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Kirk and a landing party find an invite to the outpost on Cestus III to be ruse. It's been obliterated by unkown aliens. Believing it to be a prelude to invasion, Kirk hunts the alien vessel before it can return home...
This is classic Trek, before it became classic! I'm sure this is the first mention of the Federation as a governing body for who the Enterprise defends. First use of photon grenades too at the outpost.

The use of the Metrons to settle the dispute, and provide our crew a chance to watch Kirk battle the Gorn captain was unique and pretty cool. I am surprised that his shirt remained in tact too...
William Shatner as Captain Kirk
Leonard Nimoy
as Commander Spock
James Doohan
as Commander Scott
DeForest Kelley
as Doctor McCoy
Nichelle Nichols
as Lt. Uhura
George Takei
as Lt. Sulu
Guest Cast:
Jerry Ayres
Grant Woods
Tom Troupe
James Farley
Carole Shelyne
Teleplay By:
Gene L. Coon

From a Story By:
Fredric Brown
Directed By:
Joseph Pevney
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