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thesquireofgothoshd004.jpgDeSalle: "All clear ahead, Captain. The sensors indicate zero register."
Kirk: "Forward readings, Mister Spock."
Spock: "Gravimetric readings, no significant change, zero space density."
Kirk: "Ahead warp factor three, Mister Sulu. Colony Beta Six wants their supplies. Let's get across this void in a hurry."
McCoy: "Void, star desert. The word conjures up pictures of dunes, oases, mirages."
thesquireofgothoshd008.jpgKirk: "Sunlight, palm trees. We're nine hundred light years from that kind of desert, Bones."
Spock: "The precise meaning of the word desert is a waterless, barren wasteland. I fail to understand your romantic nostalgia for such a place."
McCoy: "That doesn't surprise me, Mister Spock. I can't imagine a mirage ever disturbing those mathematically perfect brain waves of yours."
thesquireofgothoshd023.jpgSpock: "Thank you, Doctor McCoy. Moving on schedule into quadrant nine oh four. Beta Six is eight days distant."
Kirk: "Something, Mister Spock?"
Spock: "Unusual, Captain. I'm now getting a sizable space-
displacement reading."
Kirk: "Can you verify that, Navigator?"
DeSalle: "No, sir. Forward sweeps are negative. Wait. Verified, thesquireofgothoshd026.jpgsir. We must be in some sort of light warp or we'd have picked it up earlier."
Kirk: "Put it on visual."
(A purple globe appears on the viewscreen)
DeSalle: "Iron-silica body, planet sized, magnitude one E. We'll be passing close."
Spock: "Inconceivable this body has gone unnoted on all our records."
Kirk: "And yet, here it is."
thesquireofgothoshd030.jpgUhrua: "Strong interference on subspace, Captain. The planet must be a natural radio source."
Kirk: "Let's get out of its range. Veer forty degrees to starboard, Mister Sulu."
Sulu: "Forty degrees."
(He reaches for the switch, and sways as if dizzy, then stands up and vanishes)
thesquireofgothoshd034.jpgKirk: "Sulu!"
(He dashes to Sulu's station, then suddenly stops and disappears too)
DeSalle: "Mister Spock, they're gone!"
Spock: "Emergency! Full reverse power!"
thesquireofgothoshd042.jpgSpock: "Ship's log Stardate 2124.5. First Officer Spock reporting for Captain James Kirk. We are orbiting the lone unrecorded planet in the star desert. For four hours, we have made every possible instrument sweep, but Captain Kirk and Helmsman Sulu remain unaccounted for. I have placed the ship on red alert."
thesquireofgothoshd046.jpgScotty: "We've searched again from stem to stern. If they're not down on that planet, they're nowhere."
DeSalle: "No sign of human life on the surface, sir. Unless the instruments aren't functioning."
Spock: "Function is normal. Continuous sensor sweeps. Lieutenant Uhura, have you checked all wave bands?
Uhura: "All of them, Mister Spock. No response."
thesquireofgothoshd053.jpgDeSalle: "With due respect, sir. Request permission to transport to the surface immediately and carry out a search."
McCoy: "I second DeSalle's request. What are we waiting for?"
Spock: "The decision will be mine, Doctor. I have the responsibility for your safety. (to Sulu's replacement) Mister Jaeger, describe your geophysical findings for the surface below."
Jaeger: "No detectable soil or vegetation. Extremely hot, toxic
thesquireofgothoshd055.jpgatmosphere swept by tornadic storm. Continuous volcanic eruptions. Deadly to any lifeforms such as we know it without oxygen and life-support systems."
Spock: "Estimate survival time of two unprotected individuals down there."
Jaeger: "Not very long."
thesquireofgothoshd059.jpgUhura: "Mister Spock. Look."
(Words are appearing on the monitor above her head, in gothic script. Spock reads them out loud)
Spock: "Greetings and felicitations. Hmm. Send this, Lieutenant. USS Enterprise to signaler on planet surface. Identify self."
(The reply comes up on the monitor)
Spock: "Hip-Hip Hoorah? And I believe it's pronounced Tallyho."
thesquireofgothoshd140.jpgTrelane: "I must say, they make a perfectly exquisite display pair, but I suppose you want them back now."
