Friday, September 16, 2016

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) - Episode 72. Whom Gods Destroy




 

Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)


Episode 72. Whom Gods Destroy


Story, Script & Trivia




STAR TREK

Episode 72. Whom Gods Destroy



Season:    3
Air Date:    1969-01-03
Stardate:    5718.3
Writer:    Lee Erwin
Story:    Jerry Sohl, Lee Erwin
Director:    Herb Wallerstein
Guests:    Yvonne Craig (Marta), Steve Ihnat (Garth?), Key Luke, Richard Geary, Gary Downey

Kirk and Spock beam down to Elba II to deliver a revolutionary medicine to the insane asylum located there which houses the 15 incorrigible insane criminals of the Federation. Elba II is surrounded by a poisonous atmosphere. Inmate Marta warns Kirk and Spock that their host is not really governor Donald Cory, but they do not believe her. Upon viewing Cory's cell, however, Kirk and Spock discover that the inmate and former starship fleet captain Garth of Isar has imprisoned Cory in his cell and is running the facility with the aid of the other inmates. Garth imprisons Kirk with Cory, and destroys the medicines Kirk and Spock have brought.

Garth is able to change form at will using the technique of cellular metamorphosis (learned on Antos) and attempts to gain control of the Enterprise to escape and punish his former mutinous crew by impersonating Kirk. Garth is thwarted by the password Kirk has arranged with Scotty when Scotty queries "queen to queen's level 3" and Garth does not know the proper response to this problem in 3-D chess: "queen to king's level 1."

Garth then invites Kirk to dinner with the inmates and Mr. Spock. At the banquet, the green poet inmate Marta recites Shakespeare (which she claims to have written herself) and performs an exotic dance (which Spock find similar to a dance performed by Vulcan school children). We find out that Garth has charted more new worlds than any man in history, but then tried to destroy Antos 4. When Kirk refuses to reveal the counter password, Garth tortures Cory in a specially modified therapeutic chair. When Kirk still refuses, he is strapped in and tortured.

However, Marta convinces Garth to let her try more persuasive techniques. She begins making love to Kirk, then attacks him with a knife. She has arranged for Spock to be freed, and he luckily steps in and nerve pinches her before she can stab Kirk. Kirk and Spock make it to the control room where they contact the Enterprise. However, Kirk smells a rat, and demands that Spock give the countersign instead of himself. Spock, who is actually Garth in disguise, then puts the force field back on and assumes his true form before a security team can be beamed down. Kirk attempts to turn the force field back off, but is stunned by Garth before he can do so.

Garth then holds a ceremony in which he declares himself ruler of the universe, Marta his consort, and Kirk his heir apparent. He then threatens to use a powerful new explosive he has invented on Marta, who is dragged out into the poisonous atmosphere. Garth then carries out his threat, and commands that Spock be brought in. Spock pretends to be knocked out in his cell, then nerve pinches the two guards who have come to fetch him. He makes his way to the control room, where he is confronted by what appear to be two identical Captain Kirks. Spock tries to distinguish the real from the impostor by asking what maneuver was used to defeat the Romulan ship near Tau Ceti. One Kirk correctly gives the maneuver as the Cochrane deceleration, but the other Kirk points out that this is a classic battle maneuver. The two Kirks then have it out, and Spock is able to identify Garth when the real Kirk tells Spock to stun them both in order to assure the safety of the Enterprise. Control of the institution is returned to Cory, and Garth and his colleagues are cured using the new drugs.






