Arena (Episode)

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"Arena" (TOS19)

"Arena" (TOS19)
Series Star Trek
Season 1
Episode 18
Production Number 19

Previous The Squire of Gothos (TOS18)
Next The Alternative Factor (TOS20)
Released 19 Jan 1967
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

Stardate 3045.6: 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.

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William Shatner

Also Starring
Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

Directed by
Joseph Pevney

Teleplay by
Gene L. Coon

From a Story by
Fredric Brown

Produced by
Gene L. Coon

Executive Producer
Gene Roddenberry

Created by
Gene Roddenberry

Associate Producer
Robert H. Justman

Script Consultant
Steven W. Carabatsos


DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy
George Takei as Sulu
James Doohan as Scott
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
Jerry Ayres as O'Herlihy
Grant Woods as Kelowitz
Tom Troupe as Lt. Harold
James Farley as Lang
Carole Shelyne as Metron
Sean Kenney as DePaul

Music Composed and Conducted by
Alexander Courage

Director of Photography
Jerry Finnerman

Art Directors
Rolland M. Brooks
Walter M. Jefferies

Film Editor
Fabien Tordjmann

Assistant to the Producer
Edward K. Milkis

Assistant Director
Gregg Peters

Set Decorator
Marvin March

Costumes Created by
William Theiss

Post Production Executive
Bill Heath

Music Editor
Jim Henrikson

Sound Editor
Douglas H. Grindstaff

Sound Mixer
Jack F. Lilly

Photographic Effects
Westheimer Company

Script Supervisor
George A. Rutter

Music Consultant
Wilbur Hatch

Music Coordinator
Julian Davidson

Special Effects
Jim Rugg

Property Master
Irving A. Feinberg

George H. Merhoff

Head Grip
George Rader

Production Supervisor
Bernard A. Widin

Makeup Artist
Fred B. Phillips, S.M.A.

Hair Styles by
Virginia Darcy, C.H.S.

Wardrobe Mistress
Margaret Makau

Joseph D'Agosta

Glen Glenn Sound Co.

A Desilu Production

In Association with
Norway Corporation

Executive in Charge of Production
Herbert F. Solow