Star Trek (1966–1969)
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A Piece of the Action 

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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One of several "parallel Earth" plots in the series, contrived to save money by avoiding the necessity for "alien" sets, costumes, and makeup. See more »

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Even though the Northside boss is referred to in the credits, and by the other characters, as Bela OXMYX, Jojo Krako throws darts at a wall-mounted picture of Bela's that is labeled Bela OKMYX. See more »

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Bela Oxmyx: The most co-operative man in this world is a dead man. And if you don't keep your mouth shut, you're gonna be co-operatin'.
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Referenced in The Angry Video Game Nerd: Star Trek (2008) See more »

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Mobsters, Heaters and an Odd Solution
10 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Season 2, episode 17. The Enterprise has orders to investigate what is going on on Sigma Iotia II. 100 years earlier, the U.S.S. Horizon disappeared shortly after leaving the planet's area - reported missing. Bela Oxmyx, an Iotian mob boss, has contacted the Enterprise and promise to give them information about the Horizon. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to quickly learn the inhabitants have patterned themselves after the 1920s Earth era. They are met by Bela's mob and they bring him to Bela. What Bela wants is "heaters" or phaser weapons so he can completely take over the everything. There are other mob bosses and gangs that want to take over as well. Kirk and crew must bring peace and a solution to the problem and Kirk comes up with an odd plan that works for all of them but leaves Spock questioning the future outcome.

Neat, odd and fun episode... one of my favorites due to it's quirkiness. It's quite different, quite illogical but quite a joy to watch.

9/10


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