The Rewatch 41: The Gamesters of Triskelion

Series: Star Trek (The Original Series)
Episode: 2.16 The Gamesters of Triskelion (01-05-68)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status:  0/20/43

Notable Guest Stars:
 Dick Crockett – Andorian Thrall  known for his work with Blake Edwards
Angelique Pettyjohn –
Shahna.  She appeared on various TV shows, and had a burlesque carrer in the 80s.
Richard Ruskin –
Master Thrall GaltHe would appear on several episodes of DS9, Enterprise and Voyager.  He also appeared in Star Trek: Insurrection.

Review:

 I’m starting to remember why Star Trek TOS isn’t my favorite series. There are a few tropes they use continuously, and it seems season 2 is the place they started using them in regularity.  Kirk once again must seduce his way off a planet.

The background behind this episode is kind of vague.  It really seems like “We need more fights, less talk” came up in the script room and this came out of that. I might have appreciated it more had Chekov and Uhura been given equal screen time.

That being said its far from the worst episode this series.

Interesting Notes:

  • Directed by Gene Nelson
  • Written by Margaret Armen

Pros:

  •  Nothing stands out

Cons:

  •    Not particularly impressed with costuming for this episode.

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