History Recap / StarTrekS1E18Arena

9th Mar '16 9:35:26 PM marcoasalazarm
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* CrazyEnoughToWork: Kirk's makeshift cannon. Future ''Franchise/StarTrek'' media would end up repeatedly mentioning that Kirk got ''really'' lucky that the cannon didn't just blew up and killed him.
20th Jan '16 7:42:56 PM LtFedora
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: A minor example--the sound effect of the ''Enterprise'' firing phasers is different from what it will end up being.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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A minor example--the sound effect of the ''Enterprise'' firing phasers is different from what it will end up being.being.
** An aversion, as this is the first mention of a "Federation" that Kirk works for. It would be fully named in "A Taste of Armageddon."
5th Nov '15 3:24:41 PM MarkLungo
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* WowingCthulhu: During the first encounter with the Gorn, the Enterprise and the Gorn ship are stopped in space by a mysterious and powerful race called the Metrons, who take Kirk and the Gorn captain to a deserted planet to fight to the death. When Kirk finally gains the advantage, he refuses to strike the final blow which surprises the Metrons, who finally manifest before him, and admit they had not expected him to have the advanced trait of mercy.

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* WowingCthulhu: During the first encounter with the Gorn, the Enterprise and the Gorn ship are stopped in space by a mysterious and powerful race called the Metrons, who take Kirk and the Gorn captain to a deserted planet to fight to the death. When Kirk finally gains the advantage, he refuses to strike the final blow which surprises the Metrons, who finally manifest before him, and admit they had not expected him to have the advanced trait of mercy.mercy.
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13th Sep '15 10:05:11 AM SteveMB
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* BloodSport: Kirk accuses the Metrons of this, declaring "You'll have to get your entertainment somewhere else" after refusing to kill the defeated Gorn.
29th Jul '15 11:35:07 AM wyattte
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[[caption-width-right:350:You might have heard of this one.]]
6th Jul '15 4:24:49 PM HeroGal2347
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* SwordOverHead: Kirk, in this position with the Gorn, refuses to kill him.

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* SwordOverHead: Kirk, in this position with the Gorn, refuses to kill him.him.
* WowingCthulhu: During the first encounter with the Gorn, the Enterprise and the Gorn ship are stopped in space by a mysterious and powerful race called the Metrons, who take Kirk and the Gorn captain to a deserted planet to fight to the death. When Kirk finally gains the advantage, he refuses to strike the final blow which surprises the Metrons, who finally manifest before him, and admit they had not expected him to have the advanced trait of mercy.
25th Feb '15 5:09:54 PM StarTropes
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: A minor example--the sound effect of the ''Enterprise'' firing phasers is different from what it will end up being.


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* MightyGlacier: The Gorn may be much stronger than Kirk, but is also much slower.
30th Nov '14 12:15:34 AM PaulA
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Compare to "Duel" an early episode of BlakesSeven that is practically a remake of this story.

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Compare to "Duel" "Duel", an early episode of BlakesSeven ''Series/BlakesSeven'' that is practically a remake of this story.



** IThoughtItWasForbidden: In later episodes, such speeds are used with much less concern for the risk. This may be justified as the result of technical improvements or simple accumulation of experience showing that the risk isn't as great as originally feared.



* DoomedMoralVictor: Inverted. Kirk saves himself and the ''Enterprise'' ''because of'' his morality.



* LizardFolk / TheReptilians: The Gorn again.

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* LizardFolk / TheReptilians: LizardFolk[=/=]TheReptilians: The Gorn again.



* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: A striking example: the Enterprise is under attack in orbit while Kirk is planet-side. Although Kirk is himself under fire, he takes time out to micromanage the space battle over the communicator (with such insightful tactics as 'fire phasers' and 'fire torpedoes'), rather that just letting Sulu do his job.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: The Metrons were like this; they had an androgynous appearance and wore a shimmering dress-like garment.

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* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: A striking example: the Enterprise is under attack in orbit while Kirk is planet-side. Although Kirk is himself under fire, he takes time out to micromanage the space battle over the communicator (with such insightful tactics as 'fire phasers' and 'fire torpedoes'), rather that than just letting Sulu do his job.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: The Metrons were like this; they had Metron who talks to Kirk at the end has an androgynous appearance appearance[[note]]and is one of several aliens in the series where the body and wore voice are provided by actors of different genders[[/note]] and wears a shimmering dress-like garment.
30th Nov '14 12:11:44 AM PaulA
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* NamesTheSame: The staff got in a bit of trouble due to the episode's similarity to a short story of the same name they hadn't been aware of. The threat of a copyright lawsuit was settled by giving a credit to its author Frederic Brown.
* {{Narm}}: The initial brawl between Kirk and the Gorn. The limitations of the costume makes it look like they're underwater.
31st Oct '14 4:19:33 AM SteveMB
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* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Kirk's orders to increase speed to Warp 7 and then Warp 8 are played up as risk-taking that seriously worries the bridge crew.
** IThoughtItWasForbidden: In later episodes, such speeds are used with much less concern for the risk. This may be justified as the result of technical improvements or simple accumulation of experience showing that the risk isn't as great as originally feared.
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