Star Trek: Season 1, Episode 26

Errand of Mercy (23 Mar. 1967)

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With a war with Klingons raging, Kirk and Spock attempt to resist an occupation of a planet with incomprehensibly placid natives.

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War! The Klingons and the Federation are poised on the brink, and then war is declared. Kirk and Spock visit the planet Organia. Organia, inhabited by simple pastoral folk, lies on a tactical corridor likely to be important in the coming conflict. Whichever side controls the planet has a significant advantage. But the Organians are a perplexing people, apparently unconcerned by the threat of the Klingon occupation or even the deaths of others in their community. Finally, Kirk and the Klingon commander Kor learn why, and the reason will change Federation/Klingon relations for decades to come. Written by CommanderBalok

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The Klingon Lieutenant played by Victor Lundin is the first Klingon to appear in Star Trek (1966). See more »

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The Klingon military decree is written in English. Since the "universal translator" only applies to speech, the paper should be written in some alien script. See more »

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Kor: Bad enough to be a military governor, but to govern a population of sheep? Very well, Lieutenant. Round up 200 more.
Lieutenant: Yes, sir.
Kor: Fools! Will I have to kill 'em all?
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"as we are to the gnat"
7 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are at a loss to explain what they're encountering on a planet called Organia. There is an imminent invasion by the Klingons that will pass this planet and its location makes it a great place for a military base.

Yet these Organians led by Peter Brocco are so docile and placid to Captain Kirk's warnings and later to the Klingon arrival led by John Colicos it defies explanation. Possibly Gandhi's non-violence taken to the extreme?

It's not of course and the explanation is something that neither human or Klingon like to contemplate. In the end the Organians become peacemakers in a most unusual manner.

One of the best Star Trek prime episodes and a favorite of mine.


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