Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 23

A Taste of Armageddon (23 Feb. 1967)

TV Episode  -   -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 953 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 8 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (teleplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 20 Apr 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 22 Oct 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 19 Mar 2013
 
a list of 100 titles
created 24 May 2013
 
a list of 15 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Taste of Armageddon (23 Feb 1967)

A Taste of Armageddon (23 Feb 1967) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Star Trek.
« Previous Episode | 24 of 80 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 February 1967 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The inner slipcase, along with the fold-out episode guide, from the 2004 DVD release of Star Trek: The Original Series - Complete Season One, featured a large still image on the front cover of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock which is taken from the ending of this episode. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ambassador Fox: Diplomacy, gentlemen, should be a job, uh, left to diplomats. You will, of course, immediately resume a peaceful status.
Scott: No, sir, I will not.
See more »

Connections

Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Awfully static, but the message is so good that this is indeed a standout episode
6 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, almost the entire show takes place in a sterile-looking compound, so this is guaranteed to be a rather bland-looking episode. But, despite this and the lack of a lot of action in the show, it stands out as one of the best episodes because it is so well-written and has an intriguing message. It seems that the Enterprise visits a new planet while they are being attacked by their enemies on a nearby planet. However, despite the landing party hearing the warnings, the see, hear and feel no evidence of attack. It turns out that the attack is a computer simulation and the ship (but not the landing party) are determined by the computer to be casualties in this bizarre game. However, despite not being real, this really is no game. You see, the two planets completely hate each other and would have completely annihilated each other with their high-tech weapons countless decades before had both sides not agreed to stop fighting a conventional war and begin fighting a computerized one. The logic was that BOTH societies could be preserved and the "victims" could be humanely euthanized to make the war more tolerable!!! This sick arrangement seems natural to the planet's inhabitants and they cannot understand why the crew of the ship refuse to report to the disintegration chambers in order to preserve the precarious balance and avoid a real all-out war!!!! The episode is exciting, thought-provoking and features an excellent performance by guest-star David Opatoshu--an exceptional character actor who was a frequent guest on TV (such as his great role in one of the hour-long TWILIGHT ZONE episodes).


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone else think Spectre of the Gun is one of the better episodes? soulaco2
Question about Shore Leave soulaco2
Was it a Mistake..? waddah-j
Name The Things... powersroc
Guest Stars who should have been CAST MEMBERS of Star Trek.............. BLACKsoapFan
The worst STAR TREK episode david-h-downing
Discuss A Taste of Armageddon (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?