Star Trek

Season 2 Episode 16

The Gamesters of Triskelion

Aired Unknown Jan 05, 1968 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • At one point during the final battle, the Andorian fighting Kirk falls over and the actor's normal human pink skin can be seen as his shirt rides up his back.

    • After being transported to Triskelion, Kirk makes a log entry. With what does he make the recording?

    • At the end of Kirk's first fight scene (one-on-one when he was getting whipped), he had a nasty face gash on his right cheek, but in the following scene and thereafter there are only the scars on his back and chest.

    • Near the end of the scene where Kirk must face three thralls, an Andorian loses his chief weapon and draws a knife. He tries an overhand stab at Kirk. Trained knife fighters do not use the weapon this way; it leaves your torso wide open, as the episode shows. One might reasonably expect a thrall to be trained with knives...

    • For not knowing anything about the concept of "kissing," Shahna reacts just like a normal human would (closes eyes, leans forward, drops her jaw).

    • Kirk's all over the different colors in the final battle, although the stated rules state that someone leaving their designated color will lose a weapon.

    • Kirk, Chekov, Uhura refuse to beat up on a "Practice Target." and are seemingly willing to give their lives in order to hold on to their moral beliefs. However at the conclusion of the episode Kirk has no problem making a wager with the Providers that involves a fight to the death, where he subsequently kills Lars and Kloog.

  • Quotes

    • Provider 2: It was hoped that such new blood would stimulate our stock of Thralls. How unfortunate that you must be destroyed!
      Kirk: Our destruction will result only in your own. You may control the Enterprise, but you cannot match the force of the entire Federation.
      Provider 1: Your ship will be destroyed by a magnetic storm. Your fate will remain a mystery to your people.
      Kirk: And you call yourselves superior! You're murderers, without the spirit to truly wager!

    • Shanna: (looking up at the stars) How can one live on a flicker of light?
      Kirk: From where I come from, Triskelion's three suns are only a flicker of light.

    • Kirk: We're free people. We belong to no one.

    • Kirk: A species that enslaves other beings is hardly superior -- mentally or otherwise.

    • Kirk: We have found all life forms in the galaxy are capable of superior development.

    • Kirk: All your people must learn before you can reach for the stars.

    • Kirk: Three against one... Those are pretty high odds.
      Provider 3: Not for true gamesters, Captain.
      Kirk: Your terms are unfair!
      Provider 1: On the contrary. They're extremely fair, since your alternative is death.

    • Tamoon: It is a nice name--Chee-koof.

    • McCoy: Can people live that long as disassembled atoms in a transporter beam?
      Spock: I have never heard of a study being done, but it would be a fascinating project.
      McCoy: Fascinating? Look, those people are friends of ours if they're still alive!
      Spock: Indeed.
      McCoy: Well the odds are not good!
      Spock: No, I would estimate the odds...
      McCoy: Don't quote odds and don't give me any of your dispassionate logic, Mr. Spock! Just keep looking for them!

    • Spock: I would welcome a suggestion, Doctor, even an emotional one, as to where to look.
      McCoy: First time you've ever asked me for anything, and it has to be an occasion like this.

    • McCoy: You're going to leave here without them and run off on some wild goose chase halfway across the galaxy Just because you found a discrepancy in a hydrogen cloud?
      Spock: Doctor, I am chasing the captain, Lieutenant Uhura, and Ensign Chekov, not some wild aquatic fowl.

    • Scotty: What in the name of heaven is this?
      McCoy: Heaven's got very little to do with this...

    • Scotty: Mr. Spock, the captain, Lieutenant Uhura, and Chekov... they vanished. They got onto the transporter platform, and they just vanished.
      Spock: I presume you mean they vanished in a manner not consistent with the usual workings of the transporter, Mr. Scott.
      Scotty: Of course I mean that. You think I'd call if they just beamed down?

    • Spock: We shall continue sensor scans, Doctor. At the moment, that is all we can do, except hope for a rational explanation.
      McCoy: Hope? I always thought that was a human failing, Mr. Spock.
      Spock: True, Doctor. Constant exposure does result in a certain degree of contamination.

    • Kirk: My people pride themselves on being the greatest, most successful gamblers in the universe. We compete for everything--power, fame, women--everything we desire, and it is our nature... to win. And for proof, I offer you our exploration of this galaxy.

    • McCoy: If you're going into the lion's den, you'll need a medical officer.
      Spock: Daniel, as I recall, had only his faith. But I welcome your company, Doctor.

    • Kirk: (after punching Shawna) This is going to kill our romance...

  • Notes

    • The original script had Sulu not Chekov being the one who was captured along with Kirk and Uhura. But because George Takei was filming the movie The Green Berets the script was rewritten to have Chekov in his place. This also accounts for why George Takei was absent in several episodes during this season.

    • When Kirk is brought before the Providers, the matte shot of their complex is the same as the matte shot of the mining colony in "The Devil in the Dark."

    • The insignia on Triskelion was actually blue and yellow, yet the blue part appeared green.

    • One of only eight TV guest appearances by the late Angelique Pettyjohn, sometime R- and X-rated film actress.

    • Desilu No: 5149-46.

  • Allusions