TREK-A-DAY: The Squire of Gothos
EPISODE SEVENTEEN: The Squire of Gothos
First, a confession: I didn’t want to watch an episode today. I was tired and didn’t want to to think enough to enjoy an episode of Trek, but I’m ever so glad I did.
Today’s episode had one of the more interesting names, The Squire of Gothos. Which essentially boils down to Kirk vs the Fop. Particularly amazing about this episode was the use of old school theatre convention to relate how out of touch the Squire is, referencing Napoleonic France and Faustus. Essentially, The Enterprise encounters a childlike intelligence who has only outdated earth records build his universe; this episode holds a special place in my heart for being the direct point of reference for the fantastic Futurama episode about Star Trek where a child holds the crew captive for his amusement then gets chastised by its parents; this is, of course, a precursor to Q and is well executed.
Again, a charming episode that won me over and further proof of just how damn well the original Trek does things. Also, one of great fop performances of film.