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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Gene Roddenberry originally had an idea for an episode titled "President Capone" in which the Enterprise crew land on a planet which is a parallel version of 1920s Chicago where Al Capone is president. George Clayton Johnson later developed the idea into an outline titled "The Syndicate" which later became a treatment titled "Chicago II". The concept was abandoned until producer Gene L. Coon found the treatment and worked on a script with David P. Harmon titled "Mission Into Chaos". See more »

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When they arrive on the planet, Kirk, Spock, and Bones notice a woman walk by wearing a gray miniskirt. Later, when they are confronted by Oxmyx's men, the same woman is seen walking behind them. In the very next shot, she is seen walking across the street. See more »

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Spock: Mr. Oxmyx, this is Mr. Spock.
Bela Oxmyx: [using a stolen communicator] Huh? Hey, how'd you get back up there?
Spock: Irrelevant, since we are here.
Bela Oxmyx: Huh, yeah. Hey, you better come on back down. Krako's put the bag on your captain.
Spock: Why would he put a bag on our captain?
Bela Oxmyx: Kidnapped him, ya dope. He'll scrag him, too.
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Referenced in Weird Science: Strangers in Paradise (1996) See more »

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Hilarious, Tongue-In-Cheek Episode
7 July 2006 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

In what must be one of the funniest episodes of the series (and a great indicator of the series' intentional comedic possibilities -- brought to fruition in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), the Enterprise crew visits a planet that has taken a historical text on 1920s Chicago gangs as its bible. As the residents of the planet are remarkably imitative in nature, the planet's residents have divided themselves into a series of criminal gangs, two of which are headed by Bela Oxmyx (Anthony Caruso) and Jojo Kracko (Vic Tayback), and Kirk and Spock find themselves in the middle.

What makes this otherwise frivolous episode work is the fun Shatner and Nimoy have with the historical disconnect -- most notably in Kirk's efforts to drive a car (and Spock's reactions thereto) and his subsequent efforts to pick up the lingo of the planet. Needless to say, Shatner plays this for all it's worth, and Nimoy's gift for understatement complements it beautifully.

Truly a joy to watch -- just don't spend too much time analyzing it.


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