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 ...
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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First episode to establish the United Federation of Planets as the principal service to which the Enterprise operated under. In previous episodes, vague and often conflicting references were made to this service. Such references included "Space Command", "Space Central", the "Star Service", and "United Earth Space Probe Agency" (the latter even abbreviated as UESPA, pronounced by Capt. Kirk as "you spah" in the episode Star Trek: Charlie X (1966)). UESPA would later go on to be the principal service to which the Enterprise NX-01 operated under on Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), since the Federation would not be established on that series until the final episode. See more »


When Spock rescues Ambassador Fox from a disintegration chamber, the door to the chamber is opened. As they back away to destroy it, the door is immediately closed. (Obviously stock footage of the first chamber destruction.) See more »


Anan 7: Enterprise, this is Anan 7, first councilman of the High Council of Eminiar. We hold your captain, his party, your ambassador and his party prisoners. Unless you immediately start transportation of all personnel aboard your ship to the surface, the hostages will be killed. You have thirty minutes. I mean it, Captain.
Captain James T. Kirk: All that it means is that I won't be around for the destruction. You heard me give general order 24. That means in two hours the Enterprise will destroy Eminiar 7.
Anan 7: Planetary ...
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Referenced in Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime (2001) See more »

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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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