SCRIPT
(Transcript)

[Kirk] Captain's Log : Star date 5718.3.
The Enterprise is orbiting Elba 11, a planet with a poisonous atmosphere ...
where the Federation maintains an asylum...
for the few remaining incorrigible, criminally insane of the galaxy.
We are bringing a revolutionary new medicine to them,
a medicine with which the Federation hopes to eliminate mental illness...
for all time.
I am transporting down with Mr. Spock,
and we're delivering the medicine to Dr. Donald Cory,
the governor of the colony.
- Donald, good to see you. - Governor.
Gentlemen, you don't know what a treat this is for me.
It's been too long since I've had company, Jim.
The force field's back in place now.
That means you two are trapped here.
I'm not accepting any excuses for your not dining with me.
We'd be delighted.
Governor, you indicated one additional inmate since our last visit,
making a total of 15.
- Is that correct ? - It is.
The rehabilitation program isn't progressing too well,
and I have my doubts about the effectiveness of this medicine too.
- Donald, are you becoming a pessimist? - I'm afraid I have.
A total of 15 incurably insane out of billions...
is not what I would call an excessive figure.
- Who is the new inmate ? - Uh, Garth.
[Cory] Garth of Izar,
a former star ship fleet captain.
When I was a cadet at the academy, his exploits were required reading.
He was one of my heroes. I'd like to see him.
Of course.
[Door Opens]
[ Click ]
[ Click ]
Captain !
You're making a mistake.
Captain Kirk is pressed for time at the moment, Marta.
There's nothing the matter with me !
Can't you see just by looking at me ? Can't you tell by listening ?
She sounds rational enough, Captain.
- I am rational. - What is it you want to tell me ?
I can't tell you in front of him.
You're afraid to talk in front of Governor Cory ?
He isn't really Governor Cory at all, that's just it.
[ Chuckles ] She's been saying that for days now.
Our medical staff can't figure out why. [ Chuckles ]
Here's Garth.
He's been unusually disturbed,
and we've had to impose additional restraint.
- Cory ? - [ Exhales ]
Yes, Jim, I'm Cory.
[Laughing Maniacally]
It's true. He tricked you.
[ Laughing ]
[ Click ]
You said you wanted to see me, Captain. Well, here I am.
[Garth Laughing]
[Kirk] Space-- the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the star ship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission-- to explore strange new worlds,
to seek out new life and new civilizations,
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Your Vulcan friend is still alive, Captain.
My phaser was set to stun, not to kill.
He'll be quite comfortable,
almost as comfortable as you and our esteemed governor.
Garth, do you have to make him suffer like that?
You will address me by my proper title, Kirk.
I'm sorry. I should've said Captain Garth.
I am Lord Garth, formerly of Izar,
and I lead the future masters of the universe.
I'm sorry, Lord Garth.
You Earth people are a stiff-necked lot, aren't you ?
Release him.
I'm afraid that subjugating you won't be enough.
You must be confined.
And all the people of the galaxy who will not bow to my will...
must be confined or destroyed.
Captain Garth, listen to me.
Ho-ho ! Our beloved governor has decided to address us,
and we have not given him our permission to speak.
Are you so afraid of him that you must keep him pinned ?
[ Click ]
I'm afraid of no one. You're all powerless against me.
Thank you.
- What've you done with the medicine ? - The medicine ?
You mean the poison. I destroyed it.
- It was your only hope ! - Silence !
The chatter of inferior weaklings wearies me.
And it's time I took command of the Enterprise. You'll help me, of course.
Of course.
My crew mutinied.
The first use I will make of the Enterprise is to hunt them down...
and punish them for that.
The crew of the Enterprise will also mutiny.
[ Chuckles ] But they won't.
You see, Captain, there's a helpful technique I've mastered.
[ Laughing ]
- [ Laughing ] - Good-bye, darling. I'll miss you.
[ Click ]
[ Click ]
Governor Cory, how do you feel ?
All right. There is no help for any of us...
if that madman is in command of the Enterprise.
He boasts that he's created the most powerful explosive in the universe,
and I believe him.
How does he manage to change form at will ?
The people of Antos taught him the techniques of cellular metamorphosis...
