Greeting and felicitations! With those words, Trek fans were introduced to one of the most interesting, dynamic characters of the Original Series.
Trelane, the lonely Squire of Gothos, who in reality is a very superior being. Except for one thing, he’s a very young child, or at least what we would consider a child.
When I first saw this episode, I honestly did not have any idea until the reveal at the end of the episode that Trelane was, in fact, a child. I thought he was just what was he was being presented to be up to that point, a very omnipotent being with no regard for what he was doing. That’s exactly what they wanted us to think! I have to give a clever tip of the cap to the production team, they had me fooled.
William Campbell’s portrayal of Trelane is very exquisite. I still chuckle every time when, in the “hunt” with Kirk, he exclaims to him “YOU BROKE MY SWORD!”
What would the audience of 1967 have thought? Probably the same as I did, that they would have been left guessing for the whole hour just who this Trelane fellow really was, and then the realization at the end hits, “Aha!”
Something of note that has always interested me about the character of Trelane: there was a novel written by Peter David called “Q Squared” in which he suggests that Trelane is a member of the Q Continuum. I could buy that, even though the novels are considered non-canonical. It still is an interesting theory.
Next week, one of the most remembered alien encounters that is often quoted in pop culture…