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Production Number 19
Air Date (US) 1967-01-19
Season 1
DVD Disc No. 5
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William Shatner as James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy as Spock
DeForest Kelley as Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan as Montgomery Scott
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
George Takei as Hikaru Sulu

Guest Cast:
Carole Shelyne as Metron
Vic Perrin as Metron's voice
Gary Coombs as Gorn Captain
Bobby Clark as Gorn Captain
Vic Perrin as Gorn's voice
Grant Woods as Lt. Commander Kelowitz
Sean Kenney as Lt. DePaul
Eddie Paskey as Lt. Leslie
Jerry Ayres as Lt. Commander O'Herlihy
James Farley as Lt. Commander Lang
Tom Troupe as Lt. Harold

Creative Staff:
Director: Joseph Pevney
Teleplay By: Gene L. Coon
Story By: Fredric Brown
The U.S.S. Enterprise is in pursuit of an unknown alien ship which has destroyed a Starfleet base on Cestus III. In an uncharted area of space, both the alien ship and the Enterprise are caught by an advanced race called Metrons. The Metrons are angry at the two ships for trespassing into their space and believe that physical combat is the answer to finding justice.
They transport Kirk and the alien captain, a lizard-like creature called a Gorn, to an uninhabited asteroid to fight to the death. The Metrons promise that the victor and his ship will be set free, while the loser will be destroyed, along with his ship and crew.

The Gorn informs Kirk that the base on Cestus III was destroyed because it was believed to be a hostile intrusion on Gorn space. The Gorn is seven feet tall and much stronger than a human, with an extremely aggressive nature, but Kirk has the advantage of speed and agility that his opponent lacks. Kirk manages to keep out of the Gorn's way long enough to mix local minerals into gunpowder, which he uses in a primitive cannon to wound the Gorn captain.

When Kirk refuses to kill the Gorn, the Metrons decide that there may be some hope for the human species after all. Both captains and their ships are set free.
Most of this episode was shot on location at Vazquez Rocks and featured the fort that had been used in "The Cage."
"Arena" marked the first use of a Universal Translator. The voice of the Metron was provided by Vic Perrin, who supplied the voice of the "baby" Balok in "The Corbomite Maneuver".




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