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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Writers: Gene Roddenberry
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 4050 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NVDJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 36, Episodes 71 & 72: Whom Gods Destroy/ The Mark of Gideon" on IMDb

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Whom Gods Destroy, Ep. 71 - After Kirk and his crew deliver wonder drugs to a group of criminally insane beings on Elba II, they meet the colony's director, only to learn that he is one of the inmates, with the power to assume any form.
The Mark of Gideon, Ep. 72 - Kirk beams down to Gideon, only to find himself aboard a deserted U.S.S. Enterprise. The only being he encounters is a mysterious and beautiful woman named Odona, who claims to know nothing.

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"Whom Gods Destroy"
It's the supporting players who provide the most watchable performances in the 1969 "Whom Gods Destroy," one of the best episodes from Star Trek's final season on NBC. Running an errand to the planet Elba II, an inhospitable place housing a remote hospital for the hopelessly insane, Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) discover that a longtime patient and Starfleet icon, Captain Garth (Steve Ihnat), has overtaken the facility. Suffering delusions of absolute power, Garth declares himself master of the universe, though his mastery fails to lure the rest of the Enterprise crew into a trap. With Kirk and Spock subdued prisoners of the brutal Garth, the story opens to Ihnat's flamboyant yet sympathetic performance. You can see behind the character's crazy veneer to the bold starship commander whose exploits fired Kirk's imagination as a cadet. Equally good is Yvonne Craig as Garth's would-be queen, the very sexy Marta, a compulsive killer whose seductive dances, wayward intelligence, and exotic, green skin make her one of the most striking females from the original series. Newbie Trekkers will be happy to know that the story by Lee Erwin and Jerry Sohl clarifies a couple of biographical points about Kirk and Spock, including the captain's own reference to his Starfleet career track before becoming an explorer. --Tom Keogh

"The Mark of Gideon"
Every now and then, the meager budget for Star Trek was helped along by stories set almost entirely on the Enterprise, which required shooting within established sets. "The Mark of Gideon" was a clever way to mitigate the visual monotony of such episodes. Captain Kirk (William Shatner) beams himself down to the planet Gideon, but instead finds himself alone in a mock-up of his own starship. (Translation: it's Shatner on the Enterprise set without the rest of the cast.) Almost alone, that is: Kirk finds himself accompanied by the beautiful Odona (Sharon Acker), an inhabitant of Gideon selected for infection by an outsider, in hopes that a plague of some sort will help the planet's overpopulation problem. Despite, or even because of, the set-bound nature of the story, "The Mark of Gideon" is actually one of the boldest and freshest ideas in the series, and like "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," took on a hot topic of controversy (population control) in the issue-driven 1960s. The script, incidentally, was cowritten by Stanley Adams, who played Cyrano Jones in "The Trouble with Tribbles." --Tom Keogh

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Steve Ihnat was great in the role of Garth of Izar!
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In "Mark of Gideon", TOS tackles the problem of overpopulation & birth control...and Kirk gets the girl AGAIN!
McHenry John
Kirk and fake Spock arrive at the transport and fake Spock encourages Kirk to beam aboard the enterprise, while he remains.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anton Karidian on September 26, 2001
Whom Gods Destroy has some great acting moments especially (Captain Garth, Dr. Corey and the inmate girl) the guest stars.
Themes include sanity vs. insanity, memory and identity.
Mark of Gideon is somewhat claustrophic an episode but still in the spirit of the Original Series. Some memorable/creepy images. The theme of global overpopulation is explored.
Both episodes explore interesting themes and do not simply rely on special effects and therefore in my humble opinion are in the spirit of thoughtful story telling of the original series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jared Insell on March 20, 2003
Volume 36 of the Star Trek DVD series includes two of the better episodes from the tail end of the TV series' third and final season on NBC. Both these epiosdes are fairly decent despite the typical third season flaws.
WHOM THE GODS DESTROY is simply a fun Star Trek episode. Kirk and Spock beam down to the prison planet Elba II to find that Garth of Izar (Steve Ihnat), an infamous Star Fleet Captin who wiped out an entire race, has taken control of the prison complex from Governor Cory. Using his ability to shapshift into different characters Garth attempts to take over the Enterprise. This episode is actually pretty laughable. Garth's evil plan is way too far fetched to even work. But perhaps the producers wanted to point out that the character was utterly insane. It's the cast of colourful characters and the over the top acting that save this one. Ihnat is great as the bantering Garth and Yvonne Craig (Batgirl from the TV show Batman) makes a great acting appearance as Marta (the green alien woman). Ironically the third Batman guest star to appear in a consecutive Star Trek episode. Too bad Adam West, Burt Ward, Burgess Meredith and Caesar Romero never showed up as guest stars huh?
MARK OF GIDEON is a little more serious and almost creepy. Another Star Trek issue oriented episode. This time tackling overpopulation problems and contraception. Most of the screen time is given to Shatner and guest star Sharon Acker who plays Odana. There is great chemistry between the two and the acting in this episode is quite good. Good casting and a strong plot overshadow the obvious production budget flaws on this episode (most of it was filmed on the Enterprise set).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hank Drake VINE VOICE on February 4, 2002
Volume 36 of Paramount's complete reissue of Classic Trek contains two episodes which point out the uneven quality of the series' third season.
Whom Gods Destroy is essentially a remake of Dagger of the Mind, and a pretty weak one at that. The writing in this episode is typical of some of the inane stories foisted upon unsuspecting viewers during Trek's third season. Yvonne Craig (Batgirl) appears in green makeup as a mental patient with a Black Widow's complex (perhaps one should call her the Green Widow).
The Mark of Gideon is one of Trek's better issue-oriented episodes. Tackling the hot button topics of overpopulation and contraception took some bravery on the part of the writers, and they more than rose to the task. Without the competing presence of his fellow cast members, William Shatner turns his performance down by several notches, and there is great chemistry between him and guest star Sharon Acker.
The picture has been restored well enough so that the viewer can plainly see the cheesy looking bald caps worn in The Mark of Gideon.
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Lord Garth of Izar, voices the mind of the elite with his contempt for the weakness, the lack of ruthless power, and airing his superior intellect. The earth people who will not bow to Garth will be confined or destroyed. Garth is a judge calling Kirk, "a stiff necked" group. Garth wants to take control of the enterprise and hunt down his crew that mutinied. Captain Garth cannot escape the prison planet because he does not know the final chess move for a sign allowing Scottie to beam them aboard. Garth transforms in a fake Kirk and contacts Scottie, but unable to give the counter sign. Garth explodes into a rage and sinks into deep despair. Garth then confronts Kirk for the counter sign, but Kirk will not assist Garth in escape.

Garth does not seem like a mad man when listening to his logic and reasoning, but his actions are cruel and deadly. Garth and Spock are almost equals in their attitudes of superiority, with the exception that Spock obeys Kirk. Garth would not listen to Kirk. Governor Cory warns Kirk not to trust Garth because he has built the most power explosive in the universe. Kirk knows that Garth is a genius and capable of such a feat.

Lord Garth initiates divine right of kings and coronate himself King. Garth gained the power to change from the inhabitants of Antos IV then he destroys them. Garth is a destroyer; he is arrogant, despises people, uses treachery and murder to gain; and he prizes egotistic praise of his followers.

Garth tries to convince Kirk to join his group and become Masters of the Universe getting the people to bow to his will.
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