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"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 characters[]

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 characters[]

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 vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


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

Shipboard areas[]

USS Enterprise 
bridgetransporter room

Races and cultures[]


Technology and weapons[]

communicatorintercomtapemedical tricordersensorsstarshipviewscreentransportertricorder

Materials and substances[]


States and organizations[]


Ranks and titles[]

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

Other references[]

anatomybeamingBonesbootcaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise, 2268clothingFederation membersfive-year missiongovernmenthomeworldhourhumanoidjumpsuitlanguagelifeformlog entrylogicmattermemorynation-stateorbitpantsplanetpopulationquadrantraces and culturesrankred zoneship's logship's log, USS Enterprisespacestarstar systemstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2260s)suicidetechnologytitletunicuniformuniverseweapon


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 media[]

The Excalbians later appeared in:

Colonel Green later appeared in:

Kahless the Unforgettable later appeared in:



Video releases[]



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:
New Visions
The Hollow Man
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
All Our Yesterdays

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