Bread and Circuses

PROD # TOS 43
EP # 25
TZ Release: 23/03/2015
US Airdate: 01/03/1968
4040.7

Following the discovery of debris from the SS Beagle, Kirk, Spock and McCoy are captured on a planet that resembles the Roman Empire with 20th century technology. They are set to die at the hands of gladiators for the sake of public spectacle.

The Trekzone Review

The Original Series is very much a social studies assignment outside of the classroom, in this episode – what would happen if Rome never fell? Wait — they actually have a code to signify the landing party is in trouble… why is this never used again!?

As for the parrallels between the discussion about ratings in the arena and Star Trek’s real world ratings trouble was gold, a nice surprise for someone watching these episodes for the first time. Having this happen in a TV studio on this alien planet probably helped the budget a lot I reckon…

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