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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Peter Brocco ...
David Hillary Hughes ...
Walt Davis ...
Klingon Soldier
George Sawaya ...
Second Soldier


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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23 March 1967 (USA)  »

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Kor was also set to appear in Star Trek: Day of the Dove (1968) and Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967), but John Colicos was unavailable and other Klingon characters were written in. A script was written for Kor for the fourth season, but the show was cancelled after the third season, and he never got his chance to appear again (Kor did appear in Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Time Trap (1973), but was voiced by James Doohan). Colicos was also the person who gave the Klingons their dark-skinned, mustached look. He said he was going for the "Genghis Khan" look. Makeup artist Fred B. Phillips agreed on it, and conceived the Klingons in this fashion. He did eventually reprise his role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Blood Oath (1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Sword of Kahless (1995), and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Once More Unto the Breach (1998). See more »


Sulu is left in command of the Enterprise, even though Scott is on the ship (although not on screen) and should be the acting captain while Kirk and Spock are on Organia. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: Organia's description, Mr. Spock.
Mr. Spock: Inhabited by humanoids, a very peaceful, friendly people, living on a primitive level. Little of intrinsic value. Approximately class D minus on the Richter scale of cultures.
Captain James T. Kirk: Another Armenia, Belgium.
Mr. Spock: Sir?
Captain James T. Kirk: The weak innocents. They always seem to be located on the natural invasion routes.
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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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