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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Episode complete credited cast:
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Janos Prohaska ...
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Paul Baxley ...
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Gary Pillar ...


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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Someone's messing with the culture
8 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If you read the review I wrote here for the film Hawaii I said that the tragedy of the History of Hawaii was its geography. Right there in the middle of the Pacific eventually it would come under the sway of either the USA or Japan, one expanding west, the other east.

It's the same here on this planet where many years ago before he was the captain of the Enterprise Kirk spent some time incognito studying the primitive planet and making friends with Michael Witney who was leader of the 'Hill People'. They were basically just coming out of a stone age culture then. Coming back Leonard Nimoy is wounded by a musket ball from a flintlock rifle. Clearly someone is messing with the culture.

It turns out to be the Klingons, but they don't know of the Enterprise's presence in the area. It's William Shatner and DeForest Kelley who go back and in native attire to investigate.

They also have a run in with Nancy Kovack who is Witney's wife and a witch woman with some marvelous healing and erotic powers. When she gets a look at the phasers that Kirk and McCoy have she knows that whoever possesses those is definitely on top of the heap in that planet.

Of course in all of this Kirk is violating the Prime Directive, but the Klingons did it first so we have to keep things in balance for this culture to develop as normally as possible considering they accelerated several hundred earth years.

As for the natives, like the Hawaiians destined to be pawns in the imperial designs of two super powers.

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