to restore the destroyed parts of his body.
By himself, he later learned to use the technique...
to recreate himself into any form he wished.
The first time we knew about it was when a guard,
seeing what he thought was me in Garth's cell, released him.
He was such a genius. What a waste.
Force field is off. Good.
Remain here out of sight until I give the order to join me.
[ Console Beeping ]
Kirk to Enterprise.
- Scott here, sir. - Beam me aboard.
Aye, sir. Queen to queen's level three.
- I said beam me aboard. - I said, queen to queen's level three.
We have no time for chess problems. Beam me aboard !
I'm following your orders, Captain. Queen to queen's level three.
Just testing. Be in touch with you later.
No !
No !
No !
[ Moaning ]
Oh !
[ Screaming ]
I gave him the sign. Why didn't he give me the countersign ?
Something's wrong.
Using the chess problem was the captain's own suggestion.
He couldn't have forgotten it, and I can't believe he was testing me.
- Lieutenant, re-establish communication. - Aye, sir.
[Beeping]
There's no response, Mr. Scott.
Send an armed detail to the transporter room immediately.
Aye, aye, sir.
Mr. Sulu,
what do your sensors show ?
We can't beam anybody down. The force field is in full operation,
and all forms of transport into the asylum dome are blocked off.
We could blast our way through the field,
but only at the risk of destroying the captain, Mr. Spock...
and any other living thing on Elba ll.
How can we be powerful enough to wipe out a planet...
and still be so helpless ?
We are going to take the Enterprise,
do you hear me ?
We are going to take her...
if I have to shatter every bone in Captain Kirk's body.
Captain ?
Captain Kirk ?
I hope you haven't been too uncomfortable, Captain.
Thank you for your concern.
- All in all, it's been rather restful. - Good.
Still, I've been quite remiss in my duties as your host.
I did invite you to dinner, as you may recall.
- I've forgotten. - But I haven't.
You and Mr. Spock are to be my guests.
- Where is Mr. Spock ? - Right here. Marta !
Why can't I blow off Just one of his ears ?
Stop that, Marta. Mr. Spock will think we're lacking in hospitality.
Won't you join us, Captain ?
- How are you, Mr. Spock ? - Very well, indeed. Thank you, Captain.
Isn't Governor Cory joining us ?
The governor doesn't seem to be on the guest list.
Oh ? An oversight ?
An intentional one. Uh, the governor's fasting.
In that case, we must decline with thanks.
Uh, Captain.
Don't be a fool, Jim. Go along with him.
Good advice, Governor. Well, Captain ?
You'll find we set a handsome table.
And the entertainment is most enjoyable.
You're very persuasive.
Yes, I am. I certainly am.
- Yah-haw ! - [ Laughter ]
[ Laughing ]
Keep your hands off Kirk !
- You treacherous thing ! - [ Laughing ]
- You're jealous ! - I am above that sort of thing.
The captain is annoyed by your attentions, that's all.
Am I annoying you, dearest ?
- Uh, not really. - [ Chuckles ]
He finds me fascinating and you're bothered by it. Admit it.
I may have you beaten to death.
No, you won't,
because I am the most beautiful woman on this planet.
You're the only woman on this planet, you stupid cow.
Well, I'm the most beautiful woman in this galaxy !
- You're repulsive ! - I'm beautiful!
And I'm intelligent too.
I write poetry,
and I paint marvellous pictures.
And I am a wonderful dancer.
Lies! All lies !
You are the greatest liar I have ever met !
Let me hear one poem you've written.
If you like.
[ Softly ] Captain, if you could create a diversion,
I might be able to open the force field.
All we need is a few seconds, if Scotty has alerted security.
Gentlemen, courtesy for the performer.
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day ?
"Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
"Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
-and summer's lease hath all too soon--" -You wrote that ?
Yesterday, as a matter of fact.
It was written by an Earth man named Shakespeare...
a long time ago !
Which does not alter the fact that I wrote it again yesterday !
I think it's one of my best poems, don't you ?
- I may kill you with my bare hands ! - Aah !
Actually, Captain, she is a superb dancer.
Marta, my dear, won't you dance for our guests ?
That was not a request.
Marvellous, isn't she, Captain ?
Yes, uh... incredible.
- What is your reaction, Mr. Spock ? - I find it, uh...
mildly interesting and somewhat nostalgic,
