[TOS] Season 2, Episode 16 (Netflix: S2 E16): The Gamesters of Triskelion
Kirk seduces an alien and teaches her what love and freedom mean, but leaves her looking up at the stars crying at the end of the episode. Kirk makes a huge gamble and we see him putting some super advanced aliens in their place. There’s gladiator type fights to the death. Bones and Spock argue about logic versus compassion. There’s cheesy fights, sets, and costumes. This may not be the best episode, but it’s classic for TOS.
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Kirk, Chekov and Uhura are magically brought to some planet. The planet is probably called Triskelion
This guy always walks around with his mouth open. Also, everything else is ridiculous about him too
A bald man with a sparkly collar shows up and tells them they will be trained to become like gladiators to amuse “the providers”
A guy brings Uhura her food and tells her they are paired to mate
We hear Uhura scream and Kirk looks like he’s gonna kill someone. It’s immediately followed by a scene that’s supposed to be funny. We see the guy leave Uhura’s cell and he says she’s not allowed to resist. I’m guessing nothing actually happened to Uhura…right?
Shahna says she doesn’t understand what “beautiful” means. Kirk gives her a mirror. Kirk, she doesn’t understand that you’re hitting on her, she just thinks “beautiful” is the thing you just handed her. Those are also some cool tin foil gloves
“Are you out of your Vulcan mind?” This is a good episode for Bones and Spock banter
Good thing they’re made to wear “training harnesses” when they train
Uhura is told to beat up a guy that’s tied up. Uhura refuses, and as punishment she has to take his place. But then Kirk steps in and takes Uhura’s place. Will someone please just get tied up and beaten already
Kirk takes a break for some grape soda
Kirk was supposed to just be target practice, but he ends up winning!
No one in this shot is wearing pants (except maybe Galt)
I keep wishing Shahna’s hair would stand straight up so she would look like a troll doll
Kirk teaches Shahna all about humans. Naturally she doesn’t know what love is, and Kirk has to show her. Kirk: “It’s the custom of my people to help one another when they’re in trouble”
Shahna: “please…help me once again”
Kirk kisses Shahna and then does some kind of mini punch, which of course instantly knocks her out, which allows for Kirk’s escape. Brilliant
Kirk finally meets “the providers.” He provokes them into wagering for everyone’s freedom if he wins a fight. If he loses the whole crew of the Enterprise will become slaves!
In classic Star Trek form, Kirk chews them out for lacking the awesome qualities humans have, like compassion, curiosity and a love of freedom. Go humans!
Kirk has to fight 3 guys at once! They say it’s against the rules for Kirk to step on the “blue” areas. If by “blue” they mean “green,” then Kirk loses about 20 times
Now Shahna has to fight Kirk! Hopefully she’s as easy to knock out as before
Shahna gives up and Kirk wins!
Everyone takes off their pain-necklaces pretty easily except for Kirk. He makes it look really hard
This actress has HUGE eyes
Kirk, Chekov and Uhura beam back to Enterprise. Poor Shahna
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