Although this episode was scheduled to air on February 22, 1964, it apparently never did, and NBC refused to pay for the episode, forcing MGM to shoulder the full cost of it. Gene Roddenberry said this happened because NBC did not want to broadcast material that overtly dealt with racial prejudice against African Americans for fear of angering any viewers, affiliates or advertisers. This was during the months that the U.S. Senate was actively filibustering the legislation that would eventually become the successfully-passed Civil Rights Act of 1964. The episode was finally broadcast for the first time on TNT in the early 1990s. Roddenberry supposedly used this experience as his motivation for writing "metaphorical" stories on Star Trek (1966) to sneak controversial topics (including racism) past the network censors. See more »
This episode is about race relations, a taboo subject in entertainment TV at the time, and so was never aired. It featured Nichelle Nichols as the fiancé of a Black Marine, Ernest Cameron, who encounters a White Marine guilty of racial bullying while they were in the same High School. Ernest Cameron is still angry, to the point of starting fights. The Gary Lockwood character, Lt. Bill White, tries to make peace between the two men. Lt. White's superior officer points out that he is attempting to accomplish in a few weeks what better men have been unable to accomplish in a lifetime, to overcome racial prejudice. The episode can be viewed at The Paley Center for Media in New York City.
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