Episode Title: "THE SQUIRE OF GOTHOS"
Production Number: 18
Original Air Date: 01-12-67
Stardates: 2124.5, 2126.1
The United Star Ship Enterprise is crossing a void in space 900 light-years from Earth, delivering supplies to Colony Beta Six, when an unknown planet appears in front of the ship and Captain Kirk and Lt. Sulu vanish off the Bridge.
Commander Spock sends a landing party to the planet to search for the missing officers, and they find them in a castle on the planet owned by a man named Squire Trelane, who calls the planet Gothos. Trelane's castle is decorated from an Earth period 900 years ago, as he has made a hobby of observing Earth across 900 light-years.
Trelane has technology to manipulate matter and energy, and has created an Earthlike environment around his castle on the otherwise uninhabitable planet. He holds the Enterprise crew on the planet for his own amusement, until he is confronted by the disembodied voices of his elders, scolding him for his treatment of his new "pets." Trelane is sent away, and his elders allow Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew to continue on their mission to Colony Beta Six.
Factoid: At warp three, Colony Beta Six is eight days distant from Quadrant 904.
Factoid: There are 400 men and women aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Factoid: Spock's father is from the planet Vulcan, whose natives are not generally predatory, but there have been exceptions.
Guest Characters: *Trelane, *Lt. DeSalle, Lt. Leslie
Alien Races: [M-113 creature]
KEY: [brackets]=illusions *star=first appearance