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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When Ambassador Fox's aide is struck by a disruptor beam (how, since he was behind everyone else?), The Ambassador just checks on him and goes on - no report to anyone that he was hit. There is no indication of the aide's state - live or dead - he just seems to disappear for the remainder of the episode. See more
We have been at war for 500 years.
Captain James T. Kirk
You conceal it very well.
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