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Star Trek: The Gamesters of Triskelion

Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov are kidnapped away from the transported pad as they prepare to beam down to Gamma 2, an uninhabitable plant with an automated station. The party appears on a completely different planet and are taken prisoner. Spock must find out what happened and try to find where the landing party has gone.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 60346
Airdate: Friday January 05th, 1968

Director: Gene Nelson
Writer: Margaret Armen

Starring Roles
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Walter KoenigWalter Koenig
As Ensign Pavel Chekov

Guest Stars

Co-Guest Stars
Dick CrockettDick Crockett
As Andorian Thrall
Jane RossJane Ross
As Tamoon
Victoria GeorgeVictoria George
As Ensign Jana Haines

Bart La RueBart La Rue
voiced Provider #1
Walker EdmistonWalker Edmiston
voiced Provider #2
Bob Johnson (1)Bob Johnson (1)
voiced Provider #3
Paul BaxleyPaul Baxley
As Capt. Kirk's Stunt Double
Eddie PaskeyEddie Paskey
As Lt. Leslie
William BlackburnWilliam Blackburn
As Lt. Hadley
Roger HollowayRoger Holloway
As Mr. Lemli
Frank Da VinciFrank Da Vinci
As Brent/Vinci
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy


The Enterprise arrives at Gamma II for a routine check of an automated facility. Kirk takes down Uhura and Chekov but before they can beam down, they are instantly teleported away from the transporter room and find themselves in an arena on a three-sunned planet. Their phasers and communicators don’t work and four alien gladiators quickly subdue them...

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Episode Notes
Working title: The Gamesters of Pentathalon

The Janus VI mining station backdrop is recycled for the Providers' underground facility.

Episode Quotes
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: Aye, of course I mean that! Do you think I'd call you 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.

Spock: They are not within the confines of this solar system.
McCoy: It's been nearly an hour. 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? Those people are friends of ours out there, if they're still alive.
Spock: Precisely. The odds are not good. No. I would say approximately 400...
McCoy: Don't quote odds and don't give me any more 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.

Chekov: You... you have been selected for me?
Tamoon: No. I am only your drill thrall. I have brought you nourishment. It is a nice name. "Chee-koof."
Chekov: Heh, heh. "Chekov."
Tamoon: Chee... koof! It is a very nice name. I am called Tamoon.
Chekov: Oh, uh, pleased... pleased to know you, uh ... miss.

Galt: It is part of your training. The Providers wish it.
Kirk: The devil with the Providers.
Chekov: Cossacks!

Provider 1: Provider 1 bids three hundred quatloos for the newcomers.
Provider 2: Provider 2 - three hundred and fifty quatloos!
Provider 3: Provider 3 - four hundred!
Provider 2: One thousand quatloos!
Provider 3: One thousand fifty quatloos!
Provider 1: Two thousand!
(There is a long pause.)
Galt: Two thousand quatloos are bid. Is there a challenge?
(The Providers do not reply)
Galt: The newcomers have been vended, to Provider 1.

Provider #1: ls that what you humans call compassion? It is interesting, but it has no value here.

(after Kirk kisses Shahna)
Galt: Captain, you do indeed present many surprises. Because you have amused the Providers, there will be no punishment.

McCoy: Well, my hunch is that they're back on Gamma II--dead or alive--and I still want another search.
Scotty: Dr. McCoy speaks for me, too, sir.
Spock: I see. Gentlemen, I am in command of this vessel, and we shall continue on our present course, unless it is your intention to declare a mutiny.
Scotty: Mr. Spock!
McCoy: Who said anything about a mutiny, you stubborn, pointed-eared... all right. If we don't find them here, do we still have another search on Gamma II?
Spock: Agreed. Mr. Scott, could you manage warp 7?
Scotty: I would be more than content to do so, sir, and maybe a wee bit more.

McCoy: Well Mr. Spock, 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: 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.

Kirk: Your terms are unfair!
Provider One: On the contrary. Our terms are extremely fair, since your alternative is death.

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

Episode Goofs
Although the rules of the final match clearly state that Kirk will lose a weapon if he steps on the wrong color, he does so consistently and is never penalized.

What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. Gamma 2 gets a new planetary ring while the stars of Triskelion are much clearer in the from-orbit shots. The matte from "The Devil in the Dark" to represent the Providers' underground facility remains unchanged.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene L. Coon
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
Make-upFred B. Phillips
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
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