Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 23

A Taste of Armageddon (23 Feb. 1967)

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Kirk and Spock must save their ship's crew when they are declared all killed in action in a bizarre computer simulated war where the actual deaths must occur to continue.



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Episode complete credited cast:
David Opatoshu ...
Gene Lyons ...
Mea 3
Miko Mayama ...
Yeoman Tamura
David L. Ross ...
Sean Kenney ...
Robert Sampson ...
Sar 6


On a mission to establish diplomatic relations at Star Cluster NGC321, Kirk and Spock beam down to planet Eminiar 7 to learn that its inhabitants have been at war with a neighboring planet for over 500 years. They can find no damage nor evidence of destruction but soon learn that their war is essentially a war game, where each planet attacks the other in a computer simulation with the tabulated victims voluntarily surrendering themselves for execution after the fact. When the Enterprise becomes a victim in the computer simulation and ordered destroyed, Kirk decides it's time to show them exactly what war means. Written by garykmcd

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Ambassador Fox and his aide beam down to the planet even though the "Enterprise's" deflector screens are up - it was stated that transport could not take place under those conditions. However, Mr Scott had moved the Enterprise further out into space, in a wider orbit, where sonic disruption was impossible. The locals even acknowledged that they could not attack the ship. Therefore, it is reasonable that screens could be opened briefly for transport. See more »


Scott: Open a channel, Lieutenant. This is the commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise. All cities and installations on Eminiar 7 have been located, identified, and fed into our fire control system. In one hour and forty-five minutes, the entire inhabited surface of your planet will be destroyed. You have that long to surrender your hostages.
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My Motives for Liking This Episode Aren't Very Honorable
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This has always been a favorite of mine. I think its because the arrogant get their comeuppance. It involves a diplomatic mission to quite an advanced planet, Eminiar, rich in technology. The Enterprise has been warned away, but Kirk feels he needs to check things out. What he finds is civilization that has been at war with another planet for centuries. However, they fight their war with computers. Buildings and material objects are spared, but the people voluntarily allow themselves to be disintegrated in death chambers. Enter Fox, an insufferable negotiator who thinks that he can talk his way through the barriers put up by Anan 7, the leader of the planet. Because Kirk and Spock are stuck on the planet, Scotty takes the helm. The problem is that the computer has informed Anan 7 that the entire crew of the Enterprise has been designated as war casualties, and he has told Kirk to get his crew to the surface and have them report to the death chambers. Despite the Prime Directive, Kirk isn't going to have any of this. He finds Anan 7's reasoning disgusting. War is supposed to be a dirty thing, meant to be avoided, not some sterile thing. Of course, Kirk also hooks up with Anan's daughter who is beautiful and also listed as a casualty. The sparks fly for a while and I find the conclusion really quite satisfying.

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