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The Gamesters of Triskelion 

Kirk, Uhura and Chekov are trapped on a planet where abducted aliens are enslaved and trained to perform as gladiators for the amusement of bored, faceless aliens.


Gene Nelson


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Margaret Armen




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Joseph Ruskin ... Galt
Angelique Pettyjohn ... Shahna
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
James Doohan ... Scott
Steve Sandor ... Lars
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Jane Ross Jane Ross ... Tamoon
Victoria George Victoria George ... Ensign Jana Haines
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Andorian Thrall
Mickey Morton Mickey Morton ... Kloog


Kirk, Uhura and Chekov find themselves suddenly transported light years across the galaxy to the planet Triskelion. There, they are trained as thralls, slaves who engage in gladiatorial combat for the pleasure of the Providers, three faceless beings who amuse themselves by wagering on the outcomes. Outfitted with collars that inflict pain for disobedience, the thralls are submissive and pliant. Kirk eventually challenges the Providers to a wager that will either result in freedom for all or a lifetime of slavery. Written by garykmcd

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5 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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The original version of the script featured Kirk, Sulu, and Uhura being taken captive while traveling in a shuttle craft. However, the production staff thought it was too similar to the Teaser of Star Trek: The Original Series: Metamorphosis (1967), and changed it to feature them being detained while transporting down instead. See more »


When the drill thrall brings Chekov his meal in his cell, every time the camera focuses on Chekov sitting on the bench the shadow of the boom mic can be seen hovering on the wall behind him, just above his head. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: Scotty!
Scott: Aye, sir.
Captain James T. Kirk: Beam us up.
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Referenced in Futurama: Where No Fan Has Gone Before (2002) See more »

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9 May 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Star Trek

The Gamesters Of Triskelion

A cultural hub and by far one of the most loved and respected tale, Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry who wrote this brilliant concept, ahead of its time and is probably why it still doesn't fail to entertain us after these many years. It was written "for the future" in many aspects as it even though is smarter, wiser and powerful it still seeks for emotion and the force that binds it all. The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most human thing in this majestic tale where the adventures are endless. Encountering this original series, at this stage makes the execution look petty and a bit loose (the small technical aspects can be negotiated) but the writing is smart, gripping and hence completely overpowers it.

After a good run on its first season, the second season has more expectations to fulfill and hopefully they will try to develop the character a bit more and focus on the relations between the crew members on the enterprise to blend in and communicate easily with the audience despite of just focusing on more mind-numb missions that sometimes feel like they are filling their time and work in.

The Gamesters Of Triskelion spends most of its time on action sequences whose motivation is admirable but due to lack of execution it fails to create the anticipated impact whilst the rest of it is something one can do with, the mystery, the conversations and the good old drama.

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