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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John Colicos was willing to reprise the role of Governor Kor in a follow-up, but scheduling conflicts prevented this. The role of Captain Kang (Michael Ansara) in Star Trek: Day of the Dove (1968) was originally written for Kor. 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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Claymare: We find interference in other people's affairs... most disgusting. But you, gentlemen, have given us no choice.
Captain James T. Kirk: You should be the first to be on our side. Two hundred hostages killed!
Ayelborne: No one has been killed, Captain.
Claymare: No one has died here in uncounted thousands of years.
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With John Calicos, this can't help but be good
6 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode where you see the Klingons--you know, the ORIGINAL Klingons who look a lot like humans with dirty skin. The bumps on the head and long scary hair are not to be seen--this didn't come until the first Star Trek movie (and even then, they still didn't look exactly like the later Klingons). Fortunately, the leader of the Klingons is John Calicos--a slimy character actor who almost always played villains. He was just perfect for the role and contributed a lot to the episode.

The show starts with Spock and Kirk landing on a planet that is about to be invaded by Klingons. The pre-industrial residents seem to care less about the invasion despite their best efforts to warn them of impending death or slavery. However, before they can go back to the ship, the Klingons land and the guys are stuck among the smiling and somewhat zombie-esquire residents. For most of the rest of the film, Kirk and Spock try to wage war against the Klingons--hoping to get the residents to join them. How this is all handled is truly interesting and a fitting conclusion to the madness.


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