Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos   Rewatch 
November 15, 2014 8:38 AM - Season 1, Episode 18 - Subscribe

On stardate 2124.5, the USS Enterprise is snagged by an unknown force near a barren planet, and Sulu and the captain are kidnapped. Upon beaming down to search for them, the landing party finds itself the unwilling guests of the quirky Trelane (William Campbell), a strange lifeform with unusual powers and particular tastes for being amused.

"The Squire of Gothos" was first broadcast by NBC on January 12, 1967 and repeated on June 22, 1967. It is the seventeenth episode of the first season, and was written by Paul Schneider, and directed by Don McDougall.

Memory Alpha Link

The episode can be viewed on Netflix and Hulu.
posted by Benway (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been watching Star Trek since the 1970s and I didn't know until I read the William Campbell article on Memory Alpha that he portrayed Koloth (TOS and DS9) as well. You learn something new every day.
posted by Rob Rockets at 4:54 PM on November 15, 2014

Another quick thoughter as I'm just continually lagging behind as of late. Boo.

A side note, this episode was the inspiration for the underlying premise of the Futurama Star Trek episode, a child playing god playing with his toys...

I wondered if the Squire's focus on warfare was intended as a commentary on militarism in general, as something that is not worth celebrating or enjoying, and only an adolescent would do.

I like how his parents were essentially the Cleavers, "We're terribly sorry, Captain Kirk...."

I'm pretty sure I saw one of the creatures from the Man Trap in one of his displays. Was I dreaming this? (Memory Alpha probably will tell me, but ain't got the time to check!)

And also, a salute to the Most Dangerous Game.

This is definitely a classic Trek episode based on how it's held up in the consciousness of its fans, but one that kind of belonged in an episode of the Twilight Zone, rather than actually on Star Trek.

Still enjoyed it!
posted by Atreides at 2:58 PM on December 8, 2014

I had to watch this when my partner wasn't around, because even though he hasn't seen TOS in over 30 years, the mere words "Squire of Gothos" made him flinch. And I was going to say something snide about the squire, but he was featured in the end-of-disk extra in my DVD set and seemed so nice that I won't say anything. EXCEPT about the sensors, which in this episode can detect all life forms on the surface, but not tell what they are.
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