(He waves his hand and the two men come back to life)
Sulu: "Where are we?"
Trelane: "Welcome to an island of peace on my stormy little planet of Gothos."
Kirk: "What happened? Fill me in."
thesquireofgothoshd141.jpgMcCoy: "You disappeared from the bridge after Sulu. We've been looking for you for four hours."
Trelane: "You must excuse my whimsical way of fetching you here, but when I saw you passing by I simply could not resist."
thesquireofgothoshd146.jpgKirk: I'm Captain James Kirk of the United Starship Enterprise.
Trelane: "Ah, so you're the Captain of these brave lads. My greetings and felicitations, Captain. So good of you and your officers to drop in. Absolutely smashing."
Kirk: "Who are you? Where do you come from? "
Trelane: "General Trelane, retired. At your service, sirs. My home is your home."
thesquireofgothoshd149.jpgTrelane: "Ah, yes. I've been looking in on the doings on your lively little Earth."
Kirk: "Then you've been looking in on the doings nine hundred years past."
Trelane: "Oh, really? Have I made an error in time? How fallible of me. Oh, I did so want to make you feel at home. I'm quite proud of the detail."
thesquireofgothoshd153.jpgKirk: "General Trelane."
Trelane: "Retired, sir. Just Squire Trelane now. And you may call me Squire. Yes, I rather fancy that."
Kirk: "For what purpose have you imprisoned us here?"
Trelane: "Imprisoned? Nonsense. You're my guests. You see, I just finished my studies of your curious and fascinating society. You came by at the most propitious moment. I want to know all
thesquireofgothoshd154.jpgabout your campaigns, your battles, your missions of conquest."
Kirk: "Our missions are peaceful, not for conquest. When we do battle, it is only because we have no choice."
Trelane: "Ah, but that's the official story, eh?"
Kirk: "I must ask you to let us go back to our ship."
Trelane: "I wouldn't hear of it. You shall join me in a repast. I want to learn all about your feelings on war and killing and conquest. That sort of thing. Do you know that you're one of the few predator species that preys even on itself?"
thesquireofgothoshd248.jpgSpock: "Captain's Log Stardate 2125.7. Science Officer Spock reporting for Captain Kirk. We have completed fourteenth orbit of this planet without establishing contact with our missing officers or the parties sent to find them. Subspace communications remain blocked. However, by diverting impulse power to our sensors, we have made them operable, and we have detected one small area on the surface which seems relatively stable."
thesquireofgothoshd256.jpgScotty: "Aye, it's there, Mister Spock. Peaceful as Earth, but how do you explain it?"
Spock: "I don't, Mister Scott. It simply exists. Artificial perhaps, or a freak of nature. The fact remains that life can exist in that area."
Scotty: "Aye, it could, but it couldn't move around much."
Spock: "Apply a fine tuning on our sensors. Locate any life forms in that stable area."
thesquireofgothoshd260.jpgScotty: "If we find any, it doesn't follow that it would be our people."
Spock: "Affirmative. But if the Captain is down there and alive, that's where he'll have to be. We'll attempt to transport up any living beings our sensors detect."
Scotty: "Shooting in the dark, Mister Spock?"
Spock: "Or stand by and do nothing, Mister Scott."
thesquireofgothoshd268.jpgSulu: "Captain, where could he possibly come from? Who is this maniac? "
McCoy:
"Better say, what is he? I monitored him, and what I found was unbelievable."
Kirk:
"Not alive?"
McCoy:
"Not in the way we define life. No trace. Zero."
Sulu:
"You mean, it shows he's dead?"
thesquireofgothoshd270.jpgMcCoy: "It doesn't even show that he exists at all, alive or dead."
Jaeger:
"Notice the wood fire, Captain? Burning steadily, ember bed glowing, and it doesn't give off any heat at all."
Kirk:
"Fire without heat, mistaking all this for present day Earth without taking into account the time differential. Whatever we're dealing with, he certainly isn't all knowledgeable. He makes mistakes."
thesquireofgothoshd275.jpgTrelane: "Do not think that I deplore your martial virtue of deception and stratagem. Quite the contrary. I have nothing but admiration for your whole species."