- if I understand the use of that word. - Nostalgic.
Yes. It is somewhat reminiscent of the dances...
that Vulcan children do in nursery school.
Of course, the children are not so...
well-coordinated.
[Applause]
She's yours if you wish, Captain.
Oh, uh... thank you.
That's, um... very magnanimous of you.
You'll find that I am magnanimous to my friends and merciless to my enemies.
And I want both of you to be my friends.
On what, precisely, is our friendship to be based ?
Well, upon the firmest of foundations, Mr. Spock-- enlightened self-interest.
You, Captain, are second only to me...
as the finest military commander in the galaxy.
That's very flattering.
I am primarily an explorer now, Captain Garth.
And so have I been. I have charted more new worlds than any man in history.
And tried to destroy Antos IV. Why ?
Well, I could say because they were actively hostile to the Federation.
Yes, you could say, but that would be untrue.
Agreed. [ Chuckles ]
Actually, they were quite harmless,
and they made me whole when I was maimed and dying.
And in my gratitude, I offered them the galaxy.
They rejected me, and I condemned them to death.
How could you, a star ship fleet captain,
believe that a Federation crew...
would blindly obey your order to destroy the entire Antos race,
a people famous for their benevolence and peaceful pursuits ?
That was my only miscalculation !
I had changed !
I had risen above this decadent weakness...
which still has you in its command, Captain.
My crew had not. I couldn't sway them.
But my new crew, the men in this room,
will obey my orders without question.
Gentlemen,
you have eyes but you cannot see.
Galaxies surround us,
limitless vistas !
And yet the Federation would have us grub away...
like some ants on some...
somewhat larger than usual anthill !
But I am not an insect !
I am master of the universe, and I must claim my domain.
I agree there was a time when war was necessary,
and you were our greatest warrior.
I studied your victory at Axanar when I was a cadet.
It's still required reading.
- As well it should be. - Very well.
But my first visit to Axanar was as a new-fledged cadet on a peace mission.
Peace mission ! Politicians and weaklings !
They were humanitarians and statesmen, and they had a dream--
a dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars,
a dream that made Mr. Spock and me brothers.
Mr. Spock, do you consider Captain Kirk and yourself brothers ?
Captain Kirk speaks somewhat figuratively...
and with undue emotion:
however, what he says is logical...
and I do, in fact, agree with it.
[ Laughing ] Blind !
Truly blind !
Captain Kirk is your commanding officer!
You are his subordinate and that is all.
Yet, Mr. Spock, you are a worthy commander in your own right,
and in my fleet you will surely have a star ship to command.
Please forgive me, but exactly where is your fleet ?
Out there waiting for me.
They will flock to my cause, and for good reason.
Limitless power ! Limitless wealth.
And solar systems ruled by the elite.
We, gentlemen, are that elite, and we must take what is rightfully ours...
from the decadent weaklings that now hold it.
- Captain Garth-- - Lord Garth !
As you wish.
At any rate, you must be aware of the fact...
that you are attempting to recreate the disaster...
which resulted in your becoming an inmate in this place.
I was betrayed and treated barbarically.
You were treated with justice and with compassion,
which you failed to show towards any of your intended victims.
Logically, therefore, one must assume--
Remove this animal !
Try some of this wine, Captain.
It has a robust, full-bodied flavour which you'll find diverting.
No, thank you. I prefer to join Mr. Spock.
And I prefer that you remain here.
Marta, my dear.
We found your little divertissement enchanting, didn't we, Captain ?
But there's more to come. The entertainment has merely begun.
- By the way, I assume you play chess. - Occasionally.
So do l. How would you respond to queen to queen's level three ?
You're aware that there are an infinite number of countermoves.
I'm interested in only one.
I can't for the life of me imagine which one.
"For the life of me" is a phrase well chosen.
- It could literally come to that. - Dead I am of no use to you.
But I can make you long for death, beg for death.
"In the midnight of November, when the dead man's fare is nigh,
