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Title ------------------- Whom Gods Destroy
Story ---------------- Lee Erwin & Jerry Sohl
Teleplay ------------------------- Lee Erwin
Director ------------------- Herb Wallerstein
Original Air Date ----------- January 3, 1969
Order of Filming ----------------------- 71st
Order of Broadcasting ----------------- 69th
Filmed ------------------- Mid October 1968


Captain James T. Kirk -------- William Shatner
Lieutenant Cmdr. Spock ------ Leonard Nimoy
Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery Scott -- James Doohan
Lieutenant Sulu --------------- George Takei
Lieutenant Uhura ------------ Nichelle Nichols
Ensign Pavel Chekov
---------- Walter Koenig


Garth of Izar ------------------- Steve Ihnat
Marta ------------------------ Yvonne Craig
Governor Donald Cory ------------ Keye Luke
Andorian --------------------- Richard Geary
Tellarite ---------------------- Gary Downey


"Whom Gods Destroy"

"Whom the gods would destroy they first
make mad."

- Anonymous Latin saying, used by Euripedes (480-406 BC)




Italy --------------- The Dream of a Madman
Japan -------------- Lunatic Asylum in Space
Portugal -------------- The God's Punishment


Elba II, a planet with a poisonous atmosphere, also has a facility beneath its surface for the incurably, criminally insane. The U.S.S. Enterprise is bringing a new medicine with which they hope to eliminate mental illness forever.

When Kirk and Spock beam down to the facility of 15 inmates, they find that the asylum has been taken over by Garth of Izar, who was once a famous starship captain. He was driven insane by the terrible injuries he received while rescuing others. Garth convinces them that he is the head of the facility, in an attempt to gain control of the U.S.S. Enterprise and conquer the galaxy. He crowns himself, "Master of the Universe," and, when the officers won't be tricked into beaming him aboard the starship, he tortures Elba II's governor and then Kirk. He then sends his Orion mistress, Marta, out to the deadly surface above, only to "mercifully" spare her by blowing her to bits.

Spock, who had become separated from Kirk, returns to help the captain but finds two James Kirks. Garth learned the power of shape-shifting from a gentle race of beings that were unaware of his madness. When one of the Kirks offers to sacrifice himself to stop Garth, Spock realizes that this is the real Captain Kirk and subdues Garth. Garth is given the healing medication brought by the Enterprise crew and begins the long road to recovery.


Click the name of the WAVs to listen

Total WAVs: 41

(1) Mental ------------------- 65.8 KB
Captain Kirk

End mental illness for all time?
Come on now... aiming a bit high don't you think?

(2) Billions ------------------- 14.5 KB
Mr. Spock

There are billions on our planet alone, so they
should have said, at least, trillions, if not more, when
describing the amount of people in the Federation.

(3) Inmate ------------------- 30.0 KB
Mr. Spock - Governor Cory - Captain Kirk

(4) Time --------------------- 6.16 KB
Governor Cory

(5) Tricked ------------------ 80.5 KB
Governor Cory - Captain Kirk - Garth

(6) Title --------------------- 34.0 KB
Captain Kirk - Garth

(7) Stiff --------------------- 6.66 KB

Yup, we sure are!

(8) Confined ----------------- 30.2 KB

This guy is a few bricks short of a retaining wall.

(9) Poison ------------------- 41.7 KB
Captain Kirk - Garth

(10) Form ------------------- 44.7 KB
Captain Kirk - Governor Cory

Now that's what I call talent!

(11) Testing ----------------- 65.8 KB
Garth (as Captain Kirk) - Scotty

Pretty smart of Kirk to set up that chess question.

(Yes, I know it's just a TV show)

(12) Arrrgh ------------------ 55.4 KB
Garth (as Captain Kirk) then as Garth

Not sure why anyone would want this WAV,
but I thought I'd add it anyway.

Although, just by adding this comment I'll bet
this WAV gets downloaded a lot.

(13) Chess ------------------ 26.7 KB
Scotty - Dr. McCoy

(14) Shatter ----------------- 40.1 KB

(15) Hospitality -------------- 21.1 KB
Marta - Garth

This one's pretty funny!

(16) Well -------------------- 7.17 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(17) Annoying --------------- 40.6 KB
Garth - Marta - Captain Kirk

(18) Beautiful ---------------- 14.3 KB
Marta - Garth

For some reason this one makes me laugh every time I hear it!

(19) Wrote ------------------ 56.4 KB
Marta - Garth

How do you argue with logic like that?
I like Marta, she's funny!

(20) Dance ------------------ 15.8 KB

I just noticed that I named this one DANCE and
it's spoken by GARTH . . . and . . . GARTH BROOKS
sings a song by the name of THE DANCE.

Coincidence?  Maybe not . . .

Yikes . . . I may need a break . . .

(21) Nostalgic --------------- 65.8 KB
Garth - Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

Spock's sense of humour!

(22) Magnanimous ----------- 22.4 KB
Garth - Captain Kirk

(23) Friendship --------------- 41.7 KB
Garth - Mr. Spock

What a wonderful foundation to build a friendship on.
(Spoken with sarcasm in case you were wondering)

(24) Explorer ----------------- 40.1 KB
Garth - Captain Kirk

(25) Eyes -------------------- 58.9 KB

This guy is nuts!
(The character, not the actor)

Steve Ihnat played Garth very well.

(26) Brothers ---------------- 52.3 KB
Captain Kirk - Garth - Mr. Spock

(27) Disaster ---------------- 39.4 KB
Mr. Spock - Garth

(28) Infinite ----------------- 36.1 KB
Garth - Captain Kirk

(29) Lover ------------------- 9.68 KB

Let's hope most women don't feel this way!

(30) Fidelity ----------------- 13.2 KB
Mr. Spock

(31) Countersign ------------- 64.0 KB
Garth (as Mr. Spock) - Scotty - Captain Kirk

(32) Honorable --------------- 39.4 KB
Captain Kirk - Garth

(33) Finest ------------------ 56.4 KB
Captain Kirk - Garth

(34) Alive -------------------- 26.7 KB
Garth - Captain Kirk

(35) Nerves ------------------ 32.0 KB
Garth - Captain Kirk

(36) Presume ---------------- 5.14 KB
Mr. Spock

(37) Queen ------------------ 19.3 KB
Mr. Spock - Scotty

We finally find out what the countersign is!
This always makes a great trivia question.

(38) Starship ---------------- 30.2 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(39) No ---------------------- 15.8 KB
Garth - Captain Kirk

(40) Proof ------------------- 96.5 KB
Captain Kirk - Mr. Spock

(41) Head ------------------- 67.6 KB
Captain Kirk - Scotty

Generally NOT on people's "best of" list, but this
episode does provide some funny dialogue,
especially from Marta and Garth.
Oh, sorry:  LORD GARTH!  LOL


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