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The Savage Curtain
Production Number 77
Air Date (US) 1969-03-07
Season 3
DVD Disc No. 6
Watch Episode Trailer (.mov QuickTime format - 2.461 MB)  
William Shatner as James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy as Spock
DeForest Kelley as Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan as Montgomery Scott
Walter Koenig as Pavel Andreievich Chekov
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
George Takei as Hikaru Sulu

Guest Cast:
Lee Bergere as Abraham Lincoln
Barry Atwater as Surak
Phillip Pine as Colonel Green
Arell Blanton as Lt. Dickerson
Carol Daniels Derment as Zora
Robert Herron as Kahless
Nathan Jung as Genghis Khan
Bart La Rue as Yarnek's voice
Janos Prohaska as Yarnek

Creative Staff:
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Teleplay By: Gene Roddenberry and Arthur Heinemann
Story By: Gene Roddenberry
The U.S.S. Enterprise is scanned by a powerful energy source coming from the planet Excalbia. The starship had been sent to survey the planet, but it was thought to consist of nothing but a lavalike surface without inhabitants.
The image of Abraham Lincoln appears in space and requests to be beamed aboard, claiming to be the genuine Lincoln. Against McCoy's objections, Kirk and Spock beam the entity aboard. They accept his offer to visit Excalbia, where a rock-like creature named Yarnek appears. Yarnek declares that the Enterprise officers are to participate in a battle between good and evil. This is to teach the Excalbians about humanoid concepts. Fighting for the "good" are, Kirk, Spock, Lincoln and Surak, founder of the present Vulcan culture. On the "bad" side are, Genghis Khan, Colonel Green, Zora a vicious killer, and Kahless, father of the Klingon Empire as it was now known.

When the Enterprise officers refuse to fight, Yarnek freezes the starship's engines, starting a breakdown of the matter/antimatter shielding. If Kirk doesn't win, the ship will explode in four hours. There is much plotting and counter-plotting, until only Kirk, Spock, Khan and Zora remain alive. After some philosophical discussion regarding "good" and "evil," Yarnek returns Kirk and Spock to the U.S.S. Enterprise and frees the ship.
Lee Bergere (Lincoln) later appeared as Joseph, the head of the household staff, in TV's long-running series Dynasty.
In this episode, Sulu is left in charge of the bridge, foreshadowing things to come in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.




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