‘THE GAMESTERS OF TRISKELION’ (TOS)
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In this ‘Star Trek’ episode, Captain Kirk, Lt. Uhura and Ensign Chekov are about to transport down to the planet Gamma II. But instead they end up on the planet Triskelion, being taken against their will.
Kirk, Uhura and Chekov find themselves forced to train and fight in combat by the Thralls of Triskelion for the Providers. Kirk, Uhura and Chekov try to escape, but have no choice in the matter.
I haven’t seen this ‘Star Trek’ episode a lot from ‘The Original Series’ and it’s not an absolute favourite of mine. But it was pretty tense and gripping to watch, as you worry for Kirk, Uhura and Chekov.
I was wondering why the Providers wanted to have Kirk, Uhura and Chekov fight for them and how they came to know about the Enterprise. The Providers seem to have god-like powers in this story.
When I saw what the Providers actually looked like, I wasn’t sure whether to be impressed or appalled. The Providers are actually brains, but they do seem so small when Kirk gets to meet them.
The Provider brains put in mind of another set of brain masters from a ‘Doctor Who’ story called ‘The Keys of Marinus’. The difference was the Providers didn’t have eyestalks like they did in ‘Doctor Who’.
The fights and training that Kirk, Uhura and Chekov are forced to go through are pretty intense and gruelling. They’re given food by their individual drill Thralls, but it doesn’t make them entirely happy.
Meanwhile aboard the Enterprise, Spock, Bones and Scotty are trying to find where Kirk, Uhurua and Chekov have gone to. They find an ion trail and Spock has a hunch as the Enterprise leave Gamma II.
Bones and Scotty protest to Spock that they’re going on some wild goose chase. But Spock is determined and threatens Bones and Scotty on a charge of mutiny before they agree to go with him.
The guest cast are as follows. There’s Galt, the Master Thrall on Triskelion. Galt looks frightening in appearance and his eyes glow bright whenever Kirk, Uhuru and Chekov try to escape and suffer pain.
The three individual drill Thralls given to Kirk, Uhura and Chekov are as follows. There’s Steve Sandor as Lars for Uhura; Jane Ross as Tamoon for Chekov and also Angelique Pettyjohn as Shahna for Kirk.
Uhura and Chekov find their selected drill Thralls antagonistic and intimidating when they’re in their cells. Lars makes advances on Uhura off-screen whilst Chekov is feeling uncomfortable with Tamoon.
But with Kirk, he finds Shahna easy to get on with as she shows compassion for him. Shahna is described as ‘the green-haired female warrior who gets the hots for Captain Kirk’ during the episode.
Kirk tries to win her way with Shahna in order for him, Uhura and Chekov to escape Triskelion. There are some romantic moments between Kirk and Shahna, and yes they include kisses between them.
The episode concludes with a fight between Kirk and three Thralls in a ‘triskelion’ arena floor. There seems to be an Andorian fighting Kirk in that arena. Kirk also gets himself fighting Shahna at the end.
‘The Gamesters of Triskelion’ is an enjoyable and tense ‘Star Trek’ episode to watch. It’s not a favourite of mine, but I enjoyed the tense drama in this and I worried for Kirk, Uhurua and Chekov.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 4 of the original DVD and Disc 6 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘The Gamesters of Triskelion’ (TOS) rating – 7/10
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