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Av Arvid Swedrup - 22 november 2013 00:11


  THE STAR TREK- EPISODE EVERY HUMAN BEEING KNOWS ABOUT... UNLESS THEY´RE NOT UN-NORMAL

Name: Arena

Year: 1967

Series: TOS

Director: Joseph Pevney 

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForrest Kelly and GORN as Himself

 

Have you ever seen the video "Worst Fight Scene Ever" on YouTube? Well, that clip was from this episode... Arena is perhaps the episode that most non-trekkies conect with Star Trek. It´s probably because of all the parodies based upon the flick, by for example Family Guy. All theese parodies and jokes concerning the legendary fight between Kirk and the Gorn-creature, may make people think this is a bad episode with laughable effects. This is not a true statement.

 

The plot of this episode is pretty simple: the crew of the Enterprise finds a human outpost on the planet Nimbus 3 to be destroyed by unknown invaders. When back on the ship, the enemy ship is scouted, and Kirk orders to open fire against it. After shooting at the ship, a group of powerful, invicable aliens stops the fight, making both the Enterprise and the enemy ship impossible to control. The aliens seems to dislike Kirk and the enemy´s way of solving the situation, so they decide to put the two fighting captains down on a planet, where they´re going to meet in a man-to-man fight to the death... the captain who wins, will be allowed to fly away in his ship.

 

So this is how Kirk meets Gorn. And, well, Kirk wins the fight- but not by killing the Gorn, but by realising the meaning of what turns out to be some kind of test...

 

 

  This is a true classic, as understood- but it´s also TV history, just like any other Trek episode... The way this episode explains the human nature is very powerful. You´ll ofcourse find out more if you see it...


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