Star Trek

The Savage Curtain

Season 3, Ep 22, Aired 3/7/69
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  • Episode Description
  • Kirk and Spock meet Abraham Lincoln and Surak of Vulcan and must do battle with some of history's most terrible villains.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • William Shatner

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

  • Arthur Heinemann

  • Gene Roddenberry

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • star trek this is bull

    By EricWalker, Sep 13, 2012

  • "Your existence is Ended"

    By shootist, Jun 14, 2012

  • Surprisingly good, for a third season last-half episode.

    By Gislef, Dec 22, 2005

  • The crew of the Enterprise are confronted by what appears to be Abraham Lincoln, which leads to Kirk and Spock being forced into battle against illusionary villains by a race trying understand 'good' and 'evil'. One of the far better late episodes...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Feb 01, 2009

  • Kirk and Spock are forced to take part in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

    By Celedorian, Jan 13, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Yarnek: It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted.

    • Surak: I am pleased to see that we have differences. May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.

    • Kirk: How many others have you done this to? What gives you the right to hand out life and death? Yarnek: The same right that brought you here - the need to know new things.

    • Lincoln: One matter further, gentlemen. We fight on their level. With trickery, brutality, finality. We match their evil. I know, James. I was reputed to be a gentle man. But I was commander in chief during the four bloodiest years of my country's history. I gave orders that sent a hundred thousand men to their death. at the hands of their brothers. There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war except its ending. And you are fighting for the lives of your crew. Kirk: Your campaign, Mr. President.

    • Kirk: Your Surak is a brave man. Spock: Men of peace usually are, Captain. On Vulcan, he is revered as the father of our civilization. The father image holds much meaning for us. Kirk: You show emotion, Spock? Spock: I deeply respect what he has accomplished.

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    Notes (4)

    • This marked the last performance given by Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Nyota Uhura until the animated series.

    • The century in which the series was set was still vague at this point and Scotty's line that Lincoln died three centuries ago (the nineteenth century) suggests the show was set in the twenty-second century, rather than the twenty-third. The episode "Tomorrow is Yesterday" implied this as well.

    • This episode first introduces Surak of Vulcan, the Klingon leader Kahless the Unforgettable, and the infamous Colonel Green. These characters are later mentioned in other series and films.

    • (Translation) Vulcan: [Knome] English: [All]

    Trivia (13)

    • Right before the commercial break, Yarnek says Kirk has four hours until the Enterprise explodes. However, after the commercial break, Scotty makes a log entry saying they have two hours, and Kirk and the others are in the same position on the view screen as when Yarnek said four hours.

    • During the talk with Lincoln over the view screen, old footage is reused. Notice that in shots facing the view screen, Checkov is replaced by another crewman and Sulu is wearing a season one uniform.

    • About 25 minutes in, there is another reversed shot as the good guys discuss what to do, right before Colonel Green comes over. Notice that Shatner turns left to talk to Lincoln who is on his right and that the Starfleet insignia is on his right side, not left.

    • The close-up on Lincoln as Surak screams is taken from his speech about being a woodsman from a minute or so later.

    • The final battle has an odd glitch. Genghis Khan pops up and throws a rock from the bad guys' refuge. Then we see Green and Kahless charge at Kirk and Spock. Then Kirk and Spock step back into a clearing and Kora and Genghis hit them. A couple of seconds later Kahless comes charging in. How did Genghis get there from his refuge before the charging Kahless did?

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