History Recap / StarTrekS1E18Arena

17th Nov '17 8:50:09 PM JackG
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Compare to "Duel", an early episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' that is practically a remake of this story.

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Compare to "Duel", "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS1E8Duel Duel]]", an early episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' that is practically a remake of this story.
20th Oct '17 4:29:46 PM marcoasalazarm
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* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: The Metrons make it clear that the planetoid has all elements necessary to manufacture weapons... including the minerals that are elemental to create basic gunpowder, if someone knows chemistry. The original story by Brown makes it much more specific, by means of the same planetoid having various obstacles like a forcefield that kills anything living that tries to cross it if conscious (meaning the protagonist must figure out a way to go through it ''while'' unconscious).



* SssssnakeTalk: The Gorn says "I weary of the chasssse. Wait for me. [[YouWillBeSpared I ssshall be mercccciful and quick.]]"

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* SssssnakeTalk: The Gorn says "I weary of the chasssse. Wait for me. [[YouWillBeSpared I ssshall be be]] [[MercyKill mercccciful and quick.]]"



* ViewersAreMorons: Wait...what's the hardest substance known to man?

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* ViewersAreMorons: Wait... what's the hardest substance known to man?man?
* WorthlessYellowRocks: Kirk runs into a huge bunch of diamonds while running away from the Gorn, and deems them useless... at least at first.
-->'''Kirk, narrating into the recorder given to him by the Metrons''': A large deposit of diamonds on the surface. Perhaps the hardest substance known in the universe. Beautifully crystalized and pointed, but too small to use them as a weapon. An incredible fortune in stones... (tosses them away) and I would trade them all for a hand phaser, or a good solid club.
27th Sep '17 10:16:35 AM StarTropes
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--> '''O'Herlihy:''' Captain, I see something! ''(vaporizes)''
17th Jul '17 1:40:43 PM VigilantSycamore
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** It could simply be Spock making an educated guess based on logic. Kirk is collecting the mineral and the Metrons have said that there are materials on the planet's surface which can be used to fashion weapons, therefore the mineral must serve a role in this. A weapon uses an energy source, something to contain the reaction and possibly a projectile. The only one of those that the powder could be used for - unless the Metrons expect Kirk to find the time and resources for primitive industrial processes - is an energy source. That narrows it down to a weapon which uses chemical reactions for energy and can be used against the Gorn, and the powder to one of the reactants used. It's not too long of a shot to say that the weapon is a rudimentary cannon and from there Spock can simply narrow the powder down to whichever reactant fits the appearance.
23rd Mar '17 8:36:54 PM jellymouse15
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* SpiderSense: How the hell does Spock know that it's potassium nitrate on the rocks, and not sugar, or cocaine? Is Vulcan vision equipped with a mass spectrometer?
23rd Mar '17 5:29:01 PM jellymouse15
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* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Kirk lands some pretty good blows on the Gorn, but he's less effective than [[GoodOldFisticuffs usual]].


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* ViewersAreMorons: Wait...what's the hardest substance known to man?
23rd Mar '17 5:17:20 PM jellymouse15
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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.

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* ClothingDamage: Kirk tears his pants (in a totally non-FanService way) to make a fuse for his [[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard cannon]].
* 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 blow up and killed kill him.


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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious:
-->'''Spock:''' Destruction of the alien vessel will not help that colony, Jim.
23rd Mar '17 5:06:52 PM jellymouse15
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* BigWhy: Just because you're seriously injured doesn't mean you can't pour it on.
-->'''Cestus III survivor''': Why did they do it? WHY?! ''There's got to be a reason!''
23rd Mar '17 4:55:06 PM jellymouse15
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* MoralMyopia: The Gorns and the ''Enterprise'' crew intend to inflict violence on each other, and the Metrons won't have it. So they send Kirk and the Gorn captain to the planet's surface so they can inflict violence on each other until one is dead, so the Metrons can make his entire crew dead. Because [[DoubleStandard killing is bad]].
12th Feb '17 11:49:34 PM CaptEquinox
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The opening credits say "Story by Frederic Brown, Teleplay by Gene R. Coon." Frederic Brown's "Arena" was first published in the June 1944 issue of ''Astounding''. Gene L. Coon wrote the script [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptomnesia without consciously remembering Brown's story]]. The Kellam de Forest Research Agency, which handled all ST scripts, noted the similarity. Desilu got permission from Brown, not telling him Coon had already written the script, but paying him a fair price and giving him screen credit.
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