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 entrance of the Klingon headquarters is the same building as the main gate to the Organian village, filmed from a longer distance and different angles. See more »

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When the Klingon officer informs Kor about Kirk and Spock's escape, we can see the boom microphone appear on the top right corner of the picture. See more »

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[Spock prevents Kirk from reacting to a Klingon's provocation]
Captain James T. Kirk: You didn't really think I was gonna beat his head in, did you?
Mr. Spock: I thought you might.
Captain James T. Kirk: You're right.
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Sometimes Things Are Out of Your Control
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Kirk, representing the Federation, and Kor, the Klingon Empire are engaged in a struggle to save the Organians, a docile people who allow themselves to be walked all over. They don't seem to care who dominates them, not distinguishing between good and evil. Kirk and Spock self righteously decide these people need saving, despite their lack of interest. The boys begin to wage war with Klingon forces, altruistically becoming their defenders. They explode bombs and fire weapons. In the meantime, several Organians are killed to make a point. This is the first appearance of the Klingons and they are set forth as evil adversaries. The conclusion is one of the most satisfying moments in all of Star Trek because it shows us that we often lack imagination when it comes to our self centeredness. Everyone is taught a lesson.


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