Star Trek- “The Gamesters of Triskelion” (Original air date: January 5th, 1968)
Written by Margaret Armen
Directed by Gene Nelson
Seemingly every science fiction show has their gladiatorial combat episode, and for Star Trek, it’s “The Gamesters of Triskelion.” Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov are mysteriously transported to the planet of Triskelion, run by a group of “higher” beings called the providers, who control a legion of thralls whom they’ve collected from across the galaxy to compete against each other.
Meanwhile, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty are back on the Enterprise, desperately searching for their missing companions. I preferred this part of the episode to the rather rote science fiction trappings of Kirk’s story. Spock and Bones have the best dynamic on the show, and “The Gamesters of Triskelion” demonstrated that ably.