Thursday, June 24, 2004

So I found myself lying around like a big slug after my trip to Hometown. The original Star Trek series had some pretty weird and twisted stories. Like this one: The Gamesters of Triskelion.

A gaunt, bald humanoid named Galt tells them they are on the planet Triskelion and that they are now "drill thralls"...slaves trained to perform gladiatorial contests for the amusement of unseen masters called "The Providers." Kirk flatly rejects the slavery Galt offers, but he and his crew are at the mercy of the Providers and are soon fitted with "Collars of Obedience" that can assault them with crippling pain.
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Where ever Kirk is, he always gets the babe, no matter how freaky she looks.

"The Gamesters of Triskelion" is one of the cruelest episodes of "Star Trek", as the captured crewmen are repeatedly tortured and appearances seem to indicate Uhura is raped by Lars. The show has a crude energy to it and lots of action, but would mentally superior beings such as the Providers really waste their prodigious talents betting on bloody contests? Does their species have no imagination?
I got most of this info from some Star Trek geek's website. The species doesn't even have bodies! As far as Lars raping Uhura, it's a stretch, but then again, aliens are no different from some of the people in our society. I do like the collars of obedience. I'm sure they'd come in handy at the public schools.
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