Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 19

A Private Little War (2 Feb. 1968)

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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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Star Trek (1966) has been known to tackle societal, political, environmental, and other types of issues throughout the history of the franchise. This particular episode tackled the Vietnam War head-on, not only by referencing it as the "20th-Century brush wars on the Asian continent", but also as portraying the Federation and the Klingon Empire as superpowers using an otherwise peaceful world as pawns in their struggle for power (a direct allegory of the Cold War at that time). See more »

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The ape-like creature is referred to throughout as a "Mugato". However, in the closing credits, actor/stuntman Janos Prohaska (who played the creature) is credited as "The Gumato" (see Trivia section). See more »

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Nona: There's an old custom among my people: When a woman saves a man's life, he is grateful.
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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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