Kirk: "If your admiration is genuine, you must have respect for our sense of duty too. Our ship has need of us. We have tasks to perform."
Trelane: "Oh, I can't let you go now. I was getting a bit bored until
you came. You must stay. I insist."
thesquireofgothoshd278.jpgKirk: "For how long?"
Trelane: "Until this is over, of course."
Kirk: "Until what is over?"
Trelane: "Dear Captain, so many questions. Make the most of an uncertain future. Enjoy yourself today. Tomorrow may never come at all."
Kirk: "Trelane, even if we wanted to stay, our companions are thesquireofgothoshd280.jpgmissing us."
Trelane: "Yes, I must experience your sense of concern, your grief at the separation."
Kirk: "There are four hundred men and women aboard that ship."
Trelane: "Women? Do you mean that you actually have members of the fairer sex among your crew? Oh, how charming. And they
must be all very beautiful. And I shall be so very gallant to them. Here, let me fetch thesquireofgothoshd295.jpgthem down at once."
Kirk: (grabbing his arm) "No."
Trelane: "No?"
Kirk: "This game has gone on long enough. Those are crucial operating personnel. You can't..."
Trelane: "I can do anything I want. I should think you would have
realised that by now."
McCoy: (Communicator beeps) "Captain, receiving a transporter signal."
thesquireofgothoshd301.jpgTrelane: "Transporter signal? What does he mean? You must tell me!"
Kirk: "It means, Trelane, the party's over, thanks to Mister Spock."
Trelane: (as the group is beamed away) "Wait! I won't have this! I haven't dismissed you yet. (They beam away) Stop! I won't have this!"
thesquireofgothoshd306.jpgKirk: "Everyone to stations. Report, Mister Spock. How were our scanners able to penetrate that radiation field?"
Spock: "They didn't, Captain. Not clearly. We merely beamed up all life forms in a given area."
McCoy: "Which means Trelane is not a life form as we know it, or he'd be beaming through now."
Kirk: "Prepare to warp out of here at once. Maximum speed."
thesquireofgothoshd308.jpgKirk: "Scotty, we're going to need every ounce of your engines. We're going to put a hundred million miles between us and that madman."
Scotty (Over Comm): "Aye aye, sir."
McCoy: "I'm quaking, but I don't know if it's from laughter or terror."
Uhura: "Doctor, what was it? What was down there?"
McCoy: "Well, it was a. Oh, forget it."
Yeoman Ross: "Look."
(Trelane has appeared on the Bridge)
thesquireofgothoshd309.jpgTrelane: "Where are all your weapons, Captain? Don't you display your weapons?"
Kirk: "Trelane."
Trelane: "Don't fret, Captain. I'm only a bit upset with you, but this
Mister Spock you mentioned, the one responsible for that unseemly, impudent act of taking you from me, which is he?"
Spock: "I am Spock."
thesquireofgothoshd314.jpgTrelane: "Surely not an officer. He isn't quite human, is he?"
Spock: "My father is from the planet Vulcan."
Trelane: "And are its natives predatory?"
Spock: "Not generally. But there have been exceptions."
Trelane: "Really? You will see to his punishment?"
Kirk: "On the contrary. I commend his action."
Trelane: "But I don't like him."
thesquireofgothoshd328.jpgKirk: "Get off my ship."
Trelane: "Oh, rot! You're all going back with me."
Kirk: "We're not going anywhere."
Trelane: "Nonsense. I have an absolutely enchanting sojourn on
Gothos planned for all of you, and you shan't spoil it for me. Anyway, the decor of my drawing room is much more appropriate..."(They are suddendly no longer on the bridge, but thesquireofgothoshd334.jpgback in Trelane's drawing room. Sulu and DeSalle are already seated)
Trelane: "...And tasteful. Don't you agree?"
Sulu: No.
Trelane: "But so much more fitting, honourable sir."
thesquireofgothoshd342.jpgTrelane: "Ah, you've been quite derelict in your social duties, Captain. You haven't introduced me to the charming contingent of your crew."