and the danger in the valley, and the anger in the sky."
I wrote that this morning. Do you like it ?
Yes, I think it's very good.
[ Softly ] Tell him what he wants to know.
We'll go away together.
[ Whispering ] I can't.
But you must. I beg of you.
Oh, don't beg, Marta ! It's degrading.
Queen to queen's level three, Captain.
You'll talk freely...
and quite soon.
What you see before you, Captain,
is my latest invention.
Quite ordinary in appearance, almost primitive, wouldn't you say ?
Yes, I recognize it.
It's used for rehabilitation purposes.
It helped many men back to health.
Appearances can be deceiving.
Once it was a part of the rehabilitation process,
and as such, quite painless.
And I might add useless too.
It made men docile and of no use to me.
I've added certain refinements to the use of ultrasonic waves.
The chair is no longer painless.
Put the governor in it.
Queen to queen's level three, Captain Kirk ?
It is, in fact, exquisitely painful,
as you will now see.
[ High-Pitched Whirring ]
- [Cory Groaning] - Interesting, isn't it ?
The pain is real and can be prolonged indefinitely,
because there is no actual destruction of tissue.
Stop it !
[ Whirring Stops ]
Of course, Captain. You have but to ask.
Now, as you can see, he has not been harmed physically,
yet the memory of the exquisite torment remains.
- Queen to queen's level three, Captain. - No.
Too bad.
Remove our distinguished governor.
Put Captain Kirk in the chair.
No, you mustn't do that !
You really are becoming offensive to me, my dear.
Don't make it necessary for me to put you in it.
[ High-Pitched Whirring ]
Queen to queen's level three, Captain Kirk.
Please, stop it !
You want him, don't you ?
- Yes. - Badly enough to join him ?
Listen to me, my Lord Garth.
I can get him to tell me what you want to know.
Might be interesting to have you try.
- [ Whirring Stops ] - [ Exhales ]
- No breakthrough ? - No, Mr. Scott.
Still no response from the planet.
Sensor readings ?
The force field is weakest on the far side of the planet.
We can send down a shuttlecraft...
carrying a team in environmental suits.
It won't work, Scotty.
They'd have to cover thousands of miles through poisonous atmosphere...
before they'd ever reach the asylum.
Aye. Even if they made it, they couldn't carry anything powerful enough...
to break through the asylum dome.
Only the ship herself could do that.
Probably kill Jim and Spock.
Doctor, they may already be dead.
Slowly, darling.
Slowly.
Rest.
Is this more of Garth's persuasion, Marta ?
I told him I'd discover your secret.
I lied.
I would have told him anything to save you from that torment.
I believe you mean that.
I do.
Oh.
This is where I've longed to be.
I think I knew I loved you from the moment I first saw you.
Marta.
Marta,
I can help you,
but I must get to the Enterprise to do that.
- That's not possible. - Oh, yes, it is.
It is. If I can get to the control room...
and remove the force field, then Garth is finished.
Garth is my leader.
He will lead you to destruction.
He's...
already destroyed the medicine that could have helped you.
But there's more medicine aboard the ship.
I'll help you, but you must wait.
You do see that, don't you ?
- Soon Spock will be here and-- - Spock ?
At least I've arranged that much.
How did you manage that ?
A convincing lie told to a guard...
who finds me desirable.
Darling.
No, no. Y-You mustn't stop me.
He's my lover and I have to kill him.
[ Moans ]
She seems to have worked out an infallible method...
for assuring permanent male fidelity.
- Interesting. - I'm very glad to see you.
Thank you, Captain. We're now armed.
I presume we shall try to reach the control room.
Yes, you presume correctly.
[ Click ]
Force field is now off, Captain.
Kirk to Enterprise. Kirk to Enterprise.
Mr. Scott, it's the captain.
Scott here, Captain. You had us worried.
Mr. Scott, I want a fully armed security detail beamed down on the double.
They're already in the transporter room, sir.
And have Dr. McCoy prepare additional medicine as quickly as possible.
Aye, aye, sir.
Captain, I suggest you return to the ship at once.
Your safety is vital to the Enterprise.
Waiting for your order, Captain.
I also request permission to remain here in charge of the security team.
- Very well, Spock. - Still waiting, Captain.
Mr. Scott, the captain's life is in immediate danger.
Beam him aboard at once. The security team will be entrusted to me.
