I always dismissed this episode when I was younger; not enough space action, I guess. Plus as a kid I found Trelane annoying. I watched again yesterday and I really enjoyed it. Bill Campbell does a wonderful job with the part; in the DVD interview he lists it as the "part of a lifetime". He's supposed to be annoying; Trelane is a spoiled brat, after all. Interesting point: after the bridge crew "escapes" from Gothos, they return to the bridge. The elevator doors open and four people run out. The doors close and two seconds later, three people run out. That's either a crazy fast elevator, or there is some sort of "siding" for turbolift cars to wait on. Over in the "Third In Command" thread we discussed various people who've been left to command the bridge. In this episode, Lt. Leslie (in a red shirt) gets his turn. Sulu gets a lot to say in this episode, probably the most lines he got in any first season episode. We also get interesting characters in DeSalle and Jeager (whose name gets pronounced variously as "JAY-ger" and the more correct "YAY-ger"). Cameo appearances by the "bird creature" from "The Cage" and the Salt Vampire from "The Man Trap". I never noticed the alligator head mounted over Trelane's fireplace! What the hell was I looking at? Trelane must have had his telescope focused on a TGI Friday's restaurant. This episode, more than any other, probably inspired the "Melllvar" character on Futurama.