Kirk: "This is General Trelane."
Trelane: "Retired. But if you prefer, you may address me as the lonely Squire of Gothos, dear ladies."
Kirk: "Lieutenant Uhura of communications."
Trelane: "Ah a Nubian prize. (he kisses her hand) Taken on one thesquireofgothoshd348.jpgof your raids of conquest, no doubt, Captain."
Kirk: "No doubt."
Trelane: "She has the melting eyes of the queen of Sheba. The same lovely colouring. And this. Is this the face that launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Ilium? Fair Helen, make me immortal with a kiss."
Kirk: (holding Trelane back) Yeoman Teresa Ross. I believe you thesquireofgothoshd360.jpghave met our science officer Mister Spock.
Trelane: "You do realise, don't you, that it's in deference to the Captain that I brought you here?"
Spock: "Affirmative."
Trelane: "I don't know if I like your tone. It's most challenging. That's what you're doing, challenging me?"
Spock: "I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline. I thesquireofgothoshd366.jpgobject to power without constructive purpose."
Trelane: "Oh, Mister Spock, you do have one saving grace after all. You're ill-mannered. The human half of you, no doubt."
thesquireofgothoshd392.jpgMcCoy: "You should taste his food. Straw would taste better than his meat, and water a hundred times better than his brandy. Nothing has any taste at all."
Spock: "It may be unappetizing, Doctor, but it is very logical."
McCoy: "There's that magic word again. Does your logic find this fascinating, Mister Spock?"
Spock: "Fascinating is a word I use for the unexpected. In this
thesquireofgothoshd393.jpgcase, I should think interesting would suffice."
Kirk: "You don't find this unexpected, Mister Spock?"
Spock: "That his food has no taste, his wine no flavour? No. It simply means that Trelane knows all of the Earth forms, but none of the substance."
Kirk: "And if he's fallible, he can't be all powerful. Which means he has something helping him."
Spock: "Evidently."
Kirk: "A machine? A device? Something which does these things for him."
thesquireofgothoshd408.jpgKirk: "That mirror. It's part of his audience, his ego. He never wanders from it."
Spock: "Is it ego, or something else?"
Kirk: "Explain."
Spock: "The mirror."
Kirk: "What about it?"
Spock: "You noted yourself he never gets very far from it. I
thesquireofgothoshd416.jpgsuppose it could be vanity."
Kirk: "No, no, Mister Spock, that's not the reason. What kind of a machine could do these things?"
Spock: "A machine with the ability to turn energy into matter guided by thought waves. It would have a very complex memory bank, and would be extremely sophisticated."
Kirk: "Like a computer, only much more. Could the machine that
thesquireofgothoshd428.jpgmaintains the environment in this immediate area be kept in this house?"
Spock: "I think not. A device capable of keeping out this planet's natural atmosphere would be immense."
Kirk: "Good. I agree. That leaves me free."
Spock: "Free, Captain?"
Kirk: "If I'm not mistaken, Mister Spock, I think I can turn his lights off at the source."
thesquireofgothoshd464.jpgKirk: "Captain's Log, stardate 2126.1. Delayed report. The whole bridge crew are the unwilling guests of the creature who calls himself Trelane. We are weaponless, powerless, and our only hope of escape with the Enterprise lies in playing his games. I've decided to make my move with the field of honour game, and everything depends on my one chance with the ancient duelling pistol."
thesquireofgothoshd486.jpgTrelane: "Oh, how fascinating. I'm party to an actual human duel."
Kirk:
"Are you ready?"
Trelane:
"Quite ready, sir. We shall test each other's courage and then, and then we shall see."
Kirk:
"Enough talk. Let's get on with it."
Trelane:
"As you will, sir. Honour will be served, eh? Oh, wait! As the one challenged, I claim the first shot."
thesquireofgothoshd487.jpgKirk: "We shoot together."
Trelane:
"It's my game and my rules, but if you need to be persuaded." (Trelane aims at Spock)
thesquireofgothoshd516.jpgTrelane: "You've ruined everything!"