Queen to queen's level three.
Repeat. Queen to queen's level three.
He's waiting for the proper reply, Captain.
[Scotty] Give the countersign as ordered.
Scotty, Mr. Spock will give the countersign.
Give him the countersign, Captain.
[Scotty] Security detail, standby to beam down.
Blast away, Captain, if you can.
Do you think I'm fool enough to give you a charged phaser ?
What have you done with Spock ? Where is he ?
I have done nothing with him yet, but I do have plans for him.
The Vulcan will die horribly, and his death will be on your conscience.
- Captain Garth-- - Lord Garth !
No, sir.
Captain Garth,
star ship fleet captain.
That's an honourable title.
And I was the greatest of them all, wasn't I ?
Yes, you were.
Yes.
But you're a sick man now, sir.
- I have never been more healthy. - No. No, think.
Think back to what you were...
before the accident that sent you to Antos IV.
Try.
I can't remember. It's almost as if I had died and was reborn.
No, I-- I can remember.
You...
were the finest student at the academy,
the finest star ship captain.
You were the prototype, the model for the rest of us.
Yes, I do remember that.
It was a great responsibility,
but one I was proud to bear.
And you bore it well.
And the disease that changed you,
it's not your fault.
And the terrible things you did since then, not truly responsible.
I don't want to hear any more. You're weak,
- and trying to drain my strength. - No, I'm not.
I want you to find what you once had,
to go back to the greatness that you've lost, Captain Garth.
I am Lord Garth !
Master of the universe !
You doubt me because I have not yet had my coronation.
- No, sir, listen to me. I-- - Stop !
- On your knees. - No.
On your knees before me !
All the others before me have failed--
Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon,
Hitler, Lee Kuan, Krotus !
All of them are dust !
But I will triumph !
I will make the ultimate conquest !
The throne must be higher.
It must be higher than anything else in this room.
Mmm, use that table as a pedestal.
Ah, welcome back, Captain Kirk.
I'm glad you could make it for the coronation.
Coronation ?
Yes. Oh, I know that even a real throne is no more than merely a chair,
but the symbolism is important, don't you agree ?
Yes, I agree. You'll wear a crown too, I presume ?
But again, just as a token.
It will serve as a standard around which our followers will rally.
Garth, you have only a handful of men.
You do refuse to enter into the spirit of the thing, don't you, Captain ?
Perhaps you'd like a larger role in the ceremony.
You could serve as human sacrifice.
No, I wouldn't enjoy that at all.
Besides, you seem to need me alive.
How true. All right, uh...
how about crown prince ?
That would make you our heir apparent.
Heir apparent, I believe, is the proper role for you.
Besides, we have other candidates for our human sacrifice.
Who knows ? Ready.
Well, since there is no one mighty enough to perform this ceremony,
we'll perform it ourselves.
Therefore, we hereby proclaim that I am...
Lord Garth, master of the universe.
And we designate our beloved Marta...
to be our consort.
And we further designate Captain James Kirk of the star ship Enterprise...
to be our heir apparent.
Let's now remove our heir apparent,
that we may conclude this ceremony.
[Door Opens]
Listen to me. This may be our last chance--
Garth will destroy all of us unless you help me stop him.
And he's using you, because he wants the power for himself.
I brought something that might have cured you, but he destroyed it.
If I can get a patrol down, they'd bring more-- Oh !
Well done.
Well, Captain, you continue to resist.
How stupid of you.
Put him in that chair right here.
I've arranged a small entertainment.
I wouldn't want him to miss any of it.
Well, Captain, even you must admit that I'm a genius.
What you see here is my latest invention.
This is an explosive,
the most powerful one in history.
If I were to drop this flask,
the resulting explosion would vaporize this planet.
Now do you see why it is ridiculous to resist me ?
Well, perhaps you require...
the demonstration I've arranged.
Watch closely.
Now, it is true that she is deadly as a poisonous serpent:
but she is also a beautiful woman,
and you have held her in your arms, Captain.
I've ordered my men to drive her out of the protective dome.
And, of course, she would choke to death on the outside in minutes,
