The Rewatch 56: Spectre of The Gun

Series: Star Trek (The Original Series)
Episode: 3.06 Spectre of The Gun (10-18-68)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/2/46

Review:

 We start our adventure today with a warning bouy, which Kirk decides to disregard because for some reason Starfleet wants to talk to these guys despite no contact with them before.  You would think the bouy might be a clue to turn around but nope, Kirk decides to continue and ends up stuck in a rendition of the Ok Corral.

Chekov is probably the only one to have a pleasant experience.  He finds himself the object of attention of a young woman up until he’s killed (sort of).  Everyone else spends the whole time trying to decide if they are going to all die.  Up till Spock randomly realizes that hey – this isn’t real.  He melds with everyone (because that’s Spock’s thing now) and they all just stand there as the Earp brothers try to shoot them.

However, in the end this works out because the aliens (Melkotians) figure they must be peaceful and can proceed (And oh, here’s your navigator back.)

Interesting Notes:

  • Directed by Vincent McEveety
  • Written by Lee Cronin (Gene L. Coon)
  • Last episode to air at 10pm on Fridays.
  • This episode used a lot of half-sets due to having little to no budget available.

Pros:

  •  Just the image of a young Spock trying to research his maternal history and reading old westerns and biographies.

Cons:

  •   Sets – although I already know that’s because they had no budget to make something more

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