Star Trek (1966–1969)
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A Private Little War 

Peaceful, primitive peoples get caught up in the struggle between superpowers, with Kirk unhappily trying to restore the balance of power disrupted by the Klingons.

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Kirk returns to the planet where he spent time 13 years before. A friend from his previous visit is now leader of his people. While trying to uphold the Federation's prime directive, the Klingons are providing more advanced technology to their enemies. Written by laird-3

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2 February 1968 (USA)  »

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This is the only episode in which Spock and Kirk are both incapacitated in two separate incidents with different causes for an overlapping time period. See more »

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After Spock is shot and they rendezvous with McCoy and beam out, there is an error in the 'optical.' Not all of the equipment 'sparkles' with the beam out - one piece just dissolves, clearly missed by the technicians in post-production. See more »

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Nona: You would let him die when you have weapons to make him powerful and safe? Then he has the wrong friends, and I have the wrong husband.
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Spoofed in Zoolander 2 (2016) See more »

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Awful ideological apologist episode to brainwash Americans
11 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If there had been too many like this one I would not have been enjoying watching the remastered series. And I don't mean the bad hairdo wigs the two tribes were wearing. This is such a blatant piece of US right wing self-justification for war mongering I'm surprised more people have not been appalled. I wouldn't have noticed when I first watched it when I was a teenager but as an adult I find the arguments simple minded pseudo-philosophical tripe of the silliest kind - all probably to justify what the Americans were doing in Vietnam. Even in terms of the fictional plot the conclusion to the dilemma is not logical. The Balance of Power must be maintained by arming the other side, naturally the other side are the good guys - blond naturally as an Aryan philosopher would have it. What other solution could there be? Well, obviously, destroy their weapons and prevent the arming of anybody would be an answer. And anyway Kirk already reminded us that the earthlings were nearly totally wiped out by the logical result of such an arms race - nuclear annihilation. And he wants them to suffer the same fate? It's all ridiculous. Thank goodness such ideological insertions were not too frequently overdone in the other episodes though of course it is clear that the values of the "American way" are what the Enterprise (=Private Enterprise) is carrying into space.

I don't normally allow the now obvious ideological content of the original series to spoil my enjoyment of one of my all-time favourite TV series but in this case it was a bit too much.

And that girl didn't need a potion to get Jim going- long eyelashes and sexy clothes were always enough for him!


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