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
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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
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
Sir, there is a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder.
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