Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 2, Episode 25
Original Air Date: March 15, 1968
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And yet, this episode offers a little something extra. The Rome on planet 892-IV has some important 20th century updates, namely television. The gladiators fight not in an arena but on a sound stage with all applause and other audience reactions piped in. The episode's title refers to a poem by the Roman satirist Juvenal in which he asserts that the public is easily placated by food and entertainment. Star Trek always struggled with low ratings during its initial run and many fans see this story as Gene Roddenberry venting his frustrations with the industry. A telling line from the Master of Games to a reluctant gladiator: "You bring this network's ratings down, Flavius, and we'll do a special on you!"
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