Favorite TOS fight

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by ThatsMrCaptaintoyou, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. ThatsMrCaptaintoyou

    ThatsMrCaptaintoyou Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2020
    Mine would have to be Kirk fighting his Counterpart from the Exeter Captain Tracey. It was nice seeing Kirk fight someone with the same training. It was strength and experience vs youthfulness and determination. I wish Kirk had fought more Starfleet Captains. Kirk really had to give it his all unlike usual other times. I wish we could have seen Kirk fight more Starfleet Captains or Commodores.
     
    Physics of Trekkies likes this.
  2. Tenacity

    Tenacity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2016
    Decker fighting the security guard, a fight of (near) equals.
     
    Timo likes this.
  3. Methuselah Flint

    Methuselah Flint Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2012
    Location:
    UK
    Kirk vs Flint
     
  4. 1001001

    1001001 Pull Up a Groove and Get Fabulous! Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2001
    Location:
    Danny Street
    Shatner and Takei

    :shrug:
     
    Jayson1, BillJ, Maurice and 3 others like this.
  5. Noname Given

    Noname Given Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    May 22, 2001
    Location:
    Noname Given
    Spock versus Kirk in TOS S2 "Amok Time" (The background music alone makes it a real classic) ;)
     
    BillJ, Njwiv, Search4 and 1 other person like this.
  6. CorporalCaptain

    CorporalCaptain Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Location:
    astral plane
    I've always liked the Kirk vs Atoz fight in "All Our Yesterdays" for having Kirk holding on and fighting from inside the Atavachron portal. It's a nice touch that they went the extra mile for, that makes Kirk's peril quite dramatic.

    https://tos.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/3x23/allouryesterdays_548.jpg

    Lotta good suggestions so far. In the end I don't have a very favorite one, because there are several with their own pluses that stand out from the others.

    Krik vs Spock in "Amok Time" is a standout for sure.

    I think the landing party vs the villagers in "The Apple" is a noteworthy for showing that the female crewmembers can fight too, something rarely if ever done elsewhere on the show.

    https://tos.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/2x05/theapple_509.jpg
     
  7. Richard S. Ta

    Richard S. Ta Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2021
    Kirk vs. Gorn. Iconic. Or Kirk v. Spock in Amok Time.
     
  8. dupersuper

    dupersuper Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2020
    I'll second all of the above and add Kirk vs Khan, Kirk vs Gary Mitchell and Kirk vs faux Finnegan
     
  9. LAFR

    LAFR Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2001
    Location:
    Erin, Ontario, Canada
    "Court Martial"

    Kirk vs. Finney.

    When almost-look-a-like-Kirk picks himself off the deck and shakes his head.
     
    Methuselah Flint likes this.
  10. Vger23

    Vger23 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    Location:
    Enterprise bowling alley
    For fun factor- it's gotta be Kirk vs. Finnegan. That fight went on for like 10 full min. They fought, went to commercial break, and continued to fight. It's a fistfight that seems to last about as long as the final battle in Star Trek: Nemesis. Absolutely ridiculous. Also- it has smack talk and one of my favorite line deliveries by Shatner "I'm not a plebe!!"

    For drama- it's Kirk vs. Ronald Tracy. This is a "to the death" battle with an enemy who is as highly trained and as intelligent as Kirk is. He's proven his willingness to murder fellow officers already. He's obsessed and highly dangerous. I actually put him up there with the very best TOS enemies. Also- this fight has a vicious desperate realism that many of the others don't have.
     
  11. Vger23

    Vger23 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    Location:
    Enterprise bowling alley
    That is an excellent point on Kirk vs. Mitchell. That would rival my choice of Kirk vs. Tracy in terms of sheer emotion, desperation and viciousness.
     
    Search4 and Methuselah Flint like this.
  12. Grant

    Grant Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2006
    Even more vicious before they edited out the kick in the crotch from the aired version. The bonus version from the season 3 sat includes the unedited version
     
    Methuselah Flint likes this.
  13. Scott Kellogg

    Scott Kellogg Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2021
    What, no votes for the Bar fight with Scotty & the Klingons?
     
  14. Delta Vega

    Delta Vega Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2011
    Location:
    The Great Barrier
    My personal favourite is Kirk vs Finnegan
    For most of the fight Kirk got leathered, but seeing as he´s our hero, he had to nail him in the end.
     
    Qonundrum likes this.
  15. TREK_GOD_1

    TREK_GOD_1 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    May 24, 2006
    Location:
    Escaped from Delta Vega
    Kirk vs. Mitchell had that level of intensity and danger, thanks to the kind of raw tension of close friends becoming enemies.