Kirk: "The machine."
DeSalle: "Captain, subspace interference is clearing."
Kirk: "Try to contact the ship."
Trelane: "Oh, the remarkable treachery of the species."
Kirk: "Go on, Trelane. Look at it. It's over. Your power is blanked out. You're finished."
thesquireofgothoshd525.jpgTrelane: "You've earned my wrath. Go back. Go back to your ship, all of you, and prepare. You're all dead men. You especially, Captain."
(He goes to his mirror, and vanishes)
Kirk: "Trelane! Everyone, we're getting out of here. Now. This is the Captain. Commence beaming up. Maximum speed."
thesquireofgothoshd588.jpgKirk: "Decelerate into orbit. Prepare transporter room."
McCoy: "Captain, you're not beaming down."
Kirk: "Yes, I am, Doctor McCoy. I am going to see our playful Mister Trelane and whatever it takes to make him give up our ship. Stand by communications. Mister Spock. If you don't receive a message from me within the hour, leave the vicinity at once. No turning back."
thesquireofgothoshd589.jpgSpock: "Captain's Log, Stardate 2126.3. First Officer Spock reporting. Still no word from Captain Kirk on the surface below us. Waiting time is almost up. I will soon be forced to attempt departure as per instructions."
thesquireofgothoshd591.jpg(The bright drawing-room is now an austere courtroom, with Trelane as the gowned and be-wigged judge)
Trelane: "The prisoner may approach the bench."
Kirk: "Trelane."
Trelane: "Any attempt at demonstrations will weigh against you with the court, and this time my instrumentality is unbreakable."
(A silhouette of a noose appears on the wall behind Kirk)
thesquireofgothoshd596.jpgKirk: "I've had enough of your games."
Trelane: "Oh, the absurdity of these inferior beings. (reading from the charge sheet) And now, Captain James Kirk, you stand accused of the high crime of treason against a superior authority, conspiracy, and the attempt to foment insurrection. How do you plead?"
Kirk: "I haven't come to plead in your court, Trelane."
Trelane: "I warn you. Anything you might say has already been taken down in evidence against you."
thesquireofgothoshd597.jpgKirk: "I've come for one purpose. To get back my ship."
Trelane: "Irrelevant."
Kirk: "We've made you angry with our will to survive, haven't we?"
Trelane: "Uncalled for."
Kirk: "Then vent your anger on me alone. I was the one who led
the others. I was the one who shot out your mirror machine."
Trelane: "And did you really think that was the only medium of thesquireofgothoshd599.jpginstrumentality at my command?"
Kirk: "I took that chance. I'm willing to pay the price for chancing wrong."
Trelane: "Oh, then you do admit to the
charge?"
Kirk: "Yes, anything! Just allow the Enterprise to continue its
journey. You pompous
Trelane: Immaterial!"
(Kirk leaves the dock and goes nose to nose with Trelane)
thesquireofgothoshd604.jpgKirk: "Those people have done you no harm."
Trelane: "Inadmissible!"
Kirk: "We're living beings, not playthings for your amusement."
Trelane: "Silence! This trial is over. You are guilty. On all counts, you are guilty. And according to your own laws, this court has no choice in fixing punishment. You will hang by the neck, Captain, until you are dead, dead, dead!"
thesquireofgothoshd629.jpgSpock: "Captain's Log, Stardate 2126.3. First Officer Spock reporting. Still no word from Captain Kirk on the surface below us. Waiting time is almost up. I will soon be forced to attempt departure as per instructions."
thesquireofgothoshd758.jpgTrelane: "Ah-ha! (iron grids pen Kirk in) You made a noble fight of it, Captain."
Kirk: "Remember, Trelane. You promised to let my ship go."
Trelane: "Yes, but this is such sport. I must fetch all the others back to play. So this is victory. It has a sweet taste. Down, Captain. On your knees!"
Kirk: "You haven't won, Trelane."
thesquireofgothoshd761.jpgTrelane: "I have. I could run you through!"
Kirk: "But you haven't won anything."
Trelane: "On your knees, Captain!"
Kirk: "No! Does it still taste as sweet?"
