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Star Trek: A Taste of Armageddon

The Enterprise comes across two civilizations that fight a virtual war using computers. Each side's computer simulates losses on the other side, checks with its counterpart, and the "victims" willingly go into disintegration chambers so that their cities aren't wiped out by real war and destruction. When the Enterprise is declared a fatality, Kirk refuses to willingly march to his destruction and must figure out a way to stop the war once and for all.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x23
Production Number: 6149-23
Airdate: Thursday February 23rd, 1967



  • Currently 7.3/10
7.3/10 (4 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy
Recurring
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Recurring
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Recurring

Guest Stars

Co-Guest Stars
Barbara BabcockBarbara Babcock
As Mea 3
Recurring
Miko MayamaMiko Mayama
As Tamula
Recurring
David L. RossDavid L. Ross
As Galloway
Recurring
Sean KenneySean Kenney
As DePaul
Recurring
Gene LyonsGene Lyons
As Ambassador Robert Fox

Uncredited
Eddie PaskeyEddie Paskey
As Eminiar Guard #1
Recurring
Frank Da VinciFrank Da Vinci
As Lt. Osborne / Eminiar Guard #4
Recurring
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
voiced Computer
Recurring
Ron VetoRon Veto
As Eminiar Guard #3
Recurring
Walker EdmistonWalker Edmiston
voiced Eminiar Security Voice
Recurring
William BlackburnWilliam Blackburn
As Eminiar Guard #2
Recurring
John BurnsideJohn Burnside
As Eminiar Guard #5
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock

Recap

The Enterprise is approaching Eminiar 7 with a passenger on board: Ambassador fox, who is under orders to establish a treaty port in the sector. Eminiar has space flight and a neighboring planet, but has had no contact with the United Federation. The ship sent to contact the planet fifty years ago disappeared without a trace. The Enterprise enters orbit but is warned off. Fox orders them to continue but Kirk refuses to take the ambassador down until he’s determined it’s safe...

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Episode Notes
Ensign Tamura's name is misspelled "Tamula" in the closing credits.



Episode Quotes
Kirk: We're going in--peacefully, I hope--but, peacefully or not, we're going in.

Kirk: Mr. Scott, the ship is yours. Take care of her until I come back.
Scotty: Aye, aye, sir. And have a bonny trip.
Kirk: We'll do our best.

Kirk: You mean to tell me your people just walk into a disintegration machine when they're told to?
Anan 7: We have a high consciousness of duty, Captain.
Spock:There is a certain scientific logic about it.
Anan 7: I'm glad you approve.
Spock: I do not approve. I understand.

Spock: Sir, there is a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder.

Scotty: The best diplomat I know is a fully activated phaser bank.

Sar 6: The Earth ambassador's calling with an urgent message.
Anan 7: What is the great immorality, open honesty or a deception which may save our lives?

Ambassador Robert Fox: Diplomacy should be a job left to diplomats.

McCoy: Well, Scotty, now you've done it!
Scotty: Aye. The haggis is in the fire for sure.

Anan 7: My first impression was correct. You are a barbarian.
Kirk: I am?
Anan 7: Don't sound so incredulous, Captain. Of course you are. We all are. A killer first, a builder second. A hunter, a warrior, and--let's be honest--a murderer. That is our joint heritage, is it not?
Kirk: We're less cold-blooded about it than you are.

Ambassador Robert Fox: What are you doing, Mr. Spock?
Spock: Practicing a peculiar variety of diplomacy, sir.

Anan 7: What kind of monster are you?
Kirk: I'm a barbarian. You said it yourself.
Anan 7: I had hoped I'd spoken only figuratively.
Kirk: Oh, no. You were quite accurate. I plan to prove it to you.

Anan 7: You wouldn't do this. Hundreds of millions of people.
Kirk: I didn't start it, Councilman, but I'm liable to finish it.

Kirk: Death. Destruction. Disease. Horror. That's what war is all about. That's what makes it a thing to be avoided.

Kirk: All right. It's instinctive. The instinct can be fought. We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands, but we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers, but we not going to kill today. That's all it takes - knowing that we won't kill today.

Kirk: Actual war is a very messy business. Very, very messy business.

Kirk: Sometimes a feeling, Mr. Spock, is all we humans have to go on.
Spock: Captain...you almost make me believe in luck.
Kirk: Why, Mr. Spock, you almost make me believe in miracles.



Episode Goofs
Although Scotty refuses to lower the shields, Ambassador Fox and his aide are still able to beam down.

Shots from the outside of the holding room looking in shot a vividly green wall immediately to the right of the sliding door. Shots from within this room show the wall as yellow. (Doubtless this color change is an artifact of different lighting setups for different shots).

Anan 7 tells Kirk to "go left, down the corridor, then left again" to get to the war room. The war room is attached to the council chamber. Yet when Anan tells his soldiers to take Kirk to the council chamber, they drag him down the corridor leading rightwards away from Anan's office/quarters.

When Spock rescues Ambassador Fox, the cylindrical disintegration chamber (to the right) is in the open position. However, when Spock prepares to destroy it and the camera cuts to a reverse shot (with the chamber to the left), it is instantly in the closed position.



Episode References
The term "United Federation of Planets" is used for the first time here.



Analysis
What Changed in the Remastered Version
Eminiar VII gets the expected upgrade, and there are several nice shots of the Enterprise model that would be difficult or impossible under the original camera scheme. The backdrop of the capital city receives a significant upgrade that includes moving monorails and people, and more realistic buildings; this backdrop appears three times for several seconds each.




Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene L. Coon
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
Make-upFred B. Phillips
GripGeorge Rader
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Script SupervisorGeorge A. Rutter
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)
Sound MixerDoug Grindstaff
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
 
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