‘THE SQUIRE OF GOTHOS’ (TOS)
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‘The Squire of Gothos’ features an omnipotent character called Trelane. I enjoyed this episode so much as it features a great performance by William Campbell playing the dreaded Trelane of Gothos.
Trelane is someone who has god-like powers and he captures the Enterprise ship against the crew’s will. Kirk becomes annoyed with Trelane and insists on his ship to be released. But Trelane refuses.
Trelane’s character is possibly a precursor for the character of Q who appears in the future ‘Star Trek’ spin-off shows like ‘The Next Generation’. The similarities of Q and Trelane are very clear here.
It was never confirmed in the TV series that Trelane is a member of the Q continuum. However, I’ve discovered that Trelane is a member and is Q’s godfather from the book ‘Q-Squared’ by Peter David.
I enjoyed William Campbell’s performance as Trelane in this episode. Trelane is so child-like and acts very immature in front of Kirk and his crew. He seems to treat the Enterprise crew as his play things.
I like the atmosphere of Trelane’s gothic looking-like castle that is a replica of something from the 17th or 18th centuries. This provides a sense of familiarity when Kirk and his crew are with Trelane.
Kirk finds Trelane annoying as he makes them his guests against their will when they want to return to the Enterprise. Trelane is adamant that they’d stay and he refuses to let them return to their ship.
Trelane seems to be someone who is easily bored and acts like a spoilt brat child when things don’t go his way. He’s easily provoked, especially when Kirk manages to destroy the source of his power.
Joining Kirk with Trelane on Gothos is Spock, Bones, Sulu, Uhura and many other crewmembers. I liked that Sulu got more to say in this ‘Star Trek’ episode compared to his standard helmsman duties.
The additional Enterprise crewmembers in this episode include Richard Carlyle as geophysicist Karl Jaeger and Michael Barrier as Lt. DeSalle. There’s also Venita Wolf who stars as Yeoman Teresa Ross.
At first, I thought Teresa Ross was Janice Rand in the series. She certainly fills in the Janice Rand role of the series, as she’s a young pretty blonde-haired yeoman who is easily attracted to Captain Kirk.
Trelane is enchanted with Yeoman Ross and gets her to dance with him, with Lt. Uhura playing organ music in the background. It was interesting seeing Uhura play the organ that she hasn’t done before.
Eventually Yeoman Ross is given a ball gown to wear by Trelane when she’s dancing with him. It makes Kirk jealous and he tells Trelane to leave Yeoman Ross alone before challenging him to a duel.
The pistol duel between Kirk and Trelane was tense to watch. At first, I thought that Trelane would actually shoot Kirk in the heart. But thankfully he doesn’t and Kirk has a chance to weaken his power.
The episode comes to a conclusion with Kirk facing Trelane on the planet. Trelane gets angry with Kirk for opposing and even cheats when chasing after him in the forest. Won’t this nightmare end?!
‘The Squire of Gothos’ is one of the finest ‘Star Trek’ episodes ever made. I found Trelane’s character development interesting during the episode, even when Kirk describes him as a ‘naughty small boy’.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 5 of both the original and re-mastered DVDs of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 1’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘The Squire of Gothos’ (TOS) rating – 9/10
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