Trelane: "I order you. You've been beaten."
Kirk: "But I'm not defeated."
Trelane: "I order you! I order you! (Kirk disarms him and snaps the
thesquireofgothoshd764.jpgsword across his knee) You broke it! You broke my sword!"
Kirk: "You've got a lot to learn about winning, Trelane."
Trelane: "You dare to defy me!"
Kirk: "In fact, you've got a lot to learn about everything, haven't you?"
(Kirk slaps his face)
Trelane: "I'll fix you for that! You cheated! You haven't played the game right. I'll show you!"
thesquireofgothoshd769.jpgMother: "Trelane."
(Two green flashing lights appear, and Trelane steps into their spotlight)
Trelane:
"No! No. You said I could have this planet."
Father:
"This has gone far enough."
Trelane:
"You always stop me when I'm having fun."
Father:
"You're disobedient and cruel. We've told you before."
thesquireofgothoshd771.jpgMother: "Time to come in now, Trelane."
Trelane:
"But I don't want to come in, and I won't. I'm a general, and I won't listen to you."
Father:
"Enough, Trelane. Come along."
Trelane:
"But why? I didn't do anything wrong. I was just playing."
Father:
"We said, come along."
Trelane:
"But I haven't finished studying my predators yet."
thesquireofgothoshd773.jpgFather: "This is not studying them."
Mother:
"If you cannot take proper care of your pets, you cannot have them at all."
Trelane:
"Oh, but I was winning. I was winning."
Father:
"They're beings, Trelane. They have spirit. They're superior."
Trelane:
"No, no. You saw."
Mother: "You'll grow up, Trelane. You'll understand. Now come along."
thesquireofgothoshd793.jpgTrelane: "Oh, but you said I could. You promised. I never have any fun."
Father:
"Stop that nonsense at once, or you'll not be permitted to make any more planets."
Trelane:
"Oh, but you saw. I was winning. I would have won. Honest."
Father:
"No, Trelane."
Mother:
"No, Trelane."
(The spotlight contracts, and Trelane gradually vanishes)
thesquireofgothoshd800.jpgTrelane: "I would have. I would have. I would have. I would. I would. I would. I would."
Father:
"Captain, we regret that the life paths of yourself and your companions have been disturbed."
Kirk:
"Who are you? Who is Trelane?"
Mother:
"You must forgive our child. The fault is ours for indulging him too much. He will be punished."
Father:
"We would not have let him intercept you had we realised your vulnerability."
thesquireofgothoshd807.jpgMother: "Forgive us, Captain. We will maintain your life-support conditions while you return to your ship. Please accept our apologies."
(The lights disappear)
Kirk:
"Captain to Enterprise. Captain to Enterprise."
Spock (Over Communicator): Captain, we're receiving you.
"
Kirk: Beam me up, Mister Spock. We're free to go.
"
thesquireofgothoshd813.jpgSulu: "Warping down, Captain. Our warp factor four."
DeSalle: "Approach channels clear, Captain."
Uhura: "Colony Beta Six clears us for normal approach, sir."
Kirk: "Normal orbit approach procedures, Mister Sulu."
Spock: "Captain."
Kirk: "Mister Spock. Still thinking about Trelane, is that it?"
Spock: "For the record, how do we describe him? Pure mentality?
thesquireofgothoshd815.jpgForce of intellect? Embodied energy? Superbeing? He must be classified, sir."
Kirk: "God of war, Mister Spock."
Spock: "I hardly find that fitting."
Kirk: "Then a small boy, and a very naughty one at that."
Spock: "It will make a strange entry in the library banks."
Kirk: "Then he was a very strange small boy. One the other hand,
thesquireofgothoshd828.jpghe was probably doing." things comparable to the same mischievous pranks you played when you were a boy."
Spock: "Mischievous pranks, Captain?"
Kirk: "Yes. Dipping little girls' curls in inkwells. Stealing apples from the neighbours' trees. Tying cans on..."
(He's stopped by the look of horrified incredulity on Spock's face.)
Kirk: "Forgive me, Mister Spock. I should have known better."
Spock: "I shall be delighted, Captain."