Whom Gods Destroy (Episode)

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Whom Gods Destroy
"Whom Gods Destroy" (TOS71)

"Whom Gods Destroy" (TOS71)
Series Star Trek
Season 3
Episode 14
Production Number 71

Previous Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (TOS70)
Next The Mark of Gideon (TOS72)
Released 3 Jan 1969
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 5718.3: Kirk is confronted by one of his heroes, now criminally insane.

Captain Kirk takes the Enterprise to Elba II, home of an asylum for the Federation's criminally insane. He has brought a new drug that, when used in conjunction with other treatments, can cure these individuals. Beaming down, Kirk and Spock are met by the colony's governor, Donald Cory — who turns out to be Garth of Izar, a brilliant, former starship captain. Now an inmate of Elba II, Garth used his mysterious shape-changing power to assume Cory's appearance. Imprisoning the real governor, Garth then freed his fellow inmates and took over the asylum.

Now he seeks to gain possession of the Enterprise. His attempts, involving impersonation and the wiles of the Orion inmate Marta, are unsuccessful. In a rage, Garth has Marta dragged into the poisonous atmosphere beyond the asylum's protective dome and killed with a powerful explosive he invented. Mr. Scott, left in command of the Enterprise, cannot penetrate the asylum's forcefield to aid Kirk. But Spock manages to escape his guards — only to discover that Garth has transformed into Kirk's double. The Vulcan correctly deduces which is the impostor, and after control of the asylum is restored to Cory, Garth is treated with the new drug and on his way to recovery.

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Created by
Gene Roddenberry

William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy

Teleplay by
Lee Erwin

Story by
Lee Erwin and Jerry Sohl

Directed by
Herb Wallerstein

Produced by
Fred Freiberger

Executive Producer
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producers
Edward K. Milkis
Gregg Peters

Guest Star
Steve Ihnat as Garth

Yvonne Craig as Marta

James DoohanScott
George TakeiSulu
Nichelle NicholsUhura
Richard GearyAndorian
Gary DowneyTellarite
Keye LukeCory

Story Consultant
Arthur H. Singer

Theme Music by
Alexander Courage

Additional Music by
Fred Steiner

Art Director
Walter M. Jefferies

Director of Photography
Al Francis

Film EditorBill Braeme
Unit Production ManagerGregg Peters
Assistant DirectorGene DeRuelle
Set DecoratorJohn M. Dwyer
Costumes Created byWilliam Ware Theiss
Photographic Effects … Howard Anderson Co.
Sound Effects EditorDouglas H. Grindstaff
Music EditorRichard Lapham
Re-Recording MixerGordon L. Day, C.A.S.
Production MixerCarl W. Daniels
Script SupervisorGeorge A. Rutter
Sound … Glen Glenn Sound Co.
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Makeup ArtistFred B. Phillips, S.M.A.
Hair StylistPat Westmore
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
Head GripGeorge Rader
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Special EffectsJim Rugg

A Paramount Production

In Association With
Norway Corporation

Executive Vice President in Charge of Production
Douglas S. Cramer