Release: Jul 13, 2021 - Author: Peda - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB - more from this series
The Starship Enterprise - everyone knows it. Affectionately referred to as the "classic series" these days, the old Star Trek series from 1966 is the cornerstone of something a lot of fans would call the greatest space saga ever, which would go on to be followed by several more TV series and feature films. This success could not have been imagined when the series was first broadcast. Produced under the tightest budgets and schedules, the ratings always left room for improvement. Only the massive commitment of the fan base, which was already loyal at the time, made it possible for the series to make it to 3 seasons. Then NBC pulled the plug and Star Trek seemed dead.
In the early 1970's, the series was sold to so-called "syndicated" stations, smaller, local stations that broadcast Star Trek on the best slots and sparked an enthusiasm for the series that would later lead to the production of the feature films. And yet another station bought into the series - ZDF. A bold move for a public broadcaster of the time, but not too bold either: German viewers got to see only 26 selected episodes, and in 1973 another 13 of the total 79 episodes. Unfortunately, ZDF did not acquire the original NBC versions, but the syndicated versions, in which numerous episodes had been cut in favor of commercial time. Therefore, we're discussing those in our archive.
"The Squire of Gothos" is campy trash at its best. The episode sets a furious pace and is immensely entertaining. In the syndicated TV version, a relatively large number of cuts were made.
There are 6 cuts omitting a total of about 1 minute and 53 seconds.
As always in the German versions of the series, the insertion of the original title is missing directly after the opening credits. The Enterprise can be seen in orbit around Gothos.
When Kirk and Spock speculate that Trelane's power source might be hidden behind the mirror, part of the dialogue is missing in the syndicated version.
Kirk: "What about it?"
Spock: "You noted yourself, he never gets very far away from it. I suppose it could be vanity."
Kirk: "No, no, Mr. Spock, that's not the reason."
Part of the "trial" is missing. Trelane places the rope in front of Kirk's head, and walks toward him with his executioner's cap. Kirk then tries to engage Trelane in conversation.
Trelane: "Oh, this is becoming quite tiresome, it's also very easy."
Kirk: "That's your problem, Trelane. Everything is easy. 's giving you a bad habit. You're not aware of it, but you have it."
Kirk: "You don't think, Trelane, that's your problem. You miss opportunities. Like your anger before and mine right now. Oh, you enjoy it. But you couldn't have accomplished it without me. And you know why?"
Trelane argues with his parents a little longer. He refuses to obey them and begins to cry.
Father: "You're disobedient and cruel. We've told you before."
Mother: "Time to come in now, Trelane."
Trelane: "But I don't wanna come in, and I won't. I'm a general and I won't listen to ya."
Father: "Enough, Trelane. Come along!"
Trelane: "Why? I didn't do anything wrong. I was just playing!"
Father: "We said, come along!"
Trelane: "But I haven't finished studying my predators yet!"
Father: "This is not studying them."
Mother: "If you cannot take proper care of your pets, you cannot have them at all."
Trelane: "But I was winning, I was winning!"
Father: "They are beings, Trelane. They have spirit, they're superior."
Trelane: "No! No, you saw!"
Back on the bridge, Kirk suggests calling Trelane a "God of War" in the log.
Kirk: ""God of War," Mr. Spock."
Spock: "Well, I hardly find that fitting."
As always, the final scenes are missing the various credits. Kirk looks after Spock with a grin, a shot of the Enterprise concludes the episode.