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
Did You Know?
In the original broadcast, we never saw visuals of the Klingon vessels either on the view screen or on exterior shots, but instead just explosions on the view screen where the Klingon vessels were supposed to be. In the "Remastered" release of Errand of Mercy in 2006, new shots of the D7 Klingon Battle Cruisers (designed and built for the show by Star Trek
Art Director Mark Jefferies
) have been digitally inserted into various shots, providing new visuals of the Klingon ships that were not present before. Due to this addition, this would now officially make this the first episode of the series to feature the D7 Klingon Battle Cruisers. Originally the D7s did not appear until the Third Season of the series and the original first episodes to feature them were Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident
and Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius
, which were aired in reverse order from when they were filmed. See more
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
Captain James T. Kirk
Well, Commander, I guess that takes care of the war. Obviously, the Organians aren't going to let us fight.
A shame, Captain. It would have been glorious.
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