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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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In his memoir, "Beam Me Up, Scotty," James Doohan described Gene Lyons (Ambassador Robert Fox), as being "out of his element" and "completely discombobulated" during filming. He added that it took Lyons many takes to get his lines right, and that they finally "went to having him speak off-screen." Doohan speculates that Lyons, who was an experienced actor, may have been thrown off by the science fiction element, as such shows were relatively rare at the time. See more »

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The Enterprise initially enters orbit because the ambassador disregards a 3-digit code intercepted outside communications range. But the planets have the technology for a sub-space data link between computers several planets apart, so they could certainly have explained the situation in more detail before the Enterprise entered the war zone. See more »

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Spock: Sir, there is a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder.
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Theme From Star Trek
Written by Alexander Courage
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Not a Fan.......
10 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was a child during the first run of the original Star Trek series. Although I had an older sibling who never missed an episode; I was not a fan. Now, well into my middle age, I decided to take a fresh look, to maybe see if I might somehow understand how this series has moved the hearts and minds of countless Trek fans over the decades since. Maybe I thought that even I might be so moved. But, after watching this episode and some 30 odd other episodes before it, I can say with certainty that this will be the last.

Science fiction and fantasy, at it's best, touches upon universal themes and can tell old stories from a new perspective, by transcending human or technological limitations and the limitations of time. "A Taste of Armageddon" is a caricature of this transcendence. Here, the pompous and utterly sanctimonious Kirk endeavors to end a five centuries war involving hundreds of millions of beings on two planets. People that he has never met and by judging his initial behavior; people he obviously knew very little about. As what always seems to be the case, Kirk uses inanely incredible hand-combat abilities and also his intrepid flair for the game of chicken to save the universe and the SS Enterprise in fifty-one minutes.

What is most amazing is that fans of Star Trek have rated this episode as highly as episodes considered among the best. Thus, employing Vulcan logic I would deduce that since this episode was pure tripe, and if it is indeed up to par with the best, a reasonable person such as myself need not watch any further......Painful and annoying, utter garbage.


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