Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 3, Episode 15
Original Air Date: January 10, 1969
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While on a mission to decontaminate the planet Ariannus, the Enterprise encounters a stolen Federation shuttle craft. The tractor beam brings the vessel into the hangar deck and Lokai, the injured pilot/thief within, is brought to sickbay. Meanwhile, Bele (Gorshin), another being, has boarded the ship in his pursuit of Lokai. Bele identifies himself as a police commissioner and has long sought Lokai as a political dissident. Both men are white on one side of the face, black on the other. Wouldn't you know it, they're exactly opposite. Bele is black on the right side, Lokai is white on the right. Thus all the trouble.
Eye roll inducing moments are definitely on the increase but there is still fun to be had. During red alerts, the camera zooms in and out on the signal at a tilted angle. This was allegedly done in tribute to The Riddler.
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Gorshin's acting career took off after his army discharge. Film gigs included Between Heaven and Hell, Hot Rod Girl and Invasion of the Saucer Men. Apart from Trek and Batman, he made television appearances on Hawaii Five-O, Charlie's Angels and Wonder Woman among many others. He debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show the same night The Beatles did.
The impressions continued to the end. In 2002, Gorshin played George Burns in Say Goodnight, Gracie, a Tony-nominated one-man show. A notorious chain smoker (five packs a day!), Gorshin died in 2005 from lung cancer, emphysema and pneumonia.