but I've arranged a more merciful end for her...
because after all, Captain, she is my consort.
One tiny crystal implanted in her necklace,
a portion of this explosive no bigger than a grain of sand.
I propose to detonate it from here.
Oh, poor girl.
Poor, dear, suffering child.
I will help her now.
There's been an explosion on Elba Il !
- Point nine five ! - It must've wiped out everything !
Immediate probe ! Is the force field in place, Mr. Sulu ?
- Yes, sir. Solidly. - Life continues to exist on the planet.
- Got to break through it somehow ! - Doctor,
I told you we couldn't do it without killing everyone in the asylum dome.
I know it, Scotty.
Well, there's one last thing we might try.
Perhaps the ship's phasers can cut through...
the force field at its weakest point.
- Where did you say that was located ? - On the far side of the planet.
Will it leave a margin of safety for the people below ?
- Yes, sir. - Prepare to change orbital path.
Orbital coordinates released, sir.
Break synchronous orbit. Come to course 1 -4 mark 6-8.
Course 1-4 mark 6-8.
Synchronous orbit re-established, sir.
Ship's phasers to narrow beam.
- Ship's phasers ready, sir. - Let's punch a hole in it. Full power.
Another blast, full power.
Force field's still holding, sir.
Here.
[Garth Laughing]
How are your nerves, Kirk ?
All I can say, Garth-- if it happens to me, it happens to you.
You're an extraordinary fellow, Kirk.
Your stubbornness defies all logic.
Logic, that is the key.
Your friend Spock is a logical man.
A very logical man.
Go and bring the Vulcan here to me.
[ Electrical Crackling ]
[Click]
[ Click ]
Spock is not only a more logical man than you, Captain,
he's a more intelligent one, I'm sure.
I shall establish a rapport with him.
[Beeping]
[ Click ]
Fascinating.
Your Vulcan friend is a very ingenious fellow. This could be most amusing.
- That's Garth. Stun him. - Hold it, Spock ! That's Garth !
Look at me carefully, Spock. Can't you tell I'm your captain ?
Queen to queen's level three.
I won't answer that. That's exactly what he wants to know.
Very clever, Garth. That's exactly what I was going to say.
What are you doing ?
Arranging to beam down a security team. Are there any objections ?
Yes. They may walk into a trap.
That's right. Garth can destroy us.
Fascinating.
What maneuver did we use...
to defeat the Romulan vessel near Tau Ceti ?
Very good, Spock. The Cochran deceleration.
Spock, you know...
the Cochran deceleration's a classic battle maneuver.
Every star ship captain knows that.
Agreed, Captain.
Captains.
Gentlemen, whichever one of you is Captain Garth...
must be expending a great deal of energy to maintain the image of Captain Kirk.
That energy level cannot be maintained indefinitely,
and I have time.
I'm your captain, Spock ! Can't you tell ? Shoot ! Shoot !
You must shoot, but shoot both of us.
It's the only way to ensure the safety of the Enterprise.
Captain Kirk, I presume.
Mr. Spock.
- Spock to Enterprise. - [ Scotty ] Enterprise here.
Queen to queen's level three.
Queen to king's level one.
Will intramuscular injection be satisfactory ?
Intravenous is indicated unless circumstances make it impossible.
How long before it takes effect, Dr. McCoy ?
Reversal of arterial and brain damage should begin almost immediately.
[ Low-Pitched Whirring ]
- [ Click ] -[ Whirring Stops ]
Captain Garth, I'm James Kirk.
I am Mr. Spock,
science officer on a star ship.
The star ship Enterprise.
Star ship ?
Star ship ?
Yes, sir, the Enterprise. I'm the captain.
Can I help you ?
No, Captain. The medicine seems to be taking effect.
I can manage. It's very encouraging.
- Should I know you, sir ? - No, Captain. No.
- Mr. Spock. - Yes, Captain.
Tell me, why was it so impossible to tell the difference between us ?
It was not impossible, Captain.
- Our presence here is proof of that. - Yes, a-and congratulations.
What took you so long ?
The interval of uncertainty was actually fairly brief, Captain.
It only seemed long to you.
I was waiting for a victor in the struggle,
which I assumed would be Captain Garth.
Because of your depleted condition.
Failing a resolution to the struggle,
I was forced to use other means to make my determination.
I see.
Mr. Spock, um,
letting yourself be hit on the head,
and I presume you let yourself be hit on the head,
is not exactly a method King Solomon would have approved.
Mr. Scott, ready to beam up.
Aye, aye, sir.





