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Perhaps best known as the episode in which Abraham Lincoln is seen, rather absurdly, floating through space in a big ol' presidential chair, "The Savage Curtain" is one of those death-match shows in which a busybody alien wants to witness true human(oid) mettle in an arranged battle. Lincoln asks Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) to accompany him to a planet where Excalbians have organized a fight between good (Kirk's party plus a Vulcan icon) and evil (Genghis Khan, Kahless the founder of the Klingon Empire, and two guys you never heard of). The derivative, obvious story was half-written by Gene Roddenberry and dumped on another writer, Arthur Heinemann, after Roddenberry pulled back from Star Trek in its third season. Heinemann added some interesting moral underpinnings, but this is one of those instances in which a good television show seems to be mimicking itself. On the plus side, the show gives Sulu (George Takei) a rare opportunity to command the Enterprise bridge--experience that surely served him well later as a Starfleet captain in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. --Tom Keogh
Kirk, Spock, Abraham Lincoln and Surak must fight four of history's greatest tyrants in a battle of good and evil staged by the Excalbians.
Lee Bergere (Lincoln) later appeared as Joseph, the head of the household staff, in TV's long-running series Dynasty.
In this episode, Sulu is left in charge of the bridge, foreshadowing things to come in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
I only played this one one time. seeing president Lincoln sitting in a ez chair in deep space was a little bit on the funny side, but I did like this episode. john marcoPublished on July 31, 2013 by John J. Marco
The Savage Curtain is a worthy episode of Star Trek. Don't let Abraham Lincoln's absurd way of revealing himself turn you off from this episode. Read morePublished on May 14, 2009 by Lokai