"'Arena" is an episode of The Original Series. It is a first season episode, #18, production #19, first broadcast January 19, 1967 and repeated on July 6, 1967. It was written by Gene L. Coon, based on a short story of the same name by Fredric Brown, and directed by . The episode introduces the . While pursuing an unknown enemy for an apparently unprovoked attack, is forced by powerful entities to battle the opposing captain unarmed.
3045.6, the starship USS Enterprise
, commanded by Captain James T. Kirk, arrives at the Cestus III Outpost, where Kirk is invited to a dinner engagement with Commodore Travers, a man renowned for his hospitality and friendship. Upon beaming down to the planet
, the landing party, consisting of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock
, McCoy and three crewmembers (Kelowitz, Lang, and O'Herlihy), find the outpost nearly obliterated. A lone survivor is located, and he tells them the outpost came under heavy attack, bombarded by an unknown enemy. Suddenly, the landing team itself comes under fire, and Lang and O'Herlihy are killed.
Simultaneously, in orbit, the Enterprise
comes under attack by an alien warship of unknown origin. The Enterprise
raises its shields which prevents the landing party from returning. Kirk manages to locate the outpost's arsenal and retrieves a photon grenade launcher, which he uses to drive off the alien attackers.
The aliens also break... Read More