[TOS] The Gamesters of Triskelion

[TOS] Season 2, Episode 16 (Netflix: S2 E16): The Gamesters of Triskelion

The Gamesters of Triskelion

Rating: 3

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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Notes:

Kirk, Chekov and Uhura are magically brought to some planet. The planets probably called Triskelion

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

This guy always walks around with his mouth open. Also, everything else is ridiculous about him too

A bald man shows up and tells them they will be trained to become like gladiators to amuse "the providers"

A bald man with a sparkly collar shows up and tells them they will be trained to become like gladiators to amuse “the providers”

Uhura may have been sexually assaulted

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. This seems like one of the darkerst scenes in Star Trek, but is followed by a comic scene. Lars just leaves Uhura's cell and says she's not allowed to resist. I'm guessing nothing actually happened to Uhura...right?

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

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

“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

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 be tied up and attacked. But then Kirk steps in and takes Uhura's place. Look, will someone please just get tied up and beaten already

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 takes a break for some grape soda

Kirk was supposed to just be target practice, but he ends up winning!

Kirk was supposed to just be target practice, but he ends up winning!

No one is wearing pants in this shot

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

I keep wishing Shahna’s hair would stand straight up so she would look like a troll doll

Kirk teaches Shahna about how great humans are.

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" Ha! Oh brother

Shahna: “please…help me once again”
Oh brother

Kirk kisses Shahna and then does some kind of mini punch, which of course instantly knocks her out, and allows for Kirk's escape. This episode is great

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 everyone's freedom if he wins a fight. If he loses the whole crew of the Enterprise will become slaves!

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 out beings that think think they're super advanced but lack all the awesome qualities humans have, like compassion and curiosity

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

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

Because Kirk only injured an opponent, Shahna has to fight Kirk. Hopefully she's as easy to knock out as before

Now Shahna has to fight Kirk! Hopefully she’s as easy to knock out as before

Shahna gives up and Kirk wins!

Shahna gives up and Kirk wins!

Everyone takes off their pain-necklaces pretty easy except for Kirk. He makes it look really hard

Everyone takes off their pain-necklaces pretty easily except for Kirk. He makes it look really hard

Shahna has HUGE eyes

This actress has HUGE eyes

Poor Shahna

Kirk, Chekov and Uhura beam back to Enterprise. Poor Shahna

 

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  • John Christensen

    Oh goodness. I was laughing out loud when Kirk could not stay in his yellow zone. Also, no one ever had the “no weapon” rule enforced upon them. You get the feeling the production designer was talking to the writers about how they should incorporate his two color paint job, and the writers just used their high quality filters to say, “Sounds cool to me.”