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TRIVIA

Episode 72. Whom Gods Destroy



Spock seems rather dimwitted at the end of this episode. He could either stun both "Kirks" or ask them questions that only the real Kirk would know from their private experiences. Instead he lets Kirk get into a fistfight with his double.
  
Garth can apparently shapeshift clothes (or he doesn't wear clothes and the "clothing" we see is shapeshifted skin). But...when Garth changes from Cory to Garth, a working phaser appears at his holster - where'd it come from? Or how'd he create it?
  
In "The Tholian Web" it's stated there has never been a mutiny in Starfleet, but this episode establishes that Garth's crew mutinied against him several years previous.

The asylum planet's name is based upon an historical place. Elba II is named after the Mediterranean island off of the coast of Italy where the French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte was briefly exiled to in 1814. Napoleon succeeded in escaping from there in 1815 and was restored to power in France, but was later defeated at Waterloo. He then spent the remaining six years of his life on the remote South Atlantic island of Saint Helena. "Captain Garth" in this story was characterized as another Napoleon.
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The episode's title is often misattributed to the Greek playwright Euripedes. However, the phrase "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad" is spoken by Prometheus in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Masque of Pandora" (1875). Another version ("Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad") is quoted as a "heathen proverb" in Daniel, a Model for Young Men (1854) by William Anderson Scott (1813-1885).
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Although Garth is a former Starfleet captain whose exploits were studied by Kirk at Starfleet Acadamy (and thus is at least a decade older than Kirk), the actor who played Garth - Steve Ihnat - is 3 years younger than William Shatner (Kirk).
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This was released in Jan. 1969 and Garth twice says, "Marta, my dear" in an apparent nod to the Beatles "White Album," which was released Nov. 1968, and included the song "Martha, My Dear."
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This takes place in 2268.
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The remote control for the facility's force fields is a repainted and redecorated phaser prop.
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Garth's costume is that of Galactic High Commissioner Ferris from The Galileo Seven.

This was the last live action appearance of the Orions in the "Star Trek" franchise until Star Trek: Enterprise: Borderland (2004) 35 years later.

Leonard Nimoy complained to the producers that the story's climax was unbelievable that Spock would have had so much difficulty who the real James Kirk is. For instance, Spock is a close friend of the Captain and could have easily posed personal trick questions that only the real Kirk could have answered properly.
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This is the first of three times that a shapeshifter imitated Captain Kirk. It would happen again in Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Survivor (1973) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
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After Spock has correctly identified which double is the real Kirk and which is the impostor Spock says, "Captain Kirk, I presume." This is a allusion to H.M. Stanley's famous quote ("Doctor Livingstone, I presume") when he found the long-lost London missionary and explorer in Africa in 1871.


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