Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 17

A Piece of the Action (12 Jan. 1968)

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The crew of Enterprise struggles to cope with a planet of imitative people who have modeled their society on 1920's gangsters.

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The Enterprise investigates a planet visited 100 years ago by the U.S.S. Horizon. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down and find themselves in a culture similar to Earth gangs of 1920 Chicago. They are quickly taken prisoner by men in the employ of a mob boss named Bela Oxmyx, who wishes them to give him phasers in exchange for "a piece of the action." When they refuse, Oxmyx puts them under guard. Kirk creates a diversion with a card game called "fizzbin," but without their equipment, the trio must find a way to unite the planet and escape to the Enterprise alive. Written by trekkie4christ

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The script originally featured Romulans with whom Kirk has to compete in making a deal with the Iotians. See more »

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In the opening shot of the episode, planet Sigma Iotia II looks different than in the rest of the episode. See more »

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Spock: [balking at the prospect of another ride in a car with Kirk at the wheel] Captain, must we?
Capt. Kirk: It's faster than walking.
Spock: But not as safe.
Capt. Kirk: Are you afraid of cars?
Spock: Not at all, Captain. It's your DRIVING that alarms me.
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Gawdy threads from a bygone era
25 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Accent is on comedy in this Star Trek classic where the USS Enterprise finds itself visiting a planet a hundred years after the first contact was made by Star Fleet. What they find is not quite what they were expecting. William Shatner and the rest seem to be under the impression these were a peaceful, but highly intelligent people just getting into industrialization.

Someone however left a book from earth history about the gang wars in Chicago presumably between Al Capone and Bugs Moran and all the other players back in those wild days. Being intelligent the people of Iotia adapt their entire culture around those days.

So Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and the rest have to deal as best they can and in the end have to start talking their language. It's a great sight gag to see the Enterprise away team have to adapt those gaudy threads from a bygone era to make themselves understood.

A very funny episode with a very funny coda at the end among Shatner, Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley.


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