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Podcast Enterprise: S1E18 Arena


Space, the final frontier. These are the podcasts of the Podcast Enterprise. Its only mission: to explore story structures, to analyze our favorite characters and plotlines, to boldly talk what everyone has seen before

We will analyze all episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series or TOS for short using the following guiding structure:

  1. Synopsis or summary of the episode
  2. Story structure
  3. Character analysis
  4. Our likes and dislikes

The synopsis:

When this episode begins, you have Captain Kirk along with the landing party. They land on the earth outpost on the planet Cestus III.

And apparently they received an invitation of the commander Travers and all of them are looking forward to it. And McCoy especially wants some food that’s fresh. So they go get down there and it’s utter mayhem because the place is deserted. Everybody seems to have died and somebody’s firing shells at them and grenades, and they have to hide.

They have to take shelter and the Enterprise is also under attack from a ship out there in space in orbit. And Kirk orders Sulu to take the ship out of orbit so that it stays safe. When these guys down here, they try to defend themselves from these shells. And eventually Kirk finds a grenade launcher.

He fires it in a particular direction from where he thinks these shells are being fired and the firing stops for the time being. By then the Enterprise comes back. They be back there and they also find a couple of survivors from the earth colony and they discover that an an alien race that nobody knows anything about has been attacking them.

They attacked without warning. They listened to nothing the earth outpost said, and they wiped everybody out of that. Wiped everybody off. They people are dead. The buildings are destroy. Everything is in ruins and and then when he fires, The attack stop just briefly, and by this time the enterprises also come back. They beam back up. They have a couple of survivors with them and this, this particular survivor tells them that an alien racist attacked them for no reason apparently, and they will not listen to any please.

They will not listen to any treaties. They were told that there are women and children on that outpost, but they’re not going to listen. And they’re just fired and fired and fired and almost everybody’s. So Kirk decides to take revenge on these guys. He pursues them. They go up to war eight trying to catch up with these people.

However, both the Enterprise and the alien ship enter uncharted territory. Their ships are made to stop by an alien civilization. Neither of them know anything about, it’s a very advanced civilization. They call themselves the Metrons.

The Metrons, they’re not impressed that these two lesser civilizations are fighting each other. And so they transport both Captain Kirk and the captain of the Gorn ship onto a planet and tell them that you’re going to fight each other. And long story short Kirk with a little bit of ingenuity. He manages to win the dual. He allows the Gorn to live however, and the Metrons are impressed and they let them go.

That brings us to the end of this episode. Thank you for listening to the Podcast Enterprise. Please do share your reviews with us and please share this podcast with any of your writing friends or trekkies. Live long and prosper!

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