal to kill his defeated opponent impresses the Metrons. Perhaps one day, they tell Kirk, the Federation may be mature enough to meet them as friends and equals.


Related Data

Astrometrics: Archanis; Canopus; Cestus III; Earth; Sirius
Cast & Crew: Brown, Frederic; Coon, Gene; Doohan, James; Farley, James; Kelley, DeForest; Kenney, Sean; Nichols, Nichelle; Nimoy, Leonard; Pevney, Joseph; Shatner, William; Shelyne, Carole; Takei, George; Troupe, Tom; Woods, Grant
Chronology: Stardate 3045.6-3046.2; 2266
Education: doctor
People: DePaul; Gorn Captain; Kelowitz; Kirk, James T.; Lang; McCoy, Leonard; Metron; O'Herlihy; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Sulu, Hikaru; Travers; Uhura, Nyota
Politics: Starfleet; Starfleet Command; Starfleet Ranks; United Federation of Planets
Science & Technology: carbon; coal; computer; diamond; disruptor; gunpowder; impulse drive; parsec; phaser; photon grenade; photon grenade launcher; photon torpedo; potassium nitrate; subspace; subspace radio; sulfur; tractor beam; transporter; tricorder; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles: Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Xenology: bamboo; Gorn; Humans; Metrons; Vulcans
Miscellaneous: Red Alert
Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 19