Thursday, August 21, 2014

Star Trek 3x6 "Spectre of the Gun"

rating: *
Memory Alpha summary

Would you believe that this was actually the first episode produced for the season?  Yeah.

Clearly another attempt to cover all the given genres of the day, and an especially popular one of TV (Gene Roddenberry even famously pitched the series originally as Wagon Train to the Stars), "Spectre of the Gun," which improbably thrusts Kirk and crew into an alien reenactment of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral featuring the Earps, Doc Holliday and others, actually ended up setting a franchise precedent.

I love making references to other episodes.

Next Generation visited Westerns in "A Fistful of Datas," one of its many holodeck-run-amok episodes, while Enterprise ran across cowboys during its Xindi-infested third season in "North Star."
via The Viewscreen. When you put it like that it makes perfect sense!
Otherwise, do you really need to know much more?  Apparently it was conceived as a spotlight for Chekov.  Presumably because Wyatt Earp was a Russian hero.  Nonsense fun, Star Trek style!

four quarter analysis
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  1. That's one of my favorite episodes and I always love it when scifi meets Westerns. I love the caption by the way. LOL

    1. Sometimes it's fun to put in a nonsense caption!


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