    For pure Kirk efficiency / badass-ery, his fights in "A Taste of Armageddon" and "Mirror, Mirror" take center stage.
     
  16. Phaser Two

    Phaser Two Commodore Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I can see the Kirk-Tracey fight for sure, but two I've always liked are the sickbay battle in "Mirror, Mirror" and the brief transporter room scuffle in "Assignment: Earth."

    The former is well choreographed and portrays Spock's far superior strength well. Only Kirk can even cope with him. Some of the Shatnerian Kirk Fu moves are fantastic, too. And it's Uhura who saves the day!

    The latter is quick but excellent. If I recall correctly Nimoy lets out a notable surprised grunt when Seven resists the nerve pinch and hits Spock, clearly quite hard. It's shocking to see Spock dispatched so easily. And Shatner's jump off the transporter pad is completely awesome for reasons both out-of-universe and in. First, the jump. There's no way that Shatner didn't suggest that or just come up with it on the fly during a take. And second, instead of charging in to help against Seven hand-to-hand as you might expect, Kirk coolly assesses the situation like a trained military tactician and grabs the fallen phaser to subdue the intruder.
     
    Physics of Trekkies likes this.
  17. Qonundrum

    Qonundrum Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    May 18, 2017
    Location:
    The clinic located by the Q Continuum
    Any where the stunt doubles aren't obvious on even a 15" color TV with a horrendous 0.3mm dot pitch that was standard in 1967. As much as I adore "I, Mudd", that fight scene is one of the worst and they didn't bother to use angles to hide the fact Norman went from a somewhat meaty and delicious mid-30s android body to a thinner, faster, yet early-50s stunt double android body - complete with a completely different (and shorter!) hairstyled model in a number of cuts to ensure the added mass and related weight wouldn't cause excess drag factor to slow him up... Silly laws of physics...

    But one of the best from TOS? Kirk/Mitchell didn't look too out of sorts with the stunt doubles.
     
    ssosmcin likes this.
  18. Qonundrum

    Qonundrum Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    May 18, 2017
    Location:
    The clinic located by the Q Continuum
    That was a very good one - fast paced, excellent and proper use of camera cuts to sell the confusion such a fight scene will bring, and a sweet bonus that half the patrons there were stunt doubles already (so fewer people to swap out, phew!) and I don't recall any badly-placed ones taking place for Scotty, Koloth's first officer with the to-be-trendy 70s perm, et al...

    Kirk vs the Andorian in "Journey to Babel" was another good fight and I don't recall seeing gratuitous stunt double either, though in some shots there undoubtedly was one...
     
  19. HarryM

    HarryM Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Location:
    Old Earth
    I always liked the Mirror, Mirror sick bay fight.
     
  20. ssosmcin

    ssosmcin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2002
    Location:
    ssosmcin
    Totally agree, my favorites are those where the stunt doubles are either well hidden or not there at all. When Shatner did his own fights, they were amazing. He had great physical prowess and a great flair. He could really throw a powerful stage punch. With that in mind:

    1. Tomorrow is Yesterday: all Shatner and a lot of fun. A gripping fight while still being lighthearted.
    2. The Gamesters of Triskelion: Shatner did all of his own stunts here and the fights are really nicely done (even when he misses the colors he's supposed to hit). The teaser, when he fights Lars, is great. Watch how he dodges the knife and then hammers Lars with a left and a right. It's a shame Shanna couldn't have defeated Kirk more convincingly.
    3. The Omega Glory: OMG this is the best of the Shatner brawls. He and Morgan Woodward are fantastic. Woodward powers through his blows and Shatner handles all of it with great athleticism.
    4. Spectre of the Gun: fun! Shatner does his flying kick and then actually winds up his punches, raining blows upon Wyatt Earp.
    5: Whom Gods Destroy: Kirk vis Garth as Kirk. The BEST double I've seen for Shatner. They FINALLY fitted the stunt guy with a Kirk toupee and found a guy with the same build. Some shots are very difficult to see who is whom.

    Journey to Babel almost makes this list, but the flying butt slam and Kirk keeping his back to the guy with the knife was just unforgivable. There was a cut scene posted here some time ago that joins the fight a few moments earlier. It was actually pretty exciting because it started with a tracking shot. The whole thing was mostly one take, which is great too. So you know, maybe it deserves to be on the list. It's still better than the "tall skinny guy as Kirk" fights we kept seeing.