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A Taste of Armageddon 

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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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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Anan 7's sash seems to be the same material as the Klingon vest. Similarly, Ambassador Fox's aide appears to be wearing the suit later worn by Arne Darvin in Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967). See more »

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When Kirk orders the 'General Order 24', as the guards are trying to restrain him, his hand bumps the central box on the desk with the two mini-view-screens. The bump moves it - indicating the equipment on the table is merely resting on it, and not built-in, as would be expected. See more »

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Spock: [after hearing Anan 7 explain their system of computerized warfare] There is a certain scientific logic about it.
Anan 7: I'm glad you approve.
Spock: I do *not* approve. I *understand*.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Generations (1994) See more »

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Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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Satisfyingly dramatic story, interesting ideas, but light on logic
25 April 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise is seeking information on the disappearance of the USS Valiant near a planet with advanced technology but little outside contact. The planet has been at war for several centuries and an ambassador from the federation has been charged with establishing diplomatic ties. As it turns out, the war is simulated on computers and casualties are put to death without damaging property by either side once the computer simulation has run.

This episode explores an interesting premise and a nicely thought-out cultural background, however, Kirk's persuasive sermon concerning the reason why the war has gone on for several hundred years (his belief that the participants have sterilized war and made it less fearful), really does not bear close scrutiny. Thousands are still dying - regardless of whether buildings are destroyed or not. And would two cultures conditioned to war for over five hundred years really be so concerned with how rationally and politely they made their war - or would they be utterly merciless, vicious and cold? Nevertheless, the story is good, well directed and nicely written. Stand-out performances by James Doohan and guest stars David Opatoshu and Gene Lyons.


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