"The Savage Curtain" was the 77th episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the 22nd episode of the show's third and final season, first aired on 7 March 1969. The episode was written by Gene Roddenberry and Arthur Heinemann, directed by Herschel Daugherty and novelized in Star Trek 6 by James Blish.



Episode charactersEdit

Pavel ChekovDickersonPhillip Green (Excalbian)Bill HadleyKahless (Excalbian)Genghis Khan (Excalbian)James T. KirkRoger LemliAbraham Lincoln (Excalbian)Leonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluSurak (Excalbian)Nyota UhuraYarnekZora (Excalbian)unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel
Referenced only 
Robert the Bruce

Novelization charactersEdit

Pavel ChekovDickersonPhillip Green (Excalbian)Kahless (Excalbian)Genghis Khan (Excalibian)James T. KirkAbraham Lincoln (Excalbian)Leonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluSurak (Excalbian)Nyota UhuraYarnekZora (Excalbian)
Referenced only 
Robert the Bruce

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Excalbia II (Excalbia system, the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants)

Shipboard areasEdit

USS Enterprise 
bridgetransporter room

Races and culturesEdit


Technology and weaponsEdit

communicatorintercomtapemedical tricordersensorsstarshipviewscreentransportertricorder

Materials and substancesEdit


States and organizationsEdit


Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerlieutenantlieutenant commanderhelmsmanmedical practitionernavigatorofficerscientistscience officersecond officerweapons officertactical officer

Other referencesEdit

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years prior to 2268
  • Surak unites the Vulcans. (prior to episode/novelization)
  • Kahless unites the Klingons. (prior to episode/novelization)
  • Lincoln becomes a hero of the 19th century. (prior to episode/novelization)
stardate 5906.4, 2269 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages
Enterprise travels to Excalbia.


Related mediaEdit

The Excalbians later appeared in:

Colonel Green later appeared in:

Kahless the Unforgettable later appeared in:



Video releasesEdit



published order
Previous episode:
Requiem for Methuselah
TOS episode produced Next episode:
All Our Yesterdays
Previous episode:
The Cloud Minders
TOS episode aired Next episode:
All Our Yesterdays
Previous story:
first story
Star Trek 6
Next story:
The Lights of Zetar
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Requiem for Methuselah
Pocket Next Adventure:
All Our Yesterdays
Previous Adventure:
Requiem for Methuselah
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
All Our Yesterdays

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