Star Trek

Season 2 Episode 16

The Gamesters of Triskelion

8
Aired Unknown Jan 05, 1968 on NBC
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  • Gottas love Margaret Armen

    8.5
    In "Gamesters", the basic plot is about slavery. Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov (nice twist since, for once, we don't get Spock and McCoy) are kidnapped and forced to compete for their lives. While Kirk, go figure, gets the best dialogue and diatribes to discuss the evil of slavery, William Shatner puts in the amount of passion needed to make the lines stand out. I do wonder, though, if Uhura and Chekov could have had more to do, especially as Uhura's ancestors had to deal with slavery firsthand. This episode was solid, but I think it could have been more poignant. But it was also the 1960s, with stronger censors - only Kirk could be allowed to say his impassioned pleas...



    But Uhura could have had more to do in the episode padded out by Kirk making it with the latest "hottie of the week" -- the commercial break scene where Lars appears to be heading toward her so he can rape here is one of the most horrific scenes TREK, or any show of the time, ever dared to do, and Uhura was simply a damsel in distress. But Kirk stuck behind bars and unable to do anything except cry out for her makes the proceedings even more unnerving, as Kirk was always the type to protect and defend his crew (unlike more recent captains, who would merely gun down a fellow crewmember out of convenience, despite his crew saving him from the same fate... but that's another



    Spock gets a couple of good interaction scenes with McCoy...



    The trinary sun idea is imaginative but little is done with it. But the philosophical bent makes this story more interesting than the science...



    Oh, I love how the lead baddie's name is "Galt". There are elements of Ayn Rand's philosophy in this story, though - upon viewing - there are seemingly as many times it feels as if Ms. Armen is mocking Rand as she is supporting Rand's views...



    Definitely worth a watch, even if Kirk spends half the story trying to get with the girl - had "Gamesters" been unique in wanting to teach love, then it wouldn't across as hokey as it does. But the running jokes about Kirk and 60s Trek where he's going after all the women does render laughable what should be a solid scene discussing emotional platitudes, caring, et cetera...

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