Star Trek TOS S1E18: Arena
Who is the more advanced dinosaur?
See the Star Trek TOS Rewatch Index page for links to all the episodes covered so far.
“THE ARENA” RATING: 5.8/10
In a surprising plot twist, “Arena” features a godlike super-evolved race of aliens who can control reality with their minds.
“Wait a minute,” I hear you say. “Is that really a surprising plot twist? Haven’t they twisted this plot before? More than once? Like almost every episode?”
The answer is, “Yes,” and also, “Yes, by all the god-like aliens, Original Series Star Trek writers, do you only have the one super-evolved alien idea in your heads or what?”
How many times have they used this trope already? Let’s go to the tape:
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