Gorn, But Not Forgotten

Decades before “The Hunger Games”, on an asteroid far from Earth, two Captains were transported against their will and forced to have a fight to the death.  One, a ruggedly handsome Earthling by the name of James T. Kirk, the other, a green–skinned Gorn Captain, with about as much speed and dexterity as a zombie from “The Walking Dead”, who both had to use their ingenuity and brute strength to determine a victor when their ships invaded Metron space.

Do you want to kill me or kiss me? Do you want to kill me or kiss me?

Over the years, the classic Star Trek series episode “Arena”, which originally aired on January 19, 1967, and was the 19th episode of the first season, has stayed in the imaginations of those who have seen it.  It was the first time in the series that Captain Kirk used his fighting skills in hand to hand combat against a humanoid nearly twice his size and with magnificent strength.  It is considered by many to be one of the best episodes of the series, making many Top Ten lists.

Has Kirk met his match? Has Kirk met his match?

The infamous fight scene between Kirk and The Gorn Captain which may seem laughable by today’s high-tech standards has invaded pop culture and has been recreated in television series like “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy”.  “Mythbusters” did an episode of their series to recreate the bomb Kirk makes using sulfur, potassium nitrate and coal.  “The Big Bang Theory” centered an episode around Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in California, where the fight scenes for “Arena” were filmed.  Sheldon Cooper even had nightmares about the Gorn.  Then in April 2013, 46 years after their first encounter, William Shatner and The Gorn Captain reunited for a rematch in a commercial to promote “Star Trek:  The Game”.

Quit hogging the controller! Quit hogging the controller!

Although only seen once on-screen in the original series, The Gorn Captain has become one of the most recognizable aliens in the Star Trek Universe.  His reptilian mug can be found on many t-shirts, trading cards, and action figures.    Not too shabby for a fellow in a green rubber suit.

The Away Mission now carries several new products including several t-shirts featuring the classic episode "Arena" as well as the Gorn Captain himself. Click this link to check them out!

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